1959 Masters Tournament
The 1959 Masters Tournament was the 23rd Masters Tournament, held April 2–5 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Art Wall, Jr. shot a final round of 66 (−6), with birdies on five of the last six holes, for his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Cary Middlecoff, the 1955 champion. Wall started the final round six strokes behind the leaders, in a tie for thirteenth place.
|Dates||April 2–5, 1959|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||87 players, 42 after cut|
|Art Wall, Jr.|
Defending champion Arnold Palmer was a third round co-leader, but a triple-bogey at the par-3 12th led to a 74 and a third-place finish, two strokes back. The purse in 1959 was a record $76,100 with a winner's share of $15,000 to Wall. The estimated gallery for the final round on Sunday was 30,000 spectators.
Nineteen-year-old Jack Nicklaus made his Masters debut with 76-74 (150) and missed the cut by one stroke. He played in 45 Masters, the first three as an amateur, and only missed one cut (1967) in the next 34 Masters tournaments. Nicklaus won a record six green jackets and was runner-up four times in his 22 top-10 finishes.
- 1. Masters champions
Jack Burke Jr. (4,10,11), Jimmy Demaret (8), Doug Ford (4,8,11), Claude Harmon (8), Ben Hogan (2,3,4,8,9), Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff (2,8), Byron Nelson (2,4,8), Arnold Palmer (8), Henry Picard (4), Gene Sarazen (2,3,4), Horton Smith, Sam Snead (3,4,8,10), Craig Wood (2)
- Ralph Guldahl (2) did not play.
- The following categories only apply to Americans
- 2. U.S. Open champions
- 3. The Open champions
- 4. PGA champions
- 6. Selections for the 1959 U.S. Walker Cup team
- Campbell and Kocsis were reserves for the team. Harvie Ward did not play.
- 7. 1958 U.S. Amateur quarter-finalists
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1958 Masters Tournament
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1958 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1958 PGA Championship
- 11. Members of the U.S. 1957 Ryder Cup team
- 12. One player, either amateur or professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-Masters champions
- 13. One professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-U.S. Open champions
- 14. One amateur, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-U.S. Amateur champions
Don Cherry (a)
- 15. Two players, not already qualified, from a points list based on finishes in the winter part of the 1959 PGA Tour
- 16. Winner of the 1958 Canadian Open
- 17. Foreign invitations
- Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (81)||South America (0)||Europe (2)||Oceania (2)||Asia (0)||Africa (2)|
|Canada (3)||Wales (1)||Australia (2)||South Africa (2)|
|United States (78)||Spain (1)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||74||71||68||72||285||-3||2|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958||71||70||71||74||286||-2||3|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||74||73||72||74||293||+5||T22|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||76||73||73||72||294||+6||T25|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1951, 1953||73||74||76||72||295||+7||T30|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||71||77||76||72||296||+8||T34|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1937, 1942||75||73||WD|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||74||77||151||+7|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||77||76||153||+9|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||78||77||155||+11|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||77||79||156||+12|
|Jimmy Demaret||United States||1940, 1947, 1950||78||84||162||+18|
|Craig Wood||United States||1941||83||81||164||+20|
|Horton Smith||United States||1934, 1936||83||83||166||+22|
Thursday, April 2, 1959
Friday, April 3, 1959
|1||Arnold Palmer||United States||71-70=141||−3|
|T3||Julius Boros||United States||75-69=144||E|
|Paul Harney||United States||75-69=144|
|Billy Maxwell||United States||73-71=144|
|Ed Oliver||United States||75-69=144|
|Mike Souchak||United States||73-71=144|
|T10||Walter Burkemo||United States||75-70=145||+1|
|Jack Fleck||United States||74-71=145|
|Chandler Harper||United States||71-74=145|
|Jay Hebert||United States||72-73=145|
|Bill Hyndman (a)||United States||73-72=145|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||74-71=145|
|Billy Joe Patton (a)||United States||75-70=145|
|Bo Wininger||United States||75-70=145|
Saturday, April 4, 1959
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-70-71=212|
|3||Cary Middlecoff||United States||74-71-68=213||−3|
|4||Charles Coe (a)||United States||74-74-67=215||−1|
|T5||Walter Burkemo||United States||75-70-71=216||E|
|Fred Hawkins||United States||77-71-68=216|
|Jack Fleck||United States||74-71-71=216|
|Billy Maxwell||United States||73-71-72=216|
|Billy Joe Patton (a)||United States||75-70-71=216|
|T10||Jay Hebert||United States||72-73-72=217||+1|
|Ed Oliver||United States||75-69-73=217|
|Bo Wininger||United States||75-70-72=217|
Sunday, April 5, 1959
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Art Wall, Jr.||United States||73-74-71-66=284||−4||15,000|
|2||Cary Middlecoff||United States||74-71-68-72=285||−3||7,500|
|3||Arnold Palmer||United States||71-70-71-74=286||−2||4,500|
|Dick Mayer||United States||73-75-71-68=287|
|6||Charles Coe (a)||United States||74-74-67-73=288||E||0|
|7||Fred Hawkins||United States||77-71-68-73=289||+1||2,100|
|T8||Julius Boros||United States||75-69-74-72=290||+2||1,740|
|Jay Hebert||United States||72-73-72-73=290|
|Gene Littler||United States||72-75-72-71=290|
|Billy Maxwell||United States||73-71-72-74=290|
|Billy Joe Patton (a)||United States||75-70-71-74=290||0|
|Gary Player||South Africa||73-75-71-71=290||1,740|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
- "Stan Leonard blasts out 69 to tie for first in Masters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 5, 1959. p. 1-sports.
- "Wall rallies, takes Masters on 284". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 6, 1959. p. 1, part 4.
- "Wall birdies 5 of final 6; wins Masters in epic finish". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 6, 1959. p. 10.
- "Birdies on five of last six holes give Art Wall a 66, Masters title". Milwaukee Journal. New York Times News Service. April 6, 1959. p. 10.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 5, 1959). "Leonard's 69 ties Palmer after 3d round of Masters". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- Brown, Gwilym (April 13, 1959). "Wall was wondrous". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
- Gundelfinger, Phil (April 6, 1959). "Wall's sensational rally takes Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 26.
- Petersen, Leo H. (April 6, 1959). "Sensational closing round of 66 gives Art Wall Masters tourney title". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. UPI. p. 17.
- "Masters score card". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 4, 1959. p. 10.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 4, 1959). "Palmer's 141 captures Masters lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 7.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 3, 1959). "Leonard leads Masters with 69". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.