Sport: Low-Pressure Champ

Lieut. Hillman Robbins Jr., 25, is a ground-bound Air Force desk jockey who suffers variously from low blood pressure, an allergy to early-morning reveille and an exasperating habit of lunging at his tee shots and turning his head on putts. A crack amateur golfer, Robbins gains a kind of circular compensation from his failings on the course: fouled-up shots beef up his blood pressure, his energy expands and his game improves accordingly.

On the rock-hard fairways of the Country Club course at Brookline, Mass. last week, Robbins spent his first seven matches in the...

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