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The U.S. Open in the 1970s

Photos from the U.S. Open in the 1970s

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Robert Trent Jones, designer of Hazeltine National Golf Club, surveys the layout as he stands in front of the scoreboard showing first round scores at the U.S. Open Championship in Chaska, Minn., June 19, 1970. The golf course has come under criticism from golfers participating in the tourney. Jones said, "If you want flat greens and flat fairways, you can order it out of a Sears Robuck catalogue."

Published on May 16, 2011

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Arnold Palmer, right, is assisted by his caddy as he dries off his clubs while waiting to off in third round of play in U.S. Open tournament in Chaska, Minnesota on Saturday, June 20, 1970. Palmer began his third round twelve strokes off pace with a 153 for the first two rounds.

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Map shows the layout of holes at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, Minnesota in 1970, where The U.S. Open Golf Championship Tournament is scheduled to begin on June 18.

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Arnold Palmer rims the cup of the 10th hole in a practice session at the Hazeltine National Golf Club prior to the start of the 70th U.S. Open Championship of Golf, June 16, 1970, Chaska, Minn. Palmer is a former winner of the U.S. Open.

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Dave Hill dances as his putt misses on seventeenth green during second day's play in U.S Open tournament in Chaska, Minnesota Friday, June 19, 1970. Hill finished round with a sixty-nine which gives him an even par 144 for the two rounds.

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Arnold Palmer, right, Dave Hill, Center, and Ray Floyd move down fairway on third hole as they make effort to improve on their first day's scores in U.S. Open tournament . They are playing in second round in Chaska, Minnesota on June 19, 1970. Hill had moved to within two strokes of leader Tony Jacklin after five holes on Friday. Caddy at left unidentified.

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Dave Hill, playing out of Evergreen, Colorado, kicks high as his putt drops on the seventh hole in Sunday's final round of U.S. Open Championship in Chaska, Minnesota, June 21, 1970. Hill was four strokes behind leader Tony Jacklin at start of the Sunday round.

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Tony Jacklin and his wife, Vivien, pose with his trophy at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Mn. on Sun. June 21, 1970. Tony Jacklin, also the British Open Champion, won the U.S. Open Championship with a score of 281.

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Tony Jacklin grits his teeth as he follows through on a drive during play in the fourth and final round of the U.S. Open Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Mn. on Sunday, June 21, 1970. Jacklin, the British Open champion from London, England, went on to win the U.S. Open with a score of 281, beating Dave Hill.

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Tony Jacklin drops his putter to the ground and waves his arms after sinking his birdie putt on the eighteenth green to win the U.S. Open Championship, Chaska, Minn., June 21, 1970, in a seven-under-par 281 for 72 holes. Jacklin becomes the first Englishman in fifty years to win the U.S. Open.

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Jim Simons, who was runnerup in the British Amateur and went into today's fourth round as leader of the U.S. Open, aims for the basket- topped pin on 5th green of the Merion Golf Club at Ardmore, Pa., June 20, 1971. Simons led the field with a 3-under par 207 for the 54-hole three round total.

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Arnold Palmer is surrounded by a quartet of New Jersey State Police as he is escorted to the press tent for an interview, June 16, 1967 at Springfield, N.J. He had just posted a 68 in today's second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship to lead the field at the end of two days with 137 score.

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Ralph Johnston, Jackson Heights, New York, rookie watches ball miss cup for a bird on 17th green and spectators react in background in first round play of the U.S. Open, June 17, 1971 at Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Johnston, first to tee off, wound up with even par 70 after having been two under.

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Jack Nicklaus, left, and Lee Trevino walk off the 18th green at Merion Golf club in Ardmore, Pa., on June 21, 1971, after Trevino defeated Nicklaus in an extra 18-hole round for the U.S. Open title.

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Lee Trevino jubilates after he sank a birdie putt on the 12th green during the playoff round of the U.S. Open Golf Championships, Monday June 21, 1971, in Ardmore, Pa.

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Arnold Palmer, right, blasts ball from trap onto fourth green in first round play of the 72-hole four day U.S. Open Golf Championship on Merion Golf Club Course, Thursday June 17, 1971, Ardmore, Pa. (

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Lee Trevino wears a marshal's hat as he plays in the rough with a hatchet and rubber snake during a practice round before the U.S. Open starts at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on June 16, 1971.

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Lee Trevino reacts after he birdied the fourth hole in the third round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Merion Golf Club at Ardmore, Pa., on June 19, 1971.

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Lee Trevino, left, and Jack Nicklaus get together at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., on June 20, 1971. They tied for the U.S. Open Golf Championship as they played it down to the last hole of the four-day championship and tied with even par 210 for the 72 holes. They will play an 18-hole playoff extra round to determine the winner.

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Lee Trevino reacts after defeating Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole extra round play to win the U.S. Open Golf Championship title at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., on June 22, 1971.

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First to congratulate Jack Nicklaus on his victory in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach was the man he deposed, Lee Trevino, who won the 1971 title in an 18-hole playoff with Nicklaus, June 19, 1972. They're walking off the 18th green after Nicklaus captured the title by three strokes with a two-over-par 290 total.

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Jack Nicklaus holds the trophy emblematic of his victory in the U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif., June 18, 1972, where he won the second leg of his goal of capturing professional golf's grand slam. Now the winner of the Masters and the U.S. Open, Nicklaus must win the British Open and American PGA to complete the slam.

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Arnold Palmer grimaces in reaction to a missed putt for a par on the eighth green during the third round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Ca. on June 17, 1972.

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Jack Nicklaus watches a four-foot putt slip past the cup on the second green at Pebble Beach, June, 16, 1972 during the second round of the U.S. Open. He was on the green in two and was putting for an eagle from 30 feet, but came up short and then missed, settling for par 5. Watching the action is Julius Boros.

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Jack Nicklaus and his gallery intently watch the flight of the ball after he hit it from the rough toward the first green, June, 15, 1972 at Pebble Beach in opening round of the U.S. Open. The ball went over the green but Nicklaus chipped it stiff to the cup to make par 4.

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Arnold Palmer reacts to missing a birdie putt on the fifth green during the second round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Ca. on June 16, 1972.

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Jack Nicklaus blasts out of one trap, over another, and onto the seventh green as the roar of the surf pounds his ears during a practice round June 14, 1972 at Pebble Beach, California, where the U.S. Open begins Thursday June 17, 1972. The ball stopped six feet from the pin and Nicklaus knocked in the putt for a par 3.

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Jack Nicklaus, left, walks off the 18th green at Pebble Beach with Lee Trevino, the man he defeated as U.S. Open champion, moments after the final putt on June 18, 1972.

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Jack Nicklaus lashes an iron off the 17th tee to the green during the final round of the U.S Open at Pebble Beach, Calif., June 19, 1972.

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Jack Nicklaus holds two trophies representing his victories this year in the U.S. Masters, left, and U.S. Open, right, at his North Palm Beach office, Fla., on June 20, 1972.

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Arnold Palmer, who has been having his troubles, holds tee and make a "thumbs up" gesture on green at Oakmont, Pa, country club on Wednesday, June 13, 1973 as he and others went thought final practice round for tomorrow's start of the U.S. Open Golf championship.

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Arnold Palmer, left, swings his club as he and Julius Boros walk on to green at Oakmont Country Club where they were in a four-way tie for the lead in the end of third round of the U. S. Open Golf Championship, June 16, 1973, Oakmont, Pa. Palmer, Julius Boros, Jerry Hear and John Schlee all had 3 under 210.

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Arnold Palmer bends over and raises putter after missing a birdie putt on the 12th green in the third round play at the Oakmont Country Club, Saturday, June 16, 1973, Oakmont, Pa. He was at even par, 142, when he started the round but picked up strokes as he traveled the rain-soaked course.

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Johnny Miller, South Carolina golfer who burned up Oakmont, Pennsylvania, course on Sunday, June 17, 1973 with a 5-under par 279 and a record 63 for today’s round, takes over early lead of the U.S. Open Golf championship.

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Arnold Palmer waves his putter and smiles after putting, and missing, a birdie on sixth green in second round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Friday, June 15, 1973, Oakmont, Pa. Palmer wound up first round with par 71.

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With a clenched fist, Arnold Palmer gives vent to his emotion at sinking a birdie putt on the 17th hole at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York on Friday, June 14, 1974 in second round of the 74th U.S. Open golf championship. Palmer went on to post an even par 70. With his opening round of 73 that puts him in a tie for lead.

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Arnold Palmer, a figure familiar to golf fans the world over strides to edge of the 9th green at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck on June 14, 1974 during second round of the 74th U.S. Open Golf Championship.

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Jim Colbert's caddy, Steve Carlagola, explains contour of green on the second hole, Friday, June 14, 1974 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York during second round of the 74th US Open golf championship. Colbert carded a two-over-par 72 in Thursday's opening round.

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Arnold Palmer watches the flight of his ball on a chip shot from edge of 8th green at the Winged Foot Golf Club, Saturday, June 15, 1974, Mamaroneck, N.Y. Palmer, among the leaders, was playing in the third round of the 74th U.S. Open Golf Championship.

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Hale Irwin is shown with his trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship title at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., June 16, 1974. Irwin defeated Forrest Fezler with a score of 287.

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Veteran golfer Arnold Palmer follows his tee shot during a practice round for the U.S. Open in Medinah Country Club, Wednesday, June 12, 1975, Medinah, Ill. Nicklaus will compete at Medinah in the U.S. Open which begins next week.

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While Arnold Palmer, center, hits from the practice tee at Medinah Country Club, Tuesday, June 17, 1975, Medinah, Ill. Gary Player of South Africa, dark cap, and veteran Sam Sneed, holding a bucked of ball at right, await their turn to get in some swings in preparation for the U.S. Open Tournament. Practice was on-again off-again as rains plagued the course all day.

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Arnold Palmer of Ligonier, Pa. concentrates on spraying the grip of a golf club before warming up in a practice round at Medinah Country Club, June 18, 1975. Palmer, who has played golf with presidents and monarchs all over the world, takes care of this chore himself preparing for the U.S. Open, which gets underway at Medinah Thursday.

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The crowd of spectators at Medinah Country Club in Illinois seems to be pressing in on Arnold Palmer of Ligonier, Pa., as he tees off in the first round of the U. S. Open, June 19, 1975.

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Arnold Palmer registered this moment of torture when he missed a putt on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open at Medinah Country Club, June 20, 1975. Arnie hunched his shoulders, dropped his putter and raised his face to the sky. He finished in two-under-par 69, two strokes behind the leaders. (

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Arnold Palmer doubles over after missing a birdie putt on the 14th during the first round of the U.S. Open at Duluth, Ga on Thursday, June 17, 1976.

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This was the expression on Arnold Palmer's face as he played in the third round of the U.S. Open, June 19, 1976 in Duluth, Ga.

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A native of Macon, Georgia, now living in Pensacola, Florida, uses a towel to wipe his face during the second round of the US Open on June 18, 1976 in Duluth, Georgia. Pate fired a one-under-par 69 second round to have a 36-hole score of 139 and tie with Al Geiberger for the early second round lead in the championship.

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Jerry Pate poses with his trophy after winning the U.S. Open with a score of 277 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga., on June 20, 1976.

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Young Jerry Pate reacts to making a birdie putt on the third Sunday during the fourth round of US Open on June 20, 1976 in Duluth, Georgia. The birdie within one shot of tying leader John Mahaffey.

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Golfer Tom Kite is seen during the U.S. Open Golf tournament at the Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., June 1977.

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Arnold Palmer one of golf's all time greats is still a favorite among the fans. A group of youngsters gather around Palmer to get his autograph after a practice round for the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, June 15, 1977.

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Hubert Green shows that his unusual putting grip works as the ball heads for the cup and a birdie during the second round of the U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on Friday, June 17, 1977.

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A sweat soaked Arnold Palmer watches the flight of his ball as he drives from the third tee in the third round of the U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa on June 18, 1977. The temperature was in the upper 90’s and golfers were complaining about the heat. Palmer started the third round with a 36-hole score of 142.

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Hubert Green of Birmingham, Ala., holds the U.S. Open Championship trophy he won at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, 1977. Green won with a 72-hole total of 278. Green also won $45,000.

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Jack Nicklaus is shown in action in the U.S. Open Golf Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colo., June 1978. The tournament took place June 15-18.

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The gallery on the 18th hole looks pleased with a chip to the green, but Arnold Palmer, center, looks less than pleased with his shot during a practice round at Cherry Hills Country Club, June 12, 1978, Cherry Hills, Colo. Palmer, who won the 1960 US Open here, was among many golfers making practice rounds before Thursdays opening round of the 78th U.S. Open.

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Arnold Palmer on the 18th hole, which he birdied, during the US Open Golf Championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club, June 14, 1978, Denver Colo.

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Jack Nicklaus drives from the tee on the 432-yard par 4 ninth hole at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo., in the second round of the U.S. Open golf championship, June 16, 1978.

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Andy North strokes birdie putt on the 384-yard par 4 seventh hole in the second round of the U.S. Open championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo., Friday, June 17, 1978.

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Former golfing great Byron Nelson, left, talks with Tom Watson before the U.S. Open at Iverness Club in Toledo, Oh. on June 14, 1979.

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