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Brookline hosts the US Open

June 17, 1963: The official preliminaries to the 63r US Open Championship were launched at The Country Club with an early mustering of “Arnie’s Army” as Arnold Palmer drove from the first tee on a practice round. Hundreds trooped after Palmer as he tested the course for the upcoming battle. He ultimately faced defeat in a playoff. It was the second year in a row Palmer lost the US Open in such a way.

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June 17, 1963: The official preliminaries to the 63rd US Open Championship were launched at The Country Club with an early mustering of “Arnie’s Army” as Arnold Palmer drove from the first tee on a practice round. Hundreds trooped after Palmer as he tested the course for the upcoming battle. He ultimately faced defeat in a playoff. It was the second year in a row Palmer lost the US Open in such a way.

The Country Club in Brookline, one of the oldest clubs in the country, has hosted the US Open golf tournament three times. In 1913, 20-year-old amateur and Brookline native Francis Ouimet shocked the golf world and won the US Open in an 18-hole playoff. An American golf hero was born and more enthusiasm for the sport ensued.

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The Country Club subsequently hosted the Open on the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the Ouimet victory. The match was dubbed as “The greatest game ever played” in a book and movie. The 100th anniversary next year will not be played at The Country Club — they will host the 2013 US Amateur Championship.

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