|Dates||April 8–11, 2004|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,290 yards (6,666 m)|
|Field||93 players, 44 after cut|
The 2004 Masters Tournament was the 68th Masters Tournament, held April 8–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Phil Mickelson, 33, won his first major championship with a birdie on the final hole to win by one stroke over runner-up Ernie Els. The purse was $6.0 million and the winner's share was $1.17 million.
This was the 50th consecutive and final Masters appearance for four-time champion Arnold Palmer.
Prior to this Masters, the sudden-death playoff was changed to begin on the 18th hole and alternate with the 10th hole. This new starting point was first used the following year in 2005. When the playoff format was changed to sudden-death for 1976, it began at the 10th hole, then went to the 11th, and was first used in 1979. Prior to 1976, playoffs at Augusta were full 18-hole rounds on Monday, and the last was won by Billy Casper in 1970. The exception was the first playoff in 1935, which was 36 holes.
|2||Pink Dogwood||575||5||11||White Dogwood||490||4|
|3||Flowering Peach||350||4||12||Golden Bell||155||3|
|4||Flowering Crab Apple||205||3||13||Azalea||510||5|
- 1. Masters champions
Tommy Aaron, Charles Coody, Fred Couples (14,16,17), Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Jack Nicklaus, José María Olazábal (10), Mark O'Meara (10), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Vijay Singh (10,12,14,15,16,17), Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Mike Weir (10,11,14,15,16,17), Tiger Woods (2,3,4,10,12,14,15,16,17), Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller
- George Archer, Seve Ballesteros, Gay Brewer, Jack Burke Jr., Billy Casper, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, and Byron Nelson did not play.
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)
Retief Goosen (10,14,16,17)
- Jim Furyk (10,11,14,16,17) did not play.
- 3. The Open champions (last five years)
- David Duval did not play.
- 4. PGA champions (last five years)
- 5. The Players Championship winners (last three years)
- 6. U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up
- 7. The Amateur champion
- 8. U.S. Amateur Public Links champion
Brandt Snedeker (a)
- 9. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Nathan Smith (a)
- 10. Top 16 players and ties from the 2003 Masters
- 11. Top eight players and ties from the 2003 U.S. Open
- 12. Top four players and ties from the 2003 Open Championship
Thomas Bjørn (16,17)
- 13. Top four players and ties from 2003 PGA Championship
- 14. Top 40 players from the 2003 PGA Tour money list
Robert Allenby (16,17), Stuart Appleby (15,16,17), Briny Baird, Stewart Cink (17), Chris DiMarco (16,17), Bob Estes (16), Brad Faxon (16,17), Steve Flesch (17), Fred Funk (16,17), Jay Haas (16,17), Tim Herron (16), Charles Howell III (16,17), Jonathan Kaye (15,16,17), Jerry Kelly (16,17), Justin Leonard (16,17), J. L. Lewis, Shigeki Maruyama (16,17), Rocco Mediate (16,17), Tim Petrovic, Chris Riley (16,17), John Rollins, Jeff Sluman, Kirk Triplett (17), Bob Tway (16,17)
- 15. Top 10 players from the 2004 PGA Tour money list on March 28
- 16. Top 50 players from the final 2003 world ranking
Michael Campbell, Paul Casey (17), Darren Clarke (17), Sergio García (17), Pádraig Harrington (17), Toshimitsu Izawa, Peter Lonard (17), Colin Montgomerie (17), Ian Poulter (17), Phillip Price, Eduardo Romero
- 17. Top 50 players from world ranking published March 28
- 18. Special foreign invitation
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Friday, April 9, 2004
23-year-old Englishman Justin Rose posted a five-under 67 to lead after the first round. Americans Chris DiMarco and Jay Haas shot 69 (−3) and two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els was among a group tied for fourth with 70 (−2). Among the seven players tied at 71 (−1) was two-time Masters champion, José María Olazábal. Phil Mickelson shot an even-par 72, and three-time Masters champion Tiger Woods shot a 75 (+3). The winner of the previous major (2003 PGA Championship), Shaun Micheel, was at even-par 72. Play was suspended for roughly two hours due to rain, so 18 players completed their opening round on Friday morning.
|T8||K. J. Choi||71||−1|
|Charles Howell III|
|José María Olazábal|
Friday, April 9, 2004
First round leader Rose put together another good round (71) to take the 36-hole lead at 138 (−6). Olazábal shot a 69 to close within two strokes of the lead in a tie for second with Alex Čejka, who shot 70. Mickelson, trying to remove the best player never to win a major championship label, moved into a share of fourth with a 69, alongside K. J. Choi. Davis Love III was one of two to shoot the round of the day with a 67 (−5), which moved him into a tie for sixth with Els, DiMarco, Charles Howell III, and 1992 champion Fred Couples. Most notables made the cut at 148 (+4), but among those failing to advance were defending champion Mike Weir and Ben Curtis, the 2003 Open Champion.
|José María Olazábal||71-69=140|
|T4||K. J. Choi||71-70=141||−3|
|Charles Howell III||71-71=142|
|Davis Love III||75-67=142|
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Mickelson moved from fourth to a share of the 54-hole lead with a three-under 69, while the top three golfers after round two collapsed. Rose shot an 81, Olazábal a 79, and Čejka a 78. This collective meltdown by the top three allowed Mickelson and DiMarco to rise to the top. DiMarco finished tied for the 54-hole lead with a four-under 68. Paul Casey put together a 68 as well to move within two strokes of the co-leaders at the end of the day. Els continued his steady play with a one-under 71 to move into a three-way tie for fourth. Kirk Triplett and Freddie Jacobson put themselves in contention at seventh and eighth, respectively.
|T4||K. J. Choi||71-70-72=213||−3|
|Davis Love III||75-67-74=216|
Sunday, April 11, 2004
In one of the most exciting back nines in Masters history, Mickelson dueled Els to claim his first major championship. Mickelson shot a final round 69, sealed with an 18-foot (5 m) birdie on the 18th green to win by a stroke. Playing two groups ahead of Mickelson, Els started the day at −3 and posted a 67 (−5). As Mickelson approached the final hole, Els' total of 280 (−8) appeared enough to at least get him into a playoff. Els stumbled out of the gate with two bogeys in his first five holes, but quickly regained his form. He collected two eagles on his round, at the par-5 8th and 13th holes. Els also connected on a birdie at the 15th to get him to −8. Seeing his first major possibly slip away with a 38 (+2) on his front nine, Mickelson had to match Els' fire on the back nine, and shot a bogey-free 31, with birdies on five of the final seven holes. Mickelson birdied the par-3 12th and par-5 13th. He briefly tied Els with his third consecutive birdie at the par-4 14th, then had a disappointing par on the par-5 15th. At the par-3 16th, Mickelson put his tee shot 20 feet (6 m) above the pin and holed the dramatic putt to tie for the lead. He remained tied heading to the final tee, and when his approach shot landed on the green, a winning putt was before him. As Mickelson sunk the putt, he jumped for joy as he won his first major title.
K. J. Choi finished third, which was his best major finish, with a final round 69 to total 282 (−6). Sergio García shot the round of the tournament with a 66 (−6) to tie for fourth with two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer. Four major champions, including two former Masters champions (Vijay Singh, Couples, Love, and Nick Price) were in the group who finished tied for sixth at 286 (−2). Woods' streak of not winning a major extended to seven with a disappointing 290 (+2), the same score tallied by first and second round leader Rose.
|Silver Cup winner (low amateur)|
|(a) = amateur|
|(c) = past champion|
|Place||Player||Score||To par||Money (US$)|
|3||K. J. Choi||71-70-72-69=282||−6||442,000|
|Bernhard Langer (c)||71-73-69-72=285|
|Fred Couples (c)||73-69-74-70=286|
|Davis Love III||75-67-74-70=286|
|Vijay Singh (c)||75-73-69-69=286|
|Leaderboard below the top 10|
|Place||Player||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|Charles Howell III||71-71-76-70=288|
|Casey Wittenberg (a)||76-72-71-69=288||0|
|Tiger Woods (c)||75-69-75-71=290|
|T27||Mark O'Meara (c)||73-70-75-74=292||+4||51,025|
|30||José María Olazábal (c)||71-69-79-75=294||+6||46,150|
|Sandy Lyle (c)||72-74-75-76=297|
|Brandt Snedeker (a)||73-75-75-77=300||0|
|Ben Crenshaw (c)||74-75=149|
|Raymond Floyd (c)||73-76=149|
|J. L. Lewis||77-72=149|
|Craig Stadler (c)||74-75=149|
|Mike Weir (c)||79-70=149|
|Larry Mize (c)||76-74=150|
|Jack Nicklaus (c)||75-75=150|
|Nathan Smith (a)||78-72=150|
|Nick Faldo (c)||76-75=151|
|Ian Woosnam (c)||76-75=151|
|Nick Flanagan (a)||78-74=152||+8|
|Tom Watson (c)||76-76=152|
|Gary Wolstenholme (a)||77-76=153|
|Fuzzy Zoeller (c)||79-81=160||+16|
|Gary Player (c)||82-80=162||+18|
|Charles Coody (c)||88-79=167||+23|
|Arnold Palmer (c)||84-84=168||+24|
|Tommy Aaron (c)||87-83=170||+26|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey
- "Is it his time? YES! At long last!" – Jim Nantz's (CBS Sports) call as Mickelson sunk his birdie putt on the 18th hole to defeat Ernie Els and win the tournament.
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- Shipnuck, Alan (April 19, 2004). "Amen". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
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- "Leaderboard: 2004 Masters". Yahoo! Sports. April 11, 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2013.