1963 Masters Tournament
The 1963 Masters Tournament was the 27th Masters Tournament, held April 4–7 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. 84 players entered the tournament and 50 made the cut at eight-over-par (152).
|Dates||April 4–7, 1963|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,850 yards (6,264 m)|
|Field||84 players, 50 after cut|
Jack Nicklaus, 23, won the first of his record six Green Jackets with a three-foot (0.9 m) par putt on the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of runner-up Tony Lema. Nicklaus shot a 66 (−6) in the second round, which was key in his victory. It was the second of his record 18 major titles; his third came three months later at the PGA Championship in July.
It was the last Masters for Horton Smith, winner of the inaugural event in 1934 and again in 1936. He was the only competitor to have participated in every edition of the tournament, and had a lung removed in 1957. Battling Hodgkin's Disease, Smith was partly aided by a golf cart and shot 91 and 86; he died six months later in Detroit at age 55, shortly after attending the Ryder Cup matches in Atlanta.
- 1. Masters champions
Jack Burke Jr. (4), Jimmy Demaret (8), Doug Ford (4,9,10,11), Claude Harmon, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff (2), Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer (2,3,8,9,11), Henry Picard, Gary Player (3,4,9,10), Gene Sarazen, Horton Smith, Sam Snead (8), Art Wall Jr. (9,11), Craig Wood
- The following categories only apply to Americans
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last 10 years)
- 3. The Open champions (last 10 years)
- 4. PGA champions (last 10 years)
- Deane Beman (6,9) and Harvie Ward did not play. Other champions forfeited their exemptions by turning professional.
- 6. Selections for the 1963 U.S. Walker Cup team
- 7. 1962 U.S. Amateur quarter-finalists
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1962 Masters Tournament
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1962 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1962 PGA Championship
- 11. Members of the U.S. 1961 Ryder Cup team
- 12. Two players selected for meritorious records on the fall part of the 1962 PGA Tour
- 13. One player, either amateur or professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-Masters champions
- 14. One professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-U.S. Open champions
- 15. One amateur, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-U.S. Amateur champions
Bill Hyndman (a)
- 16. Two players, not already qualified, from a points list based on finishes in the winter part of the 1963 PGA Tour
- 17. Foreign invitations
Al Balding (8), David Blair (a), Antonio Cerdá, Bob Charles, Chen Ching-Po, Bruce Crampton, Gerard de Wit, Juan Antonio Estrada (a), Jorge Ledesma (a), Stan Leonard, Ángel Miguel, Kel Nagle, Koichi Ono, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Miguel Sala, Alvie Thompson
- Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (72)||South America (3)||Europe (3)||Oceania (3)||Asia (2)||Africa (1)|
|Canada (3)||Argentina (2)||Scotland (1)||Australia (2)||Japan (1)||South Africa (1)|
|Mexico (1)||Colombia (1)||Netherlands (1)||New Zealand (1)||Taiwan (1)|
|Puerto Rico (1)||Spain (1)|
|United States (67)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||70||73||74||71||288||E||T3|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961||71||74||74||70||289||+1||T5|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960, 1962||74||73||73||71||291||+3||T9|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||75||73||75||69||292||+4||T11|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||75||74||73||72||294||+6||T21|
|Jimmy Demaret||United States||1940, 1947, 1950||75||75||81||73||304||+16||T43|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||75||77||79||74||305||+17||45|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||74||73||81||80||308||+20||49|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Jack Burke Jr.||United States||1956||78||76||154||+10|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1937, 1942||79||77||156||+12|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||87||81||168||+24|
|Horton Smith||United States||1934, 1936||91||86||177||+33|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||82||WD|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||WD|
|Craig Wood||United States||1941||WD|
Thursday, April 4, 1963
|T1||Mike Souchak||United States||69||−3|
|Bo Wininger||United States|
|T3||Ed Furgol||United States||70||−2|
|Jay Hebert||United States|
|Sam Snead||United States|
|T6||George Bayer||United States||71||−1|
|Gary Player||South Africa|
|T8||Charles Coe (a)||United States||72||E|
|Billy Maxwell||United States|
|T10||Downing Gray (a)||United States||73||+1|
|Don January||United States|
|Dick Mayer||United States|
|Doug Sanders||United States|
Friday, April 5, 1963
|1||Mike Souchak||United States||69-70=139||−5|
|T2||Jay Hebert||United States||70-70=140||−4|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||74-66=140|
|T4||Ed Furgol||United States||70-71=141||−3|
|Bo Wininger||United States||69-72=141|
|T6||Tony Lema||United States||74-69=143||−1|
|Dick Mayer||United States||73-70=143|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-73=143|
|T9||Julius Boros||United States||76-69=145||+1|
|Gary Player||South Africa||71-74=145|
Saturday, April 6, 1963
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||74-66-74=214||−2|
|2||Ed Furgol||United States||70-71-74=215||−1|
|3||Julius Boros||United States||76-69-71=216||E|
|T4||Tony Lema||United States||74-69-74=217||+1|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-73-74=217|
|Mike Souchak||United States||69-70-79=218|
|Bo Wininger||United States||69-72-77=218|
|Gary Player||South Africa||71-74-74=219|
|Mason Rudolph||United States||75-72-72=219|
Sunday, April 7, 1963
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||74-66-74-72=286||−2||20,000|
|2||Tony Lema||United States||74-69-74-70=287||−1||12,000|
|T3||Julius Boros||United States||76-69-71-72=288||E||7,000|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-73-74-71=288|
|T5||Dow Finsterwald||United States||74-73-73-69=289||+1||4,000|
|Ed Furgol||United States||70-71-74-74=289|
|Gary Player||South Africa||71-74-74-70=289|
|8||Bo Wininger||United States||69-72-77-72=290||+2||2,400|
|T9||Don January||United States||73-75-72-71=291||+3||1,800|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||74-73-73-71=291|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Souchak takes sole Masters lead". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 6, 1963. p. 14.
- "Nicklaus captures Masters golf crown". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. April 8, 1963. p. 25.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 8, 1963). "Nicklaus wins Masters title with 286". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
- Wright, Alfred (April 15, 1963). "Young Jack the Mighty Master". Sports Illustrated: 26.
- "Horton Smith, winner of first Masters, dies". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). UPI. October 15, 1963. p. 18.
- "Golf champ Smith dies at age 55". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. October 15, 1963. p. 24.
- "Ex-Masters king Horton Smith dies". Palm Beach Post. Florida. Associated Press. October 16, 1963. p. 15.
- "Masters golf tournament scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1963. p. 22.
- "Masters scoreboard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 6, 1963. p. 14.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 6, 1963). "Nicklaus gets 66; trails Souchak by 1". Chicago Tribune.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 5, 1963). "Wininger, Souchak lead in Masters". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, part 3.
- Bartlett, Charles (April 7, 1963). "Nicklaus leads rain-soaked Masters". Chicago Tribune.