2004 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 8–11, 2004|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,290 yards (6,666 m)|
|Field||93 players, 44 after cut|
The 2004 Masters Tournament was the 68th Masters Tournament, held April 8–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Phil Mickelson, 33, won his first major championship with a birdie on final hole to win by one stroke over runner-up Ernie Els. The purse was $6.0 million and the winner's share was $1.17 million.
Prior to this Masters, the sudden-death playoff was changed to begin on the 18th hole and alternate with the 10th hole. This new starting point was first used the following year in 2005. When the playoff format was changed to sudden-death for 1976, it began at the 10th hole, then went to the 11th, and was first used in 1979. Prior to 1976, playoffs at Augusta were full 18-hole rounds on Monday, and the last was won by Billy Casper in 1970. The exception was the first playoff in 1935, which was 36 holes.
|2||Pink Dogwood||575||5||11||White Dogwood||490||4|
|3||Flowering Peach||350||4||12||Golden Bell||155||3|
|4||Flowering Crab Apple||205||3||13||Azalea||510||5|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Bernhard Langer||Germany||1985, 1993||71||73||69||72||285||–3||T4|
|Fred Couples||United States||1992||73||69||74||70||286||–2||T6|
|Tiger Woods||United States||1997, 2001, 2002||75||69||75||71||290||+2||T22|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||73||70||75||74||292||+4||T27|
|José María Olazábal||Spain||1994, 1999||71||69||79||75||294||+6||30|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Ben Crenshaw||United States||1984, 1995||74||75||149||+5|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1976||73||76||149||+5|
|Craig Stadler||United States||1982||74||75||149||+5|
|Larry Mize||United States||1987||76||74||150||+6|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965, 1966,
1972, 1975, 1986
|Nick Faldo||England||1989, 1990, 1996||76||75||151||+7|
|Tom Watson||United States||1977, 1981||76||76||152||+8|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1979||79||81||160||+16|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961, 1974, 1978||82||80||162||+18|
|Charles Coody||United States||1971||88||79||167||+23|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Tommy Aaron||United States||1973||87||83||170||+26|
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Friday, April 9, 2004
The first round was dominated by 23-year old Justin Rose, who posted a five-under 67 on the day. Americans Chris DiMarco and Jay Haas shot 69 (–3) and two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els was among a group tied for fourth with 70 (–2). Among the seven players tied at 71 (–1) was two-time Masters champion, José María Olazábal. Phil Mickelson shot an even-par 72, and eight-time major champion, Tiger Woods shot a 75 (+3). The winner of the last major (2003 PGA Championship), Shaun Micheel, was at even-par 72. Play was suspended for roughly two hours due to rain, so 18 players completed their opening round on Friday morning.
|T2||Chris DiMarco||United States||69||–3|
|Jay Haas||United States|
|T4||Ernie Els||South Africa||70||–2|
|Chris Riley||United States|
|Darren Clarke||Northern Ireland|
|T8||K. J. Choi||South Korea||71||–1|
|Charles Howell III||United States|
|José María Olazábal||Spain|
|Kirk Triplett||United States|
Friday, April 9, 2004
First round leader Rose put together another good round (71) to take the 36-hole lead at 138 (–6). Olazábal shot a 69 to close within two strokes of the lead in tie for second with Alex Čejka, who shot 70. Mickelson, trying to remove the best player never to win a major championship label, moved into a share of fourth with a 69 , alongside K. J. Choi. Davis Love III was one of two to shoot the round of the day with a 67 (–5), which moved him into a tie for sixth with Els, DiMarco, Charles Howell III, and 1992 champion Fred Couples. Most notables made the cut at 149 (+5), but among thos failing to advance were defending champion Mike Weir and Ben Curtis, the 2003 Open Champion .
|José María Olazábal||Spain||71-69=140|
|T4||K. J. Choi||South Korea||71-70=141||–3|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||72-69=141|
|T6||Fred Couples||United States||73-69=142||–2|
|Chris DiMarco||United States||69=73=142|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||70-72=142|
|Charles Howell III||United States||71-71=142|
|Davis Love III||United States||75-67=142|
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Mickelson moved from fourth to take the 54-hole lead with a three-under 69, while the top three golfers after round two collapsed. Rose shot an 81 (+9) and Olazábal shot a 79 to tie at 219 (+3), and Čejka shot a 78 (+6). This collective meltdown by the top three allowed Mickelson and DiMarco to rise to the top. DiMarco finished tied for the 54-hole lead with a four-under 68. Paul Casey put together a 68 as well to move within two strokes of the co-leaders at the end of the day. Els continued his steady play with a one-under 71 to move into a three-way tie for third. Kirk Triplett and Fredrik Jacobson put themselves in contention at seventh and eighth, respectively.
|T1||Chris DiMarco||United States||69-73-68=210||–6|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||72-69-69=210|
|T4||K.J. Choi||South Korea||71-70-72=213||–3|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||70-72-71=213|
|7||Kirk Triplett||United States||71-74-69=214||–2|
|T9||Stewart Cink||United States||74-73-69=216||E|
|Fred Couples||United States||73-69-74=216|
|Jay Haas||United States||69-75-72=216|
|Davis Love III||United States||75-67-74=216|
Sunday, April 11, 2004
In one of the most exciting back nines in Masters history, Mickelson dueled Els to claim his first major championship. Mickelson shot a final round 69, sealed with an 18-foot (5 m) birdie on the 18th green win by a stroke. Playing two groups ahead of Mickelson, Els started the day at –3 and posted a 67 (–5). As Mickelson approached the final hole, Els' total of 280 (–8) appeared enough to at least get him into a playoff. Els stumbled out of the gate with two bogeys in his first five holes, but quickly regained his form. He collected two eagles on his round, at the par-5 8th and 13th holes. Els also connected on a birdie at the 15th to get him to –8. Seeing his first major possibly slip away with a 38 (+2) on his front nine, Mickelson had to match Els's fire on the back nine, and shot a bogey-free 31, with birdies on five of the final seven holes. Knowing Els had eagled the 13th, Mickelson birdied the par-3 12th and par-5 13th. He briefly tied Els with his third consecutive birdie at the par-4 14th, then had a disappointing par on the par-5 15th. At the par-3 16th, Mickelson put his tee shot 20 feet (6 m) above the pin and holed the dramatic putt to tie for the lead. He remained tied heading to the final tee, and when his approach shot landed on the green, a winning putt was before him. As Mickelson sunk the putt, he jumped for joy as he won his first major title.
K. J. Choi finished third, which was his best major finish, with a final round 69 to total 282 (–6). Sergio García shot the round of the tournament with a 66 (–6) to tie for fourth with two-time Masters champion, Bernhard Langer, who shot an even-par on the round. Four major champions, including two former Masters champions (Vijay Singh, Couples, Love, and Nick Price) finished in a tie for sixth at 286 (–2). Woods' streak of not winning a major continued to seven with a disappointing 290 (+2), as did first and second round leader, Rose.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Phil Mickelson||United States||72-69-69-69=279||–9||1,170,000|
|2||Ernie Els||South Africa||70-72-71-67=280||–8||702,000|
|3||K. J. Choi||South Korea||71-70-72-69=282||–6||442,000|
|Fred Couples||United States||73-69-74-70=286|
|Chris DiMarco||United States||69-73-68-76=286|
|Davis Love III||United States||75-67-74-70=286|
|Kirk Triplett||United States||71-74-69-72=286|
Amateurs: Wittenberg (E), Snedeker (+12).
- "Is it his time? YES! At long last!" – Jim Nantz's (CBS Sports) call as Mickelson sunk his birdie putt on the 18th hole to defeat Ernie Els and win the tournament.
- Dulac, Gerry (April 12, 2004). "Finally!". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C-1.
- Shipnuck, Alan (April 19, 2004). "Amen". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- "Masters playoff format is changed". CNN.com. April 7, 2004. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
- "Leaderboard: 2004 Masters". Yahoo! Sports. April 11, 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Masters.com – past winners
- About.com: 2004 Masters
- Coverage on the European Tour's official site
- Full results
- Augusta.com – 2004 Masters leaderboard and scorecards
2003 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2004 U.S. Open