Bruce Crampton win in Hawaii was a long time coming…
In 1969, Bruce Crampton decided enough is enough, its time for a win. The Australian native did just that in early November of the 1969 PGA Tour season. He had been winless in his previous four seasons despite having a breakout year in 1965 with three wins. He had finally entered the winner’s circle in Hawaii by shooting five-under-par 67. The win was absolutely deserved when he held off the one and only Jack Nicklaus and edged the “Golden Bear” by four strokes. Crampton finished with a 72 hole score of 274 opposed to Nicklaus 278.
There was something at stake although for Nicklaus as well. He was trying to become the second man to reach 1 million dollars in career earnings behind only Arnold Palmer. This event could of made that happen, but the young Australian Crampton had other ideas.