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1968 Masters Tournament

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1968 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 11–14, 1968
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,980 yards (6,383 m)[1]
Field74 players, 52 after cut
Cut149 (+5)
Winner's share$20,000
Champion
United States Bob Goalby
277 (−11)
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Location in the United States

The 1968 Masters Tournament was the 32nd Masters Tournament, held April 11–14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Bob Goalby won his only major championship, one stroke ahead of Roberto De Vicenzo, the reigning British Open champion.[2] On the back nine in the final round, Goalby birdied 13 and 14 and eagled 15 to record a 66 (−6) and a total of 277 (−11).

At first it appeared that he had tied De Vicenzo and the two would meet in an 18-hole Monday playoff, but De Vicenzo returned an incorrect scorecard showing a par 4 on the 17th hole, instead of a birdie 3, sunk with a two-foot putt. Playing partner Tommy Aaron incorrectly marked the 4 and De Vicenzo failed to catch the mistake and signed the scorecard. USGA rules stated that the higher written score signed by a golfer on his card must stand,[3] and the error gave Goalby the championship.[1][2]

Speaking to the press after the error, De Vincenzo said, "What a stupid I am."[4]

Ironically, Goalby discovered a scoring error he had made on the card he was keeping for Raymond Floyd, his playing partner in the final round, which he corrected at the scorer's tent. He had marked Floyd down for a par-3 on the 16th hole, when Floyd had actually bogeyed the hole. Floyd ended up in a tie for seventh place with, among others, Aaron. Both Aaron and Floyd would win the Masters in future years, Aaron in 1973 and Floyd in 1976.

Jack Nicklaus tied for fifth place and third-round leader Gary Player finished tied for seventh. Lee Trevino, 28, made his Masters debut and was two strokes back after three rounds, tied for seventh place. A rough back nine of 43 (+7) pushed his score to 80 and he finished tied for 40th. Two months later, he won the 1968 U.S. Open, the first of his six major titles. The Masters was the only major that eluded him; his best finish was a tie for tenth, in 1975 and 1985. Citing incompatibility, Trevino skipped Augusta three times in the early 1970s,[5][6][7] and missed in 1977 due to a bad back.[8]

In his fourteenth Masters at age 38, four-time champion Arnold Palmer found the water three times during a second round 79 for 151 and missed the cut for the first time at Augusta.[9][10] He made the next seven cuts, through 1975.

Bob Rosburg won the ninth Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a score of 22. Claude Harmon, 51, had consecutive aces at the fourth and fifth holes, but tied for third at 24.[11] The next day, Harmon withdrew in the first round after a nine-hole score of 40.[12]

Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 White Pine 400 4 10 Camellia 470 4
2 Woodbine 555 5 11 Dogwood 445 4
3 Flowering Peach 355 4 12 Golden Bell 155 3
4 Palm 220 3 13 Azalea 475 5
5 Magnolia 450 4 14 Chinese Fir 420 4
6 Juniper 190 3 15 Firethorn 520 5
7 Pampas 365 4 16 Redbud 190 3
8 Yellow Jasmine 530 5 17 Nandina 400 4
9 Carolina Cherry 420 4 18 Holly 420 4
Out 3,485 36 In 3,495 36
Source:[1][13] Total 6,980 72

^ Holes 1, 2, 4, and 11 were later renamed.

Field

1. Masters champions

Gay Brewer (8,11), Jack Burke Jr., Doug Ford, Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus (2,3,4,9,10), Arnold Palmer (8,9,11), Henry Picard, Gary Player (2,8,9), Sam Snead (8), Art Wall Jr. (9)

The following categories only apply to Americans
2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)

Julius Boros (8,10,11), Billy Casper (8,9,11), Ken Venturi (8)

3. The Open champions (last five years)
4. PGA champions (last five years)

Al Geiberger (10,11), Don January (9,10), Dave Marr (8,9), Bobby Nichols (8,11)

5. The first eight finishers in the 1967 U.S. Amateur

Vinny Giles (a), William C. Campbell (7,a), Downing Gray (7,a), Doug Olson (a)[14][15]

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions
7. Members of the 1967 U.S. Walker Cup team

Jack Lewis, Jr. (a), Ed Tutwiler (a)

  • Don Allen (a) declined his invitation because of the birth of his first child. Jimmy Grant forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1967 Masters Tournament

Tommy Aaron, George Archer, Jacky Cupit, Wes Ellis (9), Paul Harney, Jay Hebert, Lionel Hebert, Bob Rosburg, Mason Rudolph, Doug Sanders (11), Bert Yancey

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1967 U.S. Open

Deane Beman, Gardner Dickinson (11), Bob Goalby (10), Dutch Harrison, Jerry Pittman, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf

10. Top eight players and ties from 1967 PGA Championship

Frank Beard, Don Bies, Gene Littler (11), Don Massengale, Dan Sikes

11. Members of the U.S. 1967 Ryder Cup team

Johnny Pott

12. One player, either amateur or professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-Masters champions.

Tommy Jacobs

13. Leading six players, not already qualified, from a points list based on finishes in PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Miller Barber, Charles Coody, Ray Floyd, Dave Hill, R. H. Sikes, Kermit Zarley

14. Foreign invitations

Al Balding (9), Peter Butler (8), Joe Carr (a), Bob Charles (3), Chen Ching-Po, Clive Clark, Gary Cowan (6,a), Roberto De Vicenzo (3,8), Bruce Devlin (8), Malcolm Gregson, Harold Henning, Tommy Horton, Tony Jacklin (8), George Knudson, Kel Nagle (9), Hideyo Sugimoto, Raul Travieso

  • Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.

Nationalities in the field

North America (59) South America (2) Europe (6) Oceania (3) Asia (2) Africa (2)
 Canada (3)  Argentina (2)  England (5)  Australia (2)  Japan (1)  South Africa (2)
 United States (56)  Ireland (1)  New Zealand (1)  Taiwan (1)

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1965, 1966 69 71 74 67 281 −7 T5
Gary Player  South Africa 1961 72 67 71 72 282 −6 T7
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 1959 74 74 73 67 288 E T22
Gay Brewer  United States 1967 72 74 71 74 291 +3 T35
Sam Snead  United States 1949, 1952, 1954 73 74 75 71 293 +5 42
Doug Ford  United States 1957 72 75 72 77 296 +8 T48

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Herman Keiser  United States 1946 71 79 150 +6
Arnold Palmer  United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
72 79 151 +7
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1955 76 76 152 +8
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 79 74 153 +9
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1939 82 81 163 +19
Henry Picard  United States 1938 78 WD
Claude Harmon  United States 1948 WD

Source[12][16][17][18]

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, April 11, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Billy Casper  United States 68 −4
T2 Tommy Aaron  United States 69 −3
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina
Bruce Devlin  Australia
Tony Jacklin  England
Jack Nicklaus  United States
T7 Bob Goalby  United States 70 −2
Jerry Pittman  United States
Kermit Zarley  United States
T10 Raymond Floyd  United States 71 −1
Vinny Giles (a)  United States
Don January  United States
Herman Keiser  United States
Hideyo Sugimoto  Japan
Lee Trevino  United States
Bert Yancey  United States

Source:[19]

Second round

Friday, April 12, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Don January  United States 71-68=139 −5
Gary Player  South Africa 72-67=139
T3 Frank Beard  United States 75-65=140 −4
Bob Goalby  United States 70-70=140
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-71=140
6 Tommy Aaron  United States 69-72=141 −3
T7 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 69-73=142 −2
Bruce Devlin  Australia 69-73=142
Raymond Floyd  United States 71-71=142
Tony Jacklin  England 69-73=142
Bert Yancey  United States 71-71=142

Source:[12][17]

Third round

Saturday, April 13, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player  South Africa 72-67-71=210 −6
T2 Frank Beard  United States 75-65-71=211 −5
Raymond Floyd  United States 71-71-69=211
Bruce Devlin  Australia 69-73-69=211
Bob Goalby  United States 70-70-71=211
Don January  United States 71-68-72=211
T7 Miller Barber  United States 75-69-68=212 −4
Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 69-73-70=212
Lee Trevino  United States 71-72-69=212
T10 Tommy Aaron  United States 69-72-72=213 −3
Jerry Pittman  United States 70-73-70=213

Source:[20]

Final round

Sunday, April 14, 1968

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bob Goalby  United States 70-70-71-66=277 −11 20,000
2 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina 69-73-70-66=278 −10 15,000
3 Bert Yancey  United States 71-71-72-65=279 −9 10,000
4 Bruce Devlin  Australia 69-73-69-69=280 −8 7,500
T5 Frank Beard  United States 75-65-71-70=281 −7 5,500
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-71-74-67=281
T7 Tommy Aaron  United States 69-72-72-69=282 −6 3,460
Raymond Floyd  United States 71-71-69-71=282
Lionel Hebert  United States 72-71-71-68=282
Jerry Pittman  United States 70-73-70-69=282
Gary Player  South Africa 72-67-71-72=282

Source:[1][3]

Scorecard

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 Goalby −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −10 −12 −12 −11 −11
Argentina De Vicenzo −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11^ −10
United States Yancey −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −8 −9 −9
Australia Devlin −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −8 −8 −8
United States Beard −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −7
United States Nicklaus −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −5 −4 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7
United States Floyd −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −4 −5 −6 −6 −7 −6 −6 −6
United States January −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −4 −4

^ De Vicenzo actually birdied the 17th hole, but signed for a par on his scorecard.

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

References

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