1983 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 7–11, 1983|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,905 yards (6,314 m)|
|Field||82 players, 49 after cut|
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. Play on Friday was postponed due to heavy rain, and the final round was completed on Monday for the first time since 1973.
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. 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.
During the postponement of Friday's round, the possibility was raised that the tournament would not complete the entire 72 holes, as the southeastern U.S. was experiencing heavy rains and flooding and forecasts were not favorable.
Saturday's second round went off from split tees (1st and 10th) and six players did not complete their rounds until early Sunday morning. 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.
Four-time champion Arnold Palmer, 53, opened with a 68 on Thursday and made the cut at the Masters for the final time. In his 29th Masters, he stated that the conditions on Saturday were the worst he had ever seen at Augusta. Five-time winner Jack Nicklaus, 43, withdrew before his second round start time due to back spasms experienced while warming up Saturday morning. It was only his second withdrawal as a pro, the first was three years earlier at the 1980 World Series of Golf. 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.
Caddy policy change
This was the first year that players were allowed to use their own caddies, rather than those of Augusta National. Twelve players continued to use caddies from the club, including Nicklaus. 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. Archer finished tied for twelfth, one of his better finishes at Augusta.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|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,
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||72||73||80||76||301||+13||47|
Missed the cut
|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
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||79||WD|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||85||WD|
Thursday, April 7, 1983
|T1||Raymond Floyd||United States||67||−5|
|Gil Morgan||United States|
|Jack Renner||United States|
|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|
Saturday, April 9, 1983
Sunday, April 10, 1983
|1||Gil Morgan||United States||67-70=137||−7|
|T3||Keith Fergus||United States||70-69=139||−5|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||67-72=139|
|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|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||68-74=142|
|Jack Renner||United States||67-75=142|
|J. C. Snead||United States||68-74=142|
Sunday, April 10, 1983
|T1||Raymond Floyd||United States||67-72-71=210||−6|
|Craig Stadler||United States||69-72-69=210|
|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|
|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|
|Scott Simpson||United States||70-73-72=215|
|Lee Trevino||United States||71-72-72=215|
Monday, April 11, 1983
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Masters Thursday's results". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 19.
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 12, 1983). "Ballesteros takes Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 18, 1983). "Another Green Jacket for Seve". Sports Illustrated: 30.
- "Stadler bids for second straight". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 11, 1983. p. 15.
- "Ballesteros ends Masters race early". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 12, 1983. p. 15.
- "Masters may not see champion". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 17.
- Anderson, Dave (April 9, 1983). "Arnie isn't upset by the rain". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (New York Times). p. 17.
- "Record floods plague South". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. April 9, 1983. p. 1, part 1.
- "Thousands flee floods". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 1.
- Breitenbucher, Cathy (April 9, 1983). "Rains dampen Masters". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
- "Scoreboard: 47th Masters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (tee times). April 9, 1983. p. 19.
- "Morgan goes to the front while Nicklaus backs out". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. wire services. April 10, 1983. p. 3E.
- "Arnie stirs memories". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 8, 1983. p. 25.
- "Morgan leads after 2 incomplete rounds". Rome News-Tribune. Georgia. Associated Press. April 10, 1983. p. 1C.
- "Back spasms take Jack Nicklaus out of Masters field". Rome News-Tribune. Georgia. Associated Press. April 10, 1983. p. 1C.
- Wade, Harless (April 7, 1983). "Augusta loses caddy tradition". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. (Dallas Morning News). p. C1.
- Anderson, Dave (April 10, 1983). "New Masters caddies collide". Sunday Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina. p. 6D.
- Greenday, Joe (April 11, 1983). "Elizabeth Archer enjoying a first in golf at Masters". Boca Raton News. Florida. Knight Ridder Newspapers. p. 1D.
- "Pro Archer has daughter carry bag". News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Associated Press. August 17, 1980. p. 8B.
- "They're still waiting for skies to clear at Augusta". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 9, 1983. p. 1B.
- "Morgan goes to the front as Nicklaus backs out". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. April 10, 1983. p. 3E.
- "A great 'final four' at the Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Washington Post). April 11, 1983. p. 1B.
- "Masters: final scores". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. April 12, 1983. p. 17.
- Official website – Past winners and results
- About.com – 1983 Masters Tournament
- Augusta.com – 1983 Masters leaderboard and scorecards
1982 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1983 U.S. Open