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
Country Club is located in USA
Country Club
Country Club
Location in the United States

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.[3][4]

Final round[edit]

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-footer for birdie at the last that would have won the championship.

Playoff[edit]

During the playoff on Sunday, Boros took command early, taking a three-stroke lead to the back-nine. 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. 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.[3]

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).[3] 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. The latter mark, however, would be broken in 1972 at Pebble Beach. For the first time in U.S. Open history, no amateur made the cut.

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

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) 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[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
Dick Mayer  United States 1957 74 81 155 +13
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1949, 1956 80 78 158 +16

Source:[1][5]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, June 22, 1963

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

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 23, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Julius Boros  United States 33-37=70 –1 17,500
T2 Jacky Cupit  United States 37-36=73 +2 8,500
Arnold Palmer  United States 36-40=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:[4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grimsley, Will (June 24, 1963). "Boros' 70 wins 63rd Open". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Open history: 1963". USGA. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Wright, Alfred (July 1, 1963). "Big Jay has his day". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  4. ^ a b Smith, Red (June 24, 1963). "Views of Sports: Walking with Francis". Youngstown Vindicator. p. 13. 
  5. ^ "National Open Scorecard (Second round)". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 22, 1963. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "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