1969 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 10–13, 1969|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||83 players, 48 after cut|
George Archer won his only major championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf. Third round leader Casper was five over-par after ten holes in his final round, then regrouped with three birdies but needed another. Weiskopf was tied for the lead until a bogey at 17, and future champion Charles Coody bogeyed the final three holes and finished two strokes back. Casper would win the title in 1970 in a playoff and Coody would win in 1971.
This was the last Masters that Ken Venturi participated in, and he missed the cut by twelve strokes. As an amateur in 1956, Venturi led after 54 holes but finished runner-up to Jack Burke, Jr.. Burke made the cut at the Masters for the final time in 1969 and finished in 24th place. Past champions were noticeably absent from the leaderboard this year, as Burke tied for the best finish with three-time winner Jack Nicklaus.
It was Archer's third Masters and his only top ten finish at Augusta; his next best result was tied for eleventh in 1981.
|3||Flowering Peach||355||4||12||Golden Bell||155||3|
^ Holes 1, 2, 4, and 11 were later renamed.
- 1. Masters champions
Gay Brewer (9,11), Jack Burke Jr., Doug Ford, Bob Goalby (8,10), Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus (2,3,8,9), Arnold Palmer (10,11), Henry Picard, Gary Player (2,3,8,9), Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead (9), Art Wall Jr. (8)
- The following categories only apply to Americans
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)
- 3. The Open champions (last five years)
- 4. PGA champions (last five years)
- 5. The first eight finishers in the 1968 U.S. Amateur
- Miller and Billy Joe Patton tied for 8th place but Miller won the place by the drawing of lots. Canadian Gary Cowan also tied for 8th place but was not eligible.
- Bob Dickson forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
- 7. Members of the 1968 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team
Dick Siderowf (a)
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1968 Masters Tournament
Tommy Aaron, George Archer (9,10), Miller Barber (10), Frank Beard (10), Gardner Dickinson (11), Ray Floyd, Lionel Hebert, Jerry Pittman (9), Mason Rudolph, Doug Sanders (10,11), Tom Weiskopf, Bert Yancey (9), Kermit Zarley (10)
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1968 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1968 PGA Championship
- 11. Members of the U.S. 1967 Ryder Cup team
- 12. One player, either amateur or professional, not already qualified, selected by a ballot of ex-Masters champions.
- 13. Leading six players, not already qualified, from a points list based on finishes in PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
- 14. Foreign invitations
Roberto Bernardini, Michael Bonallack (6,a), Peter Butler, Joe Carr (a), Bob Charles (8,9,10), Bruce Crampton, Roberto De Vicenzo (3,8), Bruce Devlin (8,9), Harold Henning (8), Tommy Horton, Brian Huggett, Tony Jacklin (8), George Knudson, Takaaki Kono, Lu Liang-Huan, Ramón Sota, Peter Thomson (3), Peter Townsend, Raul Travieso
- Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (64)||South America (2)||Europe (9)||Oceania (4)||Asia (2)||Africa (2)|
|Canada (1)||Argentina (2)||England (5)||Australia (3)||Japan (1)||South Africa (2)|
|United States (63)||Wales (1)||New Zealand (1)||Taiwan (1)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||73||72||70||76||291||+3||T24|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965, 1966||68||75||72||76||291||+3||T24|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961||74||70||75||76||295||+7||T33|
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||70||76||76||75||297||+9||T40|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||70||77||78||72||297||+9||T40|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||71||77||80||WD|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||72||76||80||WD|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||75||74||149||+5|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||75||76||151||+7|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||74||77||151||+7|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||73||81||154||+10|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||78||80||158||+14|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States||1939||77||83||160||+16|
|Claude Harmon||United States||1948||83||WD|
Thursday, April 10, 1969
|1||Billy Casper||United States||66||−6|
|T2||George Archer||United States||67||−5|
|4||Jack Nicklaus||United States||68||−4|
|Bruce Fleisher (a)||United States|
|Lionel Hebert||United States|
|Gene Littler||United States|
|Mason Rudolph||United States|
|Dan Sikes||United States|
|Bert Yancey||United States|
Friday, April 11, 1969
|T1||Billy Casper||United States||66-71=137||−7|
|T3||George Archer||United States||67-73=140||−4|
|Dan Sikes||United States||69-71=140|
|T5||Tommy Aaron||United States||71-71=142||−2|
|Miller Barber||United States||71-71=142|
|Charles Coody||United States||74-68=142|
|Al Geiberger||United States||71-71=142|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||69-73=142|
|Mason Rudolph||United States||69-73=142|
|Dave Stockton||United States||71-71=142|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-71=142|
Saturday, April 12, 1969
|1||Billy Casper||United States||66-71-71=208||−8|
|2||George Archer||United States||67-73-69=209||−7|
|3||Miller Barber||United States||71-71-68=210||−6|
|T4||Charles Coody||United States||74-68-69=211||−5|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-71-69=211|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||69-73-70=212|
|Dan Sikes||United States||69-71-73=213|
|T10||Don Bies||United States||74-70-70=214||−2|
|Gene Littler||United States||69-75-70=214|
Sunday, April 13, 1969
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||George Archer||United States||67-73-69-72=281||−7||20,000|
|T2||Billy Casper||United States||66-71-71-74=282||−6||12,333|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-71-69-71=282|
|T5||Charles Coody||United States||74-68-69-72=283||−5||6,750|
|Don January||United States||74-73-70-66=283|
|7||Miller Barber||United States||71-71-68-74=284||−4||5,000|
|T8||Tommy Aaron||United States||71-71-73-70=285||−3||3,600|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||69-73-70-73=285|
|Gene Littler||United States||69-75-70-71=285|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Augusta National Golf club: map". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 10, 1969. p. 27.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 21, 1969). "Sorry, Billy". Sports Illustrated. p. 26.
- "Archer wins Masters by 1; trio shares 2nd". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 14, 1969. p. 1, part 2.
- Green, Bob (April 14, 1969). "Masters success won't spoil George Archer". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. p. 20.
- "Stretch drive wins Masters for Archer". Milwaukee Journal. April 14, 1969. p. 12-part 2.
- Gundelfinger, Phil (April 14, 1969). "Archer stands tall as Masters champ". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 28.
- Paris, Hal (September 1, 1968). "Giles Posts Record 65 For Second". Youngstown Vindicator. p. D1.
- "Masters Invitation for Steve Spray". The Des Moines Register. February 23, 1969. p. 17.
- "Masters golf scorecard". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 14, 1969. p. 28.
- "Masters golf scorecard: second round". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 12, 1969. p. 8.
- "DeVincenzo misses cut". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 12, 1969. p. 3, part 2.
- "Devlin catches up on 18th-hole birdie". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 12, 1969. p. 12.
- "Casper's 66 leads Masters by 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 11, 1969. p. 1, part 2.
- "Master list". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). April 13, 1969. p. 3, sports.