Sport: Hot Hands

Anything can happen in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. Sunday-afternoon specialists pop up to knock off a favorite; in-and-outers develop hot hands and scramble the odds. Even the invincible Robert Tyre Jones burned up the fairways for eight years before he finally brought home the national title 31 years ago. So the gallery at Richmond's James River course last week expected its share of surprises. It got a great deal more.

Rude Shock. Billy Joe Patton, the jovial lumberman from North Carolina who came close to winning the 1954 Masters, fell in the first...

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