1963 U.S. Open (golf)

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1963 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 20–23, 1963
Location Brookline, Massachusetts
Course(s) The Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,870 yards (6,282 m)[1]
Field 148 players, 51 after cut
Cut 152 (+10)
Prize fund $88,550[2]
Winner's share $17,500
Champion
United States Julius Boros
293 (+9), playoff
The Country Club  is located in the US
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The Country Club 
Location in the United States
The Country Club  is located in Massachusetts
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Location in Massachusetts

The 1963 U.S. Open was the 63rd U.S. Open, held June 20–23 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb southwest of Boston. Julius Boros won his second U.S. Open title in an 18-hole Sunday playoff with Jacky Cupit and Arnold Palmer.[3] The U.S. Open returned to The Country Club for the first time in fifty years to celebrate the golden anniversary of Francis Ouimet's playoff victory in 1913.[4][5] Boros won eleven years earlier in 1952, and won a third major at age 48 at the PGA Championship in 1968.

At 43, Boros was the second-oldest winner in U.S. Open history, and only a month younger than Ted Ray when he won the 1920 Open. For Palmer, it was the second consecutive year he lost in a playoff at the Open.[4]

High winds made scoring conditions extremely difficult throughout the entire week, especially on Saturday during the final two rounds, when gusts approached 50 mph (80 km/h).[4] The winning score of 293 remains the highest in post-World War II U.S. Open history, while the 77.4 final-round scoring average set a record for the post-war era, later broken in 1972 at Pebble Beach. For the first time in U.S. Open history, no amateur made the cut.

Defending champion and Masters winner Jack Nicklaus missed the cut by a stroke; his next missed cut at the U.S. Open came 22 years later in 1985. He rebounded in the next two majors in 1963, missing the playoff at the Open Championship in England by a stroke for third place and won the PGA Championship in Dallas the following week.

This U.S. Open was played the week after Father's Day.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Julius Boros  United States 1952 71 74 76 72 293 +9 1
Arnold Palmer  United States 1960 73 69 77 74 293 +9 T2
Gene Littler  United States 1961 75 77 80 72 304 +20 T21
Ed Furgol  United States 1954 74 78 79 78 309 +25 T38

Source:[6]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962 76 77 153 +11
Jack Fleck  United States 1955 75 78 153 +11
Tommy Bolt  United States 1958 77 76 153 +11
Dick Mayer  United States 1957 74 81 155 +13
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1949, 1956 80 78 158 +16

Source:[1][7]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 20, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Gajda  United States 69 −2
2 Jacky Cupit  United States 70 −1
T3 Julius Boros  United States 71 E
Lionel Hebert  United States
Tony Lema  United States
Davis Love, Jr.  United States
T7 Walter Burkemo  United States 72 +1
Don January  United States
Paul Kelly  United States
Dean Refram  United States

Source:[8]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 21, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jacky Cupit  United States 70-72=142 E
Dow Finsterwald  United States 73-69=142
Arnold Palmer  United States 73-69=142
T4 Walter Burkemo  United States 72-71=143 +1
Dean Refram  United States 72-71=143
T6 Julius Boros  United States 71-74=145 +3
Tony Lema  United States 71-74=145
Davis Love, Jr.  United States 71-74=145
T9 Bruce Crampton  Australia 74-72=146 +4
Don January  United States 72-74=146
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-73=146

Source:[7][9]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 22, 1963   (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jacky Cupit  United States 70-72-76=218 +5
T2 Walter Burkemo  United States 72-71-76=219 +6
Tony Lema  United States 71-74-74=219
Arnold Palmer  United States 73-69-77=219
T5 Julius Boros  United States 71-74-76=221 +8
Bruce Crampton  Australia 74-72-75=221
Dow Finsterwald  United States 73-69-79=221
Paul Harney  United States 78-70-73=221
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-73-75=221
T10 Davis Love, Jr.  United States 71-74-78=223 +10
Dan Sikes  United States 77-73-73=223

Source:[6][10]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 22, 1963   (afternoon)

Cupit owned the 54-hole lead by a stroke over Palmer, Tony Lema, and Walter Burkemo, with Boros in a group three behind. Boros recorded two birdies on his final three holes to post a 72 and 293 total. Cupit still held the lead until a double-bogey on the 17th dropped him into a tie with Boros and Palmer. He then missed a 12-foot (3.7 m) putt for birdie at the last that would have won the championship.[11]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Julius Boros  United States 71-74-76-72=293 +9 Playoff
Jacky Cupit  United States 70-72-76-75=293
Arnold Palmer  United States 73-69-77-74=293
4 Paul Harney  United States 78-70-73-73=294 +10 5,000
T5 Bruce Crampton  Australia 74-72-75-74=295 +11 3,166
Tony Lema  United States 71-74-74-76=295
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-73-75-74=295
T8 Walter Burkemo  United States 72-71-76-77=296 +12 1,875
Gary Player  South Africa 74-75-75-72=296
10 Dan Sikes  United States 77-73-73-74=297 +13 1,550

Source:[6]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 23, 1963

Boros took command early in the playoff and had a three-stroke lead at the turn. Palmer took himself out of contention with a triple-bogey at 11, while Cupit bogeyed the same hole. Boros cruised to the win from there, carding a 70 to Cupit's 73 and Palmer's 76.[3]

First prize was $16,000, and each of the three playoff participants received a bonus of $1,500 from the playoff gate receipts.[2]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Julius Boros  United States 70 −1 17,500
T2 Jacky Cupit  United States 73 +2 8,500
Arnold Palmer  United States 76 +5
  • Included in earnings is a playoff bonus of $1,500 each, from the playoff gate receipts.[2]
  • Previously, three-way playoffs determined a third-place finisher (last in 1950); non-winners now tied for second.

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4
United States Boros E +1 +1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 E E E E −1 −1
United States Cupit E E +2 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2
United States Palmer +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +5 +6 +6 +7 +6 +5 +6 +5

Source:[5][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grimsley, Will (June 24, 1963). "Boros' 70 wins 63rd Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Open history: 1963". USGA. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 24, 1963). "Boros wins Open title by 3 strokes". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3. 
  4. ^ a b c Wright, Alfred (July 1, 1963). "Big Jay has his day". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Red (June 24, 1963). "Views of Sports: Walking with Francis". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. p. 13. 
  6. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (June 23, 1963). "Palmer, Boros, and Cupit decide Open title in playoff today". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  7. ^ a b "National Open Scorecard (Second round)". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 22, 1963. p. 13. 
  8. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 21, 1963). "Unheralded Gajda leads Open on 69". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3. 
  9. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 22, 1963). "Palmer in 3-way tie for Open lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  10. ^ "Palmer, Boros, Cupit tied in Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 23, 1963. p. 1B. 
  11. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 23, 1963). "Palmer, Boros, and Cupit tie". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  12. ^ "Winners, playoff cards". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 24, 1963. p. 17. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1963 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1963 Open Championship

Coordinates: 42°18′54″N 71°08′53″W / 42.315°N 71.148°W / 42.315; -71.148