History

1970: Playing like Arnie

Champion: Dave Stockton, Mentone, Calif.
Site: Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.
Date: Aug. 13-16
Purse: $200,000
Par: 35-35 - 70 (6,962 yards)
Field: 136 Cut at 150 (70 players advanced)

Dave Stockton's ability to overcome intense pressure on the final round of a major championship - and fend off playing partner Arnold Palmer - stemmed from reading a book on cybernetics that his father, Gail, a former professional and his son's only instructor, had given him. Cybernetics is the comparative study of the automatic control system formed by the nervous system and the brain. Simplified by Stockton, cybernetics "means your mind corrects your faults."

Stockton compensated for a lot of miscues during a wild final round 73 that assured him a two-stroke victory over Palmer, who finished runner-up in the only major championship he's never won, and Bob Murphy. Stockton played like the Palmer of old, making an eagle on the seventh hole for a seven stroke lead; double bogey on the next hole; and recording a miraculous bogey at the 13th after dumping a shot into the pond and lofting a wedge approach within inches of the cup. Stockton canned a 10-foot par at the 17th after fighting sand and fringe rough, and played the 18th conservatively. "I know Arnie's Army expected him to make a hole-in-one there," said Stockton. "But I played it for a five. I felt sorry for Arnold about one-millionth of a second (big grin), because this is the only one he hasn't won." It was Palmer's third runner-up finish in the PGA Championship.

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