1948 Masters Tournament

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1948 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 8–11, 1948
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 57 players
Cut none
Prize fund $10,000
Winner's share $2,500
Champion
United States Claude Harmon
279 (−9)
Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States

The 1948 Masters Tournament was the 12th Masters Tournament, held April 8–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Claude Harmon shot a record-tying 279 (−9) and finished five strokes ahead of runner-up Cary Middlecoff, a future champion in 1955. The Sunday gallery in 1948 was estimated at 10,000 spectators, and the tournament purse was $10,000. Harmon won $2,500 and his four-round score tied the record set by Ralph Guldahl in 1939.[2] Primarily a club professional, it was Harmon's only tour victory.[1]

This was the final appearance as a player in the Masters for host Bobby Jones, then age 46. It was also the last Masters that did not immediately present the iconic green jacket to the winner. The nine winners of the first twelve tournaments received their green jackets in 1949.[3]

The five-stroke victory margin was matched by Ben Hogan in 1953; the record was raised to seven in 1955 by Cary Middlecoff, nine in 1965 by Jack Nicklaus, and twelve by Tiger Woods in 1997.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 71 73 72 74 290 +2 T8
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 70 72 76 73 291 +3 T10
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947 73 72 78 72 295 +7 T18
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 77 74 73 72 296 +8 T23
Henry Picard  United States 1938 73 73 74 77 297 +9 T25
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 78 73 76 75 302 +14 34
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1939 75 78 75 75 303 +15 T35
Craig Wood  United States 1941 77 80 77 71 305 +17 T43
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 8, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69 −3
T2 Ed Furgol  United States 70 −2
Claude Harmon  United States
Ben Hogan  United States
Herman Keiser  United States
T6 Art Bell  United States 71 −1
Jim Ferrier  Australia
Chick Harbert  United States
Bobby Locke  South Africa
Dick Metz  United States
Byron Nelson  United States
Skee Riegel (a)  United States

Source:[4]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 9, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Harry Todd  United States 72-67=139 −5
2 Claude Harmon  United States 70-70=140 −4
T3 Chick Harbert  United States 71-70=141 −3
Ben Hogan  United States 70-71=141
T5 Jim Ferrier  Australia 71-71=142 −2
Ed Furgol  United States 70-72=142
Herman Keiser  United States 70-72=142
Bobby Locke  South Africa 71-71=142
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69-73=142
10 Dick Metz  United States 71-72=143 −1

Source:[5]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 10, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Claude Harmon  United States 70-70-69=209 −7
2 Chick Harbert  United States 71-70-70=211 −5
3 Cary Middlecoff  United States 74-71-69=214 −2
4 Ed Furgol  United States 70-72-73=215 −1
T5 Bobby Locke  South Africa 71-71-74=216 E
Byron Nelson  United States 71-73-72=216
T7 Jim Ferrier  Australia 71-71-75=217 +1
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69-73-75=217
T9 Ben Hogan  United States 70-71-77=218 +2
Herman Keiser  United States 70-72-76=218
Dick Metz  United States 71-72-75=218
Skee Riegel (a)  United States 71-74-73=218

Source:[6]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 11, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Claude Harmon  United States 70-70-69-70=279 −9 2,500
2 Cary Middlecoff  United States 74-71-69-70=284 −4 1,500
3 Chick Harbert  United States 71-70-70-76=287 −1 1,000
T4 Jim Ferrier  Australia 71-71-75-71=288 E 750
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69-73-75-71=288
T6 Ed Furgol  United States 70-72-73-74=289 +1 500
Ben Hogan  United States 70-71-77-71=289
T8 Byron Nelson  United States 71-73-72-74=290 +2 350
Harry Todd  United States 72-67-80-71=290
T10 Herman Keiser  United States 70-72-76-73=291 +3 250
Bobby Locke  South Africa 71-71-74-75=291
Dick Metz  United States 71-72-75-73=291

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Harmon wins Masters; ties record with 279". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 12, 1948. p. 3-part 2. 
  2. ^ "Harmon cards blistering, record-tying 279 to win Masters' golf tourney". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 12, 1948. p. 10. 
  3. ^ Kindred, Dave (August 2013). "The case of the missing green jacket". Golf Digest. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 9, 1948). "Mangrum fires 69 for lead in Masters' golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  5. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 10, 1948). "Harry Todd leads on 139 in Masters". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part. 
  6. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 11, 1948). "Harmon's 209 for 54, leads Masters golf". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 

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