1941 Masters Tournament

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1941 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 3–6, 1941
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,800 yards (6,220 m)[1]
Field 51 players
Cut none
Prize fund $5,000
Winner's share $1,500
Champion
United States Craig Wood
280 (−8)
Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States

The 1941 Masters Tournament was the eighth Masters Tournament, held April 3–6 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Craig Wood won his first major title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Byron Nelson.

Wood opened with a 66 and led by five strokes after the first round.[1][2] During the final round, Nelson caught him on the front nine and the two were briefly co-leaders. Wood scored a 34 (−2) over the final nine holes to secure the victory.[3] The purse was $5,000 and the winner's share was $1,500.[4]

Wood, 39, led the entire tournament, the Masters' first wire-to-wire champion. He also won the next major, the 1941 U.S. Open. Prior to his win at the Masters, Wood had lost in a playoff (or extra holes) in all four of the modern major championships, a dubious distinction since matched by only one other, Greg Norman.[5]

Through 2016, there have been only five wire-to-wire champions; Wood was followed by Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Raymond Floyd (1976), and Jordan Spieth (2015).

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Byron Nelson  United States 1937 71 69 73 70 283 −5 2
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940 77 69 71 75 292 +4 T12
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1939 76 71 75 71 293 +5 T14
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 76 72 74 75 297 +9 T19
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 74 72 77 74 297 +9 T19
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 3, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood  United States 66 −6
T2 Willie Goggin  United States 71 −1
Ben Hogan  United States
Lawson Little  United States
Byron Nelson  United States
T6 Harry Cooper  United States 72 E
Felix Serafin  United States
T8 Johnny Bulla  United States 73 +1
Sammy Byrd  United States
Ed Dudley  United States
Clayton Heafner  United States
Tony Manero  United States
Toney Penna  Italy
 United States
Jack Ryan  United States
Jimmy Thomson  Scotland
 United States
Sam Snead  United States

Source:[1][2]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 4, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood  United States 66-71=137 −7
2 Byron Nelson  United States 71-69=140 −4
3 Lawson Little  United States 71-70=141 −3
T4 Sammy Byrd  United States 73-70=143 −1
Willie Goggin  United States 71-72=143
Ben Hogan  United States 71-72=143
Clayton Heafner  United States 73-70=143
Jug McSpaden  United States 76-67=143
T9 Ed Dudley  United States 73-72=145 +1
Harry Cooper  United States 72-73=145

Source:[6]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 5, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood  United States 66-71-71=208 −8
2 Sammy Byrd  United States 73-70-68=211 −5
3 Byron Nelson  United States 71-69-73=213 −3
T4 Willie Goggin  United States 71-72-72=215 −1
Lawson Little  United States 71-70-74=215
6 Jimmy Demaret  United States 77-69-71=217 +1
7 Ben Hogan  United States 71-72-75=218 +2
T8 Dick Chapman (a)  United States 76-73-70=219 +3
Vic Ghezzi  United States 77-71-71=219
Clayton Heafner  United States 73-70-76=219

Source:[7][8]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 6, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Craig Wood  United States 66-71-71-72=280 −8 1,500
2 Byron Nelson  United States 71-69-73-70=283 −5 800
3 Sammy Byrd  United States 73-70-68-74=285 −3 600
4 Ben Hogan  United States 71-72-75-68=286 −2 500
5 Ed Dudley  United States 73-72-75-68=288 E 300
T6 Vic Ghezzi  United States 77-71-71-70=289 +1 275
Sam Snead  United States 73-75-72-69=289
8 Lawson Little  United States 71-70-74-75=290 +2 200
T9 Willie Goggin  United States 71-72-72-76=291 +3 117
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 75-74-72-70=291
Jug McSpaden  United States 76-67-80-68=291

Source:[1][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Craig Wood's 66 leads Masters by five strokes". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. United Press. April 4, 1941. p. 13. 
  2. ^ a b "Wood's 6-under 66 leads in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 4, 1941. p. 16. 
  3. ^ a b "Craig Wood wins Masters with 280". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. April 7, 1941. p. 5-part 2. 
  4. ^ a b "Wood's 280 total wins Masters golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 7, 1941. p. 14. 
  5. ^ "Craig Wood, a study in major championship heartache". Daily Mail. London. Associated Press. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Wood retains lead in Masters tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 5, 1941. p. 12. 
  7. ^ Carver, Lawton (April 6, 1941). "Wood leads; Sam Byrd second". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. INS. p. 9. 
  8. ^ Boni, Bill (April 6, 1941). "Byrd challenges Wood with 68 in Augusta tourney". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. South Carolina. Associated Press. p. 22. 

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