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The 1971 Masters Tournament was the 35th Masters Tournament, held April 8–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Charles Coody won his only major championship, two strokes ahead of runners-up Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus.[1][2]

1971 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 8–11, 1971
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,980 yards (6,383 m)[1]
Field77 players, 48 after cut
Cut150 (+6)
Winner's share$25,000
Champion
United States Charles Coody
279 (−9)
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Miller was six-under for the Sunday round and, playing two groups ahead of the final two-some, his birdie on 14 would open up a two-shot lead when Coody subsequently bogeyed the hole, but could not hold on to win. Coody, co-leader with Nicklaus entering the round,[3] rebounded from his bogey at 14 with two consecutive birdies and parred the final two holes while Miller, 23, bogeyed two of the last three holes. It was a bit of redemption for Coody, who bogeyed the final three holes in 1969 to finish two strokes back.[1] It was Coody's third and final win on the PGA Tour.[4]

Future 3-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin made his Masters debut in 1971 and tied for 13th place. It was the final Masters for two champions: 1948 winner Claude Harmon, withdrew during the first round[5] and 1955 champion Cary Middlecoff during the second.[6]

Dave Stockton won the twelfth Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a score of 23.

For the only time in its history, the Masters was not the first major championship of the year. The 1971 PGA Championship was played in Florida in February, and was won by Nicklaus. The co-leader entering Sunday, his attempt to secure the second leg of the grand slam[3] came up short on the back nine on Sunday, as he shot 37 for an even-par 72.[2]

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

George Archer, Gay Brewer (9), Billy Casper (2,8,9,11), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Jack Nicklaus (2,3,8,10,11), Arnold Palmer (10), Gary Player (3,8), Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead (8), Art Wall Jr.

The following categories only apply to Americans
2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)

Orville Moody (8)

3. The Open champions (last five years)
4. PGA champions (last five years)

Julius Boros (8,9), Raymond Floyd (10,11), Al Geiberger, Don January (8), Dave Stockton (8,10)

5. The first eight finishers in the 1970 U.S. Amateur

William C. Campbell (a), Jim Gabrielsen (a), Vinny Giles (7,a), Tom Kite (7,a), Steve Melnyk (6,a), Jim Simons (a), Richard Spears (a), Lanny Wadkins (6,7,a)[7]

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions
7. Members of the 1970 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team

Allen Miller (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1970 Masters Tournament

Tommy Aaron (11), Miller Barber (9,11), Frank Beard (11), Deane Beman, Charles Coe (a), Charles Coody, Bert Greene, Dave Hill (9,11), Howie Johnson (9), Gene Littler (9,10,11), Dick Lotz (10), Bob Lunn (9), Bob Murphy (10), Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Tom Weiskopf, Terry Wilcox, Bert Yancey

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1970 U.S. Open

Joel Goldstrand, Bobby Mitchell, Ken Still (11), Larry Ziegler

10. Top eight players and ties from 1970 PGA Championship

Larry Hinson

11. Members of the U.S. 1969 Ryder Cup team

Dale Douglass, Dan Sikes

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

Homero Blancas

13. Leading eight players, not already qualified, from a points list based on finishes in PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Dave Eichelberger, Gibby Gilbert, Lou Graham, Jerry Heard, Hale Irwin, Johnny Miller, John Schlee, Tom Shaw[8]

14. Foreign invitations

Bob Charles (8,9), Gary Cowan (5,a), Bruce Crampton (10), Roberto De Vicenzo (3), Bruce Devlin (9), David Graham, Harold Henning, Tommy Horton, Hsieh Yung-yo, Tony Jacklin (2,3,8,9), Takaaki Kono (8), John Lister, Sukree Onsham, Peter Oosterhuis

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

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (63) South America (1) Europe (3) Oceania (5) Asia (3) Africa (2)
  Canada (1)   Argentina (1)   England (3)   Australia (3)   Japan (1)   South Africa (2)
  United States (62)   New Zealand (2)   Thailand (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 Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1965, 1966 70 71 68 72 281 −7 T2
Gary Player   South Africa 1961 72 72 71 69 284 −4 T6
Billy Casper   United States 1970 72 73 71 72 288 E T13
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
73 72 71 73 289 +1 T18
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 71 76 72 74 293 +5 T27
George Archer   United States 1969 73 74 78 71 296 +8 35
Bob Goalby   United States 1968 76 73 74 74 297 +9 T36
Doug Ford   United States 1957 75 75 77 76 303 +15 T46

Source[1]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 76 77 153 +9
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 79 75 154 +10
Ralph Guldahl   United States 1939 79 84 163 +19
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 83 80 163 +19
Cary Middlecoff   United States 1955 75 WD
Herman Keiser   United States 1946 81 WD
Claude Harmon   United States 1948 WD

Source[5][6][9]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 8, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Charles Coody   United States 66 −6
T2 Raymond Floyd   United States 69 −3
Hale Irwin   United States
Don January   United States
Bob Lunn   United States
Bob Murphy   United States
T7 Dale Douglass   United States 70 −2
Jack Nicklaus   United States
T9 Art Wall Jr.   United States 71 −1
Tom Weiskopf   United States
Bert Yancey   United States

Source:[10]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 9, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Don January   United States 69-69=138 −6
T2 Charles Coody   United States 66-73=139 −5
Bob Murphy   United States 69-70=139
4 Tom Weiskopf   United States 71-69=140 −4
T5 Dale Douglass   United States 70-71=141 −3
Hale Irwin   United States 69-72=141
Gene Littler   United States 72-69=141
Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-71=141
T9 Bruce Devlin   Australia 72-70=142 −2
Bobby Mitchell   United States 72-70=142

Source:[11]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 10, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Charles Coody   United States 66-73-70=209 −7
Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-71-68=209
3 Don January   United States 69-69-73=211 −5
T4 Hale Irwin   United States 69-72-71=212 −4
Tom Weiskopf   United States 71-69-72=212
6 Johnny Miller   United States 72-73-68=213 −3
T7 Bruce Devlin   Australia 72-70-72=214 −2
Gene Littler   United States 72-69-73=214
Dave Stockton   United States 72-73-69=214
T10 Bob Murphy   United States 69-70-76=215 −1
Gary Player   South Africa 72-72-71=215
Ken Still   United States 72-71-72=215

Source:[12]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 11, 1971

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Charles Coody   United States 66-73-70-70=279 −9 25,000
T2 Johnny Miller   United States 72-73-68-68=281 −7 17,500
Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-71-68-72=281
T4 Don January   United States 69-69-73-72=283 −5 9,050
Gene Littler   United States 72-69-73-69=283
T6 Gary Player   South Africa 72-72-71-69=284 −4 5,600
Ken Still   United States 72-71-72-69=284
Tom Weiskopf   United States 71-69-72-72=284
T9 Frank Beard   United States 74-73-69-70=286 −2 3,767
Roberto DeVicenzo   Argentina 76-69-72-69=286
Dave Stockton   United States 72-73-69-72=286

Source:[1]

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
  Coody −7 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −9 −9 −9
  Miller −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9 −9 −8 −8 −7
  Nicklaus −8 −8 −8 −7 −6 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Mizell, Hubert (April 12, 1971). "Coody atones for earlier 'choke'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 3B.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (April 19, 1971). "There went the Slam". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  3. ^ a b "Nicklaus, Coody tied for lead in Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1971. p. 1C.
  4. ^ "Coody wins to make amends". Milwaukee Journal. April 12, 1971. p. 11-part 2.
  5. ^ a b "Charles Coody far ahead as Masters star struggle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1971. p. 19.
  6. ^ a b "Veteran January catches Coody; takes Masters tournament lead". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 10, 1971. p. 11.
  7. ^ "Lan Wadkins Links Champ". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 6, 1970. p. 8.
  8. ^ ""Consolation" is birth in Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 5, 1981. p. 12.
  9. ^ "1971 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Charles Coody fires 66, takes three-stroke lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 9, 1971. p. 2B.
  11. ^ "January claims lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 10, 1971. p. 1B.
  12. ^ "Masters pairings". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1971. p. 8C.

External linksEdit

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