Seattle Open Invitational
|Location||Seattle metro area,
|Established||1936, 1945, 1961|
|Course(s)||Broadmoor Golf Club
Inglewood Golf Club
Everett Golf & Country Club
The Seattle Open Invitational was a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in the northwest United States, in the greater Seattle area. It was played eight times over three decades under five names at three locations.
The first Seattle Open was held 80 years ago in 1936 at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore in early August. Macdonald Smith won an 18-hole playoff with a course record 65 (–8), six strokes ahead of runner-up Ralph Guldahl, who won the next two U.S Opens (1937, 1938) and the Masters in 1939. The next Seattle Open was played nine years later in October 1945 at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle and won by Byron Nelson, with a world record 259 (–21) and a victory margin of 13 strokes. He won a record eighteen tournaments in 1945, including eleven consecutive.
Sixteen years later, the tour returned to Seattle in 1961 at Broadmoor in mid-September with the Greater Seattle Open Invitational. Dave Marr won in a sudden-death playoff, over Bob Rosburg and Jacky Cupit; Marr shot a final round 63 (–7) and birdied the first extra hole to win. In 1962, it was renamed the Seattle World's Fair Open Invitational as part of the region's celebration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The victor by two strokes was a 22-year-old rookie from Ohio named Jack Nicklaus. It was his second tour win and first non-major, following a playoff victory over Arnold Palmer in June at the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Nicklaus had won $50,000 in the exhibition World Series of Golf the week before, and won in Portland the following week for his third tour title.
|1966||Everett Golf & Country Club||71||Everett|
|1965, 1963, 1936^||Inglewood Golf Club||72||Kenmore|
|1964, 1962, 1961, 1945||Broadmoor Golf Club||70||Seattle|
^ par 73 in 1936
|Greater Seattle-Everett Classic|
|1966||Sep 25||Homero Blancas||United States||266||−18||1 stroke||Jacky Cupit||6,600||50,000|||
|Greater Seattle Open Invitational|
|1965||Sep 26||Gay Brewer||United States||279||−9||Playoff||Doug Sanders||6,600||45,000|||
|1964||Sep 27||Billy Casper||United States||265||−15||2 strokes||Mason Rudolph||5,800||40,000|||
|Seattle Open Invitational|
|1963||Sep 15||Bobby Nichols||United States||272||−16||2 strokes|| Raymond Floyd
|Seattle World's Fair Open Invitational|
|1962||Sep 16||Jack Nicklaus||United States||265||−15||2 strokes||Tony Lema||4,300||30,000|||
|Greater Seattle Open Invitational|
|1961||Sep 17||Dave Marr||United States||265||−15||Playoff|| Jacky Cupit
|1945||Oct 14||Byron Nelson||United States||259||−21||13 strokes|| Jug McSpaden
Harry Givan (a)
|1936||Aug 3||Macdonald Smith|| Scotland
(a) = Amateur
- 1965: Brewer had a tap-in par on the first playoff hole, a par-4, and Sanders bogeyed.
- 1961: Marr sank a 3-foot (0.9 m) birdie putt on the first playoff hole, a par-5, for the win.
- 1936: 18-hole playoff, Smith 65 (–8), Guldahl 71 (–2).
- "Guldahl and Smith on extra eighteen". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. August 3, 1936. p. 6.
- "Mac Smith has great golf day". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 4, 1936. p. 12.
- "Macdonald Smith wins Seattle golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. August 4, 1936. p. 22.
- "Nelson posts world's record in winning Seattle Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 15, 1961. p. 2.
- "Nelson's 259 at Seattle breaks world record". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. October 15, 1945. p. 22.
- "Marr victor in golf playoff". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 18, 1961. p. 3B.
- "Nicklaus wins Seattle Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 17, 1962. p. 3B.
- "Nicklaus wins Seattle Open by 2 strokes". Chicago Daily Tribune. UPI. September 17, 1962. p. 4, sec. 4.
- "World Series won by Jack". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 10, 1962. p. 3B.
- "Nicklaus wins $75,000 exhibition; Palmer fades". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. September 10, 1962. p. 1, sec. 4.
- "Open won in Portland by Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. September 24, 1961. p. 2B.
- "Blancas tops Cupit for title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 26, 1966. p. 4B.
- Paul Nyhan (August 21, 2002). "Tour History in Washington". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
- "Brewer wins Seattle Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 27, 1965. p. 11.
- "Casper wins Seattle Open; Rudolph 2nd". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 28, 1963. p. 4B.
- "Seattle Open win taken by Nichols". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 16, 1963. p. 4B.