1963 Masters Tournament

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1963 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 4–7, 1963
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,850 yards (6,264 m)[1]
Field 84 players, 50 after cut
Cut 152 (+8)
Prize fund $112,500[2]
Winner's share $20,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
286 (−2)

The 1963 Masters Tournament was the 27th Masters Tournament, held April 4–7 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. 84 players entered the tournament and 50 made the cut at eight-over-par (152).

Jack Nicklaus, 23, won the first of his record six Green Jackets with a three-foot (0.9 m) par putt on the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of runner-up Tony Lema.[2] Nicklaus shot a 66 (−6) in the second round, which was key in his victory.[1][3] It was the second of his record 18 major titles; his third came three months later at the PGA Championship in July.

Gene Sarazen, the 1935 champion, made the cut at Augusta for the final time at age 61 and finished 49th.

It was the last Masters for Horton Smith, winner of the inaugural event in 1934 and again in 1936. He was the only competitor to have participated in every edition of the tournament, and had a lung removed in 1957. Battling Hodgkin's Disease, Smith was partly aided by a golf cart and shot 91 and 86; he died six months later in Detroit at age 55, shortly after attending the Ryder Cup matches in Atlanta.[4]

George Bayer won the Par 3 contest with a score of 23.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 70 73 74 71 288 E T3
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 71 74 74 70 289 +1 T5
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960, 1962 74 73 73 71 291 +3 T9
Doug Ford  United States 1957 75 73 75 69 292 +4 T11
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 75 74 73 72 294 +6 T21
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947, 1950 75 75 81 73 304 +16 T43
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 75 77 79 74 305 +17 45
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 74 73 81 80 308 +20 49

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 78 76 154 +10
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 79 77 156 +12
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 87 81 168 +24
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 91 86 177 +33
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 82 WD
Henry Picard  United States 1938 WD
Craig Wood  United States 1941 WD

Source[5][6]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, April 7, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 74-66-74-72=286 −2 20,000
2 Tony Lema  United States 74-69-74-70=287 −1 12,000
T3 Julius Boros  United States 76-69-71-72=288 E 7,000
Sam Snead  United States 70-73-74-71=288
T5 Dow Finsterwald  United States 74-73-73-69=289 +1 4,000
Ed Furgol  United States 70-71-74-74=289
Gary Player  South Africa 71-74-74-70=289
8 Bo Wininger  United States 69-72-77-72=290 +2 2,400
T9 Don January  United States 73-75-72-71=291 +3 1,800
Arnold Palmer  United States 74-73-73-71=291

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Souchak takes sole Masters lead". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 6, 1963. p. 14. 
  2. ^ a b "Nicklaus captures Masters golf crown". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 8, 1963. p. 25. 
  3. ^ Wright, Alfred (April 15, 1963). "Young Jack the Mighty Master". Sports Illustrated: 26. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Masters king Horton Smith dies". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. October 16, 1963. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "Masters golf tournament scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1963. p. 22. 
  6. ^ "Masters scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 6, 1963. p. 14. 

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Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020