Essential Pittsburgh
7:24 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer and the Miracle at Oakmont

The book Chasing Greatness recounts the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open
The book Chasing Greatness recounts the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open
Credit Adam Lazarus

Forty years ago, in 1973, a week after Secretariat won the third leg in racing’s Triple Crown, another great sporting event took place. The finish of the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club is considered by some to be one of the greatest golf rounds ever played.


Golf fans were shocked by Johnny Miller’s final turn of 63 denied Arnold Palmer, the hometown hero, a win. The events of that U.S. Open finish are chronicled in the book in Chasing Greatness by Adam Lazarus and Steven Schlossman. Read their piece, Fact, Fancy, and Johnny Miller’s 63 in the 1973 US Open at Oakmont.