Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont
The unforgettable tale of the 1973 U.S. Open-and the unknown younger golfer who astonished the world...
In 1973, a who is Who of golf's greats accumulated on the Oakmont state membership for the U.S. Open. between these favorite to win have been Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. as an alternative, Johnny Miller-a 26-year-old onetime phenom from San Francisco-astonished international through edging out the legends and crafting a record-setting sixty three to win through a unmarried stroke.
that includes huge archival and video learn and candid interviews with prime golfers of the period, Chasing Greatness superbly captures one of many unlikeliest victories and dramatic activities triumphs of the earlier part century. Authors Adam Lazarus and Steve Schlossman additionally chronicle the careers and the lives of six striking figures in the course of golf's modern day golden period: Miller, Palmer, Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, and John Schlee.
effortless pars. Now pictures at the back of the leaders, Miller hit an extended, directly force past the crest of the hill at the 7th fairway; this left him staring down the unnerving pin positioned at the green’s again correct nook. With the afternoon winds picking out up, the secure play was once to go away the second one shot good less than the outlet to prevent overshooting the golf green. yet Miller used to be flag-hunting that Sunday afternoon. simply because the final pairing of the day (Julius Boros and Jerry Heard) began their around, Miller.
within the unbelievable birdie to affix the leaders at 4 lower than. As he walked to the 10th tee, all smiles and peering up on the Father’s Day late-afternoon sky, Temperamental Tommy not had cause to lament that his father “never observed me play nearly as good as I can.” • 12 • the best 9 Ever a number of myths concerning the ultimate around of the 1973 U.S. Open have to be debunked. For one, Oakmont’s vegetables weren't slowed through a sprinkler malfunction in the course of the wee hours of Sunday morning—or Saturday.
A once-in-a-lifetime shot, Colbert pulled inside a unmarried stroke of participant. In his bag that week, Colbert carried golf equipment the hot York instances known as “Golf’s Magic Wand—Maybe.” Colbert used to be one of many first traveling execs to scan with graphite-shafted woods to be able to hit the ball farther. now not an extended hitter, he may particularly desire a develop to compete on par-five holes (like Oakmont’s fourth and ninth), the place strength avid gamers loved a substantial virtue : they can simply succeed in the.
Blast seemed headed wealthy the fairway, however it caromed tough off the pin and got here to relaxation six toes away. He nailed the birdie to take one other gap from Harris. at the fourteenth, after his booming force break up the green, Weiskopf socked an iron to 15 ft and holed yet one more birdie to shut out Harris. He accomplished the fourteen holes at one less than, the single participant that week to damage par for a whole around on the tough Benton Harbor path. “I’m completely satisfied it’s all over,” Weiskopf instructed.
significant names—Palmer, Trevino, participant, top-money-earner Crampton, and the flashiest of the younger lions, Lanny Wadkins. Weiskopf had earned extra money enjoying the Kemper Open than the other guy within the box, so his self assurance used to be excessive. Weiskopf picked up correct the place he left off in Atlanta. 4 birdies at the first seven holes yielded a sixty five and a one-stroke lead over Wadkins, who was once approximately as sizzling. yet a couple of weeks of remarkable play weren't adequate to erase the media’s long-standing doubts approximately how.