Johnny Miller nabs his second win of his career on this day at Hilton Head
Johnny Miller, numb and shaking in the cold, managed only a 75 but left the frozen field behind him in the third round of the weather-plagued $15,000 Heritage Open Golf Classic. The 25-year-old Miller had a 54–hole total of 211, two under par on the chilled, windswept Harbour Town Golf Links. Forest Fezler who shared the lead with Miller at the end of the second round, dropped back to a tie for second with a five-over-par 76. He was tied at 212 with rookie Lon Hinkle, playing in his first event after completing the PGA Player School. Hinkle had a 72.
Jerry Heard, winner of two titles already this year, was next with a 74 for 213. He was the only other man able to match par for three rounds in the event that lost a day’s play to heavy rains. The wind and cold were so severe that only two players — Ed Snead and Jim Jamieson — were able to break par 71 on the 6,655-yard oceanside layout. Each had 70. Snead was one of a large group at 214 while Jamieson was at 215
Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are not competing in this event now scheduled to windup today. Miller, winner of a tournament in New Zealand only last week, said the conditions were, “much worse than the final round of the U.S. Open.” A national television audience watched the world’s best players struggle through wind and cold at Pebble Beach. In conclusion, Miller’s next triumph would mark the win of his career at the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.