1960 U.S. Open (golf)

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1960 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 16–18, 1960
Location Englewood, Colorado
Course(s) Cherry Hills Country Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,004 yards (6,404 m)[1]
Field 150 players, 55 after cut
Cut 147 (+5)
Prize fund $60,720[2]
Winner's share $14,400
Champion
United States Arnold Palmer
280 (−4)
Cherry Hills Country Club is located in United States
Cherry Hills Country Club
Cherry Hills Country Club
Location in the United States

The 1960 U.S. Open was the 60th U.S. Open, held June 16–18 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood, Colorado, a suburb south of Denver. Arnold Palmer staged the greatest comeback in U.S. Open history, erasing a seven-stroke deficit during the final round to win his only U.S. Open title.[3][4] It is remembered as a crossroads for the three primary contenders in the final round: Palmer, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus; three of the greatest players in the history of golf.[5]

Having already won the Masters, Palmer was half-way to the single-season Grand Slam with his win at Cherry Hills. His quest ended three weeks later at the British Open, when he lost to Kel Nagle by one stroke at St Andrews. Two weeks later, he finished five strokes back in a tie for seventh at the PGA Championship, the only major which eluded him for his career. This was Palmer's only victory at the U.S. Open; he finished second four times, including three losses in playoffs in 1962, 1963, and 1966.

This was the third major championship at Cherry Hills, which previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1938 and the PGA Championship in 1941. The U.S. Open returned in 1978 and the PGA Championship in 1985. The average elevation of the course exceeds 5,300 feet (1,620 m) above sea level.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Julius Boros  United States 1952 73 69 68 73 283 −1 T3
Jack Fleck  United States 1955 70 70 72 71 283 −1 T3
Ben Hogan  United States 1948, 1950,
1951, 1953
75 67 69 73 284 E T9
Billy Casper  United States 1959 71 70 73 72 286 +2 T12
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 1946 72 73 71 74 290 +6 T23
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1949, 1956 77 70 72 77 296 +12 T43

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Tommy Bolt  United States 1958 80 WD
Ed Furgol  United States 1954 71 79 150 +8

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 16, 1960

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mike Souchak  United States 68 −3
T2 Jerry Barber  United States 69 −2
Henry Ransom  United States
T3 Don Cherry (a)  United States 70 −1
Bruce Crampton  Australia
Jack Fleck  United States
Huston LaClair  United States
Gary Player  South Africa
Doug Sanders  United States
Richard Stranahan  United States
Joe Taylor  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 17, 1960

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mike Souchak  United States 68-67=135 −7
2 Doug Sanders  United States 70-68=138 −4
T3 Jerry Barber  United States 69-71=140 −2
Dow Finsterwald  United States 71-69=140
Jack Fleck  United States 70-70=140
T7 Billy Casper  United States 71-70=141 −1
Don Cherry (a)  United States 70-71=141
Bruce Crampton  United States 70-71=141
Ted Kroll  United States 72-69=141
Sam Snead  United States 72-69=141

Amateurs: Cherry (-1), Nicklaus (E), Beman (+6), Fowler (+6), Courtney (+7), Coody (+8), Kocsis (+8), Carmichael (+9), Chapman (+11), Schmidt (+12), Wright (+12), Donohue (+13), Weber (+13), English (+14), Konsek (+14), Moore (+15), Welauffer (+15), Gardner (+16), Rose (+17), Eisinger Jr (+19), Hane (+20).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1960 - (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mike Souchak  United States 68-67-73=208 −5
T2 Jerry Barber  United States 69-71-70=210 −3
Julius Boros  United States 73-69-68=210
Dow Finsterwald  United States 71-69-70=210
T5 Ben Hogan  United States 75-67-69=211 −2
Jack Nicklaus (a)  United States 71-71-69=211
T7 Don Cherry (a)  United States 70-71-71=212 −1
Jack Fleck  United States 70-70-72=212
Johnny Pott  United States 75-68-69=212
10 Gary Player  South Africa 70-72-71=213 E

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1960 - (afternoon)

Palmer trailed leader Mike Souchak by eight strokes after 36 holes, and by seven shots after 54 holes. Almost everyone believed he was out of contention beginning the final round, tied for fifteenth place. Palmer drove the green on the par-4 1st to set up a two-putt birdie,[6] then chipped in from 90 feet (27 m) for birdie at the second. After nearly making an eagle at 3 and tapping in for another birdie, he holed an 18-footer for birdie at 4 then made two more birdies at 6 and 7. He cooled off the rest of his round, finally carding a 65 (−6) for a 280 (−4) total. It was the lowest final round in U.S. Open history. Twenty-year-old Jack Nicklaus, the two-time U.S. Amateur champion playing in his fourth Open, was also in contention during the final round, briefly holding the lead after making eagle at 5 and birdie at 9. Two three-putts on the back-nine, however, dropped him to a 282 (−2) total, two strokes behind Palmer. His second place finish was the best showing by an amateur at the U.S. Open since Johnny Goodman won in 1933. Aiming for a record fifth U.S. Open title at age 47, Ben Hogan was tied for the lead on the 71st tee, a par 5. He hit his third shot in the water and made bogey. Needing birdie to tie on 18, he again found water, triple-bogeyed, and finished in a tie for ninth place. Souchak shot a final round 75 on his way to a tie for third.[4]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 72-71-72-65=280 −4 14,400
2 Jack Nicklaus (a)  United States 71-71-69-71=282 −2 0
T3 Julius Boros  United States 73-69-68-73=283 −1 3,950
Dow Finsterwald  United States 71-69-70-73=283
Jack Fleck  United States 70-70-72-71=283
Dutch Harrison  United States 74-70-70-69=283
Ted Kroll  United States 72-69-75-67=283
Mike Souchak  United States 68-67-73-75=283
T9 Don Cherry (a)  United States 70-71-71-72=284 E 0
Jerry Barber  United States 69-71-70-74=284 1,950
Ben Hogan  United States 75-67-69-73=284
(a) denotes amateur

Source:[7]

Scorecard[edit]

Arnold Palmer's final round 65 (−6)

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 35 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 71
United States Palmer 3 3 3 3 5 2 3 4 4 30 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 35 65

Source:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Claassen, Harold (June 19, 1960). "Palmer takes Open as Ben Hogan fades". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. 2-Sports. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1960". USGA. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Garrity, John (May 9, 2010). "The fortunate eyewitnesses to the 1960 U.S. Open...". GOLF.com. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Wind, Herbert Warren (June 27, 1960). "Destiny's new favorite". Sports Illustrated: 24. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ McCabe, Jim (June 14, 2010). "Three eras intersected at 'wildest Open ever'". Golfweek. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Palmer, Arnold (June 11, 2010). "A long look back at the 1960 Open". USGA Museum. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Open scores". Toledo Blade. June 19, 1960. p. 2-(sec.3). Retrieved June 19, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1960 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1960 Open Championship

Coordinates: 39°38′35″N 104°57′47″W / 39.643°N 104.963°W / 39.643; -104.963