Gary started the tournament off poorly ending the first round with a 73. Gary knew he must control his hook that had plagued him the first day costing him several strokes by practicing. That philosophy seemed to work on the second day Gary shot a 65, a course record set years ago by Arnold Palmer. This placed him back in contention and on the third day found himself one stroke behind the leader, past champion Tony Jacklin. Player played strong and ended his day with a 69 against Jacklin’s 76. His first Lancome Trophy Victory.