Sport: Mangrum Cum Laude

In the U.S. Open, the steadiest wrists in golfdom get to shaking. The biggest and most elusive prize in golf has a cash value of only $1,500 to the winner (peanuts in pro competition), but the prestige easily adds up to another $50,000 in endorsements and exhibitions.

In various stages of flightiness, 172 of the nation's best golfers teed off last week on Cleveland's Canterbury Club course, in the first Open since 1941. The old hands had brought along some liquid companionship for locker-room nerves. The new school of war-born par-smashers caught the taut feeling too, though most of them did not...