1970 Masters Tournament
The 1970 Masters Tournament was the 34th Masters Tournament, held April 9–13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. A field of 83 players started the tournament and 48 made the 36-hole cut at 150 (+6).
|Dates||April 9–13, 1970|
|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|
|279 (−9), playoff|
Billy Casper defeated Gene Littler 69 to 74 in an 18-hole playoff on Monday to win his third major championship. It was the last 18-hole playoff at the Masters; the format was changed to sudden-death in 1976 and first used in 1979. To get into the playoff, Casper scored a final round of 71 (−1), while Littler shot a 70 to tie at 279 (−9).
Jack Nicklaus shot 69-69 on the weekend, but was hampered by a second round 75 and finished in 8th place. It was the final Masters tournament as a player for 1938 champion Henry Picard, who withdrew without finishing the first round. Three-time Masters champion Sam Snead finished in a tie for 23rd place at the age of 57. It was the Masters debut of two-time champion Tom Watson, then a 20-year-old amateur from Stanford who shot 77-76 and missed the cut by three strokes.
- 1. Masters champions
George Archer (8,9), Gay Brewer, Jack Burke Jr. (8), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Ralph Guldahl, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus (2,3,8,11), Arnold Palmer (9), Henry Picard, Gary Player (2.3,10), Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr.
- The following categories only apply to Americans
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)
- Lee Trevino (8,11) did not play.
- 3. The Open champions (last five years)
- 4. PGA champions (last five years)
- 5. The first eight finishers in the 1969 U.S. Amateur
- Bruce Fleisher (7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
- 7. Members of the 1969 U.S. Walker Cup team
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1969 Masters Tournament
Tommy Aaron (11), Miller Barber (9,10,11), Frank Beard (11), Deane Beman (9), Charles Coody (9,10), Dale Douglass (9,11), Lionel Hebert, Dave Hill (9,11), Gene Littler (11), Mason Rudolph, Dan Sikes (11), Dave Stockton, Tom Weiskopf, Bert Yancey
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1969 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1969 PGA Championship
- 11. Members of the U.S. 1969 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
Maurice Bembridge, Roberto Bernardini, Michael Bonallack (6,a), Peter Butler, Bob Charles, Bruce Crampton (8,9), Roberto De Vicenzo (3), Bruce Devlin (8,9), Bernard Gallacher, Harold Henning (8), Hsieh Yung-yo, Tony Jacklin (3), George Knudson (8), Takaaki Kono (8), Sukree Onsham
- Numbers in brackets indicate categories that the player would have qualified under had they been American.
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (68)||South America (1)||Europe (6)||Oceania (3)||Asia (3)||Africa (2)|
|Canada (1)||Argentina (1)||England (4)||Australia (2)||Japan (1)||South Africa (2)|
|United States (67)||Scotland (1)||New Zealand (1)||Thailand (1)|
|Italy (1)||Taiwan (1)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961||74||68||68||70||280||−8||3|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965, 1966||71||75||69||69||284||−4||8|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||76||73||71||72||292||+4||T23|
|George Archer||United States||1969||73||72||74||75||294||+6||T31|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||78||70||72||74||294||+6||T31|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||76||76||152||+8|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1955||78||75||153||+9|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||76||79||155||+11|
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||77||78||155||+11|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1935||81||74||155||+11|
|Herman Keiser||United States||1946||79||79||158||+14|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||78||80||158||+14|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States||1939||84||83||167||+23|
|Henry Picard||United States||1938||WD|
Thursday, April 8, 1970
|1||Tommy Aaron||United States||68||−4|
|T2||Gene Littler||United States||69||−3|
|Bert Yancey||United States|
|T4||Charles Coody||United States||70||−2|
|Bob Lunn||United States|
|Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States|
|Dan Sikes||United States|
|R. H. Sikes||United States|
|T9||Frank Beard||United States||71||−1|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States|
Friday, April 10, 1970
|T1||Gene Littler||United States||69-70=139||−5|
|Bert Yancey||United States||69-70=139|
|T3||Billy Casper||United States||72-68=140||−4|
|Bob Lunn||United States||70-70=140|
|T5||Tommy Aaron||United States||68-74=142||−2|
|Gary Player||South Africa||74-68=142|
|T7||Dave Hill||United States||73-70=143||−1|
|T9||Charles Coody||United States||70-74=144||E|
|Larry Hinson||United States||72-72=144|
|Dave Stockton||United States||72-72=144|
Saturday, April 11, 1970
|1||Billy Casper||United States||72-68-68=208||−8|
|2||Gene Littler||United States||69-70-70=209||−7|
|3||Gary Player||South Africa||74-68-68=210||−6|
|T4||Tommy Aaron||United States||68-74-69=211||−5|
|Charles Coody||United States||70-74-67=211|
|Bert Yancey||United States||69-70-72=211|
|T7||Dave Hill||United States||73-70-70=213||−3|
|Dave Stockton||United States||72-72-69=213|
|T10||Frank Beard||United States||71-76-68=215||−1|
|Larry Hinson||United States||72-72-71=215|
|Bob Lunn||United States||70-70-75=215|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-75-69=215|
Sunday, April 12, 1970
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T1||Billy Casper||United States||72-68-68-71=279||−9||Playoff|
|Gene Littler||United States||69-70-70-70=279|
|3||Gary Player||South Africa||74-68-68-70=280||−8||14,000|
|4||Bert Yancey||United States||69-70-72-70=281||−7||10,000|
|T5||Tommy Aaron||United States||68-74-69-72=283||−5||6,667|
|Dave Hill||United States||73-70-70-70=283|
|Dave Stockton||United States||72-72-69-70=283|
|8||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-75-69-69=284||−4||4,500|
|9||Frank Beard||United States||71-76-68-70=285||−3||4,000|
|T10||Bob Lunn||United States||70-70-75-72=287||−1||3,500|
|Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States||70-76-73-68=287|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Monday, April 13, 1970
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Billy Casper||United States||69||−3||25,000|
|2||Gene Littler||United States||74||+2||17,500|
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