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The 1937 Masters Tournament was the fourth Masters Tournament, held April 1–4 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

1937 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 1–4, 1937
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Field46 players[1]
CutNone
Prize fund$5,000
Winner's share$1,500
Champion
United States Byron Nelson
283 (−5)
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Opening with a six-under 66,[2] Byron Nelson led after the first and second rounds,[3] but a 75 on Saturday dropped him four strokes back, in a tie for third.[4] On the final nine on Sunday, he gained six strokes on third round leader Ralph Guldahl over two holes and won the tournament by two strokes. Compared to Guldahl's 5–6 (double bogey, bogey), Nelson played the 12th and 13th holes 2–3 (birdie, eagle), respectively.[5][6] The Nelson Bridge, over Rae's Creek departing the 13th tee, was dedicated in 1958 to commemorate the feat.[7]

At age 25, this was the first of Nelson's five major titles; he won the Masters again in 1942, which was not held again until 1946. Guldahl rebounded and won three majors over the next two years: the U.S. Open in 1937 and 1938 and the Masters in 1939.

Sam Snead made his Masters debut and finished 18th. The purse was $5,000 with a winner's share of $1,500.

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Horton Smith   United States 1934, 1936 75 72 77 75 299 +11 T19
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 74 80 73 73 300 +12 T24
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 1, 1937

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Byron Nelson   United States 66 −6
2 Ralph Guldahl   United States 69 −3
T3 Ed Dudley   United States 70 −2
Wiffy Cox   United States
Lawson Little   United States
T6 Leonard Dodson   United States 71 −1
Tony Manero   United States
Johnny Revolta   United States
Jimmy Thomson   Scotland
  United States
T10 Vic Ghezzi   United States 72 E
Al Espinosa   United States

Source:[2]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 2, 1937

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Byron Nelson   United States 66-72=138 −6
T2 Ralph Guldahl   United States 69-72=141 −3
Ed Dudley   United States 70-71=141
T4 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
73-69=142 −2
Wiffy Cox   United States 70-72=142
T6 Ky Laffoon   United States 73-70=143 −1
Tony Manero   United States 71-72=143
Johnny Revolta   United States 71-72=143
T9 Vic Ghezzi   United States 72-72=144 E
Jimmy Thomson   Scotland
  United States
71-73=144

Source:[3]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 3, 1937

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ralph Guldahl   United States 69-72-68=209 −7
2 Ed Dudley   United States 70-71-71=212 −4
T3 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
73-69-71=213 −3
Byron Nelson   United States 66-72-75=213
5 Johnny Revolta   United States 71-72-72=215 −1
6 Vic Ghezzi   United States 72-72-72=216 E
T7 Leonard Dodson   United States 71-75-71=217 +1
Jimmy Hines   United States 77-72-68=217
Ky Laffoon   United States 73-70-74=217
Al Watrous   United States 74-72-71=217

Source:[4]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 4, 1937

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Byron Nelson   United States 66-72-75-70=283 −5 1,500
2 Ralph Guldahl   United States 69-72-68-76=285 −3 800
3 Ed Dudley   United States 70-71-71-74=286 −2 600
4 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
73-69-71-74=287 −1 500
5 Ky Laffoon   United States 73-70-74-73=290 +2 400
6 Jimmy Thomson   Scotland
  United States
71-73-74-73=291 +3 300
7 Al Watrous   United States 74-72-71-75=292 +4 250
T8 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
73-75-73-72=293 +5 175
Vic Ghezzi   United States 72-72-72-77=293
T10 Leonard Dodson   United States 71-75-71-77=294 +6 100
Jimmy Hines   United States 77-72-68-77=294

Source:[5][6]

ScorecardEdit

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
  Nelson −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Guldahl −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −7 −7 −6 −5 −6 −6 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3
  Dudley −4 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −2
  Cooper −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 E E E E −1 −1 −2 −2 −1 −1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Past winners and results". The Masters. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Bashful Byron Nelson's 66 leads golfers at Augusta". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. April 2, 1937. p. 15.
  3. ^ a b Rice, Grantland (April 3, 1937). "Nelson leads in golf play". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. North American Newspaper Alliance. p. 14.
  4. ^ a b "Guldahl shoots 68 to grab lead in Augusta golf play". Sunday Spartanburg Herald-Journal. South Carolina. Associated Press. April 4, 1937. p. 22.
  5. ^ a b c "Nelson beats down four stroke lead on last nine to win Augusta tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 5, 1937. p. 15.
  6. ^ a b "Byron Nelson captures Augusta golf classic". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. April 5, 1937. p. 3, part 2.
  7. ^ "Augusta club honors Nelson and Hogan". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 3, 1958. p. 8.

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