1983 Masters Tournament

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1983 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 7–11, 1983
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, 49 after cut
Cut 147 (+3)
Prize fund $500,000
Winner's share $90,000
Champion
Spain Seve Ballesteros
280 (−8)
Augusta  is located in the US
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Location in the United States

The 1983 Masters Tournament was the 47th Masters Tournament, held April 7–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Seve Ballesteros won his second Masters and third major title, four strokes ahead of runners-up Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite.[2] Play on Friday was postponed due to heavy rain, and the final round was completed on Monday for the first time since 1973.[3]

Defending champion Craig Stadler was tied for the 54-hole lead with 1976 champion Raymond Floyd, with Ballesteros one stroke back, and two-time champion Tom Watson an additional stroke behind.[4] Ballesteros got off to a fast start in the final round on Monday with a birdie-eagle start. With another birdie at the difficult par-3 fourth, he added four pars and another birdie at the ninth for a five-under 31 on the front nine. Ballesteros cruised to a 69 (−3) and a comfortable win as neither Stadler, Floyd, nor Watson broke par.[2][5]

During the postponement of Friday's round, the possibility was raised that the tournament would not complete the entire 72 holes,[6][7] as the southeastern U.S. was experiencing heavy rains and flooding and forecasts were not favorable.[8][9]

Saturday's second round went off from split tees (1st and 10th)[10][11] and six players did not complete their rounds until early Sunday morning.[12] With this extension, the tournament committee did not attempt to complete the final two rounds on Sunday, opting for the third round only on Sunday and the fourth on Monday.[10][12]

Four-time champion Arnold Palmer, 53, opened with a 68 on Thursday and made the cut at the Masters for the final time.[13] In his 29th Masters, he stated that the conditions on Saturday were the worst he had ever seen at Augusta.[14] Five-time winner Jack Nicklaus, 43, withdrew before his second round start time due to back spasms experienced while warming up Saturday morning.[3][12] It was only his second withdrawal as a pro, the first was three years earlier at the 1980 World Series of Golf.[15] Nicklaus had missed only one cut in the previous 23 Masters and made ten consecutive after this year, including his record sixth green jacket in 1986.

It was the final major championship for Sam Snead, 70, a three-time Masters champion. He withdrew after a first round 79 as he assessed he could not make the cut.[13]

Caddy policy change[edit]

This was the first year that players were allowed to use their own caddies, rather than those of Augusta National.[3][16][17] Twelve players continued to use caddies from the club, including Nicklaus.[18] The first female caddy at the Masters appeared this year as George Archer, the 1969 champion, employed his 19-year-old daughter Elizabeth. She had carried the bag for her father for twenty previous events since the summer of 1980.[18][19] Archer finished tied for twelfth, one of his better finishes at Augusta.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 1980 68 70 73 69 280 −8 1
Raymond Floyd  United States 1976 67 72 71 75 285 −3 T4
Tom Watson  United States 1977, 1981 70 71 71 73 285 −3 T4
Craig Stadler  United States 1982 69 72 69 76 286 −2 T6
George Archer  United States 1969 71 73 71 74 289 +1 T12
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1979 70 74 76 72 292 +4 T20
Charles Coody  United States 1971 68 75 79 74 296 +8 T36
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
68 74 76 78 296 +8 T36
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 72 73 80 76 301 +13 47

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Billy Casper  United States 1970 72 76 148 +4
Tommy Aaron  United States 1973 76 75 151 +7
Gary Player  South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 73 78 151 +7
Bob Goalby  United States 1968 76 79 155 +11
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 74 84 158 +14
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
73 WD
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 79 WD
Doug Ford  United States 1957 85 WD

Source:[12]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, April 7, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Raymond Floyd  United States 67 −5
Gil Morgan  United States
Jack Renner  United States
T4 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68 −4
Charles Coody  United States
Jim Hallet (a)  United States
Arnold Palmer  United States
J. C. Snead  United States
T9 Bruce Lietzke  United States 69 −3
Craig Stadler  United States

Source:[1]

Second round[edit]

Saturday, April 9, 1983
Sunday, April 10, 1983

Play on Friday was completely washed out due to rain and the second round started on Saturday;[20]
six players did not finish the second round until Sunday morning.[21]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gil Morgan  United States 67-70=137 −7
2 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68-70=138 −6
T3 Keith Fergus  United States 70-69=139 −5
Raymond Floyd  United States 67-72=139
T5 Nick Faldo  England 70-70=140 −4
Jodie Mudd  United States 72-68=140
T7 Fred Couples  United States 73-68=141 −3
Craig Stadler  United States 69-72=141
Tom Watson  United States 70-71=141
T10 Jay Haas  United States 73-69=142 −2
Gary Hallberg  United States 71-71=142
Tom Kite  United States 70-72=142
Wayne Levi  United States 72-70=142
Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan 72-70=142
Peter Oosterhuis  England 73-69=142
Arnold Palmer  United States 68-74=142
Jack Renner  United States 67-75=142
J. C. Snead  United States 68-74=142

Source:[12][21]

Third round[edit]

Sunday, April 10, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Raymond Floyd  United States 67-72-71=210 −6
Craig Stadler  United States 69-72-69=210
3 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68-70-73=211 −5
T4 Jodie Mudd  United States 72-68-72=212 −4
Tom Watson  United States 70-71-71=212
T6 Keith Fergus  United States 70-69-74=213 −3
Gil Morgan  United States 67-70-76=213
8 Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan 72-70-72=214 −2
T9 George Archer  United States 71-73-71=215 −1
Jay Haas  United States 73-69-73=215
Tom Kite  United States 70-72-73=215
Johnny Miller  United States 72-72-71=215
Greg Norman  Australia 71-74-70=215
Scott Simpson  United States 70-73-72=215
Lee Trevino  United States 71-72-72=215

Source:[22]

Final round[edit]

Monday, April 11, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68-70-73-69=280 −8 90,000
T2 Ben Crenshaw  United States 76-70-70-68=284 −4 44,000
Tom Kite  United States 70-72-73-69=284
T4 Raymond Floyd  United States 67-72-71-75=285 −3 22,000
Tom Watson  United States 70-71-71-73=285
T6 Hale Irwin  United States 72-73-72-69=286 −2 17,400
Craig Stadler  United States 69-72-69-76=286
T8 Gil Morgan  United States 67-70-76-74=287 −1 14,500
Dan Pohl  United States 74-72-70-71=287
Lanny Wadkins  United States 73-70-73-71=287

Source:[23]

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
Spain Ballesteros −6 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −10 −9 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8
United States Crenshaw E −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4
United States Kite −1 −2 −1 −1 E E E E E E E −1 −2 −3 −3 −2 −3 −4
United States Floyd −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3
United States Watson −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −7 −6 −5 −4 −4 −5 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3
United States Stadler −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −4 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2
United States Irwin +1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E E E E E −1 −1 −2 −2 −2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Masters Thursday's results". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 19. 
  2. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (April 12, 1983). "Ballesteros takes Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. 
  3. ^ a b c Jenkins, Dan (April 18, 1983). "Another Green Jacket for Seve". Sports Illustrated: 30. 
  4. ^ "Stadler bids for second straight". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 11, 1983. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "Ballesteros ends Masters race early". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 12, 1983. p. 15. 
  6. ^ "Masters may not see champion". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 17. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Dave (April 9, 1983). "Arnie isn't upset by the rain". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (New York Times). p. 17. 
  8. ^ "Record floods plague South". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. April 9, 1983. p. 1, part 1. 
  9. ^ "Thousands flee floods". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 1. 
  10. ^ a b Breitenbucher, Cathy (April 9, 1983). "Rains dampen Masters". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2. 
  11. ^ "Scoreboard: 47th Masters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (tee times). April 9, 1983. p. 19. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Morgan goes to the front while Nicklaus backs out". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. wire services. April 10, 1983. p. 3E. 
  13. ^ a b "Arnie stirs memories". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 8, 1983. p. 25. 
  14. ^ "Morgan leads after 2 incomplete rounds". Rome News-Tribune. Georgia. Associated Press. April 10, 1983. p. 1C. 
  15. ^ "Back spasms take Jack Nicklaus out of Masters field". Rome News-Tribune. Georgia. Associated Press. April 10, 1983. p. 1C. 
  16. ^ Wade, Harless (April 7, 1983). "Augusta loses caddy tradition". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. (Dallas Morning News). p. C1. 
  17. ^ Anderson, Dave (April 10, 1983). "New Masters caddies collide". Sunday Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina. p. 6D. 
  18. ^ a b Greenday, Joe (April 11, 1983). "Elizabeth Archer enjoying a first in golf at Masters". Boca Raton News. Florida. Knight Ridder Newspapers. p. 1D. 
  19. ^ "Pro Archer has daughter carry bag". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Associated Press. August 17, 1980. p. 8B. 
  20. ^ "They're still waiting for skies to clear at Augusta". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 1B. 
  21. ^ a b "Morgan goes to the front as Nicklaus backs out". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. April 10, 1983. p. 3E. 
  22. ^ "A great 'final four' at the Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Washington Post). April 11, 1983. p. 1B. 
  23. ^ "Masters: final scores". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. April 12, 1983. p. 17. 

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Preceded by
1982 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1983 U.S. Open

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