Golf: Hold That Trap

Like big-time athletes everywhere, professional golfers give and take a lot of good-natured ribbing. To fellow players, Jack Nicklaus is endearingly known as "Ohio Fats" and "The Great Blobbo." Last week at Akron's Firestone Country Club, the ribbing got out of hand and into headlines, and nearly ruined the $75,000 World Series of Golf.

Chatting with reporters before the match, Nicklaus allowed as how Arnold Palmer did not really rate a place in the four-man competition that is for winners of the P.G.A. and Masters (Nicklaus), the U.S. Open (Julius Boros), and the British Open (Bob Charles)....

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