Sport: Short Circuit

This week all the world could see to what a well-chewed pulp golf's famed grapefruit circuit has been reduced. Instead of some two dozen juicy tournaments with $155,000 in prize money, the tour that has helped to develop U.S. pros into the world's greatest golfers will include this year only two: the $5,000 Miami Open and the $5,000 Pinehurst North & South.

"Gas rationing is what really hurt us," wailed Tournament Manager Fred Corcoran, longtime booster of the Professional Golfers Association. "We couldn't guarantee that our leading players would appear at any set...

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