1968 Masters Tournament

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1968 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 11–14, 1968
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,980 yards (6,383 m)[1]
Field 74 players, 52 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Winner's share $20,000
Champion
United States Bob Goalby
277 (−11)

The 1968 Masters Tournament was the 32nd Masters Tournament, held April 11–14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Bob Goalby won his only major championship, one stroke ahead of Roberto DeVicenzo, the reigning British Open champion.[2] On the back nine in the final round, Goalby birdied 13 and 14 and eagled 15 to record a 66 (−6) and a total of 277 (−11). At first it appeared that he had tied DeVicenzo and the two would meet in an 18-hole Monday playoff, but DeVicenzo returned an incorrect scorecard showing a par 4 on the 17th hole, instead of a birdie 3, sunk with a two-foot putt. Playing partner Tommy Aaron incorrectly marked the 4 and DeVicenzo failed to catch the mistake and signed the scorecard. USGA rules stated that the higher written score signed by a golfer on his card must stand,[3] and the error gave Goalby the championship.[1][2] Ironically, Goalby discovered a scoring error he had made on the card he was keeping for Raymond Floyd, his playing partner in the final round, which he corrected at the scorer's tent. He had marked Floyd down for a par-3 on the 16th hole, when Floyd had actually bogeyed the hole. Floyd ended up in a tie for seventh place with, among others, Aaron. Both Aaron and Floyd would win the Masters in future years, Aaron in 1973 and Floyd in 1976.

Jack Nicklaus tied for fifth place and third round leader Gary Player finished tied for seventh. Lee Trevino, 28, made his Masters debut and was two strokes back after three rounds, tied for seventh place. A rough back nine of 43 (+7) pushed his score to 80 and he finished tied for 40th. Two months later, he won the 1968 U.S. Open, the first of his six major titles. The Masters was the only major that eluded him; his best finish was a tie for tenth, in 1975 and 1985. Citing incompatibility, Trevino skipped Augusta three times in the early 1970s,[4][5][6] and missed in 1977 due to a bad back.[7]

In his fourteenth Masters at age 38, four-time champion Arnold Palmer found the water three times during a second round 79 for 151 and missed the cut for the first time at Augusta.[8][9] He made the next seven cuts, through 1975.

Bob Rosburg won the ninth Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a score of 22. Claude Harmon, 51, had consecutive aces at the fourth and fifth holes, but tied for third at 24.[10] The next day, Harmon withdrew in the first round after nine hole score of 40.[11]

Course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 White Pine 400 4 10 Camellia 470 4
2 Woodbine 555 5 11 Dogwood 445 4
3 Flowering Peach 355 4 12 Golden Bell 155 3
4 Palm 220 3 13 Azalea 475 5
5 Magnolia 450 4 14 Chinese Fir 420 4
6 Juniper 190 3 15 Firethorn 520 5
7 Pampas 365 4 16 Redbud 190 3
8 Yellow Jasmine 530 5 17 Nandina 400 4
9 Carolina Cherry 420 4 18 Holly 420 4
Out 3,485 36 In 3,495 36
Source:[1][12] Total 6,980 72

^ Holes 1, 2, 4, and 11 were later renamed.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965, 1966 69 71 74 67 281 −7 T5
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 72 67 71 72 282 −6 T7
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 74 74 73 67 288 E T22
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 72 74 71 74 291 +3 T35
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 73 74 75 71 293 +5 42
Doug Ford  United States 1957 72 75 72 77 296 +8 T48

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 71 79 150 +6
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
72 79 151 +7
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 76 76 152 +8
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 79 74 153 +9
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1939 82 81 163 +19
Henry Picard  United States 1938 78 WD
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 WD

Source[11][13][14]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, April 14, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bob Goalby  United States 70-70-71-66=277 −11 20,000
2 Roberto DeVicenzo  Argentina 69-73-70-66=278 −10 15,000
3 Bert Yancey  United States 71-71-72-65=279 −9 10,000
4 Bruce Devlin  Australia 69-73-69-69=280 −8 7,500
T5 Frank Beard  United States 75-65-71-70=281 −7 5,500
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-71-74-67=281
T7 Tommy Aaron  United States 69-72-72-69=282 −6 3,460
Raymond Floyd  United States 71-71-69-71=282
Lionel Hebert  United States 72-71-71-68=282
Jerry Pittman  United States 70-73-70-69=282
Gary Player  South Africa 72-67-71-72=282

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 Goalby −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −10 −12 −12 −11 −11
Argentina DeVicenzo −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11^ −10

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
^ DeVicenzo actually birdied the 17th hole, but signed for a par on his scorecard.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Stain mars Goalby's jacket". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. April 15, 1968. p. 19. 
  2. ^ a b Wright, Alfred (April 22, 1968). "Golf's craziest drama". Sports Illustrated: 14. 
  3. ^ Green, Bob (April 15, 1968). "Goalby's 277 captures Masters as scoring error costs De Vicenzo tie". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Lee Trevino to skip Masters". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 17, 1969. p. 20. 
  5. ^ Addie, Bob (April 11, 1973). "Have Trevino, Masters parted company for good?". Tuscaloosa News. (Washington Post). p. 10. 
  6. ^ Mizell, Hubert (April 8, 1978). "Trevino, Masters still not compatible". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. 
  7. ^ Green, Bob (March 24, 1977). "Trevino to miss Masters". Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA). Associated Press. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "'Worst ever here' – Arnie". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 13, 1968. p. 12. 
  9. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 13, 1968). "Player, January tie in Masters; Arnie out". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 12. 
  10. ^ "Harmon holds pair of aces". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 12, 1968. 
  11. ^ a b "(Masters scores)". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 12, 1968. p. 22. 
  12. ^ "Augusta National Golf club: map". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 10, 1969. p. 27. 
  13. ^ "Masters scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 13, 1968. p. 13. 
  14. ^ "Golf: Masters". Miami News. April 13, 1968. p. 2B. 

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