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PUTTS NO LONGER FALLING FOR DEVICENZO

PUTTS NO LONGER FALLING FOR DEVICENZO

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He says he's old, even by Senior Tour standards, and age has made par a frustratingly elusive target.

But 67-year-old Roberto DeVicenzo plays on. He'd rather lose than quit.``I like the game,' he said. ``I have a good time. I don't play for making money any more.'

DeVicenzo spoke shortly after he and his seven International teammates lost to the United States for the fourth consecutive year in the Chrysler Cup here.

DeVicenzo lost all three of his matches. In the final round, Lee Trevino beat him 68-77.

``I'm disappointed,' DeVicenzo said. ``I putted terrible.'

Once he was among the best golfers in the world. He won the 1967 British Open and missed a playoff in the 1968 Masters only because he signed an incorrect scorecard.

Altogether, the Argentine won more than 230 tournaments - all prior to 1984.

``He is the most amazing man I've ever seen,' Trevino said. ``I had the pleasure of playing with Roberto many, many years ago, in 1965 in Panama, when he was the master. He could do anything in the world with the golf ball, and still can.

``He just can't putt as well; that's the only thing that's holding him back. I actually think he would be difficult to beat today on the Senior Tour if he could putt.'

DeVicenzo agrees that putting is a problem. Following Chrysler Cup trophy presentation, he took a lesson from Al Geiberger as they walked off the 18th green.

But DeVicenzo said the putter is not the only club that gives him trouble.

``I am too old now to play against those guys,' he said. ``My concentration is not that good. When I putt good, I miss the long game. Every time, something is wrong.'

DeVicenzo planned to play in 10 Senior Tour events this year. He hopes to return to the Chrysler Cup next year. But he made this year's roster only because International team captain Gary Player had trouble getting top foreign golfers to compete.

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