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
Par 72
Length 6,445 yards (5,893 m)
(PGC in 1965)[1]
6,435 yards (5,884 m)
(CECC in 1966)[2]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $50,000
Month played September
Final year 1966
Tournament record score
Aggregate 261 Ben Hogan (1945)
To par –27 Ben Hogan (1945)[3]
Final champion
United States Bert Yancey
Portland is located in the US
Portland
Portland
Location in the United States
PortlandGolf Club is located in Oregon
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Portland
Golf Club
Location in Oregon

The Portland Open Invitational was a professional golf tournament in the northwest United States on the PGA Tour, played 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 eight times at the Portland Golf Club,[4] and four times at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club.[5] First played as the Portland Open, the revived 1959 event played as the Portland Centennial Open Invitational, in honor of Oregon's centennial of statehood.[6]

Sam Snead won the inaugural event in 1944,[7] and Ben Hogan won in 1945 by fourteen strokes,[3][8] and also won the 1946 PGA Championship, then a match play event, held at the Portland Golf Club.[9] The club also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1947; the U.S. team was captained by Hogan and won 11–1. Hogan was a runner-up in 1948, a stroke back in an 18-hole playoff.[10][11]

The tournament was dominated by three-time winners Billy Casper (1959–61)[12] and Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1964–65).[13][14] Nicklaus' $3,500 win during his rookie season in 1962 concluded three weeks of victories;[15] he took the massive winner's share of $50,000 in the exhibition World Series of Golf in Ohio,[16][17] and then won his second tour title at the Seattle Open Invitational, which paid $4,300.[18][19] Both Casper and Nicklaus won at both courses.

Bert Yancey won the last edition in 1966 and took only 102 putts.[20] It stood as the 72-hole record for fewest putts for over a decade, until Bob Menne took 99 at the Tournament Players Championship in 1977.[21]

Tournament hosts[edit]

Venue Years
Portland Golf Club 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948,
1959, 1960, 1964, 1965
Columbia Edgewater Country Club 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966

Winners[edit]

Year Date Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Purse ($) Notes
Portland Open Invitational
1966 Sep 18 Bert Yancey  United States 271 −17 3 strokes United States Billy Casper 6,600 50,000 [20]
1965 Sep 19 Jack Nicklaus (3)  United States 273 −15 3 strokes United States Dave Marr 6,600 50,000 [14]
1964 Sep 20 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States 275 −13 3 strokes United States Ken Venturi 5,800 40,000 [13]
1963 Sep 22 George Knudson  Canada 272 −16 Playoff United States Mason Rudolph 4,300 30,000 [22]
1962 Sep 23 Jack Nicklaus  United States 269 −19 1 stroke United States George Bayer 3,500 25,000 [15]
1961 Sep 24 Billy Casper (3)  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Dave Hill 3,500 25,000 [12]
1960 Sep 25 Billy Casper (2)  United States 266 −22 2 strokes United States Paul Harney 2,800 27,500 [23]
Portland Centennial Open Invitational
1959 Oct 4 Billy Casper  United States 269 −19 3 strokes United States Bob Duden
United States Dave Ragan
2,800 20,000 [6]
Portland Open Invitational
1949–1958 No tournament
1948 Oct 3 Fred Haas  United States 270 –18 Playoff United States Ben Hogan (2nd)
United States Johnny Palmer (3rd)
2,450 15,000 [10][11]
1947 Aug 17 Charles Congdon  United States 270 –18 6 strokes United States Clayton Heafner
United States Herman Keiser
United States Johnny Palmer
United States George Payton
2,000 10,000 [24]
1946 No tournament, hosted  PGA Championship
1945 Sep 30 Ben Hogan  United States 261 –27 14 strokes United States Byron Nelson 2,666 14,333 [3][8]
Portland Open
1944 Nov 26 Sam Snead  United States 289 +1 2 strokes United States Mike Turnesa 2,675 16,000 [7]

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1963: Knudson chipped in for eagle on the first playoff hole, a par-5, for the win; Rudolph nearly matched it, but his bounced out.[22]
  • 1948: 18-hole Monday playoff: Haas 70 (–2), Hogan 71 (–1), Palmer 75 (+3).[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicklaus storms into lead in Portland golf tourney". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 19, 1965. p. 7, sports. 
  2. ^ Kurtz, Larry (September 16, 1966). "Casper, trio have margin in Portland". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 2B. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ben Hogan wins Open with new PGA record". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. August 26, 1946. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Golf & Tournament History". Portland Golf Club. Retrieved 2009-06-07. 
  5. ^ Tradition finds new home, title sponsor
  6. ^ a b Harvey, Paul, III (October 5, 1959). "Billy Casper Open winner by 3 strokes". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 2B. 
  7. ^ a b Dunlap, John W. (November 27, 1945). "Sam Snead wins Portland Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. p. 8. 
  8. ^ a b "Hogan's record 261 wins Portland Open tournament". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. October 1, 1945. p. 9. 
  9. ^ Strite, Dick (August 26, 1946). "Ben Hogan stages great comeback to take PGA title from Ed Oliver". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 2. 
  10. ^ a b "Portland Open ends in tie". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 4, 1948. p. 11. 
  11. ^ a b c "Fred Haas tops Portland Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. October 5, 1948. p. 18. 
  12. ^ a b "Casper beats out Hill for Oregon title". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. September 25, 1961. p. 3, sec. 4. 
  13. ^ a b "Nicklaus overtakes Venturi to triumph". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 21, 1964. p. 4B. 
  14. ^ a b "Jack wins; sets PGA loot record". Spokesman-Review. (Spokesman-Review). Associated Press. September 20, 1965. p. 11. 
  15. ^ a b "Open won in Portland by Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. September 24, 1962. p. 2B. 
  16. ^ "World Series won by Jack". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 10, 1962. p. 3B. 
  17. ^ "Nicklaus wins $75,000 exhibition; Palmer fades". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. September 10, 1962. p. 1, sec. 4. 
  18. ^ "Nicklaus wins Seattle Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 17, 1962. p. 3B. 
  19. ^ "Nicklaus wins Seattle Open by 2 strokes". Chicago Daily Tribune. UPI. September 17, 1962. p. 4, sec. 4. 
  20. ^ a b Wetzel, Frank (September 19, 1966). "Putts propel Bert Yancey to Open title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 3B. 
  21. ^ Missildine, Harry (May 22, 1977). "Putting game? you want to bet?". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. D1. 
  22. ^ a b "Knudson winner of Portland Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 23, 1963. p. 6B. 
  23. ^ "Casper cops first place at Portland". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 26, 1960. p. 11. 
  24. ^ Strite, Dick (August 18, 1947). "Washington golfer garners Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 5. 

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