1960 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 16–18, 1960|
|Course(s)||Cherry Hills Country Club|
|Length||7,004 yards (6,404 m)|
|Field||150 players, 55 after cut|
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. It is remembered as a crossroads for the three primary contenders in the final round: Palmer, Ben Hogan, and amateur Jack Nicklaus, three of the greatest players in the history of golf.
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 that 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.
Lengths of the course for previous major championships:
- 6,888 yards (6,298 m), par 71 - 1941 PGA Championship
- 6,888 yards (6,298 m), par 71 - 1938 U.S. Open
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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,
|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
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Ed Furgol||United States||1954||71||79||150||+8|
|Tommy Bolt||United States||1958||80||WD|
Thursday, June 16, 1960
|1||Mike Souchak||United States||68||−3|
|T2||Jerry Barber||United States||69||−2|
|Henry Ransom||United States|
|T4||Don Cherry (a)||United States||70||−1|
|Jack Fleck||United States|
|Huston LaClair||United States|
|Gary Player||South Africa|
|Doug Sanders||United States|
|Richard Stranahan||United States|
|Joe Taylor||United States|
Friday, June 17, 1960
|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|
|T6||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).
Saturday, June 18, 1960 - (morning)
|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|
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, 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 second lowest final round in U.S. Open history, behind only Johnny Miller's 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.
Twenty-year-old Jack Nicklaus, the reigning 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 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. On his third shot he hit a wedge on to the green but it spun back all the way off the green into the confines of the water hazard fronting the green 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.
|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
Arnold Palmer's final round 65 (−6)
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- "U.S. Open scores". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). June 19, 1960. p. 2-(sec.3).
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1960 Open Championship