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1967 U.S. Open (golf)

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Dates  June 15–18, 1967
Cut  148 (+8)
Par  70
Length  7,015 yards (6,415 m)
Start date  1967
Prize fund  169,400 USD
1967 U.S. Open (golf)
Location  Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s)  Baltusrol Golf Club Lower Course
Field  150 players, 66 after cut
Organized by  United States Golf Association
Similar  1962 US Open, 1972 US Open, 1993 US Open, 1970 US Open, 2005 PGA Championship

The 1967 U.S. Open was the 67th U.S. Open, held June 15–18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Jack Nicklaus shot a final round 65 and established a new U.S. Open record of 275, four strokes ahead of runner-up Arnold Palmer, the 1960 champion. It was the second of Nicklaus' four U.S. Open titles and the seventh of his eighteen major championships.


Nicklaus' record score surpassed the 276 of Ben Hogan in 1948 at Riviera. His final round 65 (−5) tied the U.S. Open record for lowest final 18 holes, broken six years later by Johnny Miller at Oakmont. The 275 record stood for thirteen years, when Nicklaus broke it on the same course in 1980. For Palmer, it was his fourth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in six years; the earlier three were in playoffs (1962, 1963, 1966). Hogan, age 54, played in his final major; he shot 72 in each of the first two rounds and tied for 34th place.

Lee Trevino, then a club pro from El Paso, finished in fifth place in only his second major championship; he made the cut in his debut in 1966. The $6,000 he earned from fifth place allowed him to play in enough tournaments the rest of the 1967 season to earn his tour card for 1968. The high finish gave him an exemption into the U.S. Open in 1968 at Oak Hill, which he won.

This was the fifth U.S. Open at Baltusrol and the second on the Lower Course; it previously hosted in 1954. The Upper Course was the site in 1936 and the defunct Old Course in 1903 and 1915. The U.S. Open returned in 1980, also won by Nicklaus, and its most recent appearance was in 1993. The PGA Championship was held at the Lower Course in 2005 and is scheduled to return in 2016.

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Course layout

Lower Course


Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

  • 7,027 yards (6,425 m), par 70 - 1954 U.S. Open
  • 6,866 yards (6,278 m), par 72 - 1936 U.S. Open (Upper Course)
  • 6,212 yards (5,680 m), par 74 - 1915 U.S. Open (Old Course)   The Old Course was plowed under in 1918
  • 6,003 yards (5,489 m), par      - 1903 U.S. Open (Old Course)
  • Made the cut

  • Boros withdrew from the final round after receiving word of his mother's death.
  • Missed the cut


    First round

    Thursday, June 15, 1967

    Marty Fleckman, a 23-year-old amateur from Port Arthur, Texas, shot an opening round 67 to lead the field by two in his first U.S. Open.


    Second round

    Friday, June 16, 1967


    Third round

    Saturday, June 17, 1967

    With a one-under 69 on Saturday, amateur Fleckman was the surprise 54-hole leader, a stroke ahead of defending champion Billy Casper and former champions Nicklaus (1962) and Palmer (1960).


    Final round

    Sunday, June 18, 1967

    Fleckman, however, wilted under the pressure and shot a final round 80 (+10) and tied for 18th place. Alongside in the final pairing, Casper carded a 72 for 282 (+2), seven strokes behind. The championship became a duel between Nicklaus and Palmer, in the penultimate pairing. Nicklaus birdied five of his first eight holes to open up a four-stroke advantage over Palmer, and that is how they finished. Nicklaus' final putt was sunk from 22 feet (7 m).



    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


    1967 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia

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