1962 U.S. Open (golf)

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1962 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 14–17, 1962
Location Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Oakmont Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,894 yards (6,304 m)
Field 150 players,[2] 51 after cut
Cut 150 (+8)
Prize fund $73,800[1]
Winner's share $17,500
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
283 (−1), playoff
Oakmont CC is located in USA
Oakmont CC
Oakmont CC
Location in the United States

The 1962 U.S. Open was the 62nd U.S. Open, held June 14–17 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. Jack Nicklaus defeated 1960 champion Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole Sunday playoff that marked the beginning of their legendary rivalry. For Nicklaus, it was his first professional win, the first of four U.S. Open titles and a record 18 major championships. Though just 22, it was Nicklaus' sixth U.S. Open and tenth major, having played in four Masters. He had won the U.S. Amateur twice (1959, 1961) and was the top amateur at the last two Opens, placing second to Palmer in 1960 and fourth in 1961.

Nicklaus earned $15,000 for his first professional win, and Palmer $8,000 as runner-up. Each received a playoff bonus of $2,500 from the Sunday gate receipts.[3][4]

Only two of the six former champions in the field made the 36-hole cut, Palmer and defending champion Gene Littler.

Course layout

Oakmont Country Club[4][5]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 455 355 428 544 384 183 403 253 480 3,485 470 372 598 161 362 458 234 292 462 3,409 6,894
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

The first hole was a par 5 for the previous majors at Oakmont.[6]

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Arnold Palmer  United States 1960 71 68 73 71 283 −1 2
Gene Littler  United States 1961 69 74 72 75 290 +6 T8

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Tommy Bolt  United States 1958 76 76 152 +10
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1949, 1956 74 79 153 +11
Billy Casper  United States 1959 77 77 154 +12
Ed Furgol  United States 1954 78 78 156 +14

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, June 14, 1962

Defending champion Littler took the first round lead with a 69 (−2) before a record opening round gallery of 17,486, mostly following Palmer in the afternoon, paired with Nicklaus. The previous record was 13,916 in 1960 near Denver.[7][8]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gene Littler  United States 69 −2
T2 Bobby Nichols  United States 70 −1
Bob Rosburg  United States
T4 Frank Boynton  United States 71 E
J. C. Goosie  United States
Arnold Palmer  United States
Gary Player  South Africa
Robert Schoener  United States
T9 Eugene Francis (a)  United States 72 +1
John Guenther (a)  United States
Stan Leonard  Canada
Jack Nicklaus  United States

Second round

Friday, June 15, 1962

Palmer carded a 68 in the morning and Bob Rosburg a 69 to co-lead after 36 holes at 139 (−3), with Nicklaus three strokes back in a tie for fourth.[9][10] Palmer and Nicklaus were paired together in the first two rounds.[11] The second round attendance record was broken with 19,971 in the gallery, surpassing the previous mark of 15,225 set in 1961 near Detroit.[10]

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Arnold Palmer  United States 71-68=139 −3
Bob Rosburg  United States 70-69=139
3 Billy Maxwell  United States 71-70=141 −1
T4 Bobby Nichols  United States 70-72=142 E
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-70=142
Gary Player  South Africa 71-71=142
T7 Miller Barber  United States 73-70=143 +1
Gene Littler  United States 69-74=143
T9 Phil Rodgers  United States 74-70=144 +2
Don Whitt  United States 73-71=144

Source:[9][10][12]

Third round

Saturday, June 16, 1962 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Bobby Nichols  United States 70-72-70=212 −1
Arnold Palmer  United States 71-68-73=212
T3 Phil Rodgers  United States 74-70-69=213 E
Bob Rosburg  United States 70-69-74=213
T5 Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-70-72=214 +1
Gary Player  South Africa 71-71-72=214
6 Gene Littler  United States 69-74-72=215 +2
7 Billy Maxwell  United States 71-70-75=216 +3
8 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 73-72-72=217 +4
T9 Gay Brewer  United States 73-72-73=218 +5
Tommy Jacobs  United States 74-71-73=218

Final round

Saturday, June 16, 1962 - (afternoon)

After 54 holes at Oakmont, Palmer held a share of the lead with Bobby Nichols, with Phil Rodgers and Bob Rosburg a stroke back, and Nicklaus and Gary Player two back. Rosburg shot a 79 (+8) in the final round and quickly fell out of contention, while Nichols and Rodgers carded scores of 73 and 72, respectively, to share 3rd place. But the story of this day was the duel between Palmer and Nicklaus. Although he bogeyed the 9th, Palmer still led Nicklaus as they made the turn. That would change quickly as Nicklaus birdied 11 and Palmer bogeyed 13, evening up the score. Nicklaus missed a birdie attempt at the last to finish with a 69, while Palmer missed a birdie at 18 from 12 feet (4 m) that would have won the championship. This set up an 18-hole playoff between golf's most popular player and the game's rising star.[13][14]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-70-72-69=283 −1 Playoff
Arnold Palmer  United States 71-68-73-71=283
T3 Bobby Nichols  United States 70-72-70-73=285 +1 5,500
Phil Rodgers  United States 74-70-69-72=285
5 Gay Brewer  United States 73-72-73-69=287 +3 4,000
T6 Tommy Jacobs  United States 74-71-73-70=288 +4 2,750
Gary Player  South Africa 71-71-72-74=288
T8 Doug Ford  United States 74-75-71-70=290 +6 1,767
Gene Littler  United States 69-74-72-75=290
Billy Maxwell  United States 71-70-75-74=290

Source:[15]

Scorecard

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
United States Nicklaus +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1
United States Palmer −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1

Source:[14]

Playoff

Sunday, June 17, 1962

The 10,000 that showed up for the playoff on Sunday were decidedly pro-Palmer, constantly taunting the 22-year-old upstart. (Palmer was from nearby Latrobe.) Nicklaus, however, silenced the crowd by going up by four strokes after six holes.[16] Palmer then launched one of his patented charges with birdies at 9, 11, and 12 to close within one, but a three-putt bogey at 13 proved to be costly for Palmer. Nicklaus held him off from there and prevailed by three strokes, carding a 71 to Palmer's 74.[17] Nicklaus won the championship on the greens; he had just one three-putt the entire week, while Palmer had 10.[18] Nicklaus became the youngest winner of the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923, and became the first since Jones to hold the Open and the U.S. Amateur championship at the same time; he had won the Amateur the previous year before turning pro in the winter. For Palmer, this began a frustrating stretch as a runner-up in four U.S. Opens in six years, with three in playoffs. His words after the tournament proved prophetic, saying of Nicklaus: "Now that the big guy is out of the cage, everybody better run for cover."[19]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 35-36=71 E 17,500
2 Arnold Palmer  United States 38-36=74 +3 10,500
  • Included in earnings is a playoff bonus of $2,500 each, from the playoff gate receipts.[3]

Scorecard

Playoff

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
United States Nicklaus E E E −1 −1 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E
United States Palmer +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 +1 E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +3

Source:[5][17][20]

References

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External links

Preceded by
1962 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1962 Open Championship

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