1964: Gary Player wins the 500 Festival Golf Tournament by one stroke

Gary Player

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

Gary Player…. 70 66 70 67—273 $12,000
Doug Sanders…. 66 71 73 64—274 $5,250
Art Wall…. 70 67 70 67—274 $5,250
George Bayer…. 66 67 72 70—275 $3,700
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
Kel Nagle…. 66 69 73 69—277 $2,300
Dow Finsterwald…. 70 71 69 68—278 $1,850

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