1963 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 4–7, 1963|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,850 yards (6,264 m)|
|Field||84 players, 50 after cut|
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. Nicklaus shot a 66 (−6) in the second round, which was key in his victory. It was the second of his record 18 major titles; his third came three months later at the PGA Championship in July.
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.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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
|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|
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|
- "Souchak takes sole Masters lead". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 6, 1963. p. 14.
- "Nicklaus captures Masters golf crown". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 8, 1963. p. 25.
- Wright, Alfred (April 15, 1963). "Young Jack the Mighty Master". Sports Illustrated: 26.
- "Ex-Masters king Horton Smith dies". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. October 16, 1963. p. 15.
- "Masters golf tournament scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1963. p. 22.
- "Masters scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 6, 1963. p. 14.
- Masters.com – past winners
- About.com: 1963 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1963 Masters leaderboard and scorecards