1967 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 1967 U.S. Open was the 67th time the tournament was played. For the first three rounds, the story was an amateur golfer named Marty Fleckman. In the end, though, the story was Jack Nicklaus.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 275

Where it was played: Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey

Tournament dates: June 15-18, 1967

Leader after first round: Marty Fleckman, 67

Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer, 137

Leader after third round: Marty Fleckman, 209

What Happened at the 1967 U.S. Open

Marty Fleckman was a 23-year-old amateur who led after the first and third rounds. Fleckman opened with a 67 to lead Jack Nicklaus by two; Arnold Palmer had the 36-hole lead, then Fleckman took the lead back with a third-round 69. Entering the final round, Fleckman held a 1-stroke lead over Nicklaus, Palmer and defending champion Billy Casper.

But an amateur winner was not in the cards. Fleckman started the final round cold, and just got colder. He finished with an 80, dropping back to a tie for 18th place.

Casper played solid in the fourth round with a 72, but Palmer and Nicklaus stole the show. The rivals played the final round together, but Nicklaus reeled off a streak of five birdies over the last six holes of the front nine to build a four-stroke lead over Palmer. And four strokes is what the final margin was, Nicklaus at 275 and Palmer at 279.

Nicklaus' total set a new U.S. Open scoring record (since broken), bettering the previous mark of 276 by Ben Hogan at the 1948 U.S. Open. His 65 in Round 4 tied the tournament record for lowest final-round score, a record broken by Johnny Miller's closing 63 in the 1973 U.S. Open. It was Nicklaus' second win the U.S. Open, the seventh major championship win of his career. Nicklaus' 275 total wasn't bettered until the 1980 U.S. Open, when the Golden Bear shot 272, once again at Baltusrol.

Palmer did gain the distinction of being the first player to break 280 in the U.S. Open twice. But unfortunately for Palmer, he didn't win either of those tournaments. His first time breaking 280 was the previous year, when he lost to Casper in a playoff. Palmer finished second in a U.S. Open four times, and this was the last of those four runners-up. All four of those runner-up showings happened from 1962 to 1967; in those six years, Palmer finished inside the Top 5 in the U.S. Open five times (and missed the cut the other year).

For Lee Trevino, who finished fifth, it was his first Top 10 finish in a major in just his second appearance in a major. Trevino was in his rookie season on the PGA Tour, and went on to win the following year at the 1968 U.S. Open. The 1967 U.S. Open was Hogan's final time playing in a major; he finished tied for 34th.

1967 U.S. Open Final Scores

Jack Nicklaus 71-67-72-65—275
Arnold Palmer 69-68-73-69—279
Don January 69-72-70-70—281
Billy Casper 69-70-71-72—282
Lee Trevino 72-70-71-70—283
Deane Beman 69-71-71-73—284
Gardner Dickinson 70-73-68-73—284
Bob Goalby 72-71-70-71—284
Dave Marr 70-74-70-71—285
Kel Nagle 70-72-72-71—285
Art Wall 69-73-72-71—285
Al Balding 75-72-71-68—286
Wes Ellis 74-69-70-73—286
Gary Player 69-73-73-71—286
Tom Weiskopf 72-71-74-70—287
Dutch Harrison 70-76-72-70—288
Jerry Pittman 72-72-75-69—288
Miller Barber 71-71-69-78—289
a-Marty Fleckman 67-73-69-80—289
Paul Harney 71-75-72-71—289
Dave Hill 76-69-69-75—289
Bob Verwey 75-71-69-74—289
Bruce Devlin 72-68-77-73—290
Billy Farrell 76-71-73-70—290
Howie Johnson 74-73-71-72—290
a-Bob Murphy 73-73-75-69—290
Bobby Nichols 74-71-73-72—290
Charles Coody 77-71-75-68—291
Mike Fetchick 73-71-76-71—291
Al Geiberger 71-73-73-74—291
Lou Graham 71-75-76-69—291
Labron Harris Jr. 75-71-72-73—291
Ken Venturi 74-74-72-71—291
Ben Hogan 72-72-76-72—292
Tom Nieporte 72-71-74-75—292
Doug Sanders 76-72-74-70—292
Rod Funseth 78-69-75-71—293
Don Bies 71-73-72-78—294
Gay Brewer 74-70-76-74—294
Raymond Floyd 74-74-73-73—294
Mason Rudolph 78-70-75-71—294
Butch Baird 72-73-77-73—295
Chi Chi Rodriguez 69-75-76-75—295
Bob McCallister 75-73-74-73—295
Bert Yancey 72-73-71-79—295
Bruce Cudd 73-73-75-75—296
Dick Sikes 74-74-76-72—296
Frank Boynton 74-72-74-77—297
Don Essig III 75-72-75-75—297
Ted Kroll 73-72-74-78—297
Steve Oppermann 73-73-76-75—297
Tom Strange Jr. 72-73-76-76—297
Bob Zimmerman 73-75-72-77—297
Frank Beard 73-73-77-75—298
Bobby Clark 76-71-75-76—298
Bob Hold 71-71-78-78—298
Cesar Sanudo 73-73-79-73—298
Rocky Thompson 75-71-77-75—298
Carl Unis 74-72-75-77—298
Dick Lotz 76-67-80-76—299
Rives McBee 76-72-73-78—299
Mac Hunter 75-72-78-75—300
Jimmy Ferriell 73-73-81-75—302
Chuck Scally 73-74-79-80—306

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