1967 U.S. Open (golf)

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1967 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 15–18, 1967
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Lower Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,015 yards (6,415 m)[1]
Field 150 players, 66 after cut
Cut 148 (+8)
Prize fund $169,400[2]
Winner's share $30,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
275 (−5)
Baltusrol GC is located in Union County, New Jersey
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC is located in USA
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in the United States

The 1967 U.S. Open was the 67th U.S. Open, held June 15–18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Jack Nicklaus shot a final round 65 and established a new tournament scoring record, four strokes ahead of runner-up Arnold Palmer, the 1960 champion.[3][4] It was the second of Nicklaus' four U.S. Open titles and the seventh of his eighteen major championships.

Nicklaus' total of 275 was a new U.S. Open record, surpassing the 276 of Ben Hogan in 1948. His final round 65 (−5) tied the tournament record for lowest final 18 holes. For Palmer, it was his fourth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in six years; the earlier three were in playoffs (1962, 1963, 1966). Hogan, age 54, played in his final major and finished in 34th place.

Lee Trevino, then a club pro from El Paso, finished in fifth place in only his second major championship; he made the cut in his debut in 1966. The $6,000 he earned from fifth place allowed him to play in enough tournaments the rest of the 1967 season to earn his tour card for 1968. The high finish gave him an exemption into the U.S. Open for 1968, which he won.

This was the third U.S. Open at Baltusrol and the second on the Lower Course; it previously hosted in 1954 and 1936 (Upper Course). The U.S. Open returned in 1980, also won by Nicklaus, and 1993. The PGA Championship was held at the Lower Course in 2005.

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962 71 67 72 65 275 −5 1
Arnold Palmer  United States 1960 69 68 73 69 279 −1 2
Billy Casper  United States 1959, 1966 69 70 71 72 282 +2 4
Gary Player  South Africa 1965 69 73 73 71 286 +6 T12
Ken Venturi  United States 1964 74 74 72 71 291 +11 T28
Ben Hogan  United States 1948, 1950,
1951, 1953
72 72 76 72 292 +12 T34
Julius Boros  United States 1952, 1963 75 71 74 WD

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Jack Fleck  United States 1955 73 76 149 +9
Tommy Bolt  United States 1958 72 77 149 +9
Gene Littler  United States 1961 76 75 151 +11

Source:[1]

Final round

Sunday, June 18, 1967

Amateur Marty Fleckman of Texas was the surprise 54-hole leader at 209 (−1), a stroke ahead of Nicklaus, Palmer, and defending champion Billy Casper.[5] Fleckman, however, wilted under the pressure and shot a final round 80 (+10), finishing in a tie for 18th place. Alongside in the final pairing, Casper carded a 72 and a 282 (+2) total, leaving him seven behind. The championship became a duel between Nicklaus and Palmer, in the penultimate pairing. Nicklaus birdied five of his first eight holes to open up a four-stroke advantage over Palmer, and that is how they finished. Nicklaus' final putt was sunk from 22 feet (7 m).[6]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 71-67-72-65=275 −5 30,000
2 Arnold Palmer  United States 69-68-73-69=279 −1 15,000
3 Don January  United States 69-72-70-70=281 +1 10,000
4 Billy Casper  United States 69-70-71-72=282 +2 7,500
5 Lee Trevino  United States 72-70-71-70=283 +3 6,000
T6 Deane Beman  United States 69-71-71-73=284 +4 4,166
Gardner Dickinson  United States 70-73-68-73=284
Bob Goalby  United States 72-71-70-71=284
T9 Dave Marr  United States 70-74-70-71=285 +5 2,566
Kel Nagle  Australia 70-72-72-71=285
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 69-73-72-71=285

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 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 5
United States Nicklaus E +1 E −1 −2 −1 −2 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5
United States Palmer E E E E E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 E −1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Gen. Palmer grabs Open lead with 68". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 17, 1967. p. 12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "U.S. Open history: 1967". USGA. Retrieved June 20, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Wright, Alfred (June 26, 1967). "Jack Delivers the Crusher". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Nicklaus' record 275 wins". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 19, 1967. p. 1-part 2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Grimsley, Will (June 18, 1967). "Fleckman fires 69, leads U.S. Open by stroke at 209". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. D-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Leading Open cards". Youngstown Vindicator. UPI. June 19, 1967. p. 15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Preceded by
1967 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1967 Open Championship

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