1969 U.S. Open (golf)
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.
|Dates||June 12–15, 1969|
|Course(s)||Champions Golf Club|
Cypress Creek Course
|Length||6,967 yards (6,371 m)|
|Field||149 players, 68 after cut|
A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Moody entered the final round in second place, three shots behind Miller Barber. 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.
The Cypress Creek Course hosted the Houston Champions International event on the PGA Tour, 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.
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|
Thursday, June 12, 1969
|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|
|Arnold Palmer||United States|
|Bob Rosburg||United States|
Friday, June 13, 1969
|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|
|Johnny Miller||United States||71-70=141|
|Orville Moody||United States||71-70=141|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||74-67=141|
Saturday, June 14, 1969
|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|
Sunday, June 15, 1969
Miller Barber began the final round with a three-stroke lead, 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. 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.
|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|
|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|
|Dave Marr||United States||75-69-71-71=286|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey
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- "U.S. Open History". USGA. Retrieved May 8, 2019.