1968 US Open: Trevino Goes Big for Debut Win

Golfer Lee Trevino in the early 1970s
Lee Trevino, winner of the 1968 US Open tournament. Tony Duffy/Getty Images

The 1968 U.S. Open wasn't just Lee Trevino's first win in a major championship, it was his first win of any kind on the PGA Tour. Trevino didn't exactly come out nowhere to win this championship, though; it was his third appearance in a U.S. Open, and he finished fifth the year before.

Trevino joined the PGA Tour in 1967, and while he didn't win a tournament in that rookie season, he did earn enough cash to gather some Rookie of the Year accolades from the golf media.

The way Trevino won might have surprised the casual golf fan, however. He shot all four rounds in the 60s - the first time that happened in a U.S. Open (and it didn't happen again until 1993); he beat the runner-up, defending champion Jack Nicklaus, by four strokes. He matched the 72-hole tournament scoring record of the time (set by Nicklaus the previous year) of 275.

Still, it wasn't a runaway for Trevino. He wasn't even the third-round leader. That was Bert Yancey, at 205 (setting a 54-hole tournament record, later broken) one stroke ahead of Trevino.

But Trevino took the lead on the ninth hole of the final round and pulled away over the back nine, shooting a final-round 69 to Yancey's 76.

Trevino went on to win six majors total, and Nicklaus was runner-up to him in four of them.

1968 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores

Results from the 1968 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York (a-amateur):

Lee Trevino69-68-69-69--275$30,000
Jack Nicklaus72-70-70-67--279$15,000
Bert Yancey67-68-70-76--281$10,000
Bobby Nichols74-71-68-69--282$7,500
Don Bies70-70-75-69--284$5,500
Steve Spray73-75-71-65--284$5,500
Bob Charles73-69-72-71--285$3,750
Jerry Pittman73-67-74-71--285$3,750
Gay Brewer71-71-75-69--286$2,516
Billy Casper75-68-71-72--286$2,516
Bruce Devlin71-69-75-71--286$2,516
Al Geiberger72-74-68-72--286$2,516
Sam Snead73-71-74-68--286$2,516
Dave Stockton72-73-69-72--286$2,516
Dan Sikes71-71-73-72--287$1,900
George Archer74-72-73-69--288$1,633
Julius Boros71-71-71-75--288$1,633
Charles Coody69-71-72-76--288$1,633
Rod Funseth74-72-69-73--288$1,633
Dave Hill74-68-74-72--288$1,633
Gary Player76-69-70-73--288$1,633
Mac McLendon72-76-70-71--289$1,425
Hugh Royer Jr.75-72-73-69--289$1,425
Miller Barber74-68-78-70--290$1,203
Roberto De Vicenzo72-76-72-70--290$1,203
Bob Erickson75-68-72-75--290$1,203
Don January71-75-71-73--290$1,203
Bob Lunn74-73-73-70--290$1,203
Pat Schwab76-70-75-69--290$1,203
Tom Weiskopf75-72-70-73--290$1,203
Larry Ziegler71-71-74-74--290$1,203
Bill Collins71-72-76-72--291$1,020
Terry Dill74-71-73-73--291$1,020
Dave Marr70-72-74-75--291$1,020
Bob Murphy76-71-70-74--291$1,020
Charles Sifford75-69-75-72--291$1,020
Harold Henning75-68-76-73--292$950
Doug Sanders73-72-73-74--292$950
Billy Farrell70-72-74-77--293$897
Gibby Gilbert73-72-76-72--293$897
Bob Goalby76-71-73-73--293$897
Mac Hunter75-73-74-71--293$897
Al Balding70-76-71-77--294$860
Dave Eichelberger74-73-76-71--294$860
Labron Harris Jr.70-72-77-75--294$860
Bruce Crampton75-72-75-73--295$835
Bob Dickson76-70-75-74--295$835
Ronnie Reif72-74-74-76--296$815
Robert Stone75-72-75-74--296$815
Monty Kaser73-72-75-77--297$795
Art Wall74-74-75-74--297$795
Frank Beard76-72-73-77--298$765
Homero Blancas72-75-74-77--298$765
Billy Maxwell72-74-78-74--298$765
Kel Nagle72-75-76-75--298$765
Gene Borek73-74-76-76--299$740
Paul Harney74-73-78-75--300$730
a-Dick Siderowf71-76-76-77--300 
Arnold Palmer73-74-79-75--301$720
Al Chandler74-72-78-78--302$710
a-Jack Lewis73-75-80-74--302 
Johnny Pott76-72-76-79--303$700
a-Jim Simons75-73-81-81--310 

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