1963: Arnold Palmer won the Western Open in a playoff over Jack Nicklaus & Julius Boros

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Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Julius Boros before the 1963 Western Open playoff

Palmer wins the Western Open over Nicklaus, Boros

On this day, In 1963 Arnold Palmer won his 41st PGA Tour victory at the Western Open played at Beverly Country Club in Chicago, Illinois. He won it all incredibly with a bogey on the 17th hole, after Jack Nicklaus and Julius Boros both three putted from around 20 feet. These were some of the top money leaders in the game, and its amazing how the final moments of the playoff unfolded. Boros was the furthest away on 17…He missed his third putt from a mere 18 inches. Jack Nicklaus initially was only about 10 feet from the cup before three putting to fall two back of Palmer in the 18 hole playoff.

About 10,200 watched the playoff at Beverly Country Club and the three players contributed a 10% share of the gate to the Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholarship Fund. The gift was estimated to be in excess of $15,000.

The playoff between these three golf giants came after they were all even after 72 holes at four under par, 280.  During the 1963 season, Palmer had won $96,955, Nicklaus $79,590, and Boros $69,996…Arnie added $11,000 more after this big win in Chicago.  Nicklaus & Boros each earned $4,450 for T-3.

Around this time, Palmer was playing some of the best golf of his career.  The win at the Western Open in 1963 was his sixth of the season and his 27th win in the past three years.  Within those last three years (1960-1963) Palmer racked up two Masters wins, two Open Championships, and one U.S. Open title.

Josh Morris

Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. He is also a featured writer on GolfWRX.com. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.

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