1956 Masters Tournament

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1956 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 5–8, 1956
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,965 yards (6,369 m)[1]
Field 84 players
Cut None
Winner's share $6,000
Champion
United States Jack Burke, Jr.
289 (+1)

The 1956 Masters Tournament was the 20th Masters Tournament, held April 5–8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Jack Burke, Jr. won his first major championship and only Masters, one stroke ahead of amateur Ken Venturi. It was the final Masters played without a 36-hole cut. CBS televised the third and fourth rounds of the tournament for the first time, and has done so every year since.

Burke shot a 71 (–1) on Sunday, one of only two players to break par in the final round, played under windy conditions. He rallied from a tournament record eight shots back to pass Venturi, who had led the entire tournament. Then a 24-year-old amateur, Venturi opened with a first round 66, the best round to date at the Masters by an amateur.[2] But on Sunday, he shot a 42 (+6) on the final nine holes to card a disappointing 80 (+8).[1][3] Burke's 289, along with Sam Snead in 1954 and Zach Johnson in 2007, remains the highest winning total in Masters history.

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 5, 1956

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ken Venturi (a)  United States 66 –6
2 Cary Middlecoff  United States 67 –5
T3 Tommy Bolt  United States 68 –4
Shelley Mayfield  United States
5 Ben Hogan  United States 69 –3
T6 Doug Ford  United States 70 –2
Shelley Mayfield  United States
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States
T9 Jerry Barber  United States 71 –1
Fred Hawkins  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 6, 1956

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ken Venturi (a)  United States 66-69=135 –9
2 Cary Middlecoff  United States 67-72=139 –5
T3 Tommy Bolt  United States 68-74=142 –2
Pete Cooper  United States 72-70=142
Doug Ford  United States 70-72=142
Shelley Mayfield  United States 68-74=142
T7 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 72-71=143 –1
Jerry Barber  United States 71-72=143
T9 Fred Hawkins  United States 71-73=144 E
Bob Rosburg  United States 70-74=144

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 7, 1956

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ken Venturi (a)  United States 66-69-75=210 –6
2 Cary Middlecoff  United States 67-72-75=214 –2
3 Doug Ford  United States 70-72-75=217 +1
T4 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 72-71-75=218 +2
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 72-74-72=218
T6 Jerry Barber  United States 71-72-76=219 +3
Pete Cooper  United States 72-70-77=219
T8 Tommy Bolt  United States 68-74-78=220 +4
Fred Hawkins  United States 71-73-76=220
Mike Souchak  United States 73-73-74=220

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 8, 1956

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 72-71-75-71=289 +1 6,000
2 Ken Venturi (a)  United States 66-69-75-80=290 +2 0
3 Cary Middlecoff  United States 67-72-75-77=291 +3 3,750
T4 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 72-74-72-74=292 +4 2,397
Sam Snead  United States 73-76-72-71=292
T6 Jerry Barber  United States 71-72-76-75=294 +6 1,350
Doug Ford  United States 70-72-75-77=294
T8 Tommy Bolt  United States 68-74-78-76=296 +8 976
Ben Hogan  United States 69-78-74-75=296
Shelley Mayfield  United States 68-74-80-74=296

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
United States Burke +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1
United States Venturi –5 –5 –5 –5 –5 –5 –5 –5 –4 –3 –2 –1 –1 E +1 +1 +2 +2
United States Middlecoff –3 –4 –4 –3 –1 –1 +1 +1 E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +3 +3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jack Burke Surprise Winner of Masters Golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 9, 1956. p. 18. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ken Venturi leads Masters with amateur record of 66". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 6, 1956. p. 16. 
  3. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (April 16, 1956). "And Then—Jackie Burke Took Charge". Sports Illustrated: 28. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 

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