1973 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 5–9, 1973|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||82 players, 57 after cut|
The 1973 Masters Tournament was the 37th Masters Tournament, held April 5–9 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Due to weather delays, the final round was played on Monday for the first time since 1961.
Tommy Aaron, age 36, won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead. Before this win at Augusta, Aaron was best known as the player who kept Roberto DeVicenzo's incorrect scorecard at the Masters five years earlier in 1968. Ironically, Aaron's final round playing partner in 1973, Johnny Miller, recorded a higher score when keeping Aaron's card, and Aaron caught the mistake. This was his third and last victory on the PGA Tour, and after this win, Aaron's best result in a major was a tie for 28th at the Masters in 1979.
Gary Player played in 52 Masters from 1957 through 2009; and missed only this one, to recover from leg and abdominal surgery. He returned in 1974 to win the second of his three green jackets.
Gay Brewer won the fourteenth Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a seven-under 20. At the previous Masters, the 1967 champion was hospitalized in Augusta for ulcers on Wednesday night and missed the tournament.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965,
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||73||70||71||74||288||E||T6|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||75||66||74||76||291||+3||T10|
|Billy Casper||United States||1970||75||73||72||73||293||+5||T17|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Charles Coody||United States||1971||74||73||79||70||296||+8||T29|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||74||76||73||73||296||+8||T29|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||79||69||74||76||398||+10||T37|
|George Archer||United States||1969||73||74||74||78||299||+11||T43|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||76||78||154||+10|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States||1939||82||80||162||+18|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||88||86||174||+30|
- Gary Player, the 1961 champion, missed his only Masters in 53 years to recover from surgery.
He won the second of his three Masters titles the following year.
Monday, April 9, 1973
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Tommy Aaron||United States||68-73-74-68=283||−5||30,000|
|2||J. C. Snead||United States||70-71-73-70=284||−4||22,500|
|T3||Jim Jamieson||United States||73-71-70-71=285||−3||12,500|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-77-73-66=285|
|T6||Bob Goalby||United States||73-70-71-74=288||E||6,250|
|Johnny Miller||United States||75-69-71-73=288|
|T10||Gay Brewer||United States||75-66-74-76=291||+3||3,425|
|Gardner Dickinson||United States||74-70-72-75=291|
|Don January||United States||75-71-75-70=291|
|Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States||72-70-73-76=291|
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- "The Masters: Gary Player's 50th appearance". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "Brewer takes Par Three test". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1973. p. 19.
- "Golfer Brewer: ulcers, hernia". Montreal Gazette. UPI. April 11, 1972. p. 16.
- "Masters cash box". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 10, 1973. p. 20.
- "1973 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com: 1973 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1973 Masters leaderboard and scorecards