Gary Player wins the 500 Festival
On this day, In 1964 Gary Player won the $70,000 Festival Open golf tournament today with a 72 hole score of 273, 11 under par. The South African was only one stroke off the pace in starting the final round. He shot a four‐under‐par 67 over the flat Speedway course for the $12,000 first prize. In March he won the Pensacola Open in a playoff with Arnold Palmer and Miller Barber.
Player was never far off the pace. He opened his bid with a 70 Wednesday, added a 66, then shot another 70 before his closing score of 67.
He finished with a one‐stroke lead over Doug Sanders and Art Wall Jr. Sanders came up with a mighty bid with a seven under par 64 on the final day. Wall closed out with a 67, missing a chance to tie Player when forced to make a putt on the 18th hole. George Bayer, who had taken the lead at the halfway mark, finished with a 70 for fourth place at 275, nine under par.
500 Festival Open Scores
|Cliff Brown …..||72||68||69||67—276||$2,933|
|Don Whitt …..||68||72||68||68—276||$2,933|
|Billy Casper ….||68||70||69||69—276||$2,933|
|Gay Brewer …..||68||69||72||68—277||$2,300|