1966 Masters Tournament

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1966 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 7–11, 1966
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 103 players, 64 after cut
Cut 153 (+9)
Winner's share $20,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
288 (E), playoff
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

The 1966 Masters Tournament was the 30th Masters Tournament, held April 7–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Jack Nicklaus, age 26, earned his third Green Jacket in an 18-hole Monday playoff and became the first back-to-back champion at the Masters.[2][3] He ended regulation at even-par 288, tied with Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer. Nicklaus shot a 70 in the extra round on Monday to defeat Jacobs (72) and Brewer (78).[4] Nicklaus' score the previous year in 1965 was significantly lower at 271 (−17), a record which stood for 32 years.

On Sunday, Brewer shot a 33 (−3) on the front nine and then had eight pars as he came to the 72nd hole with a one-shot lead. After hitting his approach shot onto the green, he three-putted from 75 feet (23 m), missing a 5-foot (1.5 m) putt for par to win.[5] This was the last Masters that two-time champion Byron Nelson played in; he shot 76 and 78 and missed the cut by one stroke. The 36-hole cut at 153 (+9) was the highest to date, exceeded only in 1982.

A close friend of Nicklaus was among four that died in a private plane crash in Tennessee on Wednesday,[6] while en route to Augusta from Columbus, Ohio.[7] Nicklaus learned of the incident late that night and responded with a 68 in the first round,[8] but fell back with a 76 on Friday.

It was the fifth of 18 major titles for Nicklaus, and his only successful defense of a major. Three months later, he completed the first of his three career grand slams at Muirfield in the Open Championship. Later back-to-back winners at Augusta were Nick Faldo (1989 and 1990, both playoffs) and Tiger Woods (2001 and 2002).

Terry Dill won the seventh Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a score of 22.

Brewer rebounded and won the tournament the next year, while Nicklaus' attempt at three consecutive titles ended early with a rare missed cut. Jacobs never won a major; he was also a runner-up in the U.S. Open in 1964 at Congressional.

CBS commentator Jack Whitaker referred to the gallery at the end of the 18-hole Monday playoff as a "mob" and was banned from the next five Masters (19671971).[9]

Course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 White Pine 400 4 10 Camellia 470 4
2 Woodbine 555 5 11 Dogwood 445 4
3 Flowering Peach 355 4 12 Golden Bell 155 3
4 Palm 220 3 13 Azalea 475 5
5 Magnolia 450 4 14 Chinese Fir 420 4
6 Juniper 190 3 15 Firethorn 520 5
7 Pampas 365 4 16 Redbud 190 3
8 Yellow Jasmine 530 5 17 Nandina 400 4
9 Carolina Cherry 420 4 18 Holly 420 4
Out 3,485 36 In 3,495 36
Source:[1][10][11] Total 6,980 72

^ Holes 1, 2, 4, and 11 were later renamed.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965 68 76 72 72 288 E 1
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
74 70 74 72 290 +2 T4
Ben Hogan  United States 1951, 1953 74 71 73 77 295 +7 T13
Doug Ford  United States 1957 75 73 73 76 297 +9 T17
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 74 77 76 72 299 +11 T28
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 77 72 76 78 303 +14 T42
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 75 73 79 77 304 +15 T44

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Byron Nelson  United States 1937, 1942 76 78 154 +10
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 75 80 155 +11
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 78 78 156 +12
Henry Picard  United States 1938 78 83 161 +17
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 82 80 162 +18
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 83 WD
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 WD

Source[12][13][14]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 7, 1966

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68 −4
T2 Billy Casper  United States 71 −1
Charles Coe (a)  United States
Don January  United States
Mike Souchak  United States
T6 Peter Butler  England 72 E
Raymond Floyd  United States
Randy Glover  United States
Jay Hebert  United States
T10 Dow Finsterwald  United States 73 +1
Lionel Hebert  United States
Rod Horn (a)  United States
George Knudson  Canada
Bob Rosburg  United States
R. H. Sikes  United States

Source[8][12][15]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 8, 1966

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Peter Butler  England 72-71=143 −1
Paul Harney  United States 75-68=143
T3 Don January  United States 71-73=144 E
Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-76=144
Arnold Palmer  United States 74-70=144
Bob Rosburg  United States 73-71=144
Doug Sanders  United States 74-70=144
T8 Raymond Floyd  United States 72-73=145 +1
Ben Hogan  United States 74-71=145
Mike Souchak  United States 71-74=145

Source[13][14]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 9, 1966

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tommy Jacobs  United States 75-71-70=216 E
Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-76-72=216
3 Don January  United States 71-73-73=217 +1
T4 Gay Brewer  United States 74-72-72=218 +2
Ben Hogan  United States 74-71-73=218
Arnold Palmer  United States 74-70-74=218
T7 Raymond Floyd  United States 72-73-74=219 +3
Paul Harney  United States 75-68-76=219
Jay Hebert  United States 72-74-73=219
Doug Sanders  United States 74-70-75=219

Source[16]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 10, 1966

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-76-72-72=288 E Playoff
Tommy Jacobs  United States 75-71-70-72=288
Gay Brewer  United States 74-72-72-70=288
T4 Arnold Palmer  United States 74-70-74-72=290 +2 5,700
Doug Sanders  United States 74-70-75-71=290
T6 Don January  United States 71-73-73-75=292 +4 3,900
George Knudson  Canada 73-76-72-71=292
T8 Raymond Floyd  United States 72-73-74-74=293 +5 2,500
Paul Harney  United States 75-68-76-74=293
T10 Billy Casper  United States 71-75-76-72=294 +6 1,770
Jay Hebert  United States 72-74-73-75=294
Bob Rosburg  United States 73-71-76-74=294

Source[17][18]

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 Nicklaus +1 E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 E E E E
United States Jacobs E E E E E E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E E E E
United States Brewer +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 E E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Playoff[edit]

Monday, April 11, 1966

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 35-35=70 −2 20,000
2 Tommy Jacobs  United States 35-37=72 E 12,300
3 Gay Brewer  United States 38-40=78 +6 8,300

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 Nicklaus E −1 −1 E E −1 −1 −2 −1 −1 −2 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2
United States Jacobs −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1 E E +1 +1 +1 E E E E
United States Brewer E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +5 +5 +5 +4 +3 +5 +6

Source:[3]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Another title for Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 12, 1966. p. 3B. 
  3. ^ a b MacDonald, Jim (April 12, 1966). "A vision of Mastery". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 22. 
  4. ^ Wright, Alfred (April 18, 1966). "Three was a crowd". Sports Illustrated. p. 36. 
  5. ^ "Masters fit to be tied: 3 at 288". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. April 11, 1966. p. 1C. 
  6. ^ "Elizabethton, Tenn.: Fiery crash". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 7, 1966. p. 11B. 
  7. ^ MacDonald, Jim (April 8, 1966). "Death of Nicklaus friend saddens Masters leader". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 16. 
  8. ^ a b Speer, Ron (April 8, 1966). "Nicklaus strokes 4-under-par 68 for opening round lead in Masters". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 12. 
  9. ^ Rothenberg, Fred (April 12, 1979). "Jack Whitaker's welcome now". Boca Raton News. (Florida). Associated Press. p. 2B. 
  10. ^ "Map of Masters: Augusta National Golf Club". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 5, 1966. p. 1D. 
  11. ^ "Hole-by-hole analysis of Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 7, 1966. p. 1%. 
  12. ^ a b "Masters golf scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 8, 1966. p. 12. 
  13. ^ a b "Masters scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 9, 1966. p. 8. 
  14. ^ a b "Harney, Butler lead Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 9, 1966. p. 1B. 
  15. ^ "Grim Nicklaus holds lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 8, 1966. p. 3B. 
  16. ^ "Hogan beats Palmer in Masters battle". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 10, 1966. p. 1B. 
  17. ^ "3 for the money". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. April 11, 1966. p. 21. 
  18. ^ "Green coat playoff battle under way". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1966. p. 2B. 

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Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020