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The 1955 Masters Tournament was the 19th Masters Tournament, held April 7–10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It was the last one before CBS began televising the tournament the following year.

1955 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 7–10, 1955
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,950 yards (6,355 m)[1]
Field78 players
CutNone
Prize fund$25,000
Winner's share$5,000
Champion
United States Cary Middlecoff
279 (−9)
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Cary Middlecoff shot a 65 in the second round, including a then-record 31 on the first nine, to win his only Masters, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Hogan,[2][3] and the second of his three major championships.

After a third round at even-par 72, Middlecoff entered the final round with a four shot lead over Hogan, the champion in 1951 and 1953.[4][5] The victory margin of seven strokes was a tournament record for ten years, until Jack Nicklaus won by nine strokes over Arnold Palmer and Gary Player in 1965, later increased to twelve in 1997 by Tiger Woods. The previous record was five strokes, set in 1948 by Claude Harmon and tied by Hogan in 1953. The runner-up finish was Hogan's fourth at the Masters.

Arnold Palmer, a professional for less than a year, finished tied for tenth in his first Masters.[6]

The Sarazen Bridge, approaching the left side of the 15th green, was dedicated on Wednesday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Gene Sarazen's double eagle in 1935.[7][8][9] Included was a contest to duplicate the 232-yard (212 m) shot, with the closest by Fred Haas at just over 4 feet (1.2 m) away.[10]

Contents

CourseEdit

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 White Pine 400 4 10 Camellia 470 4
2 Woodbine 555 5 11 Dogwood 445 4
3 Flowering Peach 355 4 12 Golden Bell 155 3
4 Palm 220 3 13 Azalea 470 5
5 Magnolia 450 4 14 Spanish Dagger 420 4
6 Juniper 190 3 15 Firethorn 505 5
7 Pampas 365 4 16 Redbud 190 3
8 Yellow Jasmine 520 5 17 Nandina 400 4
9 Carolina Cherry 420 4 18 Holly 420 4
Out 3,475 36 In 3,475 36
Source:[1] Total 6,950 72

^ Holes 1, 2, 4, 11, and 14 were later renamed.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Ben Hogan   United States 1951, 1953 73 68 72 73 286 −2 2
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 72 71 74 70 287 −1 3
Byron Nelson   United States 1937, 1942 72 75 74 72 293 +5 T10
Claude Harmon   United States 1948 77 75 78 73 303 +15 T28
Henry Picard   United States 1938 78 79 75 75 307 +19 T41
Herman Keiser   United States 1946 82 79 75 76 312 +24 T56
Horton Smith   United States 1934, 1936 81 81 79 74 315 +27 T59
Craig Wood   United States 1941 81 81 79 76 317 +29 62
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 83 80 WD
  • The Masters did not have a 36-hole cut until 1957

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 7, 1955

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 67 −5
T2 Julius Boros   United States 71 −1
Mike Souchak   United States
T4 Cary Middlecoff   United States 72 E
Byron Nelson   United States
Bob Rosburg   United States
Sam Snead   United States
T8 Walter Burkemo   United States 73 +1
Pete Cooper   United States
Ben Hogan   United States
Skee Riegel   United States

Source:[11]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 8, 1955

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Cary Middlecoff   United States 72-65=137 −7
2 Ben Hogan   United States 73-68=141 −3
T3 Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 67-76=143 −1
Sam Snead   United States 72-71=143
5 Bob Rosburg   United States 72-72=144 E
6 Mike Souchak   United States 71-74=145 +1
T7 Tommy Bolt   United States 76-70=146 +2
Julius Boros   United States 71-75=146
Walter Burkemo   United States 73-73=146
Pete Cooper   United States 73-73=146
Ed Furgol   United States 74-72=146
Skee Riegel   United States 73-73=146
Harvie Ward (a)   United States 77-69=146

Source:[12]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 9, 1955

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Cary Middlecoff   United States 72-65-72=209 −7
2 Ben Hogan   United States 73-68-72=213 −3
3 Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 67-76-71=214 −2
4 Bob Rosburg   United States 72-72-72=216 E
T5 Sam Snead   United States 72-71-74=217 +1
Mike Souchak   United States 71-74-72=217
T7 Julius Boros   United States 71-75-72=218 +2
Walter Burkemo   United States 73-73-72=218
Stan Leonard   Canada 77-73-68=218
T10 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 74-73-72=219 +3
Skee Riegel   United States 73-73-73=219

Source:[4][5]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 10, 1955

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Cary Middlecoff   United States 72-65-72-70=279 −9 5,000
2 Ben Hogan   United States 73-68-72-73=286 −2 3,125
3 Sam Snead   United States 72-71-74-70=287 −1 2,125
T4 Julius Boros   United States 71-75-72-71=289 +1 1,333
Bob Rosburg   United States 72-72-72-73=289
Mike Souchak   United States 71-74-72-72=289
7 Lloyd Mangrum   United States 74-73-72-72=291 +3 875
T8 Stan Leonard   Canada 77-73-68-74=292 +4 812
Harvie Ward (a)   United States 77-69-75-71=292 0
T10 Dick Mayer   United States 78-72-72-71=293 +5 696
Byron Nelson   United States 72-75-74-72=293
Arnold Palmer   United States 76-76-72-69=293

Source:[2][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
  Middlecoff −7 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −9 −9 −9 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −8 −9
  Hogan −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2
  Snead E E E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 E E −1 −1 −1 −1
  Boros +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +1 +1 +1
  Rosburg +1 +1 +1 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +3 +1 +1 +1 +1
  Souchak +1 E E E E E E −1 E E E E +1 +1 E +1 +1 +1
  Burke −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 E E +1 +5 +5 +5 +5 +6 +6

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey +

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wind, Herbert Warren (April 4, 1955). "The Augusta National: a hole by hole study". Sports Illustrated. p. 20.
  2. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 11, 1955). "Middlecoff's 279 wins Masters golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.
  3. ^ Wind, Herbert Warren (April 18, 1955). "The Doc shows the Masters how". Sports Illustrated. p. 58.
  4. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 10, 1955). "Middlecoff's 209 holds Masters lead; 18 to go". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ a b Fullerton, Hugh, Jr. (April 10, 1955). "Careful Cary's 72 holds Ben 4 back". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. 1, sports.
  6. ^ a b "Middlecoff wins Masters with 279". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 11, 1955. p. 22.
  7. ^ "Special day for golfdom's Squire". Chicago Daily Tribune. United Press photo. April 7, 1955. p. 1, sec. 6.
  8. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 7, 1955). "That historic double eagle". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, sec. 6.
  9. ^ "The Sarazen Bridge". masters.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Haas closest to Sarazen's double eagle". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 7, 1955. p. 18.
  11. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 8, 1955). "Burke's 67 leads Masters; Snead has 72". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.
  12. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 9, 1955). "Middlecoff's 137 takes lead in Masters". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 3.

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