1963 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 20–23, 1963|
|Course(s)||The Country Club|
|Length||6,870 yards (6,282 m)|
|Field||148 players, 51 after cut|
|293 (+9), playoff|
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. 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. 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.
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). 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
Made the cut
|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|
Missed the cut
|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|
Thursday, June 20, 1963
|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|
Friday, June 21, 1963
|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|
|Don January||United States||72-74=146|
|Billy Maxwell||United States||73-73=146|
Saturday, June 22, 1963 (morning)
|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|
|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|
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.
|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|
|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|
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.
First prize was $16,000, and each of the three playoff participants received a bonus of $1,500 from the playoff gate receipts.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|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.
- Previously, three-way playoffs determined a third-place finisher (last in 1950); non-winners now tied for second.
Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
- Grimsley, Will (June 24, 1963). "Boros' 70 wins 63rd Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 8.
- "U.S. Open history: 1963". USGA. Archived from the original on June 7, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 24, 1963). "Boros wins Open title by 3 strokes". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- Wright, Alfred (July 1, 1963). "Big Jay has his day". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
- Smith, Red (June 24, 1963). "Views of Sports: Walking with Francis". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. p. 13.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 23, 1963). "Palmer, Boros, and Cupit decide Open title in playoff today". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
- "National Open Scorecard (Second round)". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 22, 1963. p. 13.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 21, 1963). "Unheralded Gajda leads Open on 69". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 22, 1963). "Palmer in 3-way tie for Open lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
- "Palmer, Boros, Cupit tied in Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 23, 1963. p. 1B.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 23, 1963). "Palmer, Boros, and Cupit tie". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- "Winners, playoff cards". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 24, 1963. p. 17.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1963 Open Championship