Portland Open Invitational

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Portland Open Invitational
Tournament information
Location Portland, Oregon
Established 1944
Course(s) Portland Golf Club
Columbia Edgewater Country Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Final year 1966
Final champion
United States Bert Yancey

The Portland Open Invitational was a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in Portland, Oregon. Established by Robert A. Hudson with a $10,000 purse in 1944, it was played in from 1944 to 1948 and again from 1959 to 1966. The event was hosted at the Portland Golf Club[1] and the Columbia Edgewater Country Club.[2] It first played as the Portland Open. In 1959, the event played as the Portland Centennial Open Invitational in honor of Oregon's centennial.

The tournament was dominated by Billy Casper and Jack Nicklaus, both of whom won three times. Sam Snead and Ben Hogan won the first two events, and Hogan also won the 1946 PGA Championship, then a match play event, held at the Portland Golf Club.[3]

Bert Yancey won the last Portland Open in 1966. He took only 102 putts. It would stand as the 72-hole record for fewest putts till Bob Menne took 99 at the 1977 Tournament Players Championship.[4]

Tournament hosts[edit]

Years Venue
Portland Golf Club
Columbia Edgewater Country Club


Portland Open Invitational

Portland Centennial Open Invitational

Portland Open Invitational

Portland Open


  1. ^ "Golf & Tournament History". Portland Golf Club. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  2. ^ Tradition finds new home, title sponsor
  3. ^ Strite, Dick (August 26, 1946). "Ben Hogan stages great comeback to take PGA title from Ed Oliver". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2. 
  4. ^ Putting game? You want to bet?