Hubert Green, slowed by early bogeys, straightened out his game today and maintained a one-stroke lead after the third round of the 77th U.S. Open.
Green, with a 72 for 208, was a shot ahead of Andy Bean. There was a pack at 210 that included Gary Player and two pros who don't even have PGA playing cards, Don Padgett and Gary Jacobson.
Padgett shot a four-under-par 66 today, missing the course record by one stroke. Jacobson was also as hot as the weather with a 67.
Jack Nicklaus had a 71, which didn't make him happy and put him at 213. Arnold Palmer also slipped, taking a 73 for 215.Lou Graham, the 1975 Open champion, hung among the leaders with 211.
Weiskopf came through with a 68 today after two rounds of 71. He made some great recovery shots, particularly on the second hole, where he took a bogey but saved himself from even more strokes. He was under a tree and sliced a ball over the green, then pitched within four feet and missed.
He took to the trees again on the ninth, but hit over them and got a par. He had five birdies and three bogeys for the day.
"I like my position," he said. [TEXT OMITTED FROM SOURCE] think that anybody six or seven strokes out of the lead can win it if he plays well. This is a fantastic golf course, especially on the back where there is no letup."
Jacobson, 24, is a gypsy of the golf tour, having tried for his PGA school card three times and failed. A graduate of Arizona State, where he paid his way, Jacobson observed that he has "the best sponsor a guy can have - his father."
Jacobson went on: "My dad manufactures printing ink for newspapers in our home town of Minnetonka, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. In intend to go to Europe for the British Open. I've been playing in Australia and Europe since I don't have my PGA card.
"I played the minitour in Florida and then I played the American Golf Tour, which went bankrupt after 11 tournaments. Fortunately, I didn't win too much money in the last three tournaments - only $150. They still owe me."
Jacobson said, "I have knocked around and I have been taken my lumps like anybody else. I had a good feeling coming into this tournament. I trimmed down from 195 to 180 by running six miles a day, doing 150 pushups a day and lifting weights."
Jacobson, out in 36, came back with a sizzling, four-under-par 31 on the back nine, which is by far the tougher, and has made scores soar. He birdied the 10th, the 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th and the tough 18th, which has had the pros moaning since the tournament started.
"I have no special magic over the 18th," he said. "I still respect the hole. I've just been lucky. I holed out a pitch shot on Thursday and put the ball up close on Friday."
Padgett, 28, son of Don Padgett, president of the PGA of America, tried the tour for two years and then lost his card. Now, he is content to be a club pro in Carmel, Ind.
He had a 32 on his outgoing nine with three birdies and two more birdies on the back before he took his only bogey on the 18th when his ball buried in the sand.
Nicklaus was asked if it was unusual to see two pros without playing cards in contention.
"No," answered Nicklaus, "that's the kind of a tournament the U.S. Open is. A lost of these players don't try the tour. They play in the Open and find out they're pretty good, the way Lee Trevino was when he first started. Then they all want to join the tour.
"As for my round, it was a nothing round. I've bogeyed the 18th hole three straight days. They can't find a place to put the pin because there isn't any."