67th U.S. Open/June 15-18, 1967
Baltusrol GC Lower Course, Springfield, N.J.
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|Jack Nicklaus, United States||71||-||67||-||72||-||65||—||275|
|Arnold Palmer, United States||69||-||68||-||73||-||69||—||278|
|Don January, United States||69||-||72||-||70||-||70||—||281|
|Billy Casper, United States||69||-||70||-||71||-||72||—||282|
|Lee Trevino, United States||72||-||70||-||71||-||70||—||283|
Once again, the stage was set for another Jack Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer final-round duel. And once again, the “Golden Bear” kept his chief rival at bay in capturing his second U.S. Open crown — and seventh of his record 18 major championships.
Coming into this national open, Nicklaus had been in a slump. He won the year’s second PGA Tour event, the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, but was low on the tour money list. He also missed the cut in defense of his Masters title.
But the Ohio native was simply brilliant in the final round. He registered eight birdies, including five of them in a six-hole stretch on the front nine holes. He had eight one-putt greens on the way to his final round 65, which he later called his best professional round to date.
That start completely wiped out the overnight leader — 23-year-old Texas amateur Marty Fleckman, a Walker Cup alternate who started his final round with three consecutive bogeys, and shot an 80. He tied for 18th.
Even though he shot a solid 69 in his last round, Palmer could never string together any birdies — and watched as Nicklaus blitzed the entire field. It was the fourth runner-up U.S. Open finish in six years for “The King.”
Nicklaus’ final birdie at the finishing hole — a 23-foot putt — was set up by his 230-yard third shot up the hill to a guarded green at the par 5.
His 275 total was a U.S. Open record, breaking Ben Hogan’s previous mark of 275 set in 1948 at Riviera Country Club. Nicklaus would go on to win three more PGA Tour events during the season.
Lee Trevino, a club professional from El Paso, Texas, took fifth place in only his second appearance at a major tournament. He earned enough money from that finish to play on the PGA Tour, and give him an exemption into the following year’s national open — which he won.
For legendary Ben Hogan, it was his final time playing in a major. He tied for 34th.