1968 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 11–14, 1968|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||74 players, 52 after cut|
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 Roberto DeVicenzo and the two would meet in an 18-hole Monday playoff, but DeVicenzo, the reigning British Open champion, 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 DeVicenzo 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, and the error gave Goalby the championship.
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.
|3||Flowering Peach||355||4||12||Golden Bell||155||3|
^ Holes 1, 2, 4, and 11 were later renamed.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Bob Goalby||United States||70-70-71-66=277||–11||20,000|
|3||Bert Yancey||United States||71-71-72-65=279||–9||10,000|
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
^ DeVicenzo actually birdied the 17th hole, but signed for a par on his scorecard.
- "Stain mars Goalby's jacket". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. April 15, 1968. p. 19.
- Wright, Alfred (April 22, 1968). "Golf's craziest drama". Sports Illustrated: 14.
- Green, Bob (April 15, 1968). "Goalby's 277 captures Masters as scoring error costs De Vicenzo tie". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. 15.
- "'Worst ever here' – Arnie". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 13, 1968. p. 12.
- "Augusta National Golf club: map". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 10, 1969. p. 27.
- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com: 1968 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1968 Masters leaderboard and scorecards
- Full Results
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