1969 U.S. Open (golf)

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1969 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 12–15, 1969
Location Houston, Texas
Course(s) Champions Golf Club
Cypress Creek Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,967 yards (6,371 m)[1]
Field 149 players, 68 after cut
Cut 148 (+8)
Prize fund $205,300[2]
Winner's share $30,000
Champion
United States Orville Moody
281 (+1)
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The 1969 U.S. Open was the 69th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at the Cypress Creek Course of Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Orville Moody won his only PGA Tour title, one stroke ahead of runners-up Deane Beman, Bob Rosburg, and Al Geiberger.[3][4]

A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army,[5] Moody entered the final round in second place, three shots behind Miller Barber.[6] At age 35, Moody advanced through both local and sectional qualifying in 1969, the last champion to do so. It was his only win on the PGA Tour, with only one additional top-10 finish in a major, two months later at the PGA Championship.

The Cypress Creek Course hosted the Houston Champions International event on the PGA Tour, today's Shell Houston Open, from 1966 through 1971, and the Ryder Cup in 1967. It later hosted The Tour Championship five times (1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003) and the U.S. Amateur in 1993.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Arnold Palmer  United States 1960 70 73 69 72 284 +4 T6
Julius Boros  United States 1952, 1963 71 73 70 73 287 +7 T13
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962 74 67 75 73 289 +9 T25
Billy Casper  United States 1959, 1966 74 73 72 74 293 +13 T40
Gary Player  South Africa 1965 71 75 72 77 295 +15 T48

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Lee Trevino  United States 1968 74 75 149 +9
Gene Littler  United States 1961 72 80 152 +12
Ken Venturi  United States 1964 76 77 153 +13

Source:[1]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 12, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Murphy  United States 66 –4
2 Miller Barber  United States 67 –3
T3 Deane Beman  United States 68 –2
Al Geiberger  United States
T5 George Archer  United States 69 –1
Dean Refram  United States
Tom Weiskopf  United States
T8 Dick Crawford  United States 70 E
Jack Ewing  United States
Bunky Henry  United States
George Knudson  Canada
Arnold Palmer  United States
Bob Rosburg  United States

Source:[7]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 13, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Deane Beman  United States 68-69=137 –3
T2 Miller Barber  United States 67-71=138 –2
Bob Murphy  United States 66-72=138
4 Bob Rosburg  United States 70-69=139 –1
T5 Charles Coody  United States 72-68=140 E
Al Geiberger  United States 68-72=140
George Knudson  Canada 70-70=140
T8 Tony Jacklin  England 71-70=141 +1
Johnny Miller  United States 71-70=141
Orville Moody  United States 71-70=141
Jack Nicklaus  United States 74-67=141

Source:[1]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 14, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Miller Barber  United States 67-71-68=206 –4
2 Orville Moody  United States 71-70-68=209 –1
T3 Deane Beman  United States 68-69-73=210 E
Bunky Henry  United States 70-72-68=210
5 Bob Rosburg  United States 70-69-72=211 +1
T6 Charles Coody  United States 72-68-72=212 +2
Al Geiberger  United States 68-72-72=212
Bobby Mitchell  United States 72-74-66=212
Bob Murphy  United States 66-72-74=212
Arnold Palmer  United States 70-73-69=212

Source:[6]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 15, 1969

Miller Barber began the final round with a three-stroke lead,[6] but it vanished after he bogeyed five of the first eight holes. He struggled to a 78 (+8) and dropped into a tie for sixth place, which allowed Moody to take the lead. At one point on the back nine, eight competitors were separated by just two shots.[3] Bob Rosburg saved par from the sand at 17 to stay tied with Moody, but after a drive into the rough on 18, he again found a greenside bunker. Another great sand shot got him to 3 feet (0.9 m), but he missed the putt for par to force an 18-hole Monday playoff. Playing in the final pairing with Barber, Moody had four consecutive pars to finish and preserved the one-stroke advantage for the championship. Barber needed only a 75 (+5) on Sunday to force a playoff, but finished three strokes back.[3][4]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Orville Moody  United States 71-70-68-72=281 +1 30,000
T2 Deane Beman  United States 68-69-73-72=282 +2 11,000
Al Geiberger  United States 68-72-72-70=282
Bob Rosburg  United States 70-69-72-71=282
5 Bob Murphy  United States 66-72-74-71=283 +3 7,000
T6 Miller Barber  United States 67-71-68-78=284 +4 5,000
Bruce Crampton  Australia 73-72-68-71=284
Arnold Palmer  United States 70-73-69-72=284
9 Bunky Henry  United States 70-72-68-75=285 +5 3,500
T10 George Archer  United States 69-74-73-70=286 +6 2,800
Bruce Devlin  Australia 73-74-70-69=286
Dave Marr  United States 75-69-71-71=286

Source:[4]

Scorecard[edit]

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 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4
United States Moody –1 –1 –1 E E E E E –1 E E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
United States Beman +1 +2 +1 +2 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2
United States Geiberger +3 +4 +4 +4 +6 +6 +6 +5 +4 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2
United States Rosburg +1 E E E E E E +1 E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Beman slips through beef trust to take one-stroke Open lead". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 14, 1969. p. 14. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1969". USGA. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Jenkins, Dan (June 23, 1969). "Old Sarge cools it". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Orville Moody wins heartbreak U.S. Open". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 16, 1969. p. 10. 
  5. ^ Jauss, Bill (June 16, 1969). "Salute the 'Sarge,' golf king Moody". Toledo Blade. CDN. p. 19. 
  6. ^ a b c "Barber leads by 3 in 'blow-up' Open". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. June 15, 1969. p. D1. 
  7. ^ "Murphy leads Open; Pamer shoots par". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 13, 1969. p. 16. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1969 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1969 Open Championship

Coordinates: 29°58′59″N 95°31′52″W / 29.983°N 95.531°W / 29.983; -95.531