1965 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 8–11, 1965|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||91 players, 49 after cut|
Jack Nicklaus, age 25, won the second of his six Masters titles with a score of 271 (−17), at the time a tournament record, three strokes better than Ben Hogan's 274 in 1953. It was equaled in 1976 by Raymond Floyd and surpassed in 1997 by Tiger Woods' 270 (−18). Nicklaus' winning margin of nine strokes also stood until 1997, when Woods was victorious by twelve strokes to win his first green jacket. It was the fourth of a record 18 major titles won by Nicklaus in his career.
The "Big Three" (Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player) were tied for the lead after 36 holes at 138 (−6), but Nicklaus shot a 64 (−8) on Saturday to post a 202 (−14), a gain of five shots on Player and eight on Palmer. Nicklaus' round tied the course record set by Lloyd Mangrum in the first round in 1940; it was lowered to 63 by Nick Price in the third round in 1986.
Nicklaus totally over-powered the Augusta National course, hitting short-irons into most of the par four holes and mid-irons into many of the par five holes, especially during his record-tying third round 64. After the tournament was over, when asked about Nicklaus' performance that week Bobby Jones said, "He plays a game with which I am not familiar."
Byron Nelson, age 53, tied for fifteenth place, the last cut made at Augusta by the two-time champion.
- 1. Masters champions
Jack Burke Jr. (4), Jimmy Demaret, Doug Ford (4), Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan (8), Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff (2), Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus (2,4,8,10), Arnold Palmer (2,3,8,9,10,11), Henry Picard, Gary Player (3,4,8), Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr.
- Craig Wood did not play.
- The following categories only apply to Americans
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last 10 years)
- 3. The Open champions (last 10 years)
Tony Lema (8,11)
- 4. PGA champions (last 10 years)
- Harvie Ward did not play. Other champions forfeited their exemptions by turning professional.
- 6. Members of the 1963 U.S. Walker Cup team
- 7. 1964 U.S. Amateur quarter-finalists
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1964 Masters Tournament
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1964 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1964 PGA Championship
- 11. Members of the U.S. 1963 Ryder Cup team
- 12. Two players selected for meritorious records on the fall part of the 1964 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 1965 PGA Tour
- 17. Foreign invitations
Peter Butler (8), Bob Charles (3,9), Chen Ching-Po, Gary Cowan (a), Bruce Crampton (8,9), Bruce Devlin (8), Harold Henning, Bernard Hunt, Geoffrey Hunt, Tomoo Ishii, George Knudson, Cobie Legrange, Stan Leonard, Kel Nagle (3,8), Chi-Chi Rodríguez (8), Leopoldo Ruiz, Ramón Sota, Nick Weslock (a)
- Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (77)||South America (1)||Europe (4)||Oceania (4)||Asia (2)||Africa (3)|
|Canada (4)||Argentina (1)||England (3)||Australia (3)||Japan (1)||South Africa (3)|
|Puerto Rico (1)||Spain (1)||New Zealand (1)||Taiwan (1)|
|United States (72)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963||67||71||64||69||271||−17||1|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961||65||73||69||73||280||−8||T2|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1937, 1942||70||74||72||74||290||+2||T15|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1951, 1953||71||75||71||74||291||+3||T21|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||74||74||73||73||294||+6||T31|
|Jimmy Demaret||United States||1940, 1947, 1950||71||75||76||73||295||+7||T35|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||71||76||77||75||299||+11||T45|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||75||74||149||+5|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||76||75||151||+7|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||75||77||152||+8|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||74||79||153||+9|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||78||76||154||+10|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||76||79||155||+11|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States||1939||83||85||168||+24|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||80||WD|
Thursday, April 8, 1965
|1||Gary Player||South Africa||65||−7|
|T2||Tommy Aaron||United States||67||−5|
|Tony Lema||United States|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States|
|Dan Sikes||United States|
|6||Frank Beard||United States||68||−4|
|T7||George Bayer||United States||69||−3|
|Tommy Bolt||United States|
|Wes Ellis||United States|
|Raymond Floyd||United States|
|Doug Sanders||United States|
Friday, April 9, 1965
|T1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||67-71=138||−6|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||70-68=138|
|Gary Player||South Africa||65-73=138|
|4||Dan Sikes||United States||67-72=139||−5|
|5||Tony Lema||United States||67-73=140||−4|
|T6||Tommy Aaron||United States||67-74=141||−3|
|Doug Sanders||United States||69-72=141|
|8||Bo Wininger||United States||70-72=142||−2|
|9||George Bayer||United States||69-74=143||−1|
|T10||Billy Casper||United States||72-72=144||E|
|Byron Nelson||United States||70-74=144|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||73-71=144|
|Tom Nieporte||United States||71-73=144|
Saturday, April 10, 1965
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||67-71-64=202||−14|
|2||Gary Player||South Africa||65-73-69=207||−9|
|T3||Arnold Palmer||United States||70-68-72=210||−6|
|Dan Sikes||United States||67-72-71=210|
|5||Mason Rudolph||United States||70-75-66=211||−5|
|T6||Tommy Aaron||United States||67-74-71=212||−4|
|Gene Littler||United States||71-74-67=212|
|T10||Billy Casper||United States||72-72-71=215||−1|
|Doug Sanders||United States||69-72-74=215|
Third round, ties course record 31-33=64 (−8)
Sunday, April 11, 1965
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||67-71-64-69=271||−17||20,000|
|T2||Arnold Palmer||United States||70-68-72-70=280||−8||10,200|
|Gary Player||South Africa||65-73-69-73=280|
|4||Mason Rudolph||United States||70-75-66-72=283||−5||6,200|
|5||Dan Sikes||United States||67-72-71-75=285||−3||5,000|
|T6||Gene Littler||United States||71-74-67-74=286||−2||3,800|
|T8||Frank Beard||United States||68-77-72-70=287||−1||2,400|
|Tommy Bolt||United States||69-78-69-71=287|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Palmer, Nicklaus, Player tied in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 10, 1965. p. 12.
- "Nicklaus in a Masters Romp". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 12, 1965. p. 32.
- "Nicklaus, Palmer, Player lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 10, 1965. p. 2, part 2.
- "Nicklaus threatens runaway with 64". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1965. p. 1B.
- Wright, Alfred (April 19, 1965). "All alone at the top". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
- Nicklaus, Jack (2007). Jack Nicklaus: My Story. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-416-54224-7.
- "Jack Nicklaus Quotes". golf.about.com. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "Masters scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 10, 1965. p. 13.
- "Masters golf lead shared by Palmer, Nicklaus, Player". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 10, 1965. p. 1B.
- "Putting tip helps Player get lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 9, 1965. p. 1C.