Gay Brewer won the inaugural Hawaiian Open in Honolulu, HI
Gay Brewer of Middleton, Ohio, who fought back from behind all week, scored a birdie on the first hole of sudden death to win the inaugural Hawaiian Open. Brewer defeated Bob Goalby in a playoff to capture the $60,000 Hawaiian Open Golf Tournament, better known today as the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Goalby who was two strokes off the leas as he began play today, shot a three under par 69 while Brewer fired a 68 to tie with 281 totals. Early leader George Archer’s putt hung on the lip of the 18th hole and he was edged out of a chance at the big money.
Brewer took home the first prize of $9,000 and would go on to win the green jacket at Augusta National just two years later.
First hole playoff at Hawaiian Open 1965. Brewer’s ball at lower left. Goalby’s hit coconut tree. SB BW by Jack Titchen.
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