1958 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 3–6, 1958|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||86 players, 43 after cut|
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. Three-time champion Sam Snead, age 45, was the other co-leader after 54 holes, but shot a 79 (+7) on Sunday to fall to 13th place. 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.
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.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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
|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|
Thursday, April 3, 1958
Friday, April 4, 1958
|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|
|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|
Saturday, April 5, 1958
|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|
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|
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey
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- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com – 1958 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1958 Masters leaderboard and scorecards