1975: Raymond Floyd wins the Kemper Open with help of a 100 ft chip in eagle

Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd wins the 1975 Kemper Open

On this day, In 1975 Raymond Floyd captured his first win in nearly 5 years as he won the Kemper Open for his 6th career victory.  After sinking a 100‐foot chip shot for an eagle 3 on the ninth hole; he went on to win the $250,000 Kemper open golf tournament with a final round of 69.  That decisive shot helped Floyd stay clear of his close trailing competitors Gary Player and John Mahaffey by three strokes.  This was Floyd’s first PGA Tour win since his 1969 PGA Championship triumph, and his next victory would come at the 1976 Masters Tournament.

Player shot a 73 in the final round and shared second place at 281 with Mahaffey, who closed with 70. Each bogeyed the final hole.  Floyd’s rounds of 65, 71, 73 and 69 over the 7,160‐yard Quail Hollow Country Club course left him 10 under par, but equaled the record high winning score in the seven years the tournament had been held here.

 Floyd said of his 100‐foot eagle, produced with a No. 8‐iron, “I hit it down the hill, across the valley and around the corner.”

His front‐nine birdies came on putts of 35 and 15 feet, the latter giving him the lead at the eighth hole. His only bogey came at the 12th, a par four, where he drove into the trees, pitched out, missed the green and had to make an 8‐foot putt for his five.

On three of the four finishing holes Floyd used his No. 1‐iron off the tee instead of a driver in order to avoid trouble.  Player was unable to make a birdie on the back nine in his pursuit of Floyd. Bogey 5’s on the 11th and 18th dropped Player back to a tie with Mahaffey, who moved into contention with a frontnine 33. But he came into the clubhouse with 37 for his third second‐place finish this year.

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