1961 U.S. Open Goes to Littler

The 1961 U.S. Open was the 61st time the tournament was played. The champ won his only major trophy here.

Winner: Gene Littler, 281

Where it was played: Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Tournament dates: June 15-17, 1961

Leader after first round: Bobby Brue, 69

Leader after second round: Bob Rosburg and Doug Sanders, 139

Leader after third round: Doug Sanders, 210

Notable Notes: Gene Littler won his only major championship here, shooting 68 in the final round. Littler trailed Doug Sanders by three entering Round 4, but Sanders closed with a 72 and finished one behind, tied with Bob Goalby in second place.

Final Scores

Gene Littler 73-68-72-68—281
Bob Goalby 70-72-69-71—282
Doug Sanders 72-67-71-72—282
a-Jack Nicklaus 75-69-70-70—284
Mike Souchak 73-70-68-73—284
Dow Finsterwald 72-71-71-72—286
Doug Ford 72-69-71-74—286
Eric Monti 74-67-72-73—286
Jacky Cupit 72-72-67-76—287
Gardner Dickinson 72-69-71-75—287
Gary Player 75-72-69-71—287
a-Deane Beman 74-72-72-70—288
Al Geiberger 71-70-73-74—288
Dave Douglas 72-72-75-70—289
Ben Hogan 71-72-73-73—289
Arnold Palmer 74-75-70-70—289
Billy Casper 74-71-73-72—290
Dutch Harrison 74-71-76-69—290
Kel Nagle 71-71-74-74—290
Sam Snead 73-70-74-73—290
Bob Rosburg 72-67-74-78—291
Tommy Bolt 70-73-73-76—292
Bob Brue 69-72-73-78—292
Bruce Crampton 71-71-74-76—292
Jim Ferrier 74-72-71-75—292
Billy Maxwell 73-74-72-73—292
Jack Fleck 73-71-79-70—293
Ted Kroll 78-69-73-73—293
a-Edward Brantly 75-70-72-77—294
Chick Harbert 75-71-69-79—294
Robert Harrison 79-70-71-74—294
Milon Marusic 75-74-71-74—294
Jerry Steelsmith 74-74-72-74—294
Jerry Barber 75-72-76-72—295
Gene Coghill 76-73-74-72—295
Bob Harris 75-67-78-75—295
Herman Scharlau 75-69-73-78—295
Jim Ferree 73-72-78-73—296
Marty Furgol 71-73-76-76—296
Wes Ellis 74-72-74-77—297
Joe Taylor 76-71-74-76—297
Billy Farrell 76-71-77-74—298
a-Bill Hyndman 73-75-73-77—298
Dick Mayer 75-73-75-75—298
Doug Higgins 76-73-75-75—299
Mason Rudolph 78-70-72-79—299
Robert Shave Jr. 73-75-74-77—299
Frank Stranahan 73-76-76-74—299
Jay Hebert 77-71-77-75—300
a-Edward Meister Jr. 78-71-75-76—300
Rex Baxter 71-78-75-77—301
Bob Bruno 78-71-77-75—301
Dave Hill 76-71-75-79—301
Jackson Bradley 75-73-78-76—302
Paul Harney 71-77-75-81—304
Charles Malchaski 76-73-77-78—304
Jack Lumpkin 73-76-81-79—309

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