1978 Masters Tournament

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1978 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 6–9, 1978
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,040 yards (6,437 m)[1]
Field 78 players, 53 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Winner's share $45,000
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
277 (−11)

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.[2][3]

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 could not hole it.[2][4]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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
72 73 69 67 281 −7 7
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,
1962, 1964
73 69 74 77 293 +5 T37
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 73 75 78 75 301 +13 52

Missed the cut[edit]

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

Source:[5]

Final leaderboard[edit]

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
T9 David Graham  Australia 75-69-67-72=283 −5 6,750
Joe Inman  United States 69-73-72-69=283

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
South Africa Player −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9 −10 −10 −11
United States Funseth −7 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −10 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10
United States Green −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −10 −10 −11 −10 −10 −10
United States Watson −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −10 −9 −10 −11 −11 −10

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 7, 1978). "The Masters leader – Oh, Schlee". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 10. 
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (April 17, 1978). "And then there was one". Sports Illustrated: 16. 
  3. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 10, 1978). "3rd Win to Player in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17. 
  4. ^ a b Loomis, Tom (April 10, 1978). "Champ Player fired 64, then 'choked'". Toledo Blade. p. 14. 
  5. ^ "Golf: Masters, second round". Palm Beach Post-Times. April 8, 1978. p. D4. 

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