1951 Masters Tournament

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1951 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 5–8, 1951
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Field 64 players
Cut none
Prize fund $15,000[1]
Winner's share $3,000
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
280 (−8)
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

The 1951 Masters Tournament was the 15th Masters Tournament, held April 5–8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Ben Hogan, age 38, won the first of his two Masters titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Skee Riegel.[2][3][4] It was the fifth of his nine major titles.

After three rounds, Hogan was one stroke out of the lead, behind Riegel and Sam Snead, the 1949 champion.[5][6] Hogan shot a bogey-free final round of 68 (−4), while Riegel carded a 71 and Snead an 80 (+8). Prior to this victory, Hogan had eight top ten finishes at the Masters, twice as runner-up in 1942 and 1946.

The reigning U.S. Open champion, Hogan also won the year's next major, the 1951 U.S. Open.

With high attendance of about 15,000 on Sunday, a fifty percent bonus for the prize money was declared, boosting the purse to $15,000 and the winner's share to $3,000.[1]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Sam Snead  United States 1949 69 74 68 80 291 +3 T8
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 71 73 73 74 291 +3 T8
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 75 73 74 71 293 +5 T12
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947, 1950 76 74 78 71 299 +11 T30
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 79 77 70 75 301 +13 T32
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 75 77 74 76 302 +14 T35
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 77 73 79 74 303 +15 T39
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 5, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 George Fazio  United States 68 −4
T2 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69 −3
Sam Snead  United States
4 Ben Hogan  United States 70 −2
T5 Johnny Bulla  United States 71 −1
Dick Mayer  United States
Byron Nelson  United States
Lew Worsham  United States
T9 Dick Chapman (a)  United States 72 E
Lawson Little  United States
Juan Segura (a)  Argentina

Source:[7][8]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 6, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Skee Riegel  United States 73-68=141 −3
T2 George Fazio  United States 68-74=142 −2
Ben Hogan  United States 70-72=142
Lew Worsham  United States 71-71=142
T5 Johnny Bulla  United States 71-72=143 −1
Dave Douglas  United States 74-69=143
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69-74=143
Sam Snead  United States 69-74=143
T9 Jim Ferrier  Australia 74-70=144 E
Joe Kirkwood, Jr.  Australia 73-71=144
Byron Nelson  United States 71-73=144

Source:[9][10]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 7, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Skee Riegel  United States 73-68-70=211 −5
Sam Snead  United States 69-74-68=211
3 Ben Hogan  United States 70-72-70=212 −4
4 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69-74-70=213 −3
5 Lew Worsham  United States 71-71-72=214 −2
T6 Cary Middlecoff  United States 73-73-69=215 −1
Dave Douglas  United States 74-69-72=215
T8 Johnny Bulla  United States 71-72-73=216 E
George Fazio  United States 68-74-74=216
T10 William Goodloe (a)  United States 74-71-72=217 +1
Lawson Little  United States 72-73-72=217
Byron Nelson  United States 71-73-73=217

Source:[5][6]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 8, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan  United States 70-72-70-68=280 −8 3,000
2 Skee Riegel  United States 73-68-70-71=282 −6 1,875
T3 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 69-74-70-73=286 −2 1162
Lew Worsham  United States 71-71-72-72=286
5 Dave Douglas  United States 74-69-72-73=288 E 750
6 Lawson Little  United States 72-73-72-72=289 +1 600
7 Jim Ferrier  Australia 74-70-74-72=290 +2 525
T8 Johnny Bulla  United States 71-72-73-75=291 +3 450
Byron Nelson  United States 71-73-73-74=291
Sam Snead  United States 69-74-68-80=291

Source:[2][3][4]

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
United States Hogan −4 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8
United States Riegel −5 −6 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −6 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6

Source:[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Golfers given 50% prize bonus". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 9, 1951. p. 4, part 2. 
  2. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (April 6, 1951). "Hogan wins first Masters title on 280". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ben Hogan's hot finish wins Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 9, 1951. p. 20. 
  4. ^ a b "Hogan captures Masters with 280; Riegel second, two strokes behind". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1951. p. 4, part 2. 
  5. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 8, 1951). "Riegel, Snead set Masters pace at 211". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  6. ^ a b "Snead, Riegel tied for Masters lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1951. p. 1B. 
  7. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 6, 1951). "Fazio fires 68 to lead Masters". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  8. ^ "Fazio's 68 paces Masters; Veetch shoots 80". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 6, 1951. p. 4, part 2. 
  9. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 7, 1951). "Riegel shoots 68; leads Masters on 141". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3. 
  10. ^ "Riegel fires 68 to grab lead in Masters with 141". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1951. p. 4, part 2. 

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