2008 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 10–13, 2008|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,445 yards (6,808 m)|
|Field||94 players, 45 after cut|
The 2008 Masters Tournament was a golf competition held at Augusta National Golf Club from April 10–13. It was the 72nd Masters Tournament, and the first major of the 2008 season. Trevor Immelman won with a score of 280 (–8), three strokes ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods, a four-time champion. Defending champion Zach Johnson finished tied for 20th at 291 (+3). The annual Par 3 contest, which is held on the Wednesday before the first round, was won by Rory Sabbatini.
The Masters has the smallest field of the major championships, with 94 players having earned invitations in 2008. Officially the Masters remains an invitation event but there is now a qualification process, although in theory the club could simply decline to invite a 'qualified' player. Here is a list of all players qualified to play in the 2008 Masters Tournament. Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses:
1. Past Masters Champions
Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd, Zach Johnson (10,14,15,16,17,18), Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Phil Mickelson (4,5,14,15,16,17,18), Larry Mize, José María Olazábal, Mark O'Meara, Gary Player, Vijay Singh (4,10,14,16,17,18), Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Mike Weir (17,18), Tiger Woods (3,4,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18), Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller.
Winners of the Players Championship get three years of Masters invitations. With the Players having moved from March to May, beginning 2007, there will be only two such champions in the Masters field in both 2008 and 2009. In 2010 and after, there will once again be three Players champions in the field.
6. Top two finishers in the 2007 U.S. Amateur
Michael Thompson (runner-up). (2007 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion Colt Knost turned professional, thereby forfeiting his invitations to the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.)
8. Winner of the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links
See number 6.
10. The top 16 finishers and ties in the 2007 Masters Tournament
Stuart Appleby (17,18), Paul Casey (17,18), Tim Clark (14,16,17,18), Luke Donald (14,17,18), Jerry Kelly (11), Ian Poulter (17,18), Justin Rose (14,16,17,18), Rory Sabbatini (14,15,16,17,18), Vaughn Taylor, David Toms (11,17).
14. Top 30 leaders on the 2007 PGA Tour official money earnings list
Robert Allenby (16,18), Aaron Baddeley (16,17,18), Mark Calcavecchia (16,17,18), K. J. Choi (15,16,17,18), Stewart Cink (16,17,18), Steve Flesch, Charles Howell III (16,17,18), Hunter Mahan (15,16,17,18), John Rollins (16), Adam Scott (16,17,18), Heath Slocum (16), Brandt Snedeker (15,16,17,18), Steve Stricker (15,16,17,18), Boo Weekley (15,16,17,18), Brett Wetterich (16,17).
15. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, between the 2007 Masters Tournament and the 2008 Masters Tournament
Brian Bateman, Jonathan Byrd (16), Daniel Chopra, J. B. Holmes, Steve Lowery, Sean O'Hair (18), D. J. Trahan, Johnson Wagner, Nick Watney.
17. Top 50 on the 2007 Official World Golf Rankings list
Anders Hansen, Søren Hansen (18), Trevor Immelman (18), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (18), Robert Karlsson (18), Shingo Katayama, Nick O'Hern (18), Henrik Stenson (18), Richard Sterne (18), Toru Taniguchi (18), Lee Westwood (18).
Par 3 contest
The annual par 3 contest was held on Wednesday, April 9. The contest was won by Rory Sabbatini, runner-up in the 2007 Masters Tournament. He scored -5 (22) to finish ahead of Woody Austin and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. Four players hit a hole-in-one. Paul Azinger on the second hole, Charles Coody on the third, Fred Couples on the seventh and Wayne Grady on the ninth.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Tiger Woods||United States||1997, 2001, 2002, 2005||72||71||68||72||283||–5||2|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2004, 2006||71||68||75||72||286||–2||T5|
|Zach Johnson||United States||2007||70||76||68||77||291||+3||T20|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Fred Couples||United States||1992||76||72||148||+4|
|Mark O'Meara||United States||1998||71||78||149||+5|
|Craig Stadler||United States||1982||77||72||149||+5|
|Tom Watson||United States||1977, 1981||75||75||150||+6|
|Bernhard Langer||Germany||1985, 1993||74||77||151||+7|
|José María Olazábal||Spain||1994, 1999||76||75||151||+7|
|Ben Crenshaw||United States||1983, 1995||75||77||152||+8|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1976||80||74||154||+10|
|Larry Mize||United States||1987||77||81||158||+14|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1979||81||79||160||+16|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961, 1974,
Summary of rounds of play
The Masters Tournament is played over four days with an eighteen hole round being played each day, for a total of 72 holes plus practice rounds and a par-three contest on the neighboring par-three course. Everyone outside the top 44 and ties or outside ten strokes of the leader will be “cut” after 36 holes.
First round (Thursday)
After an hour delay due to fog, Justin Rose and Trevor Immelman shot rounds of 68 (–4) to lead the field. For the players in the final few groups, the last holes were played in near darkness. Ian Poulter hit a hole in one on the 16th on the way to a 70. Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 70 and four-time champion Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72. In all, 18 players shot sub-par rounds and the scoring average was 74.18.
|T1||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||68||–4|
|T3||Brian Bateman||United States||69||–3|
|Brandt Snedeker||United States|
|Jim Furyk||United States|
|Zach Johnson||United States|
Second round (Friday)
Trevor Immelman shot another round of 68 (–4) to lead the field by one stroke at 136 (–8). Steve Flesch had the low round of the day at 67 and tied for third. Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 76 for a two round total of 146 (+2), tied for 29th. Tiger Woods shot a 71 and tied for 13th. The cut, to the top 44 players and ties, was at 147 (+3) and 45 players made the cut. In all, 28 players shot sub-par rounds for the day and the scoring average was 73.51. For the tournament, 19 players were under par and the scoring average was 73.84. Prayad Marksaeng withdrew after nine holes with a back injury. Fred Couples missed his first cut at the Masters (by one stroke), ending a streak of 23 consecutive cuts made, a record he shares with Gary Player.
|1||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||68-68=136||–8|
|2||Brandt Snedeker||United States||69-68=137||–7|
|T3||Steve Flesch||United States||72-67=139||–5|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||71-68=139|
|T8||Stewart Cink||United States||72-69=141||–3|
|Arron Oberholser||United States||71-70=141|
Third round (Saturday)
Trevor Immelman shot a three-under 69 to remain in the lead at 205 (–11). Brandt Snedeker remained second and Steve Flesch third after rounds of 70 and 69 respectively. Paul Casey was the highest placed European at 209 (–7), with Tiger Woods 2 shots behind him. Woods, Boo Weekley, and Zach Johnson had the low rounds of the day at 68 (–4). For the round, 13 players were under par and the scoring average was 72.58. For the tournament, 18 players were under par and the scoring average was 73.60.
|1||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||68-68-69=205||–11|
|2||Brandt Snedeker||United States||69-68-70=207||–9|
|3||Steve Flesch||United States||72-67-69=208||–8|
|5||Tiger Woods||United States||72-71-68=211||–5|
|6||Stewart Cink||United States||72-69-71=212||–4|
|T7||Retief Goosen||South Africa||71-71-72=214||–2|
|Zach Johnson||United States||70-76-68-214|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||71-68-75=214|
|Sean O'Hair||United States||72-71-71=214|
|Boo Weekley||United States||72-74-68=214|
Final round (Sunday)
Miguel Ángel Jiménez had the low round of the day at 68 (–4). For the round, 4 players were under par and the scoring average was 74.67. For the tournament, 10 players were under par and the scoring average was 73.77.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||68-68-69-75=280||–8||1,350,000|
|2||Tiger Woods||United States||72-71-68-72=283||–5||810,000|
|T3||Stewart Cink||United States||72-69-71-72=284||–4||435,000|
|Brandt Snedeker||United States||69-68-70-77=284|
|T5||Steve Flesch||United States||72-67-69-78=286||–2||273,750|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||71-68-75-72=286|
|T8||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||77-70-72-68=287||–1||217,500|
ESPN broadcast the first two rounds of the tournament for the first time. Last year USA televised the first two rounds. ESPN also broadcast the par-3 contest on Wednesday afternoon, which was the first time the competition had been televised. BBC broadcast the whole event in the United Kingdom, with coverage being shared among BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Red Button. CBS broadcast the third and fourth rounds as they had in previous years.
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2007 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2008 U.S. Open