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The 1941 Masters Tournament was the eighth Masters Tournament, held April 3–6 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Craig Wood won his first major title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Byron Nelson.

1941 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 3–6, 1941
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,800 yards (6,220 m)[1]
Field51 players
Cutnone
Prize fund$5,000
Winner's share$1,500
Champion
United States Craig Wood
280 (−8)
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Wood opened with a 66 and led by five strokes after the first round.[1][2] During the final round, Nelson caught him on the front nine and the two were briefly co-leaders. Wood scored a 34 (−2) over the final nine holes to secure the victory.[3] The purse was $5,000 and the winner's share was $1,500.[4]

Wood, 39, led the entire tournament, the Masters' first wire-to-wire champion. He also won the next major, the 1941 U.S. Open. Prior to his win at the Masters, Wood had lost in a playoff (or extra holes) in all four of the modern major championships, a dubious distinction since matched by only one other, Greg Norman.[5]

Through 2016, there have been only five wire-to-wire champions; Wood was followed by Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Raymond Floyd (1976), and Jordan Spieth (2015).

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Byron Nelson   United States 1937 71 69 73 70 283 −5 2
Jimmy Demaret   United States 1940 77 69 71 75 292 +4 T12
Ralph Guldahl   United States 1939 76 71 75 71 293 +5 T14
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 76 72 74 75 297 +9 T19
Horton Smith   United States 1934, 1936 74 72 77 74 297 +9 T19
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 3, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood   United States 66 −6
T2 Willie Goggin   United States 71 −1
Ben Hogan   United States
Lawson Little   United States
Byron Nelson   United States
T6 Harry Cooper   United States 72 E
Felix Serafin   United States
T8 Johnny Bulla   United States 73 +1
Sammy Byrd   United States
Ed Dudley   United States
Clayton Heafner   United States
Tony Manero   United States
Toney Penna   Italy
  United States
Jack Ryan   United States
Jimmy Thomson   Scotland
  United States
Sam Snead   United States

Source:[1][2]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 4, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood   United States 66-71=137 −7
2 Byron Nelson   United States 71-69=140 −4
3 Lawson Little   United States 71-70=141 −3
T4 Sammy Byrd   United States 73-70=143 −1
Willie Goggin   United States 71-72=143
Ben Hogan   United States 71-72=143
Clayton Heafner   United States 73-70=143
Jug McSpaden   United States 76-67=143
T9 Ed Dudley   United States 73-72=145 +1
Harry Cooper   United States 72-73=145

Source:[6]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 5, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood   United States 66-71-71=208 −8
2 Sammy Byrd   United States 73-70-68=211 −5
3 Byron Nelson   United States 71-69-73=213 −3
T4 Willie Goggin   United States 71-72-72=215 −1
Lawson Little   United States 71-70-74=215
6 Jimmy Demaret   United States 77-69-71=217 +1
7 Ben Hogan   United States 71-72-75=218 +2
T8 Dick Chapman (a)   United States 76-73-70=219 +3
Vic Ghezzi   United States 77-71-71=219
Clayton Heafner   United States 73-70-76=219

Source:[7][8]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 6, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Craig Wood   United States 66-71-71-72=280 −8 1,500
2 Byron Nelson   United States 71-69-73-70=283 −5 800
3 Sammy Byrd   United States 73-70-68-74=285 −3 600
4 Ben Hogan   United States 71-72-75-68=286 −2 500
5 Ed Dudley   United States 73-72-75-68=288 E 300
T6 Vic Ghezzi   United States 77-71-71-70=289 +1 275
Sam Snead   United States 73-75-72-69=289
8 Lawson Little   United States 71-70-74-75=290 +2 200
T9 Willie Goggin   United States 71-72-72-76=291 +3 117
Lloyd Mangrum   United States 75-74-72-70=291
Jug McSpaden   United States 76-67-80-68=291

Source:[1][3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Craig Wood's 66 leads Masters by five strokes". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. United Press. April 4, 1941. p. 13.
  2. ^ a b "Wood's 6-under 66 leads in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 4, 1941. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b "Craig Wood wins Masters with 280". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. April 7, 1941. p. 5-part 2.
  4. ^ a b "Wood's 280 total wins Masters golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 7, 1941. p. 14.
  5. ^ "Craig Wood, a study in major championship heartache". Daily Mail. London. Associated Press. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Wood retains lead in Masters tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 5, 1941. p. 12.
  7. ^ Carver, Lawton (April 6, 1941). "Wood leads; Sam Byrd second". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. INS. p. 9.
  8. ^ Boni, Bill (April 6, 1941). "Byrd challenges Wood with 68 in Augusta tourney". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. South Carolina. Associated Press. p. 22.

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