2008 Masters Tournament

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2008 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 10–13, 2008
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,445 yards (6,808 m)
Field 94 players, 45 after cut
Cut 147 (+3)
Prize fund $7,500,000
4,783,274
Winner's share $1,350,000[1]
€857,958
Champion
South Africa Trevor Immelman
280 (–8)

The 2008 Masters Tournament was the 72nd Masters Tournament, held April 10–13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Trevor Immelman won his only major title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods, a four-time champion. Defending champion Zach Johnson finished tied for 20th at 291 (+3). The annual Par 3 contest, held on the Wednesday before the first round, was won by Rory Sabbatini.

Field[edit]

The Masters has the smallest field of the major championships, with 94 players having earned invitations in 2008. Officially the Masters remains an invitation event but there is now a qualification process, although in theory the club could simply decline to invite a 'qualified' player. Here is a list of all players qualified to play in the 2008 Masters Tournament. Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses:[2]

1. Past Masters Champions
Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Zach Johnson (10,14,15,16,17,18), Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Phil Mickelson (4,5,14,15,16,17,18), Larry Mize, José María Olazábal, Mark O'Meara, Gary Player, Vijay Singh (4,10,14,16,17,18), Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Mike Weir (17,18), Tiger Woods (3,4,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18), Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller.

(Past champions not competing: Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Burke, Jr., Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Nick Faldo, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer.)

2. Last five U.S. Open Champions
Ángel Cabrera (11,15,17,18), Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk (10,11,14,15,16,17,18), Retief Goosen (10,17,18), Geoff Ogilvy (14,15,16,17,18).

3. Last five Open Champions
Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (10,12,14,15,16,17,18).

4. Last five PGA Champions
Shaun Micheel.

5. Last two of The Players Champions
Stephen Ames (17,18).

Winners of the Players Championship get three years of Masters invitations. With the Players having moved from March to May, beginning 2007, there will be only two such champions in the Masters field in both 2008 and 2009. In 2010 and after, there will once again be three Players champions in the field.

6. Top two finishers in the 2007 U.S. Amateur
Michael Thompson (runner-up). (2007 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion Colt Knost turned professional, thereby forfeiting his invitations to the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.[3])

7. Winner of the 2007 The Amateur Championship
Drew Weaver.

8. Winner of the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links
See number 6.

9. Winner of the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Trip Kuehne.

10. The top 16 finishers and ties in the 2007 Masters Tournament
Stuart Appleby (17,18), Paul Casey (17,18), Tim Clark (14,16,17,18), Luke Donald (14,17,18), Jerry Kelly (11), Ian Poulter (17,18), Justin Rose (14,16,17,18), Rory Sabbatini (14,15,16,17,18), Vaughn Taylor, David Toms (11,17).

11. Top 8 finishers and ties in the 2007 U.S. Open
Nick Dougherty (17), Niclas Fasth (17,18), Scott Verplank (14,15,16,17,18), Bubba Watson.

12. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2007 Open Championship
Ernie Els (13,14,15,16,17,18), Sergio García (14,16,17,18), Richard Green (17), Andrés Romero (15,17,18).

13. Top 4 finishers and ties in the 2007 PGA Championship
Woody Austin (14,15,16,17,18), Arron Oberholser (17,18), John Senden (18).

14. Top 30 leaders on the 2007 PGA Tour official money earnings list
Robert Allenby (16,18), Aaron Baddeley (16,17,18), Mark Calcavecchia (16,17,18), K. J. Choi (15,16,17,18), Stewart Cink (16,17,18), Steve Flesch, Charles Howell III (16,17,18), Hunter Mahan (15,16,17,18), John Rollins (16), Adam Scott (16,17,18), Heath Slocum (16), Brandt Snedeker (15,16,17,18), Steve Stricker (15,16,17,18), Boo Weekley (15,16,17,18), Brett Wetterich (16,17).

15. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, between the 2007 Masters Tournament and the 2008 Masters Tournament
Brian Bateman, Jonathan Byrd (16), Daniel Chopra, J. B. Holmes, Steve Lowery, Sean O'Hair (18), D. J. Trahan, Johnson Wagner, Nick Watney.

16. All players qualifying for the 2007 rendition of The Tour Championship
Camilo Villegas.

17. Top 50 on the 2007 Official World Golf Rankings list
Anders Hansen, Søren Hansen (18), Trevor Immelman (18), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (18), Robert Karlsson (18), Shingo Katayama, Nick O'Hern (18), Henrik Stenson (18), Richard Sterne (18), Toru Taniguchi (18), Lee Westwood (18).

18. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings list going into the tournament
Martin Kaymer, Justin Leonard, Peter Lonard.

19. International invitees
Liang Wen-Chong, Prayad Marksaeng, Jeev Milkha Singh.[4]

Par 3 contest[edit]

The annual par 3 contest was held on Wednesday, April 9, and was won by Rory Sabbatini, runner-up in the 2007 Masters Tournament. He scored -5 (22) to finish ahead of Woody Austin and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. Four players hit a hole-in-one. Paul Azinger on the second hole, Charles Coody on the third, Fred Couples on the seventh and Wayne Grady on the ninth.[5][6]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tiger Woods  United States 1997, 2001,
2002, 2005
72 71 68 72 283 –5 2
Phil Mickelson  United States 2004, 2006 71 68 75 72 286 –2 T5
Vijay Singh  Fiji 2000 72 71 72 74 289 +1 T14
Mike Weir  Canada 2003 73 68 75 74 290 +2 T17
Zach Johnson  United States 2007 70 76 68 77 291 +3 T20
Ian Woosnam  Wales 1991 75 71 76 78 300 +12 44
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1988 72 75 78 77 302 +14 45

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Fred Couples  United States 1992 76 72 148 +4
Mark O'Meara  United States 1998 71 78 149 +5
Craig Stadler  United States 1982 77 72 149 +5
Tom Watson  United States 1977, 1981 75 75 150 +6
Bernhard Langer  Germany 1985, 1993 74 77 151 +7
José María Olazábal  Spain 1994, 1999 76 75 151 +7
Ben Crenshaw  United States 1983, 1995 75 77 152 +8
Raymond Floyd  United States 1976 80 74 154 +10
Larry Mize  United States 1987 77 81 158 +14
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1979 81 79 160 +16
Gary Player  South Africa 1961, 1974,
1978
83 78 161 +17

Round summaries[edit]

The Masters Tournament is played over four days with an eighteen hole round being played each day, for a total of 72 holes plus practice rounds and a par-three contest on the neighboring par-three course. Everyone outside the top 44 and ties or outside ten strokes of the leader will be “cut” after 36 holes.

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 10, 2008

After an hour delay due to fog, Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman shot rounds of 68 (–4) to lead the field. For the players in the final few groups, the last holes were played in near darkness. Ian Poulter hit a hole in one on the 16th on the way to a 70. Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 70 and four-time champion Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72. In all, 18 players shot sub-par rounds and the scoring average was 74.18.

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 68 –4
Justin Rose  England
T3 Brian Bateman  United States 69 –3
Brandt Snedeker  United States
Lee Westwood  England
T6 Stephen Ames  Canada 70 –2
Jim Furyk  United States
Zach Johnson  United States
Robert Karlsson  Sweden
Ian Poulter  England

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 11, 2008

Immelman shot another round of 68 (–4) to lead the field by one stroke at 136 (–8). Steve Flesch had the low round of the day at 67 and tied for third. Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 76 for a two round total of 146 (+2), tied for 29th. Woods shot a 71 and tied for 13th. The cut, to the top 44 players and ties, was at 147 (+3) and 45 players made the cut. In all, 28 players shot sub-par rounds for the day and the scoring average was 73.51. For the tournament, 19 players were under par and the scoring average was 73.84. Prayad Marksaeng withdrew after nine holes with a back injury. Fred Couples missed his first cut at the Masters (by one stroke), ending a streak of 23 consecutive cuts made, a record he shares with Gary Player.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 68-68=136 –8
2 Brandt Snedeker  United States 69-68=137 –7
T3 Steve Flesch  United States 72-67=139 –5
Phil Mickelson  United States 71-68=139
Ian Poulter  England 70-69=139
T6 Stephen Ames  Canada 70-70=140 –4
Paul Casey  England 71-69=140
T8 Stewart Cink  United States 72-69=141 –3
Arron Oberholser  United States 71-70=141
Mike Weir  Canada 73-68=141

Amateurs: Kuehne (+6), Thompson (+10), Weaver (+12).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Immelman shot a three-under 69 to remain in the lead at 205 (–11). Snedeker remained second and Steve Flesch third after rounds of 70 and 69 respectively. Paul Casey was the highest placed European at 209 (–7), with Woods two shots behind him. Woods, Zach Johnson, and Boo Weekley had the low rounds of the day at 68 (–4). For the round, 13 players were under par and the scoring average was 72.58. For the tournament, 18 players were under par and the scoring average was 73.60.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 68-68-69=205 –11
2 Brandt Snedeker  United States 69-68-70=207 –9
3 Steve Flesch  United States 72-67-69=208 –8
4 Paul Casey  England 71-69-69=209 –7
5 Tiger Woods  United States 72-71-68=211 –5
6 Stewart Cink  United States 72-69-71=212 –4
T7 Retief Goosen  South Africa 71-71-72=214 –2
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 74-71-69=214
Zach Johnson  United States 70-76-68-214
Robert Karlsson  Sweden 70-73-71=214
Phil Mickelson  United States 71-68-75=214
Sean O'Hair  United States 72-71-71=214
Ian Poulter  England 70-69-75=214
Andrés Romero  Argentina 72-72-70=214
Boo Weekley  United States 72-74-68=214

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Miguel Ángel Jiménez had the low round of the day at 68 (–4). For the round, four players were under par and the scoring average was 74.67. For the tournament, ten players were under par and the scoring average was 73.77.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 68-68-69-75=280 –8 1,350,000
2 Tiger Woods  United States 72-71-68-72=283 –5 810,000
T3 Stewart Cink  United States 72-69-71-72=284 –4 435,000
Brandt Snedeker  United States 69-68-70-77=284
T5 Steve Flesch  United States 72-67-69-78=286 –2 273,750
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 74-71-69-72=286
Phil Mickelson  United States 71-68-75-72=286
T8 Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 77-70-72-68=287 –1 217,500
Robert Karlsson  Sweden 70-73-71-73=287
Andrés Romero  Argentina 72-72-70-73=287

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 Immelman –10 –10 –10 –10 –11 –11 –11 –10 –10 –10 –10 –9 –10 –10 –10 –8 –8 –8
United States Woods –5 –5 –5 –4 –4 –5 –5 –5 –5 –4 –5 –5 –5 –4 –4 –4 –4 –5
United States Cink –5 –6 –6 –6 –6 –5 –5 –5 –4 –3 –2 –2 –2 –3 –3 –4 –4 –4
United States Snedeker –8 –10 –9 –9 –9 –8 –7 –7 –6 –6 –5 –6 –5 –4 –5 –4 –4 –4
United States Flesch –8 –8 –8 –8 –8 –8 –7 –8 –8 –8 –8 –6 –6 –5 –4 –3 –2 –2
England Casey –7 –7 –8 –6 –5 –4 –3 –2 –2 –2 –1 –1 –1 E E +1 E E

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[7]

Media coverage[edit]

ESPN broadcast the first two rounds of the tournament for the first time. Previously, USA televised the first two rounds since 1982. ESPN also carried the par-3 contest on Wednesday afternoon, the first time the competition had been televised. BBC broadcast the whole event in the United Kingdom, with coverage being shared among BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC Red Button. In the United States, CBS Sports televised the third and fourth rounds, as they have since 1956.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Masters Final Scores and Earnings". sportsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 
  2. ^ "2008 Tournament Invitees". masters.org. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  3. ^ "Knost making pro debut at Valero Texas Open". mysanantonio.com. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Augusta National invites three Asian standouts to play in Masters". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Sabatini victorious in Par 3 contest". Setanta Sports. 10-04-2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  6. ^ Par 3 Contest
  7. ^ "2008 Masters Leaderboard". Yahoo! Sports. April 13, 2008. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "TV Schedule". masters.org. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2007 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2008 U.S. Open

Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020