1971 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 8–11, 1971|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||77 players, 48 after cut|
The 1971 Masters Tournament was the 35th Masters Tournament, held April 8–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Charles Coody won his only major championship, two strokes ahead of runners-up Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus.
Miller was six-under for the Sunday round and, playing two groups ahead of the final two-some, his birdie on 14 would open up a two-shot lead when Coody subsequently bogied the hole, but could not hold on to win. Coody, co-leader with Nicklaus entering the round, rebounded from his bogey at 14 with two consecutive birdies and parred the final two holes while Miller, 23, bogeyed two of the last three holes. It was a bit of redemption for Coody, who bogeyed the final three holes in 1969 to finish two strokes back. It was Coody's third and final win on the PGA Tour.
Future 3-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin made his Masters debut in 1971 and tied for 13th place. It was the final Masters for two champions: 1948 winner Claude Harmon, withdrew during the first round and 1955 champion Cary Middlecoff during the second.
For the only time in its history, the Masters was not the first major championship of the year. The 1971 PGA Championship was played in Florida in February, and was won by Nicklaus. The co-leader entering Sunday, his attempt to secure the second leg of the grand slam came up short on the back nine on Sunday, as he shot 37 for an even-par 72.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965, 1966||70||71||68||72||281||−7||T2|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961||72||72||71||69||284||−4||T6|
|Billy Casper||United States||1970||72||73||71||72||288||E||T13|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||71||76||72||74||293||+5||T27|
|George Archer||United States||1969||73||74||78||71||296||+8||35|
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||76||73||74||74||297||+9||T36|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||75||75||77||76||303||+15||T46|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||76||77||153||+9|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||79||75||154||+10|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States||1939||79||84||163||+19|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||83||80||163||+19|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||75||WD|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||81||WD|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||WD|
Thursday, April 8, 1971
|1||Charles Coody||United States||66||−6|
|T2||Raymond Floyd||United States||69||−3|
|Hale Irwin||United States|
|Don January||United States|
|Bob Lunn||United States|
|Bob Murphy||United States|
|T7||Dale Douglass||United States||70||−2|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States|
|T9||Art Wall Jr.||United States||71||−1|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States|
|Bert Yancey||United States|
Friday, April 9, 1971
|1||Don January||United States||69-69=138||−6|
|T2||Charles Coody||United States||66-73=139||−5|
|Bob Murphy||United States||69-70=139|
|4||Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-69=140||−4|
|T5||Dale Douglass||United States||70-71=141||−3|
|Hale Irwin||United States||69-72=141|
|Gene Littler||United States||72-69=141|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||70-71=141|
|Bobby Mitchell||United States||72-70=142|
Saturday, April 10, 1971
|T1||Charles Coody||United States||66-73-70=209||−7|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||70-71-68=209|
|3||Don January||United States||69-69-73=211||−5|
|T4||Hale Irwin||United States||69-72-71=212||−4|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-69-72=212|
|6||Johnny Miller||United States||72-73-68=213||−3|
|Gene Littler||United States||72-69-73=214|
|Dave Stockton||United States||72-73-69=214|
|T10||Bob Murphy||United States||69-70-76=215||−1|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-72-71=215|
|Ken Still||United States||72-71-72=215|
Sunday, April 11, 1971
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Charles Coody||United States||66-73-70-70=279||−9||25,000|
|T2||Johnny Miller||United States||72-73-68-68=281||−7||17,500|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||70-71-68-72=281|
|T4||Don January||United States||69-69-73-72=283||−5||9,050|
|Gene Littler||United States||72-69-73-69=283|
|T6||Gary Player||South Africa||72-72-71-69=284||−4||5,600|
|Ken Still||United States||72-71-72-69=284|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-69-72-72=284|
|T9||Frank Beard||United States||74-73-69-70=286||−2||3,767|
|Dave Stockton||United States||72-73-69-72=286|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- Mizell, Hubert (April 12, 1971). "Coody atones for earlier 'choke'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 3B.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 19, 1971). "There went the Slam". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
- "Nicklaus, Coody tied for lead in Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1971. p. 1C.
- "Coody wins to make amends". Milwaukee Journal. April 12, 1971. p. 11-part 2.
- "Charles Coody far ahead as Masters star struggle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1971. p. 19.
- "Veteran January catches Coody; takes Masters tournament lead". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 10, 1971. p. 11.
- "1971 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- "Charles Coody fires 66, takes three-stoke lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 9, 1971. p. 2B.
- "January claims lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 10, 1971. p. 1B.
- "Masters pairings". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1971. p. 8C.
- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com – 1971 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1971 Masters leaderboard and scorecards