TORREY PINES, SAN DIEGO
This episode of the popular ABC-TV series "Challenge Golf", starring Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, was aired during the Spring of 1963. With an introduction by Bill Fleming, who explains the USGA rules of play used on Challenge Golf, the show is hosted by Arnold and Gary, who play a different twosome each week. This was the 7th match of the first year of Challenge Golf on television, and features the challenging team of Sam Snead and Doug Sanders. Palmer and Player are both miked during the match and comment on both the golf course and the action as play progresses hole by hole. On this 50-minute high-quality black & white tape, you'll also see slow motion shots of all four players in action during the match.
At the 463-yd par 4 first hole at Torrey Pines, Sanders, Snead and Player all make bogey 5's. But Palmer's 4-foot putt saves par and puts Arnie and Gary one-up on Sanders and Snead. The 2nd hole is halved and at the 164-yd par 3 3rd hole Gary Player sinks a 30-foot uphill putt for a birdie 2! Sam's effort to halve the hole, a 25-foot putt, misses by a foot and Gary and Arnie go two-up on Snead and Sanders. On the 457-yd par 4 4th hole Sam's second shot is within 15 feet, the best of the foursome. Palmer just misses his birdie try, but Sam's 13-footer drops in for a birdie 3 and Snead and Sanders have gained back a stroke.
The 5th hole is halved and at the 541-yd par 5 6th hole, Palmer's 3rd shot from just short of the sand trap rolls to within 3 1/2 feet. Snead's birdie attempt is on line but stops a foot short. Arnie drops his 3 1/2-foot birdie putt to win the hole, giving him and Gary a 2-stroke lead again.
At the 172-yd par 3 8th hole, Snead and Sanders have a good chance to get back in the match. At the 8th tee, Sanders' 5-iron shot lands within 2 1/2 feet of the pin, and Doug taps in for his birdie 2! However Arnold Palmer, playing consistent golf all day, holes a 10-foot birdie putt of his own to keep him and Gary 2-up for the match! At the 542-yd par 5 9th hole, Palmer's 1-iron shot from 230 yards rolls just off the green and his 7-iron 19-foot chip shot for an eagle goes an inch by the cup and stops only 3 inches past. Arnie taps in for a birdie, Sanders misses his 15-foot birdie try, and Sam's 5-footer curls away giving Palmer and Player a 3-stroke lead at this point.
At the 400-yd par 4 14th hole Palmer skies his tee shot short, which prompts Sanders to jokingly challenge Arnold as he prepares to drive. It's Doug's nice uphill 13-foot putt which halves the hole and keeps him and Snead from dropping further back.
The 361-yd par 4 15th hole proves to be the final hole of play for the day. Palmer's second shot is closest, finishing on the green about 7 feet away from the pin. Sam, off the green 12 feet away, chips to within a foot, and Sanders just misses his birdie try from 10 feet away. Palmer's 7-foot birdie putt gives him and Gary an insurmountable 4-stroke lead, ending the match after 15 holes of play.
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