1960 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 7–10, 1960|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||83 players, 45 after cut|
The 1960 Masters Tournament was the 24th Masters Tournament, held April 7–10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Arnold Palmer birdied the final two holes to win by one stroke over runner-up Ken Venturi.
Jack Nicklaus, age 20 and the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, played in his second Masters. He made the cut for the first time at Augusta and tied for 13th place. Defending champion Art Wall, Jr. did not play, due to a knee injury. The purse was $87,050 with a winner's share of $17,500.
Third place finisher Dow Finsterwald received a two-stroke penalty after the second round for violating a local rule, practice putting on the green following the conclusion of a hole, and lost the title by two strokes. The incident had occurred in the first round, and was self-reported after the second round after he was informed by his playing partner Billy Casper that it was not allowed. Instead of leading at 139 (−5), Finsterwald was tied with Ben Hogan and two others for second place after two rounds at 141, one stroke behind leader Palmer at 140.
Palmer was the sole leader after all four rounds and was the second wire-to-wire winner at the Masters, following Craig Wood in 1941. Subsequent wire-to-wire winners were Jack Nicklaus in 1972, Raymond Floyd in 1976, and Jordan Spieth in 2015.
The 36-hole cut rule was slightly modified this year to include all golfers in the top 40 plus ties or within 10 strokes of the lead. Previously the cut rule at the Masters (instituted in 1957) was top 40 plus ties. Three golfers made the cut at 150 (+6) who would not have made the cut under the previous rule.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958||67||73||72||70||282||−6||1|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1951, 1953||73||68||72||76||289||+1||T6|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||72||72||74||74||292||+4||T11|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||73||74||72||73||292||+4||T11|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||69||72||75||78||294||+6||T16|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||74||72||80||71||297||+9||T25|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Jimmy Demaret||United States||1940, 1947, 1950||75||76||151||+7|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||75||76||151||+7|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1937, 1942||76||76||152||+8|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||76||77||153||+9|
|Horton Smith||United States||1934, 1936||76||77||153||+9|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||78||78||156||+12|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||76||80||156||+12|
|Craig Wood||United States||1941||80||WD|
Thursday, April 7, 1960
|1||Arnold Palmer||United States||67||−5|
|T2||Fred Hawkins||United States||69||−3|
|Claude Harmon||United States|
|Jay Hebert||United States|
|T5||Don January||United States||70||−2|
|Bud Taylor (a)||United States|
|T8||Deane Beman (a)||United States||71||−1|
|Billy Casper||United States|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States|
|Gene Littler||United States|
- Finsterwald carded a 69, but incurred a two-stroke penalty for violating a local rule.
Friday, April 8, 1960
|1||Arnold Palmer||United States||67-73=140||−4|
|T2||Walter Burkemo||United States||72-69=141||−3|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||71-70=141|
|Claude Harmon||United States||69-72=141|
|Ben Hogan||United States||73-68=141|
|T6||Billy Casper||United States||71-71=142||−2|
|Don January||United States||70-72=142|
|Ken Venturi||United States||73-69=142|
|T9||Deane Beman (a)||United States||71-72=143||−1|
|Julius Boros||United States||72-71=143|
|Billy Maxwell||United States||72-71=143|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-71=143|
Saturday, April 9, 1960
|1||Arnold Palmer||United States||67-73-72=212||−4|
|T2||Julius Boros||United States||72-71-70=213||−3|
|Billy Casper||United States||71-71-71=213|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||71-70-72=213|
|Ben Hogan||United States||73-68-72=213|
|Ken Venturi||United States||73-69-71=213|
|7||Gary Player||South Africa||72-71-72=215||−1|
|T8||Walter Burkemo||United States||72-69-75=216||E|
|Claude Harmon||United States||69-72-75=216|
|Don January||United States||70-72-74=216|
Sunday, April 10, 1960
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Arnold Palmer||United States||67-73-72-70=282||−6||17,500|
|2||Ken Venturi||United States||73-69-71-70=283||−5||10,500|
|3||Dow Finsterwald||United States||71-70-72-71=284||−4||7,000|
|4||Billy Casper||United States||71-71-71-74=287||−1||5,250|
|5||Julius Boros||United States||72-71-70-75=288||E||4,200|
|T6||Walter Burkemo||United States||72-69-75-73=289||+1||2,800|
|Ben Hogan||United States||73-68-72-76=289|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-71-72-74=289|
|T9||Lionel Hebert||United States||74-70-73-73=290||+2||1,575|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey
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- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com – 1960 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1960 Masters leaderboard and scorecards