1967 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 15–18, 1967|
|Location||Springfield, New Jersey|
|Course(s)||Baltusrol Golf Club
|Length||7,015 yards (6,415 m)|
|Field||150 players, 66 after cut|
The 1967 U.S. Open was the 67th U.S. Open, held June 15–18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. 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. 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 $6,000 he earned from fifth place allowed him to play in enough tournaments the rest of the 1967 season to earn his tour card for 1968. The high finish gave him an exemption into the U.S. Open for 1968, which he won.
This was the third U.S. Open at Baltusrol and the second on the Lower Course; it previously hosted in 1954 and 1936 (Upper Course). The U.S. Open returned in 1980, also won by Nicklaus, and 1993. The PGA Championship was held at the Lower Course in 2005.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962||71||67||72||65||275||−5||1|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||69||68||73||69||279||−1||2|
|Billy Casper||United States||1959, 1966||69||70||71||72||282||+2||4|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||69||73||73||71||286||+6||T12|
|Ken Venturi||United States||1964||74||74||72||71||291||+11||T28|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1948, 1950,
|Julius Boros||United States||1952, 1963||75||71||74||WD|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Jack Fleck||United States||1955||73||76||149||+9|
|Tommy Bolt||United States||1958||72||77||149||+9|
|Gene Littler||United States||1961||76||75||151||+11|
Sunday, June 18, 1967
Amateur Marty Fleckman of Texas was the surprise 54-hole leader at 209 (−1), a stroke ahead of Nicklaus, Palmer, and defending champion Billy Casper. Fleckman, however, wilted under the pressure and shot a final round 80 (+10), finishing in 18th place. Alongside in the final pairing, Casper carded a 72 and a 282 (+2) total, leaving him seven behind. The championship became a duel between Nicklaus and Palmer, in the penultimate pairing. Nicklaus birdied five of his first eight holes to open up a four-stroke advantage over Palmer, and that is how they finished. Nicklaus' final putt was sunk from 22 feet (7 m).
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|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|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||69-73-72-71=285|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Gen. Palmer grabs Open lead with 68". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 17, 1967. p. 12.
- "U.S. Open history: 1967". USGA. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Wright, Alfred (June 26, 1967). "Jack Delivers the Crusher". Sports Illustrated: 22.
- "Nicklaus' record 275 wins". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 19, 1967. p. 1-part 2.
- Grimsley, Will (June 18, 1967). "Fleckman fires 69, leads U.S. Open by stroke at 209". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. D-1.
- "Leading Open cards". Youngstown Vindicator. UPI. June 19, 1967. p. 15.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1967 Open Championship