Bobby Greenwood-Jack Nicklaus Match (1961)

Article by Buck P. Patton, Memphis Press-Scimitar, Sat., August 19, 1961.

(Bobby Greenwood-Jack Nicklaus Match)

Photo Caption: THE FIRST AND LAST hole in the Bobby Greenwood-Jack Nicklaus match turned out to be No. 1. Above, Greenwood watches calmly as Nicklaus (behind Greenwood) rams in a 30-footer to go 1 up.  However, it was Greenwood who birdied No. 1 on the first playoff hole after tying it up with an eagle on 18.

Excerpts from the Article:

“Colonial’s form chart, mocked by yesterday’s first round upset of Jackie  Nicklaus by Bobby Greenwood, continued to take a beating today when Billy Joe Patton was ousted in the second round by Bob Magee, 3 and 2.” -1st paragraph

“Greenwood eliminated Earl Pate, 3 and 2; …” – from 4th paragraph

“The fireworks in the Greenwood-Nicklaus match started on the 16th. There Greenwood was on the five-par hole in two and had an easy birdie. Nicklaus was buried in a sandtrap in two and parred. Loss of the hole evened the match.

“I felt pretty good then,” said Greenwood, “but it didn’t last.” Nicklaus snaked in a [30-footer] to birdie and win the par-three 17th, and the pressure shifted once again to Greenwood.

“I hit a good tee shot on the 18th and figured my next shot would keep me in or take me out.” he said. It kept him in. He smashed a three-wood [four feet] from the pin [and was left with a side hill putt for an eagle] which it turned out he needed.

“I didn’t think Nicklaus could birdie. He was on the back of the green and had to come downhill. [But when he chipped to about about nine feet below the cup I thought he might make it. And, when he did, that four-footer] of mine got 20 feet long.”

Greenwood spent exactly three minutes surveying the situation then dropped in [the curling eagle putt to square the match. Then on to the sudden death playoff.]

[Greenwood once again hit a beautiful seven iron 2nd shot that stopped four inches from the hole for a final birdie and the victory.]

*Following are the complete first round scores:


Upper Bracket

“Bobby Greenwood, Sparta, Tenn. beat Jack Nicklaus, Columbus, Ohio, 1 up in 19 holes; Earl Pate beat Jim Hardy, Stillwater, Okla., 3 and 1; Ed Brantly, Chattannoga, beat Ted Hale, Mayfield, Ky., 4 and 3……”

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