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1967: The Year in Golf


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Amateur Catherine Lacoste of France wins the U.S. Women's Open, the only amateur to do so.

Responding to growing demand for his "Anser" putter, Karsten Solheim resigns from General Electric and incorporates Karsten Manufacturing, which will produce Ping golf clubs.

The Masters is televised internationally by the BBC via satellite. Two-time defending champion Jack Nicklaus misses the cut.

Jack Nicklaus wins his second U.S. Open, four strokes head of runner-up Arnold Palmer. Nicklaus' 275 total betters the previous tourney record set by Ben Hogan in 1948.

The Western Open, a women's major since 1937, is held for the final time. Kathy Whitworth wins.

Using a croquet-style putting stance and stroke, Sam Snead wins his third straight PGA Seniors Championship. (The USGA would outlaw croquet-style putting within a year.)

At her father's insistence, 10-year-old Beverly Klass turns pro. She plays in four events this year, including the U.S. Open, making the cut in three. The LPGA passes a rule barring golfers younger than 18 from full-time tour membership. Klass rejoins the LPGA Tour in 1976.

Born This Year:

• David Toms, PGA Championship winner
• Steve Stricker, PGA Tour
• Nancy Bowen, LPGA Tour (one major, 1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
• Donna Andrews, LPGA Tour (1 major)
• Steve Flesch, PGA Tour
• Peter Lonard, European Tour, PGA Tour
• Len Mattiace, PGA Tour

Died This Year:

Francis Ouimet, 1913 U.S. Open winner

Money Leaders:

PGA: Jack Nicklaus, $188,998.08
LPGA: Kathy Whitworth, $32,937

Scoring Leaders:

PGA (Vardon Trophy): Arnold Palmer, 70.18
LPGA (Vare Trophy): Kathy Whitworth, 72.74

Men's Major Championship Winners:

The Masters: Gay Brewer Jr.
U.S. Open: Jack Nicklaus
British Open: Roberto de Vicenzo
PGA Championship: Dan January

Women's Major Championship Winners:

LPGA: Kathy Whitworth
U.S. Open: Catherine LaCoste
Western Open: Kathy Whitworth

Amateur Champions
U.S.: Bob Dickson
British: Bob Dickson
U.S. Women's: Mary Lou Dill
British Women's: Elizabeth Chadwick

Ryder Cup
U.S. 23.5, Britain 8.5

Walker Cup
U.S. 13, Great Britain and Ireland 7

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