On this day, In 1964 Miller Barber wins the season ending Cajun Classic Golf Tournament


Miller Barber got his 1st of 11 wins on this day 52 years ago

Miller Barber, the San Antonio native finished with an 11-under – par 277  to win the $125,000 Cajun Classic golf tournament. The win at Oakbourne Country Club was the first of Barber’s PGA Tour career.  Jack Nicklaus finished in a tie for second place, edging out Arnold Palmer as the year’s top money winner on the PGA Tour.  To make matters worse, Arnold Palmer finished third slightly missing out on the title. Gay Brewer was tied for second with Nicklaus. The pair split $3,800 in second and third place money. Palmer got $1,500 in fourth place money.

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Barber fearless in the final round

Barber shot a five-under-par 67 Sunday in the last round on the Oakbourne Country Club course. The professionals hiked 36 holes Sunday, making up for Thursday and the rained out opening round. When things started Sunday, Barber was two under par and three strokes behind the leaders. His tournament finale was five birdies and a bogey for the 67. Nicklaus got two birdies and a bogey on the final 18 for his one-under-par 71 and a 282 total. Palmer bogied five consecutive holes Saturday, ending up witha two-over-par 74 for the day. He finished the last 18 with three birdies, an eagle and four bogeys for a 71. His total was 284.

Nicklaus became the money leader with his 2nd place finish

By nabbing a second place finish the Golden Bear was able to edge out Arnold Palmer and win the money title for the 1964 season.  Both Palmer and Nicklaus have banked more than $llO,OOO this year, and all that separated them going into the toumment was $319. Barber shot a five-under-par 67 Sunday in the last round on the Oakbourne Country Club course.  Nicklaus officially finished with $113,285  for the 1964 season compared to Palmer’s $113,203…A $82 dollar difference.  This was actually the first of eight times Nicklaus would earn the honor of the PGA Tour leading money winner.

[tweetthis]By placing ahead of Arnold Palmer in the Cajun Classic, Jack Nicklaus won the 1964 PGA Tour money leader award by $82[/tweetthis]

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