1953 Masters Tournament

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1953 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 9–12, 1953
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,950 yards (6,360 m)[1]
Field 70 players
Cut none
Winner's share $4,000
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
274 (−14)
Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States

The 1953 Masters Tournament was the 17th Masters Tournament, held April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Ben Hogan shattered the Masters scoring record by five strokes with a 274 (−14),[2] which stood for 12 years, until Jack Nicklaus' 271 in 1965. Hogan shot four rounds of 70 or better,[3] and went on to win the U.S. Open by six strokes in June and the British Open by four in July. Through 2015, it remains the only time these three majors were won in the same calendar year.

Hogan finished five strokes ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver to win his second Masters, the seventh of his nine major titles. This win was commemorated five years later in 1958 with the dedication of the Hogan Bridge over Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th hole.[4]

Course[edit]

Hole Yards Par Hole Yards Par
1 400 4 10 470 4
2 555 5 11 445 4
3 355 4 12 155 3
4 220 3 13 470 5
5 450 4 14 420 4
6 190 3 15 505 5
7 365 4 16 190 3
8 520 5 17 400 4
9 420 4 18 420 4
Out 3,475 36 In 3,475 36
Source:[2] Total 6,950 72

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Ben Hogan  United States 1951 70 69 66 69 274 −14 1
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952 71 75 71 75 292 +4 T16
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 73 73 78 73 297 +9 T29
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 75 73 75 75 298 +10 T34
Henry Picard  United States 1938 73 75 74 78 300 +12 T38
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 75 78 73 74 300 +12 T38
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947, 1950 73 80 75 74 302 +14 T45
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 78 76 72 76 302 +14 T45
Craig Wood  United States 1941 81 78 76 80 315 +27 62
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 9, 1953

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Chick Harbert  United States 68 −4
T2 Al Besselink  United States 69 −3
Ed Oliver  United States
T4 Ben Hogan  United States 70 −2
Milan Marusic  United States
T6 Tommy Bolt  United States 71 −1
Bob Hamilton  United States
Ted Kroll  United States
Sam Snead  United States
T10 Skip Alexander  United States 72 E
Dick Chapman (a)  United States
Frank Stranahan (a)  United States

Source:[5][1]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 10, 1953

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ben Hogan  United States 70-69=139 −5
2 Bob Hamilton  United States 71-69=140 −4
T3 Chick Harbert  United States 68-73=141 −3
Ted Kroll  United States 71-70=141
T5 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 74-68=142 −2
Milan Marusic  United States 70-72=142
Ed Oliver  United States 69-73=142
T8 Al Besselink  United States 69-75=144 E
Julius Boros  United States 73-71=144
Leland Gibson  United States 73-71=144
Lew Worsham  United States 74-70=144

Source:[6][7]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 11, 1953

With a 66 (–6), 1951 champion Ben Hogan set the 54-hole scoring record at 205 (–11).[8]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ben Hogan  United States 70-69-66=205 −11
2 Ed Oliver  United States 69-73-67=209 −7
3 Bob Hamilton  United States 71-69-70=210 −6
4 Chick Harbert  United States 68-73-70=211 −5
5 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 74-68-71=213 −3
T6 Al Besselink  United States 69-75-70=214 −2
Tommy Bolt  United States 71-75-68=214
Ted Kroll  United States 71-70-73=214
9 Chandler Harper  United States 74-72-69=215 −1
T10 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 78-69-69=216 E
Leland Gibson  United States 73-71-72=216
Dick Mayer  United States 73-72-71=216
Dick Metz  United States 73-72-71=216
Frank Stranahan (a)  United States 72-75-69=216
Harvie Ward (a)  United States 73-74-69=216

Source:[8][9]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 12, 1953

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan  United States 70-69-66-69=274 −14 4,000
2 Ed Oliver  United States 69-73-67-70=279 −9 2,500
3 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 74-68-71-69=282 −6 1,700
4 Bob Hamilton  United States 71-69-70-73=283 −5 1,400
T5 Tommy Bolt  United States 71-75-68-71=285 −3 900
Chick Harbert  United States 68-73-70-74=285
7 Ted Kroll  United States 71-70-73-72=286 −2 700
8 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 78-69-69-71=287 −1 650
9 Al Besselink  United States 69-75-70-74=288 E 600
T10 Julius Boros  United States 73-71-75-70=289 +1 523
Chandler Harper  United States 74-72-69-74=289
Fred Hawkins  United States 75-70-74-70=289

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Harbert leads Masters field with 68". Palm Beach Post. United Press. April 10, 1953. p. 15. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (April 13, 1953). "Hogan's record 274 wins Masters golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 
  3. ^ "Hogan's record 274 wins Masters golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 13, 1953. p. 20. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Augusta club honors Nelson and Hogan". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 3, 1958. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Harbert's 68 sets Masters tourney pace". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 10, 1953. p. 2, part 3. 
  6. ^ "Hogan takes Masters lead". Palm Beach Post. United Press. April 11, 1953. p. 10. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hogan takes Masters golf lead with 139". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 11, 1953. p. 12. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 12, 1953). "Hogan's record 205 paces Masters golf". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  9. ^ "Hogan shoots 66 to lead Masters". Palm Beach Post-Times. United Press. April 12, 1953. p. 25. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 

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