History

1968: The oldest Champion

Champion: Julius Boros, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Site: Pecan Valley Country Club, San Antonio, Texas
Date: July 18-21
Purse: $150,000
Par: 35-35 - 70 (7,096 yards)
Field: 165 Cut at 149 (76 players advanced)

Julius Boros survived sweltering Texas heat and a last-hole charge by Arnold Palmer to become the oldest PGA Champion at age 48. Palmer, frustrated in never having won a PGA Championship in a glorious career was a stroke behind Boros heading into the 18th hole, and hit a poor drive. Despite having 230 yards left over a creek, Palmer took out his 3-wood and hit a brilliant shot to within 12 feet of the flagstick. However, he failed to make his putt and Boros, who was just off the green in two, pitched to within two feet for the victory.

People wondered why Boros wasn't smiling for photographers after the tournament. Boros later revealed he chipped a tooth and didn't want his picture taken with a gap in his smile.

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