1964: Arnold Palmer wins the Oklahoma City Open Invitational by 2 strokes

Oklahoma

Palmer earns his 44th career victory in Oklahoma

On this day, In 1964 Arnold Palmer put on another of his famous late rallies  and won the $40,000 Oklahoma City open golf tournament with an 11­ under‐par 277. Palmer shot a final‐round five‐under‐par 67, with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, in posting his 42d PGA Tour vic­tory.

The triumph was Palmer’s second of the 64′ season, and was worth $5,800 and increased his 1964” earnings to $44,298, second highest among pro golfers. Jack Nicklaus has won almost $47,000 this year. Palmer’s first 1964 victory was in the Masters tournament.

Lionel Hebert, the leader at the halfway mark,was second, two strokes behind.  Hebert led Palmer by three strokes going into the final 18 holes but he took a bogey on each of the second and third holes. Palmer pulled even with a birdie on No. 3 and went ahead with a birdie on No. 6.

THE LEADING SCORES
Arnold Palmer 72 69 69 67—277 $5,800
Lionel Hebert 70 68 69 72—279 $3,500
Bob Verwey 69 71 71 70—281 $2,700
Jack McGowan 69 71 69 73—282 $2,150
Mike Souchak 68 71 71 72—282 $2,150
Dave Marl 72 71 72 68—283 $1,800
Bob Rosburg 70 71 73 70—284 $1,700
Bruce Devlin 73 71 69 72—285 $1,400
Miller Barber 73 74 69 69—285 $1,400

 

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