1977 Masters Tournament

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1977 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 7–10, 1977
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,030 yards (6,428 m)[1]
Field77 players, 50 after cut[2]
Cut149 (+5)
Winner's share$40,000
Champion
United States Tom Watson
276 (−12)
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Location in the United States
Augusta  is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
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Location in Georgia

The 1977 Masters Tournament was the 41st Masters Tournament, held April 7–10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Tom Watson, age 27, won the first of his two green jackets, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus.[3][4][5] The two were tied after 68 holes, then Watson birdied the par-4 17th. Needing a birdie to tie, Nicklaus bogeyed the final hole, one of 19 times in his career that he was the runner-up in a major championship.[6][7] It was the second of Watson's eight major championships, and he won a second Masters in 1981.[8]

The pair again dueled for a major title in the final round in July in Scotland, at the Open Championship at Turnberry, also won by Watson.

Although he had won a major in 1975 and led the PGA Tour in season earnings entering this Masters,[9] Watson had been labeled a "choker" early in his pro career, known for relinquishing leads in the final round of majors and regular events.[3][4][5] Notable among these was the U.S. Open in 1974 at Winged Foot;[10] his win here and in Scotland put that to rest.

Field[edit]

1. Masters champions

Tommy Aaron, George Archer (11), Gay Brewer (8), Billy Casper (8,12), Charles Coody (8,10), Raymond Floyd (8,9,10,12), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus (2,4,8,9,10,11,12), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player (3,4), Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr.

The following categories only apply to Americans
2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)

Lou Graham (8,12), Hale Irwin (8,12), Johnny Miller (3,8,9,12), Jerry Pate (9,10,11)

3. The Open champions (last five years)

Tom Watson (9,11), Tom Weiskopf (8,9,10,12)

  • Lee Trevino (4,11,12) was recovering from back surgery and did not play
4. PGA champions (last five years)

Dave Stockton (10)

5. 1976 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists

James T. Mason (a), C. Parker Moore Jr. (a), Bill Sander (6,7,a), Stan Souza (a)

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions

Vinny Giles (a), Fred Ridley (7,a), Dick Siderowf (7,a)

7. Members of the 1976 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team

John Fought (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1976 Masters Tournament

Buddy Allin (11), Jim Colbert, Ben Crenshaw (9,10,11), Al Geiberger (9,11,12), Hubert Green (9), Dave Hill (11), Tom Kite (11), Gene Littler (12), Roger Maltbie (11), Rik Massengale (11), Jerry McGee (10), Curtis Strange, Larry Ziegler (11)

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1976 U.S. Open

Butch Baird (11), Rod Funseth, Mark Hayes (11), Don January (10,11), Lyn Lott, Mike Morley, Andy North, J. C. Snead (11,12)

10. Top eight players and ties from 1976 PGA Championship

Gil Morgan, John Schlee

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Andy Bean, Woody Blackburn, Danny Edwards, Lee Elder, Gibby Gilbert, Joe Inman, Gary Koch, Billy Kratzert, Bruce Lietzke, Mac McLendon, Tom Purtzer, Bob Wynn

12. Members of the U.S. 1975 Ryder Cup team

Bob Murphy

13. Foreign invitations

Isao Aoki, Seve Ballesteros, Bruce Devlin (8), David Graham (10,11), Dale Hayes (8), Tommy Horton, John Lister (11), Graham Marsh (8,11), Takashi Murakami, Jack Newton, Christy O'Connor Jnr, Peter Oosterhuis (8), Bob Shearer

  • Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.

Nationalities in the field[edit]

North America (63) South America (0) Europe (4) Oceania (6) Asia (2) Africa (2)
 United States (63)  England (2)  Australia (5)  Japan (2)  South Africa (2)
 Ireland (1)  New Zealand (1)
 Spain (1)

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, 1975
72 70 70 66 278 −10 2
Raymond Floyd  United States 1976 71 72 71 71 285 −3 T8
Billy Casper  United States 1970 72 72 73 69 286 −2 T14
George Archer  United States 1969 74 74 69 70 287 −1 T19
Gary Player  South Africa 1961, 1974 71 70 72 74 287 −1 T19
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
76 71 71 70 288 E T24
Tommy Aaron  United States 1973 73 72 73 74 292 +4 T35
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 75 74 71 72 292 +4 T35

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Charles Coody  United States 1971 72 78 150 +6
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 76 74 150 +6
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 78 74 152 +8
Doug Ford  United States 1957 77 77 154 +10
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 83 WD

Source:[11]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 7, 1977

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hubert Green  United States 67 −5
T2 Don January  United States 69 −3
Billy Kratzert  United States
T4 Hale Irwin  United States 70 −2
Tom Kite  United States
Rik Massengale  United States
Jerry Pate  United States
Tom Watson  United States
T9 Buddy Allin  United States 71 −1
Ben Crenshaw  United States
Raymond Floyd  United States
Mark Hayes  United States
Dave Hill  United States
Gene Littler  United States
Gary Player  South Africa

Source:[12]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 8, 1977

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Rod Funseth  United States 72-67=139 −5
Tom Watson  United States 70-69=139
T3 Ben Crenshaw  United States 71-69=140 −4
Billy Kratzert  United States 69-71=140
T5 Hubert Green  United States 67-74=141 −3
Gary Player  South Africa 71-70=141
Bob Shearer  Australia 74-67=141
T8 David Graham  Australia 75-67=142 −2
Mac McLendon  United States 72-70=142
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-70=142
Jerry Pate  United States 70-72=142

Source:[1][2]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 9, 1977

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ben Crenshaw  United States 71-69-69=209 −7
Tom Watson  United States 70-69-70=209
3 Rik Massengale  United States 70-73-67=210 −6
T4 Jim Colbert  United States 72-71-69=212 −4
Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-70-70=212
T6 Rod Funseth  United States 72-67-74=213 −3
Hubert Green  United States 67-74-72=213
Tom Kite  United States 70-73-70=213
Gary Player  South Africa 71-70-72=213
T10 Danny Edwards  United States 72-74-68=214 −2
Raymond Floyd  United States 71-72-71=214
Hale Irwin  United States 70-74-70=214
Don January  United States 69-76-69=214

Source:[13]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 10, 1977

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tom Watson  United States 70-69-70-67=276 −12 40,000
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 72-70-70-66=278 −10 30,000
T3 Tom Kite  United States 70-73-70-67=280 −8 17,500
Rik Massengale  United States 70-73-67-70=280
5 Hale Irwin  United States 70-74-70-68=282 −6 12,500
T6 David Graham  Australia 75-67-73-69=284 −4 10,500
Lou Graham  United States 75-71-69-69=284
T8 Ben Crenshaw  United States 71-69-69-76=285 −3 5,667
Raymond Floyd  United States 71-72-71-71=285
Hubert Green  United States 67-74-72-72=285
Don January  United States 69-76-69-71=285
Gene Littler  United States 71-72-73-69=285
John Schlee  United States 75-73-69-68=285

Source:[5][7]

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 Watson −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −9 −10 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −11 −10 −11 −11 −12 −12
United States Nicklaus −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −8 −8 −9 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11 −10
United States Massengale −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −9 −10 −10 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8
United States Crenshaw −7 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[4][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Funseth fires 67 for lead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1977. p. 17.
  2. ^ a b "Will Watson choke on the Masters?". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire reports. April 9, 1977. p. 1C.
  3. ^ a b Condon, David (April 11, 1977). "Watson doesn't wilt this time". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 6.
  4. ^ a b c Parascenzo, Mario (April 11, 1977). "Watson Masters Augusta - self". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14.
  5. ^ a b c "No choking for Watson". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 11, 1977. p. 19.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 18, 1977). "What a beauty of a Masters". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
  7. ^ a b c "Watson Masters Nicklaus by 2". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 11, 1977. p. 1-part 2.
  8. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 20, 1981). "True Grit at Augusta". Sports Illustrated. p. 34.
  9. ^ "PGA Top money winners". Chicago Tribune. April 5, 1977. p. 6, sec. 4.
  10. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 24, 1974). "Hale Irwin, sole survivor". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  11. ^ "Golf: Masters, second round". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 9, 1977. p. 8.
  12. ^ "Youth can't overcome Green at Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 8, 1977. p. 1B.
  13. ^ "Crenshaw, Watson tied in scramble at Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire reports. April 10, 1977. p. 3B.

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