1962 Masters Tournament

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1962 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 5–9, 1962
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Field 109 players, 51 after cut
Cut 149 (+5)
Prize fund $109,100
Winner's share $20,000
Champion
United States Arnold Palmer
280 (−8), playoff
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

The 1962 Masters Tournament was the 26th Masters Tournament, held April 5–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Arnold Palmer won the third of his four Masters titles in the tournament's first three-way playoff.[1][2] It was the fifth of his seven major titles.

The other two in the 18-hole Monday playoff were also major championship winners: defending champion Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald, winner of the PGA Championship in 1958. Out in 37 and down three strokes to Player at the turn, Palmer shot a 31 on the back nine for 68, while Player shot a 71 and Finsterwald a 77.[3] In the lead after three rounds, Palmer was five-over for his final round after a double bogey at the 10th hole. After five pars, he birdied 16 and 17 to get into the Monday playoff with a 75 (+3).[4] The gallery for the playoff was estimated at 16,000 spectators.[1]

Henry Picard, the 1938 champion, made his final cut at Augusta at age 55. Jack Nicklaus, 22, tied for 15th in his fourth appearance, the first as a professional. He won the next major, the U.S. Open, in a playoff over Palmer at Oakmont near Pittsburgh.

With near misses in 1959 and 1961, Palmer said that it could have been his fifth consecutive title at Augusta.[2]

The 36-hole cut was increased this year to include the low 44 plus ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead (previously it was the low 40 plus ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead). 109 players entered the tournament and 51 made the cut at 149 (+5).

Bruce Crampton won the third Par 3 contest with a score of 22.

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, 1960 70 66 69 75 280 −8 1
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 67 71 71 71 280 −8 2
Jimmy Demaret  United States 1940, 1947, 1950 73 73 71 70 287 −1 T5
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 72 75 70 74 291 +3 T15
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 75 74 73 73 295 +7 T29
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 72 76 72 76 296 +8 T33
Ben Hogan  United States 1951, 1953 78 71 75 73 297 +9 38
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 78 69 73 78 298 +10 T39
Henry Picard  United States 1938 75 73 76 74 298 +10 T39
Doug Ford  United States 1957 75 72 76 78 301 +13 T44
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 74 74 WD

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 76 74 150 +6
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 79 77 156 +12
Horton Smith  United States 1934, 1936 92 88 180 +36
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 75 WD

Source[5][6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 5, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player  South Africa 67 −5
2 Julius Boros  United States 69 −3
T3 Arnold Palmer  United States 70 −2
Mike Souchak  United States
Dave Ragan  United States
Gardner Dickinson  United States
T7 George Bayer  United States 71 −1
Billy Maxwell  United States
Bob Rosburg  United States
Don January  United States
Gene Littler  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 6, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 70-66=136 −8
2 Gary Player  South Africa 67-71=138 −6
3 Gene Littler  United States 71-68=139 −5
4 Gardner Dickinson  United States 70-71=141 −3
T5 Julius Boros  United States 69-73=142 −2
Dow Finsterwald  United States 74-68=142
Mike Souchak  United States 70-72=142
T8 Al Balding  Canada 75-68=143 −1
Dave Ragan  United States 70-73=143
T10 Jerry Barber  United States 72-72=144 E
Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States 72-72=144
Billy Maxwell  United States 71-73=144
Bob Rosburg  United States 71-73=144
Don January  United States 71-73=144

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 7, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 70-66-69=205 −11
2 Dow Finsterwald  United States 74-68-65=207 −9
3 Gary Player  South Africa 67-71-71=209 −7
4 Gene Littler  United States 71-68-71=210 −6
T5 Jerry Barber  United States 72-72-69=213 −3
Gardner Dickinson  United States 70-71-72=213
7 Julius Boros  United States 69-73-72=214 −2
8 Gay Brewer  United States 74-71-70=215 −1
T9 Lionel Hebert  United States 72-73-71=216 E
Ken Venturi  United States 75-70-71=216
Billy Maxwell  United States 71-73-72=216
Mike Souchak  United States 70-72-74=216

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 8, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Arnold Palmer  United States 70-66-69-75=280 −8 Playoff
Gary Player  South Africa 67-71-71-71=280
Dow Finsterwald  United States 74-68-65-73=280
4 Gene Littler  United States 71-68-71-72=282 −6 6,000
T5 Jerry Barber  United States 72-72-69-74=287 −1 3,600
Jimmy Demaret  United States 73-73-71-70=287
Billy Maxwell  United States 71-73-72-71=287
Mike Souchak  United States 70-72-74-71=287
T9 Charles Coe (a)  United States 72-74-71-71=288 E 0
Ken Venturi  United States 75-70-71-72=288 2,000

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 −11 −11 −11 −10 −9 −9 −8 −8 −8 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8
South Africa Player −6 −6 −5 −5 −6 −7 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8
United States Finsterwald −9 −10 −10 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8
United States Littler −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −6

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Playoff[edit]

Monday, April 9, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 68 −4 20,000
2 Gary Player  South Africa 71 −1 12,000
3 Dow Finsterwald  United States 77 +5 8,000

Source:[7]

Scorecard[edit]

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 E E E E E E +1 +1 +1 E E −1 −2 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4
South Africa Player −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 E E +1 E E E −1
United States Finsterwald +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +5 +5 +4 +4 +5 +5 +5 +5

Source:[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1962). "Palmer's 68 wins title in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. 
  2. ^ a b Drum, Bob (April 10, 1962). "Palmer Masters golf champion for third time". Pittsburgh Press. p. 35. 
  3. ^ Wright, Alfred (April 16, 1962). "Arnold Palmer gets a big revenge". Sports Illustrated. p. 12. 
  4. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 9, 1962). "Palmer, 2 others tied in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Masters scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 6, 1962. p. 20. 
  6. ^ "Masters scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 7, 1962. p. 13. 
  7. ^ a b Grimsley, Will (April 10, 1962). "Palmer's 68 wins by three: playoff cards". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 2–2. 

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