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1969 U.S. Open (golf)

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Dates  June 12–15, 1969
Length  6,967 yards (6,371 m)
Start date  1969
Prize fund  205,300 USD
Location  Houston, Texas
Cut  148 (+8)
Par  70
1969 U.S. Open (golf)
Course(s)  Champions Golf Club Cypress Creek Course
Field  149 players, 68 after cut
Organized by  United States Golf Association
Similar  1970 US Open, 1986 US Open, 1972 US Open, 1990 US Open, 1993 US Open

The 1969 U.S. Open was the 69th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at the Cypress Creek Course of Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Orville Moody won his only PGA Tour title, one stroke ahead of runners-up Deane Beman, Bob Rosburg, and Al Geiberger.


A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Moody entered the final round in second place, three shots behind Miller Barber. At age 35, Moody advanced through both local and sectional qualifying in 1969, the last champion to do so. It was his only win on the PGA Tour, with only one additional top-10 finish in a major, two months later at the PGA Championship.

The Cypress Creek Course hosted the Houston Champions International event on the PGA Tour, today's Shell Houston Open, from 1966 through 1971, and the Ryder Cup in 1967. It later hosted The Tour Championship five times (1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2003) and the U.S. Amateur in 1993.

Missed the cut


First round

Thursday, June 12, 1969


Second round

Friday, June 13, 1969


Third round

Saturday, June 14, 1969


Final round

Sunday, June 15, 1969

Miller Barber began the final round with a three-stroke lead, but it vanished after he bogeyed five of the first eight holes. He struggled to a 78 (+8) and dropped into a tie for sixth place, which allowed Moody to take the lead. At one point on the back nine, eight competitors were separated by just two shots. Bob Rosburg saved par from the sand at 17 to stay tied with Moody, but after a drive into the rough on 18, he again found a greenside bunker. Another sand shot got him to 3 feet (0.9 m), but he missed the putt for par to force an 18-hole Monday playoff. Playing in the final pairing with Barber, Moody had four consecutive pars to finish and preserved the one-stroke advantage for the championship. Barber needed only a 75 (+5) on Sunday to force a playoff, but finished three strokes back.



Final round

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


1969 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia

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