1937 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 1–4, 1937|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
Opening with a six-under 66, Byron Nelson led after the first and second rounds, but a 75 on Saturday dropped him four strokes back, in a tie for third. 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. The Nelson Bridge, over Rae's Creek departing the 13th tee, was dedicated in 1958 to commemorate the feat.
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 $1,500.
Past champions in the fieldEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Horton Smith||United States||1934, 1936||75||72||77||75||299||+11||T19|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||74||80||73||73||300||+12||T24|
- The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957
Thursday, April 1, 1937
|1||Byron Nelson||United States||66||−6|
|2||Ralph Guldahl||United States||69||−3|
|T3||Ed Dudley||United States||70||−2|
|Wiffy Cox||United States|
|Lawson Little||United States|
|T6||Leonard Dodson||United States||71||−1|
|Tony Manero||United States|
|Johnny Revolta||United States|
|Jimmy Thomson|| Scotland|
|T10||Vic Ghezzi||United States||72||E|
|Al Espinosa||United States|
Friday, April 2, 1937
|1||Byron Nelson||United States||66-72=138||−6|
|T2||Ralph Guldahl||United States||69-72=141||−3|
|Ed Dudley||United States||70-71=141|
|T4||Harry Cooper|| England
|Wiffy Cox||United States||70-72=142|
|T6||Ky Laffoon||United States||73-70=143||−1|
|Tony Manero||United States||71-72=143|
|Johnny Revolta||United States||71-72=143|
|T9||Vic Ghezzi||United States||72-72=144||E|
|Jimmy Thomson|| Scotland
Saturday, April 3, 1937
|1||Ralph Guldahl||United States||69-72-68=209||−7|
|2||Ed Dudley||United States||70-71-71=212||−4|
|T3||Harry Cooper|| England
|Byron Nelson||United States||66-72-75=213|
|5||Johnny Revolta||United States||71-72-72=215||−1|
|6||Vic Ghezzi||United States||72-72-72=216||E|
|T7||Leonard Dodson||United States||71-75-71=217||+1|
|Jimmy Hines||United States||77-72-68=217|
|Ky Laffoon||United States||73-70-74=217|
|Al Watrous||United States||74-72-71=217|
Sunday, April 4, 1937
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|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
|5||Ky Laffoon||United States||73-70-74-73=290||+2||400|
|6||Jimmy Thomson|| Scotland
|7||Al Watrous||United States||74-72-71-75=292||+4||250|
|T8||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Past winners and results". The Masters. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Bashful Byron Nelson's 66 leads golfers at Augusta". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. April 2, 1937. p. 15.
- Rice, Grantland (April 3, 1937). "Nelson leads in golf play". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. North American Newspaper Alliance. p. 14.
- "Guldahl shoots 68 to grab lead in Augusta golf play". Sunday Spartanburg Herald-Journal. South Carolina. Associated Press. April 4, 1937. p. 22.
- "Nelson beats down four stroke lead on last nine to win Augusta tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 5, 1937. p. 15.
- "Byron Nelson captures Augusta golf classic". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. April 5, 1937. p. 3, part 2.
- "Augusta club honors Nelson and Hogan". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. April 3, 1958. p. 8.