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Continued: Reusse: Big Three plus Lee equal big crowds at 3M tournament

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 2, 2014 - 8:43 PM

The only previous time all were on the same Minnesota course during a tournament was the 1970 U.S. Open at Hazeltine. Reviews for the eight-year-old course were savage, particularly when the wind blew 40 miles per hour and 69 of the 150 players failed to break 80 in the first round.

Trevino opened with a 77, Palmer 79, Player 80 and Nicklaus 81. Asked what he remembered of his first trip around Hazeltine, Nicklaus said:

“I don’t remember anything about it. That is, I don’t ‘want’ to remember anything about it.”

Palmer smirked and said, “I agree.”

Nicklaus looked at Player and Palmer and said: “That’s the only golf tournament I think I’ve been to where they had leaderboards with Arnold, Gary and me up there, no matter what we shot. Remember that? It was ridiculous.”

Hazeltine was remodeled and matured into the championship course envisioned. And there was nothing ridiculous aimed toward the Big Three plus Lee on Saturday — only adulation from a huge gathering of Minnesota golf fans.

Asked if the topic turns to past tournaments during reunions such as this, Nicklaus said:

“We’re trying to remember who each other are.”

Not Player. “Here we are at our ages, still playing this wonderful game …” Gary said. “We had a lot of great times together; it’s something we’ll always cherish.”

Nicklaus nodded and said, “Yeah, that’s close enough.”

 

Patrick Reusse can be heard 3-6 p.m. weekdays on AM-1500. • preusse@startribune.com



 

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