One stroke separated the three leaders of the 1960 U.S. Open as they went into the final two holes. Arnold Palmer, who had overcome a seven-stroke deficit in the fourth round, won the championship by two strokes, beating both Ben Hogan and a young amateur named Jack Nicklaus. This remarkable come-from-behind achievement, which still stands as the greatest final-round comeback at the Open, signaled the end of an era and the beginning of modern-day golf and set the futures of all three men.
This book recounts that fateful Open, from the 8:00 a.m. first-round tee-off to the finish, bringing alive a near-mythic moment in modern golf. Along for the journey are some of the greatest players of the day: Sam Snead, Gary Player, Ken Venturi, Tommy Bolt, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Bob Rosburg, Dow Finsterwald, Gene “The Machine” Littler, and Art Wall.
Julian I. Graubart has written for Golf Journal and various other publications. He lives in Washington, DC.
“Not many sporting events can continue to hold you spellbound long after their completion, but the 1960 Open is one of them. It had everything: a nail-biting charge to victory by Arnold Palmer, the end of an era in Ben Hogan, and the beginning of a legend in Jack Nicklaus. Tension builds hole by hole and stroke by stroke in Julian Graubart’s rousingly detailed replay of four of the most exciting days in golf history.” (Amazon.com review)
“[Graubart] makes a convincing case here for adjudging the 1960 US Open…. the greatest links tournament to date…. [It’s] enormously exciting, and Graubart captures all the suspense.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Replete with insights and information about golf and its times, this account also touches on the Palmer-Nicklaus rivalry in the sixties and the Senior PGA tour that Palmer and Sam Snead popularized. Recommended for public libraries.” (Library Journal)
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