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The 1973 U.S. Open was the 73rd U.S. Open, held June 14–17 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. In one of the finest performances in tournament history, Johnny Miller fired a record, 8-under-par 63 in the final round to win his first major championship, one stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee.[3][4][5][6][7]

1973 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 14–17, 1973
LocationOakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Oakmont Country Club
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,921 yards (6,329 m)[1]
Field149 players, 65 after cut
Cut150 (+8)
Prize fund$219,400[2]
Winner's share$35,000
Champion
United States Johnny Miller
279 (–5)
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Oakmont  is located in the United States
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Location in the United States
Oakmont is located in Pennsylvania
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Location in Pennsylvania

Jack Nicklaus, the winner at Oakmont eleven years earlier, was the favorite entering the championship.[8] Daily admission on the weekend was ten dollars.[9]

Contents

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 469 343 425 549 379 195 395 244 480 3,479 462 371 603 185 360 453 230 322 456 3,442 6,921
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Source:[10]

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Before 1962, the first hole was played as a par 5.

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, 1972 71 69 74 68 282 −2 T4
Arnold Palmer   United States 1960 71 71 68 72 282 −2 T4
Lee Trevino   United States 1968, 1971 70 72 70 70 282 −2 T4
Julius Boros   United States 1952, 1963 73 69 68 73 283 −1 T7
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 67 70 77 73 287 +3 12
Gene Littler   United States 1961 71 74 70 76 291 +7 T18
Tony Jacklin   England 1970 75 75 73 77 300 +16 T52

Source:[4][5]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Orville Moody   United States 1969 78 73 151 +9
Billy Casper   United States 1959, 1966 79 79 158 +16

Source:[11][12]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 14, 1973

Underweight from recent surgeries, 1965 champion Gary Player shot 67 to lead by three strokes.[13]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player   South Africa 67 −4
T2 Lee Trevino   United States 70 −1
Jim Colbert   United States
Raymond Floyd   United States
T5 Jack Nicklaus   United States 71 E
Johnny Miller   United States
Arnold Palmer   United States
Gene Littler   United States
Bob Charles   New Zealand
Ralph Johnston   United States

Source:[13]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 15, 1973

Player shot 70 for 137 to lead by one at the midway point.[14]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player   South Africa 67-70=137 −5
2 Jim Colbert   United States 70-68=138 −4
T3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-69=140 −2
Johnny Miller   United States 71-69=140
Bob Charles   New Zealand 71-69=140
T6 Gene Borek   United States 77-65=142 E
Julius Boros   United States 73-69=142
Tom Weiskopf   United States 73-69=142
Arnold Palmer   United States 71-71=142
Lee Trevino   United States 70-72=142

Source:[11]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 16, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jerry Heard   United States 74-70-66=210 −3
John Schlee   United States 73-70-67=210
Arnold Palmer   United States 71-71-68=210
Julius Boros   United States 73-69-68=210
5 Tom Weiskopf   United States 73-69-69=211 −2
T6 Lee Trevino   United States 70-72-70=212 −1
Bob Charles   New Zealand 71-69-72=212
Jim Colbert   United States 70-68-74=212
T9 Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-69-74=214 +1
Gary Player   South Africa 67-70-77=214

Source:[15][16]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 17, 1973

Four players shared the 54-hole lead: Schlee, Jerry Heard, 1963 champion Julius Boros, and 1960 winner Arnold Palmer. After a 76 (+5) on Saturday, Miller started the final round six strokes back, in a four-way tie for 13th place at three strokes over par,[17][16][15] and few gave him any chance of winning. Miller birdied the first four holes,[18] but after a bogey at the eighth, it certainly did not appear like he was on the brink of the greatest round in U.S. Open history.

But he then birdied four of the next five holes, and after a par at 14 he was tied for the lead with Palmer, Boros, and Tom Weiskopf. At the 15th hole, Miller hit his approach to ten feet (3 m) and converted for birdie to take solo possession of the lead. After lipping out a twenty-foot (6 m) birdie putt at 18 (for a 62), Miller carded the first round of 63 in major championship history. Finishing over an hour ahead of the last pairing, Miller then waited to see if anyone would match him.[18] Palmer fell out of contention with three consecutive bogeys to finish in a tie for fourth. Boros and Heard both shot 73 and finished in a tie for seventh. Only Schlee had a chance to tie Miller, but his 40-footer (12 m) for birdie at the last stayed out; he opened his round with a double bogey.

In shooting 63, Miller hit all 18 greens in regulation and needed 29 putts. Ten of his approach shots wound up within 15 feet (4.6 m), while five were within 6 feet (1.8 m). His score was even more remarkable given that only three other players managed to even break 70 on the day.[7]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Johnny Miller   United States 71-69-76-63=279 −5 35,000
2 John Schlee   United States 73-70-67-70=280 −4 18,000
3 Tom Weiskopf   United States 73-69-69-70=281 −3 13,000
T4 Jack Nicklaus   United States 71-69-74-68=282 −2 9,000
Arnold Palmer   United States 71-71-68-72=282
Lee Trevino   United States 70-72-70-70=282
T7 Julius Boros   United States 73-69-68-73=283 −1 6,000
Jerry Heard   United States 74-70-66-73=283
Lanny Wadkins   United States 74-69-75-65=283
10 Jim Colbert   United States 70-68-74-72=284 E 4,000

Source:[1][5][12]

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 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
  Miller +2 +1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 E −1 −1 −2 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Schlee −1 −1 −1 −3 −2 −3 −3 −2 −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4
  Weiskopf −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3
  Nicklaus +1 E E E E E E +1 E E E E E E E −1 −2 −2
  Palmer −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −3 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2
  Trevino E −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2
  Wadkins +5 +4 +4 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +1 +1 +1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[3][19][20]

Miller's final roundEdit

Johnny Miller's 63: club selection and results - June 17, 1973

Hole Yards Par Club selections Score Result To par
1 469 4 Driver, 3-iron to 5 feet 3 birdie −1
2 343 4 Driver, 9-iron to 1 foot 3 birdie −2
3 425 4 Driver, 5-iron to 25 feet 3 birdie −3
4 549 5 Driver, 3-wood, bunker shot to 6 inches 4 birdie −4
5 379 4 Driver, 6-iron to 25 feet, 2 putts 4 par −4
6 195 3 3-iron to 25 feet, 2 putts 3 par −4
7 395 4 Driver, 9-iron to 6 feet, 2 putts 4 par −4
8 244 3 4-wood to 30 feet, 3 putts 4 bogey −3
9 480 5 Driver, 2-iron to 40 feet, 2 putts 4 birdie −4
Out 3,479 36 32 −4
10 462 4 Driver, 5-iron to 25 feet, 2 putts 4 par −4
11 371 4 Driver, wedge to 14 feet 3 birdie −5
12 603 5 Driver, 7-iron, 4-iron to 15 feet 4 birdie −6
13 185 3 4-iron to 5 feet 2 birdie −7
14 360 4 Driver, wedge to 12 feet, 2 putts 4 par −7
15 453 4 Driver, 4-iron to 10 feet 3 birdie −8
16 230 3 2-iron to 45 feet, 2 putts 3 par −8
17 322 4 1-iron, wedge to 10 feet, 2 putts 4 par −8
18 456 4 Driver, 5-iron to 20 feet, 2 putts 4 par −8
In 3,442 35 31 −4
Total 6,921 71 63 −8

Source:[10][17][18]

VideoEdit

  • You Tube - Miller on 72nd hole - USGA (ABC broadcast)

ReferencesEdit

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