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1973 U.S. Open (golf)

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Dates  June 14–17, 1973
Length  6,921 yards (6,329 m)
Winner's share  $35,000
Prize fund  219,400 USD
Location  Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Cut  150 (+8)
Start date  1973
Course  Oakmont Country Club
Par  71
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Field  149 players, 65 after cut
Organized by  United States Golf Association
Similar  1972 US Open, 1970 US Open, 1986 US Open, 1990 US Open, 1993 US Open

Johnny miller scores a record final round 63 to win the 1973 us open

The 1973 U.S. Open was the 73rd U.S. Open, held June 14–17 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. In one of the finest performances in tournament history, Johnny Miller fired a record 63 in the final round to win his first major championship, one stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee.


Course layout


Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Before 1962, the first hole was played as a par 5.

Made the cut


Missed the cut


First round

Thursday, June 14, 1973

Second round

Friday, June 15, 1973


Third round

Saturday, June 16, 1973


Final round

Sunday, June 17, 1973

After overnight rains, four players shared the 54-hole lead: Schlee, Jerry Heard, 1963 champion Julius Boros, and 1960 winner Arnold Palmer. After a 76 (+5) on Saturday, Miller started the final round six strokes back, in a four-way tie for 13th place at three strokes over par, and few gave him any chance of winning. Miller birdied the first four holes, but after a bogey at the eighth, it certainly did not appear like he was on the brink of the greatest round in U.S. Open history.

But he then birdied four of the next five holes, and after a par at 14 he was tied for the lead with Palmer, Boros, and Tom Weiskopf. At the 15th hole, Miller hit his approach to 10 feet (3 m) and converted for birdie to take solo possession of the lead. After lipping out a 20-foot (6 m) birdie putt at 18 (for a 62), Miller carded the first round of 63 in major championship history. Finishing over an hour ahead of the last pairing, Miller then waited to see if anyone would match him. Palmer fell out of contention with three consecutive bogeys to finish in a tie for fourth. Boros and Heard both shot 73 and finished in a tie for seventh. Only Schlee had a chance to tie Miller, but his 40-footer (12 m) for birdie at the last stayed out.

In shooting 63, Miller hit all 18 greens in regulation and needed 29 putts. Ten of his approach shots wound up within 15 feet (4.6 m), while five were within 6 feet (1.8 m). His score was even more remarkable given that only three other players managed to even break 70 on the day.

  • Amateurs: Vinny Giles (+6), Gary Koch (+18)
  • Source:


    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

    Miller's final round

    Johnny Miller's 63: club selection and results - June 17, 1973


  • You Tube - Miller on 72nd hole - USGA (ABC broadcast)
  • References

    1973 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia

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