1959 Masters Tournament

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1959 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 2–5, 1959
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 87 players, 42 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $76,100
Winner's share $15,000
Champion
United States Art Wall, Jr.
284 (−4)
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

The 1959 Masters Tournament was the 23rd Masters Tournament, held April 2–5 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Art Wall, Jr. shot a final round of 66 (−6), with birdies on five of the last six holes, for his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Cary Middlecoff, the 1955 champion.[2][3][4] Wall started the final round six strokes behind the leaders, in a tie for thirteenth place.[5]

Defending champion Arnold Palmer was a third round co-leader,[1][5] but a triple-bogey at the par-3 12th led to a 74 and a third-place finish, two strokes back.[6][7][8] The purse in 1959 was a record $76,100 with a winner's share of $15,000 to Wall. The estimated gallery for the final round on Sunday was 30,000 spectators.[3][4]

Nineteen-year-old Jack Nicklaus made his Masters debut with 76-74 (150) and missed the cut by one stroke. He played in 45 Masters, the first three as an amateur, and only missed one cut (1967) in the next 34 Masters tournaments. Nicklaus won a record six green jackets and was runner-up four times in his 22 top-10 finishes.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 74 71 68 72 285 −3 2
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958 71 70 71 74 286 −2 3
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 74 73 72 74 293 +5 T22
Doug Ford  United States 1957 76 73 73 72 294 +6 T25
Ben Hogan  United States 1951, 1953 73 74 76 72 295 +7 T30
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 71 77 76 72 296 +8 T34
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 75 73 WD

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 74 77 151 +7
Henry Picard  United States 1938 77 76 153 +9
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 78 77 155 +11
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 77 79 156 +12
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947, 1950 78 84 162 +18
Craig Wood  United States 1941 83 81 164 +20
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 83 83 166 +22

Source[9][10]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 2, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Stan Leonard  Canada 69 −3
T2 Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 71 −1
Chandler Harper  United States
Arnold Palmer  United States
T5 Tommy Bolt  United States 72 E
Jay Hebert  United States
Gene Littler  United States
Ángel Miguel  Spain
Peter Thomson  Australia
T10 Ben Hogan  United States 73 +1
Bill Hyndman (a)  United States
Chuck Kocsis (a)  United States
Billy Maxwell  United States
Dick Mayer  United States
Gary Player  South Africa
Mike Souchak  United States
Dave Thomas  Wales
Art Wall, Jr.  United States

Source:[11]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 3, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 71-70=141 −3
2 Stan Leonard  Canada 69-74=143 −1
T3 Julius Boros  United States 75-69=144 E
Paul Harney  United States 75-69=144
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-71=144
Ángel Miguel  Spain 72-72=144
Ed Oliver  United States 75-69=144
Mike Souchak  United States 73-71=144
Dave Thomas  Wales 73-71=144
T10 Walter Burkemo  United States 75-70=145 +1
Jack Fleck  United States 74-71=145
Chandler Harper  United States 71-74=145
Jay Hebert  United States 72-73=145
Bill Hyndman (a)  United States 73-72=145
Cary Middlecoff  United States 74-71=145
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 75-70=145
Bo Wininger  United States 75-70=145

Source:[9][10]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 4, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Stan Leonard  Canada 69-74-69=212 −4
Arnold Palmer  United States 71-70-71=212
3 Cary Middlecoff  United States 74-71-68=213 −3
4 Charles Coe (a)  United States 74-74-67=215 −1
T5 Walter Burkemo  United States 75-70-71=216 E
Fred Hawkins  United States 77-71-68=216
Jack Fleck  United States 74-71-71=216
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-71-72=216
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 75-70-71=216
T10 Jay Hebert  United States 72-73-72=217 +1
Ed Oliver  United States 75-69-73=217
Bo Wininger  United States 75-70-72=217

Source:[5]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 5, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Art Wall, Jr.  United States 73-74-71-66=284 −4 15,000
2 Cary Middlecoff  United States 74-71-68-72=285 −3 7,500
3 Arnold Palmer  United States 71-70-71-74=286 −2 4,500
T4 Stan Leonard  Canada 69-74-69-75=287 −1 2,625
Dick Mayer  United States 73-75-71-68=287
6 Charles Coe (a)  United States 74-74-67-73=288 E 0
7 Fred Hawkins  United States 77-71-68-73=289 +1 2,100
T8 Julius Boros  United States 75-69-74-72=290 +2 1,740
Jay Hebert  United States 72-73-72-73=290
Gene Littler  United States 72-75-72-71=290
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-71-72-74=290
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 75-70-71-74=290 0
Gary Player  South Africa 73-75-71-71=290 1,740

Source:[2]

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 8
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
United States Wall +1 E E E E E +1 E E +1 +1 +1 E −1 −2 −2 −3 −4
United States Middlecoff −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −2 −1 −3 −3 −3 −3
United States Palmer −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2 −2
Canada Leonard −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stan Leonard blasts out 69 to tie for first in Masters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 5, 1959. p. 1-sports. 
  2. ^ a b "Wall rallies, takes Masters on 284". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 6, 1959. p. 1, part 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Wall birdies 5 of final 6; wins Masters in epic finish". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 6, 1959. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b "Birdies on five of last six holes give Art Wall a 66, Masters title". Milwaukee Journal. New York Times News Service. April 6, 1959. p. 10. 
  5. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (April 5, 1959). "Leonard's 69 ties Palmer after 3d round of Masters". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  6. ^ Brown, Gwilym (April 13, 1959). "Wall was wondrous". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  7. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 6, 1959). "Wall's sensational rally takes Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 26. 
  8. ^ Petersen, Leo H. (April 6, 1959). "Sensational closing round of 66 gives Art Wall Masters tourney title". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. UPI. p. 17. 
  9. ^ a b "Masters score card". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 4, 1959. p. 10. 
  10. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 4, 1959). "Palmer's 141 captures Masters lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 7. 
  11. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 3, 1959). "Leonard leads Masters with 69". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 

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