1981 Masters Tournament

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1981 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 9–12, 1981
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,905 yards (6,314 m)[1]
Field 82 players, 48 after cut
Cut 148 (+4)
Prize fund $362,587
Winner's share $60,000
Champion
United States Tom Watson
280 (−8)
Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States

The 1981 Masters Tournament was the 45th Masters Tournament, held April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Tom Watson won his second green jacket and fifth major title by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.

Five-time champion Nicklaus shot a bogey-free 65 on Friday and led by four strokes after 36 holes,[2] but a 75 on Saturday put him a stroke behind Watson entering the final round. It was the fourth runner-up finish for Nicklaus at the Masters and the third for Miller.[3][4][5] Nicklaus won his sixth Masters five years later in 1986 at age 46.

Defending champion Seve Ballesteros shot 154 (+10) and missed the cut by six strokes;[2] he also missed the cut as defending champion in 1984. Lee Trevino, needing a green jacket to complete the career grand slam, also shot 154 with an ailing back.[2] His best finishes at Augusta were tenth place ties in 1975 and 1985.

Greg Norman, age 26, appeared in his first Masters and was fourth, the first of his eight top-five finishes at Augusta. He was runner-up three times, in 1986, 1987, and 1996.

This was the first Masters with bentgrass greens, which were formerly Bermuda and ryegrass.[6][7][8]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson  United States 1977 71 68 70 71 280 −8 1
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
70 65 75 72 282 −6 T2
Raymond Floyd  United States 1976 75 71 71 69 286 −2 T8
George Archer  United States 1969 74 70 72 71 287 −1 T11
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 75 68 71 74 288 E T15
Gary Player  South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 73 73 71 71 288 E T15
Charles Coody  United States 1971 74 71 75 76 296 +8 T40
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1979 77 70 78 72 297 +9 T43
Tommy Aaron  United States 1973 77 71 76 79 303 +15 48

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
75 78 153 +9
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1980 78 76 154 +10
Billy Casper  United States 1970 76 78 154 +10
Doug Ford  United States 1957 79 76 155 +11
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 80 75 155 +11
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 77 78 155 +11
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 76 79 155 +11

Source:[9][10]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 9, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Lon Hinkle  United States 69 −3
Johnny Miller  United States
Greg Norman  Australia
Curtis Strange  United States
T5 Isao Aoki  Japan 70 −2
John Cook  United States
David Graham  Australia
Hubert Green  United States
Jim Holtgrieve (a)  United States
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Jim Simons  United States

Source:[11]

Second round[edit]

Friday, April 10, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-65=135 −9
T2 Lon Hinkle  United States 69-70=139 −5
Bruce Lietzke  United States 72-67=139
Greg Norman  Australia 69-70=139
Tom Watson  United States 71-68=139
T6 David Graham  Australia 70-70=140 −4
Hubert Green  United States 70-70=140
T8 Jim Colbert  United States 73-68=141 −3
John Cook  United States 70-71=141
Peter Jacobsen  United States 71-70=141
Johnny Miller  United States 69-72=141

Source:[10][12]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, April 11, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson  United States 71-68-70=209 −7
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-65-75=210 −6
3 Greg Norman  Australia 69-70-72=211 −5
T4 Bruce Lietzke  United States 72-67-73=212 −4
John Mahaffey  United States 72-71-69=212
T6 John Cook  United States 70-71-72=213 −3
Ben Crenshaw  United States 71-72-70=213
Lon Hinkle  United States 69-70-74=213
Peter Jacobsen  United States 71-70-72=213
T10 Gay Brewer  United States 75-68-71=214 −2
David Graham  Australia 70-70-74=214
Hubert Green  United States 70-70-74=214
Johnny Miller  United States 69-72-73=214
Jerry Pate  United States 71-72-71=214
Dave Stockton  United States 72-72-70=214
Lanny Wadkins  United States 72-71-71=214

Source:[13]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, April 12, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tom Watson  United States 71-68-70-71=280 −8 60,000
T2 Johnny Miller  United States 69-72-73-68=282 −6 30,500
Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-65-75-72=282
4 Greg Norman  Australia 69-70-72-72=283 −5 16,000
T5 Tom Kite  United States 74-72-70-68=284 −4 12,667
Jerry Pate  United States 71-72-71-70=284
7 David Graham  Australia 70-70-74-71=285 −3 11,167
T8 Ben Crenshaw  United States 71-72-70-73=286 −2 9,667
Raymond Floyd  United States 75-71-71-69=286
John Mahaffey  United States 72-71-69-74=286

Source:[1]

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 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8
United States Miller −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −2 −2 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6
United States Nicklaus −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −4 −5 −6 −6 −6

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Masters Scores". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. April 13, 1981. p. 17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nicklaus has 65, tops Masters". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. April 11, 1981. p. 1D. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 20, 1981). "True Grit at Augusta". Sports Illustrated. p. 34. 
  4. ^ a b "Watson wins second Masters". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). April 13, 1981. p. 17. 
  5. ^ Green, Bob (April 13, 1981). "Watson holds on for Masters win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "Masters sports bent grass furor". The Dispatch. (Lexington, North Carolina). Associated Press. April 8, 1981. p. 13. 
  7. ^ "Nicklaus, Watson remain the ones to watch". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1981. p. 37. 
  8. ^ Boswell, Thomas (April 7, 1982). "Everything normal at Augusta National". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 21. 
  9. ^ "1981 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Golf scoreboard: Masters". Pittsburgh Press. April 11, 1981. p. A9. 
  11. ^ "Masters scores". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. April 10, 1981. p. 26. 
  12. ^ "Golf: Masters leaders". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). April 11, 1981. p. 2D. 
  13. ^ "Golf: Masters leaders". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). April 12, 1981. p. 2D. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1980 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1981 U.S. Open

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