Arnold Palmer, 24, of Latrobe, Pa., defeated Robert Sweeny, 43, of New
York, 1 up, in a colorful and thrilling final in the second playing at
the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. Palmer was two
over par for the 36 holes.
He had come through what many considered the strongest quarter of the
draw and defeated, among others, Frank Stranahan in the fifth round of
his last Championship as an amateur.
Stranahan, in turn, had defeated E. Harvie Ward, Jr., fresh from his
victory the previous week in the Canadian Amateur Championship.
For the first time in the event, all the fairways were roped from tee
to green. Three months after the Championship, Palmer turned professional.