1987 Masters Tournament

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1987 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
Dates April 9–12, 1987
Location Augusta, Georgia
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,905 yards (6,314 m)[1]
Field 85 players, 54 after cut
Cut 151 (+7)
Prize fund $867,100
Winner's share $162,000
Champion
United States Larry Mize
285 (–3), playoff

The 1987 Masters Tournament was the 51st Masters Tournament, held April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta native Larry Mize won his only major championship in a sudden-death playoff over Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. Norman had a 20-foot (6 m) birdie opportunity on the 72nd hole to win in regulation, but it was just left.[2]

The playoff began on the par-4 10th hole, where the approach shots of Ballesteros and Norman came to rest on the fringe, and Mize's was on the green, below the hole. Ballesteros failed to par and was eliminated while Norman two-putted for four. Mize's uphill birdie putt was underpowered and he tapped in to continue with Norman. Both of their tee shots were in the fairway on the next hole, the par-4 11th, but with the pond on the left of the green, Mize's avoidant approach shot was about pin-high but well right, about 140 feet (43 m) from the hole. Norman then played conservatively to the right fringe, with a 50-foot (15 m) putt, sensing a par could win the green jacket. But Mize chipped in for an improbable birdie 3 and a stunned Norman failed to hole his to tie, which ended the tournament.[2][3][4]

It was one of the most miraculous shots (and endings) in major championship history, and was just one of the many "bad breaks" in Norman's career.

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, 1983 73 71 70 71 285 –3 T2
Ben Crenshaw  United States 1984 75 70 67 74 286 –2 T4
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 1985 71 72 70 76 289 +1 T7
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965, 1966,
1972, 1975, 1986
74 72 73 70 289 +1 T7
Tom Watson  United States 1977, 1981 71 72 74 72 289 +1 T7
Craig Stadler  United States 1982 74 74 72 71 291 +3 T17
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1979 76 71 76 72 295 +7 T27
Gary Player  South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 75 75 71 76 297 +9 T35
Tommy Aaron  United States 1973 72 76 76 81 305 +17 T50
Billy Casper  United States 1970 77 74 75 79 305 +17 T50

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Raymond Floyd  United States 1976 75 77 152 +8
Charles Coody  United States 1971 75 80 155 +11
Doug Ford  United States 1957 79 81 160 +16
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
83 77 160 +16
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 80 81 161 +17
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 85 76 161 +17

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, April 12, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Larry Mize  United States 70-72-72-71=285 –3 Playoff
Seve Ballesteros  Spain 73-71-70-71=285
Greg Norman  Australia 73-74-66-72=285
T4 Ben Crenshaw  United States 75-70-67-74=286 –2 37,200
Roger Maltbie  United States 76-66-70-74=286
Jodie Mudd  United States 74-72-71-69=286
T7 Jay Haas  United States 72-72-72-73=289 +1 26,200
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 71-72-70-76=289
Jack Nicklaus  United States 74-72-73-70=289
Tom Watson  United States 71-72-74-72=289
D. A. Weibring  United States 72-75-71-71=289

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

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 Mize –2 –3 –2 –1 –1 –2 –3 –3 –3 –2 –2 –3 –4 –3 –2 –2 –2 –3
Australia Norman –4 –4 –3 –3 –4 –3 –2 –2 –2 –1 E –1 –2 –2 –3 –2 –3 –3
Spain Ballesteros –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –1 –1 –1 –2 –2 –1 –1 –1 –1 –2 –2 –3 –3
United States Crenshaw –4 –5 –5 –5 –5 –4 –3 –3 –3 –3 –3 –3 –3 –3 –3 –3 –2 –2
United States Maltbie –4 –4 –4 –4 –4 –3 –3 –4 –4 –3 –2 –2 –2 –1 –1 –1 –2 –2
West Germany Langer –3 –3 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –3 –2 –2 –1 –1 E +1 +1 +1 +1
Taiwan Chen –2 –3 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 E E +1 E +1 +2 +2 +2
United States Strange –2 –1 –1 –2 –2 –3 –3 –3 –2 –1 +1 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2 +2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[5]

Playoff[edit]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Larry Mize  United States 4-3 –1 162,000
T2 Greg Norman  Australia 4-x 79,200
Seve Ballesteros  Spain x- 
  • Sudden-death playoff began on hole #10 and ended at hole #11, when Mize birdied.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Green, Bob (April 13, 1987). "Oh, what a feeling! Mize masters Masters". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. C1. 
  2. ^ a b Ballard, Sarah (April 20, 1987). "My, Oh Mize". Sports Illustrated. pp. 36–43. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 13, 1987). "Magnificent shot by Mize wins Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Van Sickle, Gary (April 13, 1987). "Mize miracle just masterful". The Milwaukee Journal. p. 1C. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Historic leaderboards: 1987 Masters". Augusta.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1986 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1987 U.S. Open

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