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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.[3][4]

1969 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 12–15, 1969
LocationHouston, Texas
Course(s)Champions Golf Club
Cypress Creek Course
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length6,967 yards (6,371 m)[1]
Field149 players, 68 after cut
Cut148 (+8)
Prize fund$205,300[2]
Winner's share$30,000
Champion
United States Orville Moody
281 (+1)
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A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army,[5] Moody entered the final round in second place, three shots behind Miller Barber.[6] 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.

Battling an ailing knee, defending champion Lee Trevino (of Texas)[7] missed the cut by a stroke;[8] he won the title again in 1971.

The Cypress Creek Course hosted the Houston Champions International event on the PGA Tour,[7] today's 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.

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Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Arnold Palmer   United States 1960 70 73 69 72 284 +4 T6
Julius Boros   United States 1952, 1963 71 73 70 73 287 +7 T13
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967 74 67 75 73 289 +9 T25
Billy Casper   United States 1959, 1966 74 73 72 74 293 +13 T40
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 71 75 72 77 295 +15 T48

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Lee Trevino   United States 1968 74 75 149 +9
Gene Littler   United States 1961 72 80 152 +12
Ken Venturi   United States 1964 76 77 153 +13

Source:[1]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 12, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Murphy   United States 66 –4
2 Miller Barber   United States 67 –3
T3 Deane Beman   United States 68 –2
Al Geiberger   United States
T5 George Archer   United States 69 –1
Dean Refram   United States
Tom Weiskopf   United States
T8 Dick Crawford   United States 70 E
Jack Ewing   United States
Bunky Henry   United States
George Knudson   Canada
Arnold Palmer   United States
Bob Rosburg   United States

Source:[9]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 13, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Deane Beman   United States 68-69=137 –3
T2 Miller Barber   United States 67-71=138 –2
Bob Murphy   United States 66-72=138
4 Bob Rosburg   United States 70-69=139 –1
T5 Charles Coody   United States 72-68=140 E
Al Geiberger   United States 68-72=140
George Knudson   Canada 70-70=140
T8 Tony Jacklin   England 71-70=141 +1
Johnny Miller   United States 71-70=141
Orville Moody   United States 71-70=141
Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-67=141

Source:[1]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 14, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Miller Barber   United States 67-71-68=206 –4
2 Orville Moody   United States 71-70-68=209 –1
T3 Deane Beman   United States 68-69-73=210 E
Bunky Henry   United States 70-72-68=210
5 Bob Rosburg   United States 70-69-72=211 +1
T6 Charles Coody   United States 72-68-72=212 +2
Al Geiberger   United States 68-72-72=212
Bobby Mitchell   United States 72-74-66=212
Bob Murphy   United States 66-72-74=212
Arnold Palmer   United States 70-73-69=212

Source:[6]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 15, 1969

Miller Barber began the final round with a three-stroke lead,[6] 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.[3] 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.[3][4]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Orville Moody   United States 71-70-68-72=281 +1 30,000
T2 Deane Beman   United States 68-69-73-72=282 +2 11,000
Al Geiberger   United States 68-72-72-70=282
Bob Rosburg   United States 70-69-72-71=282
5 Bob Murphy   United States 66-72-74-71=283 +3 7,000
T6 Miller Barber   United States 67-71-68-78=284 +4 5,000
Bruce Crampton   Australia 73-72-68-71=284
Arnold Palmer   United States 70-73-69-72=284
9 Bunky Henry   United States 70-72-68-75=285 +5 3,500
T10 George Archer   United States 69-74-73-70=286 +6 2,800
Bruce Devlin   Australia 73-74-70-69=286
Dave Marr   United States 75-69-71-71=286

Source:[4]

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4
  Moody –1 –1 –1 E E E E E –1 E E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
  Beman +1 +2 +1 +2 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2
  Geiberger +3 +4 +4 +4 +6 +6 +6 +5 +4 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2
  Rosburg +1 E E E E E E +1 E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2
  Murphy +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +3 +2 +3 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3
  Barber −4 −3 −2 −2 −1 E E +1 E E E +2 +3 +3 +4 +3 +3 +4

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[4][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Beman slips through beef trust to take one-stroke Open lead". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 14, 1969. p. 14.
  2. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1969". USGA. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Jenkins, Dan (June 23, 1969). "Old Sarge cools it". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  4. ^ a b c d "Orville Moody wins heartbreak U.S. Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 16, 1969. p. 10.
  5. ^ Jauss, Bill (June 16, 1969). "Salute the 'Sarge,' golf king Moody". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). (Chicago Daily News). p. 19.
  6. ^ a b c "Barber leads by 3 in 'blow-up' Open". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. June 15, 1969. p. D1.
  7. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (June 9, 1969). "Wide-Open eyes are on Texas". Sports Illustrated. p. 42.
  8. ^ "Beman breaks up beef trust". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. June 14, 1969. p. 1B.
  9. ^ "Murphy leads Open; Pamer shoots par". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 13, 1969. p. 16.
  10. ^ "U.S. Open History". USGA. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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