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The 1962 Masters Tournament was the 26th Masters Tournament, held April 5–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Arnold Palmer won the third of his four Masters titles in the tournament's first three-way playoff.[1][2] It was the fifth of his seven major titles.

1962 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 5–9, 1962
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Field110 players, 52 after cut
Cut149 (+5)
Prize fund$109,100
Winner's share$20,000
Champion
United States Arnold Palmer
280 (−8), playoff
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Augusta  is located in the United States
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The other two in the 18-hole Monday playoff were also major championship winners: defending champion Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald, winner of the PGA Championship in 1958. Out in 37 and down three strokes to Player at the turn, Palmer shot a 31 on the back nine for 68, while Player shot a 71 and Finsterwald a 77.[3] In the lead after three rounds, Palmer was five-over for his final round after a double bogey at the 10th hole. After five pars, he birdied 16 and 17 to get into the Monday playoff with a 75 (+3).[4] The gallery for the playoff was estimated at 16,000 spectators.[1]

Henry Picard, the 1938 champion, made his final cut at Augusta at age 55. Jack Nicklaus, 22, tied for 15th in his fourth appearance, the first as a professional. He won the next major, the U.S. Open, in a playoff over Palmer at Oakmont near Pittsburgh.

With near misses in 1959 and 1961, Palmer said that it could have been his fifth consecutive title at Augusta.[2]

The 36-hole cut was increased this year to include the low 44 plus ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead (previously it was the low 40 plus ties and anyone within 10 shots of the lead). 110 players entered the tournament and 52 made the cut at 149 (+5).

Bruce Crampton won the third Par 3 contest with a score of 22.

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

Jack Burke Jr. (4,8), Jimmy Demaret, Doug Ford (4,9,10,11), Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan (2,3,4,9), Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff (2), Byron Nelson (2,4), Arnold Palmer (2,3,8,9,10,11), Henry Picard (4), Gary Player (3,9), Gene Sarazen (2,3,4), Horton Smith, Sam Snead (3,4,8), Art Wall Jr. (10,11)

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

Tommy Bolt (8), Julius Boros, Billy Burke, Billy Casper (8,11), Jack Fleck, Ed Furgol, Gene Littler (8,9,10,11), Tony Manero, Lloyd Mangrum, Dick Mayer (8), Fred McLeod, Sam Parks Jr., Lew Worsham (8)

3. The Open champions

Jock Hutchison (4), Denny Shute (4)

4. PGA champions

Jerry Barber (10,11), Walter Burkemo (8), Jim Ferrier, Dow Finsterwald (9,11), Vic Ghezzi, Chick Harbert, Chandler Harper, Jay Hebert (11), Lionel Hebert, Johnny Revolta, Bob Rosburg (8), Jim Turnesa

5. U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions

Deane Beman (6,8,a), Dick Chapman (a), Charles Coe (6,8,a), Ed Updegraff (a)

6. Members of the 1961 U.S. Walker Cup team

Gene Andrews (a), Don Cherry (a), Bob Cochran (a), Robert W. Gardner (8,a), Bill Hyndman (a), Billy Joe Patton (a), Charlie Smith (7,a)

  • Bud Taylor did not play. Patton was first reserve for the team. Nicklaus had turned professional but qualified under other categories.
7. 1961 U.S. Amateur quarter-finalists

Sam Carmichael (a), Gene Francis (a), Marion Methvin (a), Richard Norville (a), Dudley Wysong (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1961 Masters Tournament

Bill Collins (11), Paul Harney, Fred Hawkins, Don January (10), Ted Kroll (10), Jack Nicklaus (9), Johnny Pott (10), Doug Sanders (9,10), Ken Venturi

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1961 U.S. Open

Jacky Cupit, Gardner Dickinson, Dave Douglas, Al Geiberger, Bob Goalby, Eric Monti, Mike Souchak (11)

10. Top eight players and ties from 1961 PGA Championship

Wes Ellis

11. Members of the U.S. 1961 Ryder Cup team
12. Two players selected for meritorious records on the fall part of the 1961 PGA Tour

George Bayer, Gay Brewer

13. One player, either amateur or professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-Masters champions

Dave Marr

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

Billy Maxwell

15. One amateur, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-U.S. Amateur champions

R. H. Sikes (a)

16. Two players, not already qualified, from a points list based on finishes in the winter part of the 1962 PGA Tour

Dave Ragan, Phil Rodgers

17. Foreign invitations

Ben Arda, Al Balding, David Blair (a), Antonio Cerdá (8), Bob Charles, Gary Cowan (a), Bruce Crampton, Fidel de Luca, Roberto De Vicenzo (8), Gerard de Wit, Bruce Devlin, Juan Antonio Estrada (a), José Maria Gonzalez, Mário Gonzalez, Tom Haliburton, Harold Henning, Denis Hutchinson, Stan Leonard (8), Sebastián Miguel, Ángel Miguel, Kel Nagle (3), Frank Phillips, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Leopoldo Ruiz, Miguel Sala, Syd Scott, Norman Von Nida, Brian Wilkes

  • Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (86) South America (7) Europe (6) Oceania (6) Asia (1) Africa (4)
  Canada (3)   Argentina (4)   England (1)   Australia (5)   Philippines (1)   South Africa (4)
  Mexico (1)   Brazil (2)   Scotland (2)   New Zealand (1)
  Puerto Rico (1)   Colombia (1)   Netherlands (1)
  United States (81)   Spain (2)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960 70 66 69 75 280 −8 1
Gary Player   South Africa 1961 67 71 71 71 280 −8 2
Jimmy Demaret   United States 1940, 1947, 1950 73 73 71 70 287 −1 T5
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 72 75 70 74 291 +3 T15
Cary Middlecoff   United States 1955 75 74 73 73 295 +7 T29
Byron Nelson   United States 1937, 1942 72 76 72 76 296 +8 T33
Ben Hogan   United States 1951, 1953 78 71 75 73 297 +9 38
Jack Burke, Jr.   United States 1956 78 69 73 78 298 +10 T39
Henry Picard   United States 1938 75 73 76 74 298 +10 T39
Doug Ford   United States 1957 75 72 76 78 301 +13 T44
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 74 74 WD

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 76 74 150 +6
Claude Harmon   United States 1948 79 77 156 +12
Horton Smith   United States 1934, 1936 92 88 180 +36
Herman Keiser   United States 1946 75 WD

Source[5][6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 5, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player   South Africa 67 −5
2 Julius Boros   United States 69 −3
T3 Arnold Palmer   United States 70 −2
Mike Souchak   United States
Dave Ragan   United States
Gardner Dickinson   United States
T7 George Bayer   United States 71 −1
Billy Maxwell   United States
Bob Rosburg   United States
Don January   United States
Gene Littler   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 6, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer   United States 70-66=136 −8
2 Gary Player   South Africa 67-71=138 −6
3 Gene Littler   United States 71-68=139 −5
4 Gardner Dickinson   United States 70-71=141 −3
T5 Julius Boros   United States 69-73=142 −2
Dow Finsterwald   United States 74-68=142
Mike Souchak   United States 70-72=142
T8 Al Balding   Canada 75-68=143 −1
Dave Ragan   United States 70-73=143
T10 Jerry Barber   United States 72-72=144 E
Chi-Chi Rodríguez   Puerto Rico 72-72=144
Billy Maxwell   United States 71-73=144
Bob Rosburg   United States 71-73=144
Don January   United States 71-73=144

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 7, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Arnold Palmer   United States 70-66-69=205 −11
2 Dow Finsterwald   United States 74-68-65=207 −9
3 Gary Player   South Africa 67-71-71=209 −7
4 Gene Littler   United States 71-68-71=210 −6
T5 Jerry Barber   United States 72-72-69=213 −3
Gardner Dickinson   United States 70-71-72=213
7 Julius Boros   United States 69-73-72=214 −2
8 Gay Brewer   United States 74-71-70=215 −1
T9 Lionel Hebert   United States 72-73-71=216 E
Ken Venturi   United States 75-70-71=216
Billy Maxwell   United States 71-73-72=216
Mike Souchak   United States 70-72-74=216

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 8, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Arnold Palmer   United States 70-66-69-75=280 −8 Playoff
Gary Player   South Africa 67-71-71-71=280
Dow Finsterwald   United States 74-68-65-73=280
4 Gene Littler   United States 71-68-71-72=282 −6 6,000
T5 Jerry Barber   United States 72-72-69-74=287 −1 3,600
Jimmy Demaret   United States 73-73-71-70=287
Billy Maxwell   United States 71-73-72-71=287
Mike Souchak   United States 70-72-74-71=287
T9 Charles Coe (a)   United States 72-74-71-71=288 E 0
Ken Venturi   United States 75-70-71-72=288 2,000

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
  Palmer −11 −11 −11 −10 −9 −9 −8 −8 −8 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8
  Player −6 −6 −5 −5 −6 −7 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8
  Finsterwald −9 −10 −10 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8
  Littler −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −6

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

PlayoffEdit

Monday, April 9, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Arnold Palmer   United States 68 −4 20,000
2 Gary Player   South Africa 71 −1 12,000
3 Dow Finsterwald   United States 77 +5 8,000

Source:[7]

ScorecardEdit

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
  Palmer E E E E E E +1 +1 +1 E E −1 −2 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4
  Player −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 E E +1 E E E −1
  Finsterwald +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +5 +5 +4 +4 +5 +5 +5 +5

Source:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1962). "Palmer's 68 wins title in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
  2. ^ a b Drum, Bob (April 10, 1962). "Palmer Masters golf champion for third time". Pittsburgh Press. p. 35.
  3. ^ Wright, Alfred (April 16, 1962). "Arnold Palmer gets a big revenge". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
  4. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 9, 1962). "Palmer, 2 others tied in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Masters scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 6, 1962. p. 20.
  6. ^ "Masters scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 7, 1962. p. 13.
  7. ^ a b Grimsley, Will (April 10, 1962). "Palmer's 68 wins by three: playoff cards". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 2–2.

External linksEdit

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