Golf: Archer Makes His Bow

Late in the final round of the Mas ters tournament in Augusta, Ga., last week, spectators following George Archer began shouting, "Charge! Charge!" Recalls Archer: "I said to myself, 'I left my credit card at home. I'll take the cash.' "

Take the cash he did, winning the $20,000 first prize with putting that was better than his punning. He did not charge. He just ambled along, playing the kind of steady, conservative golf that wins few fans — but lots of tournaments. Indeed, though he was the fourth-highest-ranking pro golfer last year, with winnings of $150,972, the 29-year-old Californian...

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