1972 Masters Tournament

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1972 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 6–9, 1972
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 85 players, 47 after cut
Cut 151 (+7)
Winner's share $25,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
286 (−2)
Augusta  is located in the US
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

The 1972 Masters Tournament was the 36th Masters Tournament, held April 6–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Jack Nicklaus opened with a 68 and led wire-to-wire to win the fourth[2] of his six Masters titles, three strokes ahead of three runners-up.[3] It was the tenth of 18 major titles as a professional for Nicklaus, who also won the U.S. Open in 1972 and was the runner-up at the Open Championship in Scotland, one stroke behind Lee Trevino.

It was the first Masters played without founder Bobby Jones, who died in December 1971 at age 69. The 1972 Masters was also the debut of 20 year old University of Texas golfer and future two-time champion Ben Crenshaw who was low amateur at 295 (T19).

Banned from the last five Masters, commentator Jack Whitaker returned to the CBS telecast in 1972. At the end of the 18-hole Monday playoff in 1966, he had referred to the portion of the gallery trailing the players as a "mob."[4][5]

Nicklaus became the third wire-to-wire winner in Masters history, following Craig Wood in 1941 and Arnold Palmer in 1960. Through 2016, there have been five; the next were Raymond Floyd in 1976 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.

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, 1966 68 71 73 74 286 −2 1
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 73 75 72 71 291 +3 T10
George Archer  United States 1969 73 75 72 72 292 +4 T12
Charles Coody  United States 1971 73 70 74 75 292 +4 T12
Billy Casper  United States 1970 75 71 74 74 294 +6 T17
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 73 76 72 73 294 +6 T17
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 69 75 76 77 297 +9 T27
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
70 75 74 81 300 +12 T33

Source[2][6]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 77 75 152 +8
Doug Ford  United States 1957 76 78 154 +10
Gene Sarazen  United States 1935 79 79 158 +14
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 80 79 159 +15
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1939 89 80 169 +25

Source[6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 6, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68 −4
2 Sam Snead  United States 69 −3
3 Arnold Palmer  United States 70 −2
T4 Paul Harney  United States 71 −1
Jim Simons (a)  United States
T6 Frank Beard  United States 72 Even
Bob Charles  New Zealand
Bruce Crampton  Australia
Gibby Gilbert  United States
Tony Jacklin  England
Jim Jamieson  United States
Steve Melnyk  United States
Bobby Nichols  United States
Lanny Wadkins  United States
Bert Yancey  United States

Source[10]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 7, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-71=139 −5
2 Paul Harney  United States 71-69=140 −4
3 Bert Yancey  United States 72-69=141 −3
4 Jim Jamieson  United States 72-70=142 −2
T5 Charles Coody  United States 73-70=143 −1
Bobby Nichols  United States 72-71=143
T7 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 75-69=144 Even
Jerry Heard  United States 73-71=144
Steve Melnyk  United States 72-72=144
Sam Snead  United States 69-75=144
Lanny Wadkins  United States 72-72=144

Source[11]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 8, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-71-73=212 −4
2 Jim Jamieson  United States 72-70-71=213 −3
T3 Paul Harney  United States 71-69-75=215 −1
Tom Weiskopf  United States 74-71-70=215
T5 Homero Blancas  United States 76-71-69=216 Even
Bruce Crampton  Australia 72-75-69=216
Jerry Heard  United States 73-71-72=216
Bobby Mitchell  United States 73-72-71=216
T9 Charles Coody  United States 73-70-74=217 +1
Bert Yancey  United States 72-69-76=217

Source[12]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 9, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-71-73-74=286 −2 25,000
T2 Bruce Crampton  Australia 72-75-69-73=289 +1 15,833
Bobby Mitchell  United States 73-72-71-73=289
Tom Weiskopf  United States 74-71-70-74=289
T5 Homero Blancas  United States 76-71-69-74=290 +2 6,200
Bruce Devlin  Australia 74-75-70-71=290
Jerry Heard  United States 73-71-72-74=290
Jim Jamieson  United States 72-70-71-77=290
Jerry McGee  United States 73-74-71-72=290
T10 Gary Player  South Africa 73-75-72-71=291 +3 3,600
Dave Stockton  United States 76-70-74-71=291

Source[2][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 7, 1972). "Nicklaus leading Masters with 68". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. p. 12. 
  2. ^ a b c Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1972). "Nicklaus coasts to Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 25. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 17, 1972). "Poa Jack beats himself". Sports Illustrated. p. 22. 
  4. ^ Rothenberg, Fred (April 12, 1979). "Jack Whitaker's welcome now". Boca Raton News. Florida. Associated Press. p. 2B. 
  5. ^ Sandomir, Richard (May 5, 2012). "Jack Whitaker was always camera ready". New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "1972 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Golfer Brewer: ulcers, hernia". Montreal Gazette. UPI. April 11, 1972. p. 16. 
  8. ^ "Gay Brewer in hospital". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 7, 1972. p. 12. 
  9. ^ "Brewer takes Par Three test". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1973. p. 19. 
  10. ^ "Nicklaus leads by 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1972. p. 1, part 2. 
  11. ^ "Nicklaus' 71 keeps lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1972. p. 1, part 2. 
  12. ^ "Golf: Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. April 9, 1972. p. 6B. 

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