Tom Weiskopf edges Hill & Nicklaus in Philly
By: Josh Morris – Tom Weiskopf had caught absolute fire in the summer of 1971 and he proved it with this win at the 1971 Industrial Valley Bank-Philadelphia Golf Classic. It was a summer to remember as Jim Morrison of the Doors tragic death occurred in July and the launch & safe return of the Apollo 15. Weiskopf secured his second victory on the season at Whitemarsh Country Club with this win.
He won the Kemper Open earlier in June and withstood a late charge by Jack Nicklaus to win the title. Weiskopf made eagle on the 17th hole to shut the door on the golden bear. The man who eventually finished second, Dave Hill also eagled the 17th made a valiant effort but came up one stroke short. Meanwhile, Nicklaus finished one back of that mark. Weiskopf collected $30,000 for this victory as he would repeat this feat two years later in 1973 around his Open Championship win.
Just one week prior to the IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic, Weiskopf played so poorly at the Massachusetts Classic, he vowed to take the rest of the season off the refine his game. Luckily at the last minute he changed his mind to cash in one more time in 1971.
Also on this day in golf history…August 22
- A 19 year old Ben Crenshaw of Austin, Texas, converted a two‐stroke deficit into a two‐stroke victory in the Eastern Amateur golf tournament when Joey Dills of Muskogee, Oklahoma, faltered on the 18th hole with a double bogey six. Crenshaw finished the tournament at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club with par 280 on rounds of 71, 68, 71 and 70.
- Nancy Lopez, just 14 years old, won her third straight New Mexico women’s golf title, defeating Mrs. Donna Sauve, 13 and 12, in a 36‐hole match play final.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.