1958 Masters Tournament

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1958 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 3–6, 1958
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,980 yards (6,383 m)[1]
Field 86 players, 43 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $60,050[1]
Winner's share $11,250
Champion
United States Arnold Palmer
284 (−4)
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
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Location in the United States

The 1958 Masters Tournament was the 22nd Masters Tournament, held April 3–6 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Arnold Palmer won the first of his four Masters titles, one stroke ahead of runners-up Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins. It was the first of his seven major titles.

Palmer, age 28, was the third round co-leader and eagled the 13th hole on Sunday to propel him to victory, as he three-putted on the final green.[1][2] Three-time champion Sam Snead, age 45, was the other co-leader after 54 holes,[3] but shot a 79 (+7) on Sunday to fall to 13th place.[4] One stroke back entering the final round was 1955 champion Cary Middlecoff, who carded a 75 in the final round and tied for 6th.

Palmer's first Masters victory was not without some controversy. On the 12th hole of the final round, Palmer thought his tee ball was embedded behind the green but the on-site rules official would not give him relief. Playing that ball as it lay, Palmer made a double-bogey. Upset over the questionable ruling and the double-bogey, Palmer then played a second ball from behind the green and, after taking relief, made a par. Several holes later word came from the tournament officials that Palmer was entitled to relief and his par score on 12 would stand.[5]

Prior to the tournament, two stone arch bridges crossing Rae's Creek were dedicated, honoring two-time champions Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Hogan's is at the par-3 12th hole, and commemorated his record 72-hole score in 1953, his second win at Augusta and first of three consecutive majors that year. The other bridge departs the 13th tee; Nelson went birdie-eagle at these two holes in the final round in 1937, gained six strokes on the leader, and won the first of his five majors.[6]

Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind first used the term "Amen Corner" in a story to describe where the critical final day's action had occurred.[7]

This was the first major to have a five-figure winner's share; six figures arrived at the 1983 PGA Championship and seven at the 2001 Masters.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Doug Ford  United States 1957 74 71 70 70 285 −3 T2
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 70 73 69 75 287 −1 T6
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 71 76 72 70 289 +1 T9
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 72 71 68 79 290 +2 13
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947, 1950 69 79 70 73 291 +3 T14
Ben Hogan  United States 1951, 1953 72 77 69 73 291 +3 T14
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 71 77 74 71 293 +5 T20

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Henry Picard  United States 1938 72 78 150 +6
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 74 77 151 +7
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 76 81 157 +13
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 81 78 159 +15
Craig Wood  United States 1941 82 77 159 +15
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 80 86 166 +22

Source[8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 3, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ken Venturi  United States 68 −4
T2 Jimmy Demaret  United States 69 −3
Chick Harbert  United States
Norman Von Nida  Australia
Bo Wininger  United States
T6 Cary Middlecoff  United States 70 −2
Arnold Palmer  United States
Flory Van Donck  Belgium
T9 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 71 −1
Jack Fleck  United States
Claude Harmon  United States
Fred Hawkins  United States
Lionel Hebert  United States
Bill Hyndman (a)  United States
Billy Maxwell  United States
Byron Nelson  United States
Art Wall, Jr.  United States

Source[9]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 4, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ken Venturi  United States 68-72=140 −4
T2 Billy Maxwell  United States 71-70=141 −3
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 72-69=141
T4 Stan Leonard  Canada 72-70=142 −2
Bo Wininger  United States 69-73=142
T6 Dow Finsterwald  United States 72-71=143 −1
Chick Harbert  United States 69-74=143
Cary Middlecoff  United States 70-73=143
Arnold Palmer  United States 70-73=143
Sam Snead  United States 72-71=143
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 71-72=143

Source[10]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 5, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Arnold Palmer  United States 70-73-68=211 −5
Sam Snead  United States 72-71-68=211
3 Cary Middlecoff  United States 70-73-69=212 −4
T4 Billy Maxwell  United States 71-70-72=213 −3
Al Mengert  United States 73-71-69=213
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 71-72-70=213
Bo Wininger  United States 69-73-71=213
T8 Fred Hawkins  United States 71-75-68=214 −2
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 72-69-73=214
Ken Venturi  United States 68-72-74=214

Source[3][4]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 6, 1958

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 70-73-68-73=284 −4 11,250
T2 Doug Ford  United States 74-71-70-70=285 −3 4,500
Fred Hawkins  United States 71-75-68-71=285
T4 Stan Leonard  Canada 72-70-73-71=286 −2 1,968
Ken Venturi  United States 68-72-74-72=286
T6 Cary Middlecoff  United States 70-73-69-75=287 −1 1,518
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 71-72-70-74=287
8 Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 72-69-73-74=288 E 0
T9 Claude Harmon  United States 71-76-72-70=289 +1 1,265
Jay Hebert  United States 72-73-73-71=289
Billy Maxwell  United States 71-70-72-76=289
Al Mengert  United States 73-71-69-76=289

Source[1][2]

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 Palmer −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −4
United States Ford −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3
United States Hawkins −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3
Canada Leonard −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2
United States Venturi −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −2 −1 −1 −2
United States Middlecoff −4 −5 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1
United States Wall −2 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1
United States Snead −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2 E E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Palmer snatches Masters victory". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 7, 1958. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b Gendelfinger, Phil (April 7, 1958). "Arnie Palmer wins Masters by one stroke". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 22. 
  3. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 6, 1958). "Snead, Palmer lead Masters with 211". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  4. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 7, 1958). "Official ruling gives Palmer Masters". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 
  5. ^ "50 years later, Palmer's first Masters win still remains controversial". ESPN.com. April 5, 2008. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Augusta club honors Nelson and Hogan". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 3, 1958. p. 8. 
  7. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (April 21, 1958). "The fateful corner". Sports Illustrated. p. 48. 
  8. ^ "Masters golf scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1958. p. 10. 
  9. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 4, 1958). "Venturi's 68 leads Masters by stroke". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 
  10. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 5, 1958). "Venturi rally retains Masters lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 

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