Sport: Mercurial Master

In the clubhouse at the Augusta National Golf Club, defending Masters Champion Gary Player, 26, nervously sipped his nightly glass of Gastric Mixture G.6690—a concoction he had carted all the way from Muller's Pharmacy in Johannesburg, South Africa. "I'm playing tremendous golf," he said, "and I've got a good chance to win. But let's face it: Arnold Palmer is the man to beat. He's the best player in the world today, and he practically owns this golf course."

For the first three rounds of this year's Masters, husky Arnold Palmer, 32, did indeed seem to own the 6,980-yd...

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