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The 1951 Masters Tournament was the 15th Masters Tournament, held April 5–8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Ben Hogan, age 38, won the first of his two Masters titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Skee Riegel.[2][3][4] It was the fifth of his nine major titles.

1951 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 5–8, 1951
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Field64 players
Cutnone
Prize fund$15,000[1]
Winner's share$3,000
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
280 (−8)
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After three rounds, Hogan was one stroke out of the lead, behind Riegel and Sam Snead, the 1949 champion.[5][6] Hogan shot a bogey-free final round of 68 (−4), while Riegel carded a 71 and Snead an 80 (+8). Prior to this victory, Hogan had eight top ten finishes at the Masters, twice as runner-up in 1942 and 1946.

The reigning U.S. Open champion, Hogan also won the year's next major, the 1951 U.S. Open.

With high attendance of about 15,000 on Sunday, a fifty percent bonus for the prize money was declared, boosting the purse to $15,000 and the winner's share to $3,000.[1]

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Sam Snead   United States 1949 69 74 68 80 291 +3 T8
Byron Nelson   United States 1937, 1942 71 73 73 74 291 +3 T8
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 75 73 74 71 293 +5 T12
Jimmy Demaret   United States 1940, 1947, 1950 76 74 78 71 299 +11 T30
Horton Smith   United States 1934, 1936 79 77 70 75 301 +13 T32
Claude Harmon   United States 1948 75 77 74 76 302 +14 T35
Herman Keiser   United States 1946 77 73 79 74 303 +15 T39
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 5, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 George Fazio   United States 68 −4
T2 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 69 −3
Sam Snead   United States
4 Ben Hogan   United States 70 −2
T5 Johnny Bulla   United States 71 −1
Dick Mayer   United States
Byron Nelson   United States
Lew Worsham   United States
T9 Dick Chapman (a)   United States 72 E
Lawson Little   United States
Juan Segura (a)   Argentina

Source:[7][8]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 6, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Skee Riegel   United States 73-68=141 −3
T2 George Fazio   United States 68-74=142 −2
Ben Hogan   United States 70-72=142
Lew Worsham   United States 71-71=142
T5 Johnny Bulla   United States 71-72=143 −1
Dave Douglas   United States 74-69=143
Lloyd Mangrum   United States 69-74=143
Sam Snead   United States 69-74=143
T9 Jim Ferrier   Australia 74-70=144 E
Joe Kirkwood, Jr.   Australia 73-71=144
Byron Nelson   United States 71-73=144

Source:[9][10]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 7, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Skee Riegel   United States 73-68-70=211 −5
Sam Snead   United States 69-74-68=211
3 Ben Hogan   United States 70-72-70=212 −4
4 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 69-74-70=213 −3
5 Lew Worsham   United States 71-71-72=214 −2
T6 Cary Middlecoff   United States 73-73-69=215 −1
Dave Douglas   United States 74-69-72=215
T8 Johnny Bulla   United States 71-72-73=216 E
George Fazio   United States 68-74-74=216
T10 William Goodloe (a)   United States 74-71-72=217 +1
Lawson Little   United States 72-73-72=217
Byron Nelson   United States 71-73-73=217

Source:[5][6]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 8, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan   United States 70-72-70-68=280 −8 3,000
2 Skee Riegel   United States 73-68-70-71=282 −6 1,875
T3 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 69-74-70-73=286 −2 1162
Lew Worsham   United States 71-71-72-72=286
5 Dave Douglas   United States 74-69-72-73=288 E 750
6 Lawson Little   United States 72-73-72-72=289 +1 600
7 Jim Ferrier   Australia 74-70-74-72=290 +2 525
T8 Johnny Bulla   United States 71-72-73-75=291 +3 450
Byron Nelson   United States 71-73-73-74=291
Sam Snead   United States 69-74-68-80=291

Source:[2][3][4]

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
  Hogan −4 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8
  Riegel −5 −6 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −6 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6
  Mangrum −3 −4 −4 −4 −3 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −1 −1 E −1 −2 −2 −2
  Worsham −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2
  Douglas −1 −3 −3 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −3 −2 −2 E −1 E E E E E
  Snead −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 +1 +1 E E +1 +2 +2 +2
  Middlecoff −1 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E E +1 +3 +4 +5 +5 +5 +5

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey +

Source:[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Golfers given 50% prize bonus". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 9, 1951. p. 4, part 2.
  2. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (April 6, 1951). "Hogan wins first Masters title on 280". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.
  3. ^ a b c "Ben Hogan's hot finish wins Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 9, 1951. p. 20.
  4. ^ a b "Hogan captures Masters with 280; Riegel second, two strokes behind". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1951. p. 4, part 2.
  5. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 8, 1951). "Riegel, Snead set Masters pace at 211". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
  6. ^ a b "Snead, Riegel tied for Masters lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1951. p. 1B.
  7. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 6, 1951). "Fazio fires 68 to lead Masters". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  8. ^ "Fazio's 68 paces Masters; Veetch shoots 80". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 6, 1951. p. 4, part 2.
  9. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 7, 1951). "Riegel shoots 68; leads Masters on 141". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
  10. ^ "Riegel fires 68 to grab lead in Masters with 141". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1951. p. 4, part 2.

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