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1968 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 11–14, 1968
Location Augusta, 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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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] 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, [4] [5] [6] and missed in 1977 due to a bad back. [7]

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. [8] [9] 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. [10] The next day, Harmon withdrew in the first round after a nine-hole score of 40. [11]

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] [12] Total 6,980 72

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

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 [11] [13] [14] [15]

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: [16]

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: [11] [14]

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: [17]

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

  1. ^ a b c d "Stain mars Goalby's jacket". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. April 15, 1968. p. 19.
  2. ^ a b Wright, Alfred (April 22, 1968). "Golf's craziest drama". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
  3. ^ a b Green, Bob (April 15, 1968). "Goalby's 277 captures Masters as scoring error costs De Vicenzo tie". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 15.
  4. ^ "Lee Trevino to skip Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 17, 1969. p. 20.
  5. ^ Addie, Bob (April 11, 1973). "Have Trevino, Masters parted company for good?". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). (Washington Post). p. 10.
  6. ^ Mizell, Hubert (April 8, 1978). "Trevino, Masters still not compatible". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). p. 1C.
  7. ^ Green, Bob (March 24, 1977). "Trevino to miss Masters". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. p. 8.
  8. ^ "'Worst ever here' – Arnie". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 13, 1968. p. 12.
  9. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 13, 1968). "Player, January tie in Masters; Arnie out". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 12.
  10. ^ "Harmon holds pair of aces". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 12, 1968.
  11. ^ a b c "(Masters scores)". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 12, 1968. p. 22.
  12. ^ "Augusta National Golf club: map". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 10, 1969. p. 27.
  13. ^ "Masters scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 13, 1968. p. 13.
  14. ^ a b "Birdies push Don January, Player to lead in Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 13, 1968. p. 10.
  15. ^ "Golf: Masters". Miami News. April 13, 1968. p. 2B.
  16. ^ "Bill Casper conquers jitters for 68 to lead international Masters field". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 12, 1968. p. 18.
  17. ^ "Mob pursues Gary Player". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 14, 1968. p. 1, sports.

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1968 MASTERS TOURNAMENT Latitude and Longitude:

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