1949 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 7–10, 1949|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,900 yards (6,310 m)|
The 1949 Masters Tournament was the 13th Masters Tournament, held April 7–10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. This was the first year that the famous Green Jacket was awarded to the tournament winner, and previous champions were awarded theirs retroactively.
Sam Snead shot consecutive rounds of 67 on the weekend to win by three strokes over runners-up Johnny Bulla and Lloyd Mangrum. This was the first of his three Masters victories and the third of his seven major championships. Snead also won the next major, the PGA Championship in May, and became the first to win those two in the same calendar year. He was followed by Jack Burke Jr. (1956) and Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1975); they completed their doubles in the summer (July, August).
Defending tour player of the year Ben Hogan did not play in the majors in 1949, due to a near-fatal automobile collision in west Texas in early February. Prior to the accident, he had won twice in January and was a runner-up in a playoff. Hogan returned to the tour on a limited basis in 1950 and won six more majors (nine total), including the Masters in 1951 and 1953. He finished fourth in 1950, in his first major back.
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jimmy Demaret||United States||1940, 1947||76||72||73||71||292||+4||T8|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1937, 1942||75||70||74||73||292||+4||T8|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||73||75||73||72||293||+5||T11|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||75||68||78||72||293||+5||T11|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||74||77||73||73||297||+9||T21|
|Horton Smith||United States||1934, 1936||75||72||78||73||298||+10||T23|
|Craig Wood||United States||1941||81||75||72||73||301||+13||34|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||75||74||76||79||304||+16||T39|
- The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957
Thursday, April 7, 1949
|1||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||69||−3|
|2||Frank Stranahan (a)||United States||70||−2|
|T3||Leland Gibson||United States||71||−1|
|Clayton Heafner||United States|
|Dick Metz||United States|
|Johnny Revolta||United States|
|7||Lawson Little||United States||72||E|
|T8||Herman Barron||United States||73||+1|
|Chick Harbert||United States|
|Claude Harmon||United States|
|Dutch Harrison||United States|
|Joe Kirkwood, Jr.||Australia|
|Johnny Palmer||United States|
|Sam Snead||United States|
|Jim Turnesa||United States|
Friday, April 8, 1949
|T1||Herman Keiser||United States||75-68=143||−1|
|Lloyd Mangrum||United States||69-74=143|
|3||Johnny Palmer||United States||73-71=144||E|
|T4||Fred Haas||United States||75-70=145||+1|
|Clayton Heafner||United States||71-74=145|
|Joe Kirkwood, Jr.||Australia||73-72=145|
|Byron Nelson||United States||75-70=145|
|Jim Turnesa||United States||73-72=145|
|9||Chick Harbert||United States||73-73=146||+2|
|T10||Johnny Bulla||United States||74-73=147||+3|
|Dick Metz||United States||71-76=147|
|Horton Smith||United States||75-72=147|
|Frank Stranahan (a)||United States||70-77=147|
Saturday, April 9, 1949
|1||Johnny Palmer||United States||73-71-70=214||−2|
|T2||Joe Kirkwood, Jr.||Australia||73-72-70=215||−1|
|Lloyd Mangrum||United States||69-74-72=215|
|Sam Snead||United States||73-75-67=215|
|T5||Johnny Bulla||United States||74-73-69=216||E|
|Jim Turnesa||United States||73-72-71=216|
|8||Clayton Heafner||United States||71-74-72=217||+1|
|T9||Herman Barron||United States||73-75-71=219||+3|
|Byron Nelson||United States||75-70-74=219|
Sunday, April 10, 1949
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Sam Snead||United States||73-75-67-67=282||−6||2,750|
|T2||Johnny Bulla||United States||74-73-69-69=285||−3||1,100|
|Lloyd Mangrum||United States||69-74-72-70=285|
|T4||Johnny Palmer||United States||73-71-70-72=286||−2||440|
|Jim Turnesa||United States||73-72-71-70=286|
|6||Lew Worsham||United States||76-75-70-68=289||+1||330|
|7||Joe Kirkwood, Jr.||Australia||73-72-70-75=290||+2||330|
|T8||Jimmy Demaret||United States||76-72-73-71=292||+4||311|
|Clayton Heafner||United States||71-74-72-75=292|
|Byron Nelson||United States||75-70-74-73=292|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey +|
- Keeler, O.B. (April 8, 1949). "Masters field chases Mangrum". Miami News. p. 2-B.
- "Middlecoff man to beat in golf". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. April 7, 1949. p. 16.
- Kindred, Dave (August 2013). "The case of the missing green jacket". Golf Digest. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 11, 1949). "Snead cards 267; wins Masters with 282". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.
- "Snead tames putter to win Masters title". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. April 11, 1949. p. 4-part 2.
- "Wide open Masters tourney starts in Augusta Thursday". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 7, 1949. p. 21.
- "Golfer Ben Hogan injured in car crash". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. February 3, 1949. p. 1, sec. 4.
- "Ben Hogan is seriously hurt as car, bus collide head on". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. February 3, 1949. p. 6, part 2.
- "Improving Hogan will play again". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. February 4, 1949. p. 1, part 3.
- "Hogan cards 69 to top Demaret in playoff". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 26, 1949. p. 3, sec. 3.
- "Demaret beats Hogan by 3 to win playoff". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. February 1, 1949. p. 3, sec. 3.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 8, 1949). "Mangrum's sub-par 69 leads Masters". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 9, 1949). "Keiser ties Mangrum for Masters lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 10, 1949). "Palmer's 70 takes Masters lead at 214". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com – 1949 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1949 Masters leaderboard and scorecards