Billy Casper becomes the 1st repeat champ at Doral-Open
On this date, In 1964 Billy Casper won the Doral-Open Invitational by one stroke over a young Jack Nicklaus. He earned 7,500 for the win and became the first repeat champion in the events short history. Casper, 11 under par overall, staged during the final round to become the 11th winner out of 11 events at the time during the 1964 season. This was optimistic timing for Casper, whose career was threatened a year before by tendonitis of the left wrist.
Casper, a 32 year old at the time, started the final round one shot ahead of Rex Baxter and two strokes in front of Jack Rule, Bob Shave and Nicklaus. Nicklaus made the biggest challenge when Casper trapped his approach on the final hole, wedged out weakly and took a 2 to get down for a bogey.
Nicklaus, playing with him, hit his approach 15 feet from the pin for a possible tying birdie but could not sink the putt. Trailing by two shots at this stage, Nicklaus was able to get only one stroke back with his 36, 33―69 for 278 .and second place before 12,000 spectators on the 7,028‐yard Blue course of the Doral Country Club. Sammy Snead ended with a 71 for a 281 that tied him for fourth with Rule, who closed with a 72. Arnold Palmer, still seeking his first victory since last October, finished with a 70 for 287.
The 1964 Doral-Open Invitational
|Billy Casper||70||70||67||70–277||$ 7,500|
|Jack Nicklaus||70||66||73||69–278||$ 4,000|
|Rex Baxier||70||66||72||71–279||$ 3,300|
|Sam Sneed||68||69||73||71–281||$ 2,750|
|Jack Rule||71||70||68||72–281||$ 2,750|
|Jay Hedert||70||69||75||68–282||$ 2,200|
|Bob Shave||69||67||73||73–282||$ 2,200|
|Chick Herbert||72||73||69||69–283||$ 1,800|
|Dave Marr||70||70||74||70–284||$ 1,500|
|Frank Beard||75||69||67||73–284||$ 1,500|
|Mason Rudalph||72||70||70||72–284||$ 1,500|
|Lionel Hebert||70||70||74||71–285||$ 1,200|
|Gary Player||73||71||70||71–285||$ 1,200|
|Joe Lopez Sr||69||79||72||755–85||$ 1,200|