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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.[2][3][4] Wall started the final round six strokes behind the leaders, in a tie for thirteenth place.[5]

1959 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 2–5, 1959
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,980 yards (6,383 m)[1]
Field87 players, 42 after cut
Cut149 (+5)
Prize fund$76,100
Winner's share$15,000
Champion
United States Art Wall, Jr.
284 (−4)
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Augusta  is located in the United States
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Defending champion Arnold Palmer was a third round co-leader,[1][5] but a triple-bogey at the par-3 12th led to a 74 and a third-place finish, two strokes back.[6][7][8] 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.[3][4]

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.

Contents

FieldEdit

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)

The following categories only apply to Americans
2. U.S. Open champions

Tommy Bolt (9,10,11), Julius Boros (9,10), Billy Burke, Chick Evans (5,a), Jack Fleck, Ed Furgol (11), Tony Manero, Lloyd Mangrum, Dick Mayer (11), Fred McLeod, Sam Parks Jr., Lew Worsham

3. The Open champions

Jock Hutchison (4), Denny Shute (4)

4. PGA champions

Walter Burkemo (9), Dow Finsterwald (8,10,11), Vic Ghezzi, Chick Harbert (8), Chandler Harper, Lionel Hebert (11), Johnny Revolta, Jim Turnesa

5. U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions

Dick Chapman (a), Charles Coe (6,7,8,9,a), Robert Sweeny Jr. (a)

6. Selections for the 1959 U.S. Walker Cup team

Tommy Aaron (7,a), Deane Beman (7,a), William C. Campbell (a), Bill Hyndman (a), Chuck Kocsis (7,a), Jack Nicklaus (a), Billy Joe Patton (8,a), Bud Taylor (7,a), Ward Wettlaufer (a)

  • Campbell and Kocsis were reserves for the team. Harvie Ward did not play.
7. 1958 U.S. Amateur quarter-finalists

Dick Foote (a), Roger McManus (a), Jack Westland (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1958 Masters Tournament

Billy Casper (9,10), Fred Hawkins (11), Jay Hebert (9,10), Ted Kroll (11), Billy Maxwell, Al Mengert, Phil Rodgers (a), Mike Souchak (10), Ken Venturi, Art Wall Jr. (11), Bo Wininger

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1958 U.S. Open

Marty Furgol, Bob Goetz, Tommy Jacobs, Don January, Gene Littler, Dick Metz, Bob Rosburg, Frank Stranahan

10. Top eight players and ties from 1958 PGA Championship

Buster Cupit, Ed Oliver

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

Ernie Vossler

13. One professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-U.S. Open champions

George Bayer

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

Paul Harney, John McMullin

16. Winner of the 1958 Canadian Open

Wes Ellis

17. Foreign invitations

Bruce Castator (a), Bruce Crampton, Stan Leonard (8), Henry Martell, Ángel Miguel, Gary Player (9), Dave Thomas, Peter Thomson (3,8), Retief Waltman

  • 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

Source[9][10]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 2, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Stan Leonard   Canada 69 −3
T2 Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 71 −1
Chandler Harper   United States
Arnold Palmer   United States
T5 Tommy Bolt   United States 72 E
Jay Hebert   United States
Gene Littler   United States
Ángel Miguel   Spain
Peter Thomson   Australia
T10 Ben Hogan   United States 73 +1
Bill Hyndman (a)   United States
Chuck Kocsis (a)   United States
Billy Maxwell   United States
Dick Mayer   United States
Gary Player   South Africa
Mike Souchak   United States
Dave Thomas   Wales
Art Wall, Jr.   United States

Source:[11]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 3, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer   United States 71-70=141 −3
2 Stan Leonard   Canada 69-74=143 −1
T3 Julius Boros   United States 75-69=144 E
Paul Harney   United States 75-69=144
Billy Maxwell   United States 73-71=144
Ángel Miguel   Spain 72-72=144
Ed Oliver   United States 75-69=144
Mike Souchak   United States 73-71=144
Dave Thomas   Wales 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

Source:[9][10]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 4, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Stan Leonard   Canada 69-74-69=212 −4
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

Source:[5]

Final roundEdit

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
T4 Stan Leonard   Canada 69-74-69-75=287 −1 2,625
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

Source:[2]

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 8
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
  Wall +1 E E E E E +1 E E +1 +1 +1 E −1 −2 −2 −3 −4
  Middlecoff −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −2 −1 −3 −3 −3 −3
  Palmer −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2 −2
  Leonard −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stan Leonard blasts out 69 to tie for first in Masters". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 5, 1959. p. 1-sports.
  2. ^ a b "Wall rallies, takes Masters on 284". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 6, 1959. p. 1, part 4.
  3. ^ a b "Wall birdies 5 of final 6; wins Masters in epic finish". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. April 6, 1959. p. 10.
  4. ^ a b "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.
  5. ^ a b c Bartlett, Charles (April 5, 1959). "Leonard's 69 ties Palmer after 3d round of Masters". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
  6. ^ Brown, Gwilym (April 13, 1959). "Wall was wondrous". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  7. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 6, 1959). "Wall's sensational rally takes Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 26.
  8. ^ Petersen, Leo H. (April 6, 1959). "Sensational closing round of 66 gives Art Wall Masters tourney title". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. UPI. p. 17.
  9. ^ a b "Masters score card". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 4, 1959. p. 10.
  10. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (April 4, 1959). "Palmer's 141 captures Masters lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 7.
  11. ^ Bartlett, Charles (April 3, 1959). "Leonard leads Masters with 69". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4.

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