1964 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship

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1964 U.S. Women's Open
Tournament information
Dates July 9–12, 1964
Location Chula Vista, California
Course(s) San Diego Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) LPGA Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Statistics
Par 73
Length 6,376 yards (5,830 m) [1]
Field 58: 29 pros, 29 amateurs[3]
Prize fund $10,010 [2]
Winner's share $2,200
Champion
United States Mickey Wright
290 (−2), playoff
San Diego CC is located in the US
San Diego CC
San Diego CC
Location in the United States
San Diego CC is located in California
San Diego CC
San Diego CC
Location in California

The 1964 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship was the 19th U.S. Women's Open, held July 9–12 at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, California.

Hometown favorite Mickey Wright won her fourth and final U.S. Women's Open in an 18-hole playoff, two strokes ahead of runner-up Ruth Jessen, 70 to 72.[4][5] At the 72nd hole on Saturday afternoon, Jessen birdied while Wright scrambled for par from a greenside bunker to force the Sunday playoff.[2][6] Both players had San Diego ties, as Wright was born and raised in the area and Jessen was a resident of Bonsall.[6][7]

Jessen, originally of Seattle, was also a runner-up two years earlier in 1962. Wright, a Dallas resident, led (or co-led) after each of the five rounds to win the twelfth of her thirteen major titles. Defending champion Mary Mills finished in eleventh place.[8]

The championship was held the same week as the Open Championship in Scotland, which concluded on Friday.

This was the last U.S. Women's Open to schedule the final two rounds for Saturday, the format since the USGA took over in 1953. In 1965, the final round was moved to Sunday, as it was from 1947 through 1952.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Mickey Wright  United States 1958, 1959, 1961 71 71 75 73 290 −2 1
Patty Berg  United States 1946 76 74 77 75 302 +10 10
Mary Mills  United States 1963 79 75 75 75 304 +12 11
Kathy Cornelius  United States 1956 80 75 76 78 309 +17 T18
Betsy Rawls  United States 1951, 1953,
1957, 1960
81 77 76 77 311 +19 T22

Source:[2][6][8]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, July 11, 1964

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Mickey Wright  United States 71-71-75-73=290 −2 Playoff
Ruth Jessen  United States 72-73-74-71=290
T3 Marilynn Smith  United States 75-70-72-74=291 −1 797
Shirley Englehorn  United States 71-78-68-74=291
5 Sandra Haynie  United States 78-73-70-74=295 +3 550
6 Peggy Wilson  United States 73-77-72-74=296 +4 440
T7 Jo Ann Prentice  United States 78-73-76-71=298 +6 371
Marlene Hagge  United States 71-76-74-77=298
9 Kathy Whitworth  United States 76-76-75-73=300 +8 330
10 Patty Berg  United States 76-74-77-75=302 +10 302

Source:[2][6][8]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, July 12, 1964

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Mickey Wright  United States 35-35=70 −3 2,200
2 Ruth Jessen  United States 36-36=72 −1 1,320
  • Par: 36-37=73

Source:[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mickey has fine 71, aedds to lead". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 11, 1964. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Wright, Jessen tie in U.S. Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. July 12, 1964. p. G2. 
  3. ^ "Wright heads Open field". July 9, 1964. p. 37. 
  4. ^ a b "Golf queen adds 4th Open crown". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. July 13, 1964. p. 20. 
  5. ^ a b "Wright wins women's title". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 13, 1964. p. 2B. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Mickey, Ruth will play off tie in Open". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 12, 1964. p. 1, sports. 
  7. ^ "Miss Wright, two others lead Open". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 10, 1964. p. 14. 
  8. ^ a b c "Jessen rally ties Wright; playoff slated". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. July 12, 1964. p. 1B. 

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Coordinates: 32°37′19″N 117°03′47″W / 32.622°N 117.063°W / 32.622; -117.063