Sport: Anybody's Open

The 210 amateurs in last week's U.S.G.A. Public Links championship were the pick of a fierce breed of golfers who inhabit the nation's 1,800 public courses; they carry their own clubs, fight for fairway rights, and have little or no time to worry about the more genteel aspects of what is sometimes regarded as a genteel game. In their zest for the title, some of last week's competitors just missed beating their opponents over the head with mashie niblicks.

In the opening round on Los Angeles' Rancho course, Mike DiCesaro of Houston got mad after losing to Ted Grassi of Erie, Pa....

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