1977 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 7–10, 1977|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||7,030 yards (6,428 m)|
|Field||77 players, 50 after cut|
Tom Watson, age 27, won the first of his two green jackets, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus. 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. It was the second of Watson's eight major championships, and he won a second Masters in 1981.
Although he had won a major in 1975 and led the PGA Tour in season earnings entering this Masters, Watson had been labeled a "choker" early in his pro career, known for relinquishing leads in the final round of majors and regular events. Notable among these was the U.S. Open in 1974 at Winged Foot; his win here and in Scotland put that to rest.
- 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.
- Jack Burke, Jr., Jimmy Demaret, Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, and Gene Sarazen did not play.
- The following categories only apply to Americans
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)
- 3. The Open champions (last five years)
- 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
- 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
- John Mahaffey was injured and did not play
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1976 PGA Championship
- 11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
- Blackburn and Kratzert were the winners of the Walt Disney World National Team Championship. Subsequent winners of this pairs event did not receive an invitation.
- 12. Members of the U.S. 1975 Ryder Cup team
- 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
|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)|
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, 1972, 1975
|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,
|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
|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|
Thursday, April 7, 1977
|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|
Friday, April 8, 1977
|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|
|Mac McLendon||United States||72-70=142|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||72-70=142|
|Jerry Pate||United States||70-72=142|
Saturday, April 9, 1977
|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|
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|
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey+|
- "Funseth fires 67 for lead". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1977. p. 17.
- "Will Watson choke on the Masters?". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire reports. April 9, 1977. p. 1C.
- Condon, David (April 11, 1977). "Watson doesn't wilt this time". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 6.
- Parascenzo, Mario (April 11, 1977). "Watson Masters Augusta - self". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14.
- "No choking for Watson". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 11, 1977. p. 19.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 18, 1977). "What a beauty of a Masters". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
- "Watson Masters Nicklaus by 2". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 11, 1977. p. 1-part 2.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 20, 1981). "True Grit at Augusta". Sports Illustrated. p. 34.
- "PGA Top money winners". Chicago Tribune. April 5, 1977. p. 6, sec. 4.
- Jenkins, Dan (June 24, 1974). "Hale Irwin, sole survivor". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
- "Golf: Masters, second round". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 9, 1977. p. 8.
- "Youth can't overcome Green at Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 8, 1977. p. 1B.
- "Crenshaw, Watson tied in scramble at Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire reports. April 10, 1977. p. 3B.
- Masters.com – past winners
- About.com: 1977 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1977 Masters leaderboard and scorecards