1978 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 6–9, 1978|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||7,040 yards (6,437 m)|
|Field||78 players, 53 after cut|
The 1978 Masters Tournament was the 42nd Masters Tournament, held April 6–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Gary Player overcame a 7-shot deficit going into the final round to win his third Masters and ninth major championship. Player, age 42, shot a record-tying 64 (−8) in the final round to win by one stroke. The runners-up were Rod Funseth, defending champion Tom Watson, and 54-hole leader Hubert Green, the reigning U.S. Open champion, who shot an even-par 72.
Tied for tenth place at the start of the round, Player shot a 30 on the back nine in the summer-like heat. He holed seven putts ranging from 10 to 30 feet (3 to 9 m), including a final one of 15 feet (4.6 m) for birdie at 18. The leader in the clubhouse, Player had to wait forty minutes for the final groups to finish. Funseth had five birdies, but his two bogeys were both three-putts and he parred the last three holes. Watson eagled 13 and birdied both 15 and 16, but missed an 8-foot (2.4 m) putt for par on the final hole. After a bogey at 16, Green hit an outstanding approach shot at 18 which left a birdie putt from three feet (0.9 m) to tie, but he missed after being inadvertently distracted by a radio announcer.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961, 1974||72||72||69||64||277||−11||1|
|Tom Watson||United States||1977||73||68||68||69||278||−10||T2|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1976||76||71||71||68||286||−2||T16|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||73||71||69||77||290||+2||T29|
|Tommy Aaron||United States||1973||73||74||71||74||292||+4||36|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||73||75||78||75||301||+13||52|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Charles Coody||United States||1971||75||75||150||+6|
|Billy Casper||United States||1970||76||75||151||+7|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||74||78||152||+8|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||78||76||154||+10|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||79||75||154||+10|
|George Archer||United States||1969||81||WD|
Sunday, April 9, 1978
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Gary Player||South Africa||72-72-69-64=277||−11||45,000|
|T2||Rod Funseth||United States||73-66-70-69=278||−10||21,667|
|Hubert Green||United States||72-69-65-72=278|
|Tom Watson||United States||73-68-68-69=278|
|T5||Wally Armstrong||United States||72-70-70-68=280||−8||11,750|
|Billy Kratzert||United States||70-74-67-69=280|
|7||Jack Nicklaus||United States||72-73-69-67=281||−7||10,000|
|8||Hale Irwin||United States||73-67-71-71=282||−6||8,500|
|Joe Inman||United States||69-73-72-69=283|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 7, 1978). "The Masters leader – Oh, Schlee". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 10.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 17, 1978). "And then there was one". Sports Illustrated: 16.
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 10, 1978). "3rd Win to Player in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
- Loomis, Tom (April 10, 1978). "Champ Player fired 64, then 'choked'". Toledo Blade. p. 14.
- "Golf: Masters, second round". Palm Beach Post-Times. April 8, 1978. p. D4.
- Masters.com – past winners
- About.com: 1978 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1978 Masters leaderboard and scorecards