Sport: The Fateful 17th

The 17th hole on St. Andrews' hallowed, fishhook-shaped Old Course is one of the world's great golfing tests, a 463-yd., par five, whose hazards include a deeply trapped green, a stone wall, a road, and a cluster of barns that mask the green from the tee. Arnold Palmer of Latrobe, Pa., whose flaming finishes won this year's Masters and U.S. Open tournaments, is the world's best golfer, one who could be expected to handle even the "Road Hole." Last week in the British Open, Palmer and the Road Hole fought a tense four-day duel. Palmer mastered the famed 17th—but not until...

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