On this day, In 1964 Billy Casper won the Doral-Open Invitational over Jack Nicklaus

Doral-Open

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
Dow Finsterwald 72 72 71 71–286 $950
Ken Venturi 69 73 71 73–286 $950
Tommy Aaron 71 70 70 75–286 $950
Julius Soros 73 74 71 69–287 $795
George Knudson 74 69 74 70–287 $795
Arnold Palmer 72 72 73 70–287 $795
Billy Maxwell 75 72 70 70–288 $795
Dave Hill 69 72 72 75–288 $675
Al Baldine 75 71 74 70–288 $675
Pete Cooper 72 71 74 71–288 $675
Tony Grudd 71 76 69 72–288 $675
Bob Duden 73 73 69 73–288 $675

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