1939 Masters Tournament
The 1939 Masters Tournament was the sixth Masters Tournament, held March 31 to April 2 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Due to adverse weather conditions, the first round was postponed to Friday and the final two rounds were played on Sunday.
|Dates||March 31 – April 2, 1939|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
Ralph Guldahl won his only Masters title with a tournament record 279 (−9), one stroke better than runner-up Sam Snead. He had finished as a runner-up the previous two years, and it was the third of Guldahl's three major titles; he won consecutive U.S. Open titles in 1937 and 1938. The previous Masters record was 282 (−6) in 1935, and Guldahl's mark stood until 1953, when Ben Hogan shot 274 (−14).
The purse was $5,000 with a winner's share of $1,500. The gallery for Sunday's final two rounds was estimated at 10,000 spectators. Challenging weather conditions during the second round on Saturday included hail, wind, rain, and some sun breaks.
Past champions in the fieldEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||73||66||72||72||283||−5||5|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1937||71||69||72||75||287||−1||7|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||71||71||76||71||289||+1||8|
|Horton Smith||United States||1934, 1936||75||79||74||72||300||+12||T26|
- The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957
Friday, March 31, 1939
|1||Billy Burke||United States||69||−3|
|2||Sam Snead||United States||70||−2|
|T3||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|Byron Nelson||United States|
|Henry Picard||United States|
|T6||Jimmy Demaret||United States||72||E|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States|
|Ky Laffoon||United States|
|Lawson Little||United States|
|Dick Metz||United States|
|Toney Penna|| Italy|
|Craig Wood||United States|
Saturday, April 1, 1939
|1||Gene Sarazen||United States||73-66=139||−5|
|T2||Ralph Guldahl||United States||72-68=140||−4|
|Byron Nelson||United States||71-69=140|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-70=140|
|5||Billy Burke||United States||69-72=141||−3|
|6||Henry Picard||United States||71-71=142||−2|
|7||Lawson Little||United States||72-72=144||E|
|T8||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|Craig Wood||United States||72-73=145|
|T10||Ben Hogan||United States||75-71=146||+2|
|Jimmy Thomson|| Scotland
Sunday, April 2, 1939 (morning)
|1||Ralph Guldahl||United States||72-68-70=210||−6|
|2||Gene Sarazen||United States||73-66-72=211||−5|
|T3||Billy Burke||United States||69-72-71=212||−4|
|Lawson Little||United States||72-72-68=212|
|Byron Nelson||United States||71-69-72=212|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-70-72=212|
|7||Craig Wood||United States||72-73-71=216||E|
|T8||Ben Hogan||United States||75-71-72=218||+2|
|Henry Picard||United States||71-71-76=218|
|T10||Ed Dudley||United States||75-75-69=219||+3|
|Toney Penna|| Italy
Sunday, April 2, 1939 (afternoon)
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Ralph Guldahl||United States||72-68-70-69=279||−9||1,500|
|2||Sam Snead||United States||70-70-72-68=280||−8||800|
|T3||Billy Burke||United States||69-72-71-70=282||−6||550|
|Lawson Little||United States||72-72-68-70=282|
|5||Gene Sarazen||United States||73-66-72-72=283||−5||400|
|6||Craig Wood||United States||72-73-71-68=284||−4||300|
|7||Byron Nelson||United States||71-69-72-75=287||−1||250|
|8||Henry Picard||United States||71-71-76-71=289||+1||175|
|9||Ben Hogan||United States||75-71-72-72=290||+2||125|
|T10||Ed Dudley||United States||75-75-69-72=291||+3||100|
|Toney Penna|| Italy
- "Past winners and results". The Masters. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Golf Masters get rained out". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 31, 1939. p. 13.
- "Ralph Guldahl winner in Augusta tourney". Milwaukee Sentinel. INS. April 3, 1939. p. 12.
- "Guldahl wins Augusta cup". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 3, 1939. p. 8.
- "Bobby Jones is far down in Masters' open golf tournament". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 2, 1939. p. 1, sports.
- "Veteran Gene Sarazen shoots 66 to take lead in Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. United Press. April 2, 1939. p. 13.
- McLemore, Henry (April 1, 1939). "Burke shatters par to lead Masters". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. p. 7.