1970 Masters Tournament

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1970 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 9–13, 1970
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, 48 after cut[2]
Cut 150 (+6)[1]
Winner's share $25,000
Champion
United States Billy Casper
279 (−9), playoff
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

The 1970 Masters Tournament was the 34th Masters Tournament, held April 9–13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. A field of 83 players started the tournament and 48 made the 36-hole cut at 150 (+6).

Billy Casper defeated Gene Littler 69 to 74 in an 18-hole playoff on Monday to win his third major championship. It was the last 18-hole playoff at the Masters; the format was changed to sudden-death in 1976 and first used in 1979.[3] To get into the playoff, Casper scored a final round of 71 (−1), while Littler shot a 70 to tie at 279 (−9).[4]

Jack Nicklaus shot 69-69 on the weekend, but was hampered by a second round 75 and finished in 8th place. It was the final Masters tournament as a player for 1938 champion Henry Picard, who withdrew without finishing the first round.[5] Three-time Masters champion Sam Snead finished in a tie for 23rd place at the age of 57. It was the Masters debut of two-time champion Tom Watson, then a 20-year-old amateur from Stanford who shot 77-76 and missed the cut by three strokes.[6]

Harold Henning won the eleventh Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a score of 21.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 74 68 68 70 280 −8 3
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965, 1966 71 75 69 69 284 −4 8
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 76 73 71 72 292 +4 T23
George Archer  United States 1969 73 72 74 75 294 +6 T31
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 78 70 72 74 294 +6 T31
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
75 73 74 73 295 +7 T36

Source[7]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 76 76 152 +8
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 78 75 153 +9
Doug Ford  United States 1957 76 79 155 +11
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 77 78 155 +11
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 81 74 155 +11
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 79 79 158 +14
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 78 80 158 +14
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1939 84 83 167 +23
Henry Picard  United States 1938 WD

Source[1][5][7]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 8, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tommy Aaron  United States 68 −4
T2 Gene Littler  United States 69 −3
Bert Yancey  United States
T4 Charles Coody  United States 70 −2
Bob Lunn  United States
Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States
Dan Sikes  United States
R. H. Sikes  United States
T9 Frank Beard  United States 71 −1
Jack Nicklaus  United States

Source:[8]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 10, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Gene Littler  United States 69-70=139 −5
Bert Yancey  United States 69-70=139
T3 Billy Casper  United States 72-68=140 −4
Bob Lunn  United States 70-70=140
T5 Tommy Aaron  United States 68-74=142 −2
Gary Player  South Africa 74-68=142
T7 Dave Hill  United States 73-70=143 −1
Takaaki Kono  Japan 75-68=143
T9 Charles Coody  United States 70-74=144 E
Larry Hinson  United States 72-72=144
Dave Stockton  United States 72-72=144

Source:[9]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 11, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Billy Casper  United States 72-68-68=208 −8
2 Gene Littler  United States 69-70-70=209 −7
3 Gary Player  South Africa 74-68-68=210 −6
T4 Tommy Aaron  United States 68-74-69=211 −5
Charles Coody  United States 70-74-67=211
Dave Stockton  United States 72-72-69=211
Bert Yancey  United States 69-70-72=211
8 Dave Hill  United States 73-70-70=213 −3
9 Takaaki Kono  Japan 75-68-71=214 −2
T10 Frank Beard  United States 71-76-68=215 −1
Larry Hinson  United States 72-72-71=215
Bob Lunn  United States 70-70-75=215
Jack Nicklaus  United States 71-75-69=215

Source:[10]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 12, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Billy Casper  United States 72-68-68-71=279 −9 Playoff
Gene Littler  United States 69-70-70-70=279
3 Gary Player  South Africa 74-68-68-70=280 −8 14,000
4 Bert Yancey  United States 69-70-72-70=281 −7 10,000
T5 Tommy Aaron  United States 68-74-69-72=283 −5 6,667
Dave Hill  United States 73-70-70-70=283
Dave Stockton  United States 72-72-69-70=283
8 Jack Nicklaus  United States 71-75-69-69=284 −4 4,500
9 Frank Beard  United States 71-76-68-70=285 −3 4,000
T10 Bob Lunn  United States 70-70-75-72=287 −1 3,500
Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States 70-76-73-68=287

Source:[11]

Playoff[edit]

Monday, April 13, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Billy Casper  United States 69 −3 25,000
2 Gene Littler  United States 74 +2 17,500

Source:[12]

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 Casper −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −2 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −2 −3 −3
United States Littler E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +3 +2

Source:[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Scoreboard: Masters (second round)". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. April 11, 1970. p. 2B. 
  2. ^ "Masters scores (second round)". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. April 11, 1970. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Masters playoff format is changed". CNN.com. April 7, 2004. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 20, 1970). "All yours, Billy boy". Sports Illustrated. p. 14. 
  5. ^ a b "Aaron leads first round". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. April 10, 1970. p. C1. 
  6. ^ "Yancey, Littler deadlock". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. April 11, 1970. p. B2. 
  7. ^ a b "1970 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tommy Aaron's 68 tops Masters field". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). April 10, 1970. p. 18. 
  9. ^ "Yancey, Littler pace Masters with 139s". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1970. p. 1B. 
  10. ^ "Golf: Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 12, 1970. p. 6B. 
  11. ^ "Casper, Littler meet in masters playoff". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. April 13, 1970. p. C1. 
  12. ^ "Golf buddies Littler and Casper play off for Masters title today". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 13, 1970. p. 13. 
  13. ^ "Casper Surges Past Littler for Masters Title". Tri-City Herald. Associated Press. April 14, 1970. p. 10. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 

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