On this day, in 1968 Billy Casper wins the Southern California Open by three strokes

Billy Casper

On this day, in 1968 Billy Casper wins the Southern California Open by three strokes

Billy Casper shot a three under par 69 yesterday and posted a three round total of 208 to win the Southern California Open golf tournament by three strokes.  The second day leader, Al Johnston of West Palm Beach, Fla. had a 73 and tied for second with Howie Johnson of St. Paul, who carded a 69.

 

Casper jumped into the lead quickly yesterday, shooting a birdie on the first hole to tie with Johnston, getting another birdie on the third and then shooting par for two holes while Johnston had a par and a bogey.  In his first competitive action in more than a month, Casper took home first prize $6,000 in the $31,000 event.  Johnson and Johnston each received $2,500 for their tie in second. Behind them was Alex Sutton in fourth with $1,250 and Lee Elder in 5th with $1,000.

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