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The 1968 U.S. Open was the 68th U.S. Open, held June 13–16 at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Lee Trevino equaled the tournament scoring record and won the first of his six major titles, four strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus.[3][4] It was also the first win on the PGA Tour for Trevino, age 28.

1968 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 13–16, 1968
LocationRochester, New York
Course(s)Oak Hill Country Club
East Course
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length6,962 yards (6,366 m)[1]
Field149 players, 64 after cut
Cut148 (+8)
Prize fund$188,800[2]
Winner's share$30,000
Champion
United States Lee Trevino
275 (−5)
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Oak Hill CC is located in the United States
Oak Hill CC
Oak Hill CC
Location in the United States
Oak Hill CC is located in New York
Oak Hill CC
Oak Hill CC
Location in New York

This was the second of three U.S. Opens at the East Course; Cary Middlecoff won the first in 1956 and Curtis Strange successfully defended in 1989. It also hosted the PGA Championship in 1980, 2003, and 2013, and the Ryder Cup in 1995.

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Final roundEdit

Bert Yancey held the 54-hole lead after a tournament record 205 (−5) in the first three rounds. Trevino was a stroke behind at 206, after three rounds in the 60s, and made par saves at 5 and 6. After Yancey bogeyed the 5th, Trevino took the lead, then recorded birdies at 11 and 12, while Yancey bogeyed the 11th to fall out of contention. Nicklaus started the round seven strokes back at 212 (+2); he got two quick birdies, but did not record another until the 14th, by which time Trevino already had a commanding lead. Trevino's total of 275 tied the tournament record that Nicklaus established the year before at Baltusrol; his four rounds in the 60s was a tournament first,[4] and did not happen again for a quarter century, until Lee Janzen won at Baltusrol in 1993. It was also the first of Trevino's 29 victories on the PGA Tour.[5] Of Trevino's six major victories, Nicklaus was the runner-up four times.

Sam Snead, age 56, finished in a tie for 9th place, his final top-10 finish at the U.S. Open.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967 72 70 70 67 279 −1 2
Billy Casper   United States 1959, 1966 75 68 71 72 286 +6 T9
Julius Boros   United States 1952, 1963 71 71 71 75 288 +8 T16
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 76 69 70 73 288 +8 T16
Arnold Palmer   United States 1960 73 74 79 75 301 +21 59

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Ken Venturi   United States 1964 79 74 153 +13

Source:[1]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 13, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bert Yancey   United States 67 −3
T2 Charles Coody   United States 69 −1
Lee Trevino   United States
T4 Al Balding   Canada 70 E
Don Bies   United States
Billy Farrell   United States
John Felus   United States
Labron Harris Jr.   United States
Dave Marr   United States
T10 Julius Boros   United States 71 +1
Gay Brewer   United States
Bill Collins   United States
Bruce Devlin   Australia
Gardner Dickinson   United States
Don January   United States
Dick Siderowf (a)   United States
Dan Sikes   United States
Larry Ziegler   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 14, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bert Yancey   United States 67-68=135 −5
2 Lee Trevino   United States 69-68=137 −3
T3 Don Bies   United States 70-70=140 E
Charles Coody   United States 69-71=140
Bruce Devlin   Australia 71-69=140
Jerry Pittman   United States 73-67=140
T7 Miller Barber   United States 74-68=142 +2
Julius Boros   United States 71-71=142
Gay Brewer   United States 71-71=142
Bob Charles   New Zealand 73-69=142
Billy Farrell   United States 70-72=142
Labron Harris Jr.   United States 70-72=142
Dave Hill   United States 74-68=142
Dave Marr   United States 70-72=142
Jack Nicklaus   United States 72-70=142
Dan Sikes   United States 71-71=142
Larry Ziegler   United States 71-71=142

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 15, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bert Yancey   United States 67-68-70=205 −5
2 Lee Trevino   United States 69-68-69=206 −4
T3 Charles Coody   United States 69-71-72=212 +2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 72-70-70=212
T5 Julius Boros   United States 71-71-71=213 +3
Bobby Nichols   United States 74-71-68=213
T7 Billy Casper   United States 75-68-71=214 +4
Bob Charles   New Zealand 73-69-72=214
Al Geiberger   United States 72-74-68=214
Jerry Pittman   United States 73-67-74=214
Dave Stockton   United States 72-73-69=214

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 16, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Lee Trevino   United States 69-68-69-69=275 −5 30,000
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 72-70-70-67=279 −1 15,000
3 Bert Yancey   United States 67-68-70-76=281 +1 10,000
4 Bobby Nichols   United States 74-71-68-69=282 +2 7,500
T5 Don Bies   United States 70-70-75-69=284 +4 5,500
Steve Spray   United States 73-75-71-65=284
T7 Bob Charles   New Zealand 73-69-72-71=285 +5 3,750
Jerry Pittman   United States 73-67-74-71=285
T9 Gay Brewer   United States 71-71-75-69=286 +6 2,516
Billy Casper   United States 75-68-71-72=286
Bruce Devlin   Australia 71-69-75-71=286
Al Geiberger   United States 72-74-68-72=286
Sam Snead   United States 73-71-74-68=286
Dave Stockton   United States 72-73-69-72=286

Source:[6][7]

ScorecardEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 4
  Trevino −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Nicklaus +2 +2 +1 E E E E E E E E E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1
  Yancey −4 −4 −3 −3 −2 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1 −1 −1 E −1 −1 E E +1
  Nichols +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +2
  Bies +5 +6 +6 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4 +4 +4 +5 +4 +4 +4 +4
  Spray +9 +10 +9 +8 +8 +7 +8 +9 +9 +8 +8 +7 +7 +6 +5 +4 +4 +4

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey

Source:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Steady Yancey shoots 68, holds 2-stroke Open lead". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 15, 1968. p. 13.
  2. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1968". USGA. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 24, 1968). "Eyes right...but wrong". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  4. ^ a b Grimsley, Will (June 17, 1968). "Trevino's 4 subpar rounds set mark in Open victory; 275 total ties another". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. 15.
  5. ^ Stambaugh, Phil (July 29, 2013). "Q&A: Lee Trevino on historic win at Oak Hill". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on August 10, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "National Open golf scores". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. June 17, 1968. p. 15.
  7. ^ a b "U.S. Open History – 1968". USGA. Retrieved May 20, 2019.

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