The 1962 U.S. Open was the 62nd time the tournament was played, and the site of Jack Nicklaus' first professional victory.
Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 283
Where it was played: Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Tournament dates: June 14-17, 1962
Leader after first round: Gene Littler, 69
Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer and Bob Rosburg, 139
Leader after third round: Arnold Palmer and Bobby Nichols, 212
Notable Notes: Jack Nicklaus was in his rookie year as a professional golfer; Arnold Palmer was at the height of his skills and playing on home turn in Pennsylvania. But it was the youngster who prevailed. Nicklaus caught Palmer in the final round, tying him at 283 and forcing an 18-hole playoff. In the playoff, Palmer started with a bogey, fell two behind Nicklaus after four, and four behind after six holes. Nicklaus wound up winning 71 to 74.