Bobby who?

Cast your mind back to 1982 at Royal Troon, you may remember this player led The Open by a streak...

Martin Park
Fri, 16 Jun 2000

Does anybody remember Bobby Clampett? If you cast your mind back to The Open Championship in 1982 at Royal Troon when he led after two rounds by a streak, only to fold like a cheap suit when the pressure was on, leaving Tom Watson the winner when Clampett should have strolled home with a Claret Jug.

Yesterday at Pebble Beach, Clampett, the local hero who only plays golf once a month and usually commentates for CBS Television Golf alongside Gary McCord and David Feherty, headed back to the first page of the leaderboard with a three-under par 68 around Pebble Beach, his local course.

Clampett grew up in Monterrey and often sneaked on to Pebble Beach as an 11- and 12-year-old. He desperately wanted to qualify for this year's US Open and he was a second-alternate after local qualifying. But thanks to several withdrawals, Clampett earned a spot in sectional qualifying and played his way to one of the 35 spots available.

"I can't explain it," Clampett said. "Words just don't describe my feelings. I had to hold back the tears about a half-dozen times today, but I was really at peace all day on the course."

"It was like playing golf in Heaven" Said the devout Mormon.



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