Congressional hosted its first major championship, the United States Women's Amateur. The winner was 24-year-old Barbara McIntire, who outdueled Joanne Goodwin, 4 and 3, in the 36-hole final.
It was not the first time McIntire made a big impression in this event. In 1950, at age 15, she eliminated the legendary six-time champion Glenna Collett Vare in her opening match.
McIntire also captured the Women's Amateur in 1964, and was a six-time participant in the U.S. Curtis Cup. In 1956, she almost became the first amateur to capture the U.S. Women's Open, losing in an 18-hole playoff to Kathy Cornelius.
This U.S. Open will be forever linked to Ken Venturi, who overcame heat exhaustion over the final 36 holes Saturday to register one of the game's most improbable triumphs.
Tommy Jacobs, however, who finished second, four strokes behind, will remember that day for another reason. Leading by two entering the final round, Jacobs went into the clubhouse looking for a quick bite. He sat down and ate some beef stroganoff.
Jacobs believes the meal sapped him of energy down the stretch.
"I just couldn't get the right nourishment, something that would sustain me," he said. "That's all they had to eat."
In the PGA Championship, Dave Stockton lined up one of the biggest putts of his life.
"Everyone says it was 10 to 12 feet," said Stockton, 63, "but it was longer than that. I had a straight inside right putt. The greens were perfect."
So was the putt, which earned him the title by one shot over Raymond Floyd and Don January.
Stockton also captured the PGA in 1970, though the victories came in much different ways. In 1970, Stockton won by two over Arnold Palmer and Bob Murphy.
"I won the 1970 PGA," Stockton said. "It was my tournament from the halfway mark." In 1976, he added: "I have no idea what happened. I couldn't believe I won. There could have been 15 people who won the tournament."
Jack Nicklaus played some amazing rounds in his career, including one at Congressional in this Kemper Open. In the second round, the Golden Bear birdied Nos. 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 -- seven birdies in eight holes for a front side 30, a tournament record and the lead at the halfway mark.
Surprisingly, Nicklaus did not win the tournament, finishing third, eight strokes behind Craig Stadler, who was the champion for the second year in a row. Nicklaus, in fact, never won a tournament at Congressional. In his two U.S. Open starts, in 1964 and 1997, he finished 23rd and 52nd, respectively.
Golf fans surely recall Larry Mize's magical pitch that earned him the 1987 Masters in a sudden death playoff with Greg Norman.
What fans will probably not recall is that, less than a year earlier, Norman outdueled Mize in a playoff to capture this Kemper Open, the last time the PGA Tour played a regular tour event at Congressional. For Norman, it was his second Kemper victory in three years, and the fourth triumph of his career. Mize, meantime, finished second for the second year in a row, losing by a shot in 1985 to Bill Glasson.
Tom Weiskopf finally outdueled longtime rival Jack Nicklaus, capturing the United States Senior Open at Congressional by four strokes.
For Weiskopf, who had finished second in the Masters four times, twice to Nicklaus (1972, 1975), it was a very emotional triumph. A few months earlier, his friend, Bert Yancey, a former tour player, had collapsed in front of him and died at a practice range during a senior event in Utah. Within a few weeks, Weiskopf's wife, Jeanne, learned she had breast cancer. She survived.
In the U.S. Open, Tom Lehman was in the last group on Sunday for the third year in a row. And, for the third year in a row, Lehman came up short.
After a bogey at 16, Lehman, the leader by two shots over Ernie Els and Jeff Maggert heading into the final round, trailed by one when he sent his 7-iron on No. 17 into the water, the ball bouncing off the bank left of the green. Any chance for victory was gone. Lehman finished third, two strokes behind Els.
"I'd give anything in the world for a mulligan," Lehman said at the time.
Meantime, Els, from South Africa, became the first foreign player since Alex Smith in 1910 to win more than one U.S. Open.
In the second round of the Open, John Daly pulled a disappearing act. Participating in his third event in a row since spending eight weeks at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Daly stormed off the course after his first nine holes, failing to even inform his caddie or his playing partners, Payne Stewart and Ernie Els.
"Even though I thought I was going to be strong enough to come right back and play three straight weeks on tour, I found out I was wrong," Daly said in a statement.
Daly, in any case, was not going to make the cut. He was 3 over par on the front nine, 10 over for the tournament.
-- Michael Arkush