1962: Arnold Palmer wins the Texas Open for a third straight year


Palmer wins the Texas Open three year straight

On this day, The King…Arnold Palmer won the Texas Open for the third year in a row.  Palmer first won the event in 1960 where he won by two strokes over Doug Ford & Frank Stranahan.  In 1961, he successfully defended his title by shooting two strokes better than the year before defeating runner up Al Balding.  In 1962, Palmer was without a doubt the favorite and didn’t exactly have an easy road for the “three-peat” in Texas.

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In an incredible Palmer-like fashion, he birdied the last three of four holes in play.  He finished the final day with a  four under-par 67 with four players coming up just a stroke too short. He posted a 72-hole score of 273 at the Oak Hills Country Club and won by a stroke over Joe Campbell, Gene Littler, Mason Rudolph,and Doug Sanders.

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