1975 Masters Tournament

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1975 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 10–13, 1975
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,020 yards (6,419 m)[1][2]
Field 76 players, 46 after cut
Cut 148 (+4)
Winner's share $40,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
276 (−12)
Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States

The 1975 Masters Tournament was the 39th Masters Tournament, held April 10–13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Jack Nicklaus won his fifth Masters and thirteenth major title, one stroke ahead of runners-up Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf.[3] At age 40, Lee Elder became the first African-American to compete at the tournament,[4][5] but missed the cut.[6][7]

The 1975 Masters is widely considered to be one of the greatest Masters tournaments ever, with three great golfers at the peak of their games dueling in a thrilling Sunday finish.[8]

Had a playoff been required, it would have been a full 18-hole round on Monday. Prior to the next Masters in 1976, a sudden-death format was introduced and was first used in 1979.[9]

Through 2016, Nicklaus remains the only winner of five Masters; he won his sixth Masters eleven years later in 1986 at age 46.

Course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Tea Olive 400 4 10 Camellia 485 4
2 Pink Dogwood 555 5 11 White Dogwood 445 4
3 Flowering Peach 360 4 12 Golden Bell 155 3
4 Flowering Crab Apple 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 440 4 18 Holly 420 4
Out 3,510 36 In 3,510 36
Source:[1] Total 7,020 72

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, 1972
68 67 73 68 276 −12 1
Billy Casper  United States 1970 70 70 73 70 283 −5 6
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
69 71 75 72 287 −1 T13
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 72 74 72 70 288 E T15
Gary Player  South Africa 1961, 1974 72 74 73 73 292 +4 T30
Tommy Aaron  United States 1973 71 75 76 72 294 +6 T38
Charles Coody  United States 1971 72 75 75 73 295 +7 T40

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 77 72 149 +5
Doug Ford  United States 1957 78 74 152 +8
George Archer  United States 1969 80 72 152 +8
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 81 72 153 +9
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 71 WD

Source:[7]

  • Snead, age 62, was one-over-par after 27 holes when he withdrew due to a back injury.[6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 10, 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Nichols  United States 67 −5
T2 Allen Miller  United States 68 −4
Jack Nicklaus  United States
T4 Arnold Palmer  United States 69 −3
J. C. Snead  United States
Tom Weiskopf  United States
T7 Billy Casper  United States 70 −2
Bob Murphy  United States
Tom Watson  United States
T10 Tommy Aaron  United States 71 −1
Jerry Heard  United States
Mac McLendon  United States
Jerry Pate (a)  United States
Sam Snead  United States
Lee Trevino  United States
Larry Ziegler  United States

Source:[10]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 11, 1975

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-67=135 −9
T2 Billy Casper  United States 70-70=140 −4
Arnold Palmer  United States 69-71=140
Tom Watson  United States 70-70=140
T5 Homero Blancas  United States 72-69=141 −3
Pat Fitzsimons  United States 73-68=141
Bobby Nichols  United States 67-74=141
J. C. Snead  United States 69-72=141
Lee Trevino  United States 71-70=141
Tom Weiskopf  United States 69-72=141

Source:[7]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 12, 1975

Nicklaus entered the weekend with a five-shot lead but struggled with a one-over 73 in the final pairing with Arnold Palmer. Weiskopf carded a 66 (–6) to take a one-stroke lead and Miller a 65 to climb into solo third.[11] Nicklaus three-putted four times on Saturday and was three-over-par on the last four holes to lose the lead.[11]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Weiskopf  United States 69-72-66=207 −9
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-67-73=208 −8
3 Johnny Miller  United States 75-71-65=211 −5
4 Tom Watson  United States 70-70-72=212 −4
T5 Billy Casper  United States 70-70-73=213 −3
Bobby Nichols  United States 67-74-72=213
T7 Buddy Allin  United States 73-69-73=215 −1
Hubert Green  United States 74-71-70=215
Allen Miller  United States 68-75-72=215
Arnold Palmer  United States 69-71-75=215
Lee Trevino  United States 71-70-74=215

Source:[2][11]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 13, 1975

Although Nicklaus was in solo second after 54 holes, he played with Tom Watson in the penultimate pairing, followed by Miller and leader Weiskopf.[5] Nicklaus was three-under for the round and led Weiskopf by a stroke at the 14th tee, but he bogeyed while Weiskopf birdied for a two-shot swing and a lead change. On the par-3 16th hole, Nicklaus listened on the green as both Weiskopf and Miller birdied on the 15th green, as he had done. Nicklaus then sank a 40-foot (12 m) birdie putt, while Weiskopf and Miller watched from the 16th tee. Weiskopf left his tee shot 80 feet (24 m) away and bogeyed, while Miller made par and birdied 17.[12]

Both were a stroke behind with makeable birdie putts on the 72nd green to tie Nicklaus, who had just missed his 12-foot (3.7 m) birdie attempt. Miller missed left and low from 18 feet (5.5 m) while Weiskopf's eight-footer (2.4 m) missed right.[5][12]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 68-67-73-68=276 −12 40,000
T2 Johnny Miller  United States 75-71-65-66=277 −11 21,250
Tom Weiskopf  United States 69-72-66-70=277
T4 Hale Irwin  United States 73-74-71-64=282 −6 12,500
Bobby Nichols  United States 67-74-72-69=282
6 Billy Casper  United States 70-70-73-70=283 −5 7,500
7 Dave Hill  United States 75-71-70-68=284 −4 6,000
T8 Hubert Green  United States 74-71-70-70=285 −3 4,500
Tom Watson  United States 70-70-72-73=285
T10 Tom Kite  United States 72-74-71-69=286 −2 3,600
J. C. Snead  United States 69-72-75-70=286
Lee Trevino  United States 71-70-74-71=286

Source:[12][13]

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 −7 −8 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −10 −11 −12 −12 −12
United States Miller −5 −6 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −8 −9 −9 −8 −8 −9 −9 −10 −10 −11 −11
United States Weiskopf −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −11 −11 −11
United States Watson −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −2 −2 −3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Masters par and yardage". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 9, 1975. p. 19. 
  2. ^ a b "Weiskopf 66 passes Jack". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 13, 1975. p. D1. 
  3. ^ Denlinger, Kenneth (April 14, 1975). "Nicklaus wins record 5th as others' putts slither by". Milwaukee Journal. (Washington Post). p. 7, part 2. 
  4. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (April 21, 1975). "You're all right, Jack". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  5. ^ a b c "Nicklaus survives shootout". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 14, 1975. p. 12. 
  6. ^ a b "Nicklaus way ahead, Elder goes home". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. April 12, 1975. p. 10. 
  7. ^ a b c Christine, Bill (April 12, 1975). "Palmer hot, but Jack scorches Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "Our Top 10 All-Time Favorite Masters Tournaments". www.golf.com. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Masters playoff format is changed". CNN.com. April 7, 2004. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nichols (me?) leads Masters". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 11, 1975. p. 11. 
  11. ^ a b c "Tall Tom: a tall order for Nicklaus". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 13, 1975. p. 1C. 
  12. ^ a b c "Jack reigns again, a 40-footer the clincher". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 14, 1975. p. 1B. 
  13. ^ "1975 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nicklaus wins Masters with long birdie putt". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. April 14, 1975. p. 25. 

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