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The 1972 Masters Tournament was the 36th Masters Tournament, held April 6–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

1972 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 6–9, 1972
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]
Field84 players, 47 after cut
Cut151 (+7)
Winner's share$25,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
286 (−2)
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Jack Nicklaus opened with a 68 and led wire-to-wire to win the fourth[2] of his six Masters titles, three strokes ahead of three runners-up.[3] It was the tenth of 18 major titles as a professional for Nicklaus, who also won the U.S. Open in 1972 and was the runner-up at the Open Championship in Scotland, one stroke behind Lee Trevino.

It was the first Masters played without founder Bobby Jones, who died in December 1971 at age 69. The 1972 Masters was also the debut of 20 year old University of Texas golfer and future two-time champion Ben Crenshaw who was low amateur at 295 (T19).

Banned from the last five Masters, commentator Jack Whitaker returned to the CBS telecast in 1972. At the end of the 18-hole Monday playoff in 1966, he had referred to the portion of the gallery trailing the players as a "mob."[4][5]

Nicklaus became the third wire-to-wire winner in Masters history, following Craig Wood in 1941 and Arnold Palmer in 1960. Through 2016, there have been five; the next were Raymond Floyd in 1976 and Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Contents

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

George Archer (9,11), Billy Casper (8,10,11,12), Charles Coody (8,12), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby (11), Ralph Guldahl, Herman Keiser, Jack Nicklaus (2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12), Arnold Palmer (8,11,12), Gary Player (3,8,10,11), Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr.

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

Orville Moody (8), Lee Trevino (3,9,11,12)

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

Julius Boros, Raymond Floyd (8,9), Don January (8), Dave Stockton (8,11,12)

5. The first eight finishers in the 1971 U.S. Amateur

Rick Bendall (a), Ben Crenshaw (a), Tom Culligan (a), Vinny Giles (7,a), Jim McLean (a), Eddie Pearce (a), Marty West (a)

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions
  • Steve Melnyk (7,8) and Lanny Wadkins (7,9) forfeited their exemptions by turning professional but qualified in other categories.
7. Members of the 1971 U.S. Walker Cup team

William C. Campbell (a), John Farquhar (a), Jim Gabrielsen (a), Bill Hyndman (a), Tom Kite (a), Jim Simons (9,a)

  • Allen Miller forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1971 Masters Tournament

Tommy Aaron, Frank Beard (11,12), Dave Eichelberger (11), Al Geiberger, Bert Greene, Hale Irwin (11), Dick Lotz, Steve Melnyk, Johnny Miller (9,11), Bobby Mitchell (11), Bob Murphy, Ken Still, Tom Weiskopf (11)

  • Gene Littler (11,12) had been diagnosed with cancer and did not play.
9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1971 U.S. Open

Jim Colbert, Jerry Heard (11), Larry Hinson, Jerry McGee, Bobby Nichols, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Bob Rosburg (11), Lanny Wadkins, Bert Yancey

10. Top eight players and ties from 1971 PGA Championship

Miller Barber (11,12), Tommy Bolt, Gibby Gilbert, Dave Hill, Jim Jamieson

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Homero Blancas, Gardner Dickinson (12), Hubert Green, Paul Harney, Labron Harris Jr., Grier Jones, DeWitt Weaver

12. Members of the U.S. 1971 Ryder Cup team

Mason Rudolph, J. C. Snead

13. Foreign invitations

Harry Bannerman, Brian Barnes, Bob Charles (9), Bobby Cole (9), Gary Cowan (5,6,a), Bruce Crampton (8,11), Roberto De Vicenzo (3,8), Bruce Devlin (8), David Graham, Hsieh Yung-yo, Tony Jacklin (2,3,11), Takaaki Kono, Lu Liang-Huan, Peter Oosterhuis, Masashi Ozaki, Ramón Sota

  • 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 (5) Oceania (4) Asia (4) Africa (2)
  Canada (1)   Argentina (1)   England (2)   Australia (3)   Japan (2)   South Africa (2)
  United States (67)   Scotland (2)   New Zealand (1)   Taiwan (2)
  Spain (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 68 71 73 74 286 −2 1
Gary Player   South Africa 1961 73 75 72 71 291 +3 T10
George Archer   United States 1969 73 75 72 72 292 +4 T12
Charles Coody   United States 1971 73 70 74 75 292 +4 T12
Billy Casper   United States 1970 75 71 74 74 294 +6 T17
Bob Goalby   United States 1968 73 76 72 73 294 +6 T17
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 69 75 76 77 297 +9 T27
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
70 75 74 81 300 +12 T33

Source[2][9]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 77 75 152 +8
Doug Ford   United States 1957 76 78 154 +10
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 79 79 158 +14
Herman Keiser   United States 1946 80 79 159 +15
Ralph Guldahl   United States 1939 89 80 169 +25

Source[9]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 6, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 68 −4
2 Sam Snead   United States 69 −3
3 Arnold Palmer   United States 70 −2
T4 Paul Harney   United States 71 −1
Jim Simons (a)   United States
T6 Frank Beard   United States 72 Even
Bob Charles   New Zealand
Bruce Crampton   Australia
Gibby Gilbert   United States
Tony Jacklin   England
Jim Jamieson   United States
Steve Melnyk   United States
Bobby Nichols   United States
Lanny Wadkins   United States
Bert Yancey   United States

Source[10]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 7, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-71=139 −5
2 Paul Harney   United States 71-69=140 −4
3 Bert Yancey   United States 72-69=141 −3
4 Jim Jamieson   United States 72-70=142 −2
T5 Charles Coody   United States 73-70=143 −1
Bobby Nichols   United States 72-71=143
T7 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina 75-69=144 Even
Jerry Heard   United States 73-71=144
Steve Melnyk   United States 72-72=144
Sam Snead   United States 69-75=144
Lanny Wadkins   United States 72-72=144

Source[11]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 8, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-71-73=212 −4
2 Jim Jamieson   United States 72-70-71=213 −3
T3 Paul Harney   United States 71-69-75=215 −1
Tom Weiskopf   United States 74-71-70=215
T5 Homero Blancas   United States 76-71-69=216 Even
Bruce Crampton   Australia 72-75-69=216
Jerry Heard   United States 73-71-72=216
Bobby Mitchell   United States 73-72-71=216
T9 Charles Coody   United States 73-70-74=217 +1
Bert Yancey   United States 72-69-76=217

Source[12]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 9, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 68-71-73-74=286 −2 25,000
T2 Bruce Crampton   Australia 72-75-69-73=289 +1 15,833
Bobby Mitchell   United States 73-72-71-73=289
Tom Weiskopf   United States 74-71-70-74=289
T5 Homero Blancas   United States 76-71-69-74=290 +2 6,200
Bruce Devlin   Australia 74-75-70-71=290
Jerry Heard   United States 73-71-72-74=290
Jim Jamieson   United States 72-70-71-77=290
Jerry McGee   United States 73-74-71-72=290
T10 Gary Player   South Africa 73-75-72-71=291 +3 3,600
Dave Stockton   United States 76-70-74-71=291

Source[2][9]

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
  Nicklaus −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2
  Crampton −1 −1 E E E E +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
  Mitchell E E E E +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1
  Weiskopf E E +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1
  Blancas E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1 +2 +2
  Heard −1 −1 E −1 E +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 E +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2
  Jamieson −2 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 E E E E +1 +3 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2
  Harney E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +3 +4 +5 +7 +7 +8

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 7, 1972). "Nicklaus leading Masters with 68". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b c Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1972). "Nicklaus coasts to Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 25.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 17, 1972). "Poa Jack beats himself". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
  4. ^ Rothenberg, Fred (April 12, 1979). "Jack Whitaker's welcome now". Boca Raton News. Florida. Associated Press. p. 2B.
  5. ^ Sandomir, Richard (May 5, 2012). "Jack Whitaker was always camera ready". New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Golfer Brewer: ulcers, hernia". Montreal Gazette. UPI. April 11, 1972. p. 16.
  7. ^ "Gay Brewer in hospital". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 7, 1972. p. 12.
  8. ^ "Brewer takes Par Three test". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1973. p. 19.
  9. ^ a b c "1972 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "Nicklaus leads by 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1972. p. 1, part 2.
  11. ^ "Nicklaus' 71 keeps lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1972. p. 1, part 2.
  12. ^ "Golf: Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. April 9, 1972. p. 6B.

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