Golf: The Par Busters

A funny thing happened to Pete Cooper last week. A golf pro from Florida, Cooper played 72 holes at the Pensacola Country Club and scored 70, 71, 70 and 75 for a two-under-par total of 286. Yet, for those fine rounds, all poor Pete earned was the dubious distinction of finishing 82nd and last in the P.G.A. Pensacola Open. He was 24 strokes behind Gay Brewer, who shot 66, 64, 61 and 71 for an improbable 262 and $15,000.

Par is defined as the number of strokes an expert golfer should take on...

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