1960 Masters Tournament

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1960 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 7–10, 1960
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 83 players, 45 after cut
Cut 150 (+6)
Prize fund $87,050
Winner's share $17,500
Champion
United States Arnold Palmer
282 (−6)
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

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.[2][3][4]

It was the second of Palmer's four Masters victories and the second of his seven major titles. Palmer, age 30, also won the U.S. Open in 1960 and was the runner-up at the British Open.

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.[5] The purse was $87,050 with a winner's share of $17,500.[6]

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.[7]

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.

The Par 3 contest was introduced this year, and three-time Masters champion Sam Snead won with a score of 23 (−4).[5]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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[edit]

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

Source[8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 7, 1960

Place Player Country Score To par
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
Harry Weetman  England
T8 Deane Beman (a)  United States 71 −1
Billy Casper  United States
Dow Finsterwald  United States
Gene Littler  United States

Source:[9]

  • Finsterwald carded a 69, but incurred a two-stroke penalty for violating a local rule.[7]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 8, 1960

Place Player Country Score To par
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 South Africa 72-71=143

Source:[7][8]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 9, 1960

Place Player Country Score To par
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 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
Stan Leonard  Canada 72-72-72=216

Source:[1]

Final round[edit]

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 South Africa 72-71-72-74=289
T9 Lionel Hebert  United States 74-70-73-73=290 +2 1,575
Stan Leonard  Canada 72-72-72-74=290

Source:[3]

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 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −6
United States Venturi −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5
United States Finsterwald −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4
United States Casper −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −1 −2 −1 −1 −1
United States Boros −3 −3 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −1 E
United States Hogan −2 −3 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E E +1 +1 +1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Palmer's 72 keeps him 1-stroke up". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 10, 1960. p. 1-sports. 
  2. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (April 18, 1960). "Gasps for a fabulous finish". Sports Illustrated. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (April 11, 1960). "Palmer's rally wins in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 11, 1960). "Palmer's birdie-birdie finish wins". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (Chicago Tribune). 
  5. ^ a b c "Snead cops Par-3 test at Masters". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1960. p. 6, part 2. 
  6. ^ "Palmer's blazing finish wins Masters by one". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 11, 1960. p. 2, part 2. 
  7. ^ a b c Grimsley, Will (April 9, 1960). "Finsterwald penalized, Palmer's 140 tops Masters; Hogan tied for second". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 10. 
  8. ^ a b "Masters golf scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 9, 1960. p. 15. 
  9. ^ "Palmer's 67 leads Masters". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1960. p. 6, part 2. 

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