1973 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 14–17, 1973|
|Course(s)||Oakmont Country Club|
|Length||6,921 yards (6,329 m)|
|Field||149 players, 65 after cut|
The 1973 U.S. Open was the 73rd U.S. Open, held June 14–17 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. In one of the finest performances in tournament history, Johnny Miller fired a record, 8-under-par 63 in the final round to win his first major championship, one stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee.
Lengths of the course for previous major championships:
Before 1962, the first hole was played as a par 5.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967, 1972||71||69||74||68||282||−2||T4|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||71||71||68||72||282||−2||T4|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968, 1971||70||72||70||70||282||−2||T4|
|Julius Boros||United States||1952, 1963||73||69||68||73||283||−1||T7|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||67||70||77||73||287||+3||12|
|Gene Littler||United States||1961||71||74||70||76||291||+7||T18|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Orville Moody||United States||1969||78||73||151||+9|
|Billy Casper||United States||1959, 1966||79||79||158||+16|
Thursday, June 14, 1973
|1||Gary Player||South Africa||67||−4|
|T2||Lee Trevino||United States||70||−1|
|Jim Colbert||United States|
|Raymond Floyd||United States|
|T5||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71||E|
|Johnny Miller||United States|
|Arnold Palmer||United States|
|Gene Littler||United States|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand|
|Ralph Johnston||United States|
Friday, June 15, 1973
Player shot 70 for 137 to lead by one at the midway point.
|1||Gary Player||South Africa||67-70=137||−5|
|2||Jim Colbert||United States||70-68=138||−4|
|T3||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-69=140||−2|
|Johnny Miller||United States||71-69=140|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand||71-69=140|
|T6||Gene Borek||United States||77-65=142||E|
|Julius Boros||United States||73-69=142|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||73-69=142|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-71=142|
|Lee Trevino||United States||70-72=142|
Saturday, June 16, 1973
|T1||Jerry Heard||United States||74-70-66=210||−3|
|John Schlee||United States||73-70-67=210|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-71-68=210|
|Julius Boros||United States||73-69-68=210|
|5||Tom Weiskopf||United States||73-69-69=211||−2|
|T6||Lee Trevino||United States||70-72-70=212||−1|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand||71-69-72=212|
|Jim Colbert||United States||70-68-74=212|
|T9||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-69-74=214||+1|
|Gary Player||South Africa||67-70-77=214|
Sunday, June 17, 1973
Four players shared the 54-hole lead: Schlee, Jerry Heard, 1963 champion Julius Boros, and 1960 winner Arnold Palmer. After a 76 (+5) on Saturday, Miller started the final round six strokes back, in a four-way tie for 13th place at three strokes over par, and few gave him any chance of winning. Miller birdied the first four holes, but after a bogey at the eighth, it certainly did not appear like he was on the brink of the greatest round in U.S. Open history.
But he then birdied four of the next five holes, and after a par at 14 he was tied for the lead with Palmer, Boros, and Tom Weiskopf. At the 15th hole, Miller hit his approach to ten feet (3 m) and converted for birdie to take solo possession of the lead. After lipping out a twenty-foot (6 m) birdie putt at 18 (for a 62), Miller carded the first round of 63 in major championship history. Finishing over an hour ahead of the last pairing, Miller then waited to see if anyone would match him. Palmer fell out of contention with three consecutive bogeys to finish in a tie for fourth. Boros and Heard both shot 73 and finished in a tie for seventh. Only Schlee had a chance to tie Miller, but his 40-footer (12 m) for birdie at the last stayed out; he opened his round with a double bogey.
In shooting 63, Miller hit all 18 greens in regulation and needed 29 putts. Ten of his approach shots wound up within 15 feet (4.6 m), while five were within 6 feet (1.8 m). His score was even more remarkable given that only three other players managed to even break 70 on the day.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Johnny Miller||United States||71-69-76-63=279||−5||35,000|
|2||John Schlee||United States||73-70-67-70=280||−4||18,000|
|3||Tom Weiskopf||United States||73-69-69-70=281||−3||13,000|
|T4||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-69-74-68=282||−2||9,000|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-71-68-72=282|
|Lee Trevino||United States||70-72-70-70=282|
|T7||Julius Boros||United States||73-69-68-73=283||−1||6,000|
|Jerry Heard||United States||74-70-66-73=283|
|Lanny Wadkins||United States||74-69-75-65=283|
|10||Jim Colbert||United States||70-68-74-72=284||E||4,000|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey
Miller's final round
Johnny Miller's 63: club selection and results - June 17, 1973
|Hole||Yards||Par||Club selections||Score||Result||To par|
|1||469||4||Driver, 3-iron to 5 feet||3||birdie||−1|
|2||343||4||Driver, 9-iron to 1 foot||3||birdie||−2|
|3||425||4||Driver, 5-iron to 25 feet||3||birdie||−3|
|4||549||5||Driver, 3-wood, bunker shot to 6 inches||4||birdie||−4|
|5||379||4||Driver, 6-iron to 25 feet, 2 putts||4||par||−4|
|6||195||3||3-iron to 25 feet, 2 putts||3||par||−4|
|7||395||4||Driver, 9-iron to 6 feet, 2 putts||4||par||−4|
|8||244||3||4-wood to 30 feet, 3 putts||4||bogey||−3|
|9||480||5||Driver, 2-iron to 40 feet, 2 putts||4||birdie||−4|
|10||462||4||Driver, 5-iron to 25 feet, 2 putts||4||par||−4|
|11||371||4||Driver, wedge to 14 feet||3||birdie||−5|
|12||603||5||Driver, 7-iron, 4-iron to 15 feet||4||birdie||−6|
|13||185||3||4-iron to 5 feet||2||birdie||−7|
|14||360||4||Driver, wedge to 12 feet, 2 putts||4||par||−7|
|15||453||4||Driver, 4-iron to 10 feet||3||birdie||−8|
|16||230||3||2-iron to 45 feet, 2 putts||3||par||−8|
|17||322||4||1-iron, wedge to 10 feet, 2 putts||4||par||−8|
|18||456||4||Driver, 5-iron to 20 feet, 2 putts||4||par||−8|
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- About.com – 1973 U.S. Open
- USGA Championship Database
- USGA – A Round for the Ages: Johnny Miller in 1973 U.S. Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1973 Open Championship