1972 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 6–9, 1972|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||84 players, 47 after cut|
Jack Nicklaus opened with a 68 and led wire-to-wire to win the fourth of his six Masters titles, three strokes ahead of three runners-up. 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."
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.
- 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.
- Gay Brewer (9), Jack Burke Jr., Jimmy Demaret, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson and Henry Picard did not play. Brewer was hospitalized in Augusta for ulcers on Wednesday night and missed the tournament.
- 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 1971 U.S. Amateur
- 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
- 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
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1971 PGA Championship
- 11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
- 12. Members of the U.S. 1971 Ryder Cup team
- 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)|
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,
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|
Thursday, April 6, 1972
|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|
|Gibby Gilbert||United States|
|Jim Jamieson||United States|
|Steve Melnyk||United States|
|Bobby Nichols||United States|
|Lanny Wadkins||United States|
|Bert Yancey||United States|
Friday, April 7, 1972
|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|
Saturday, April 8, 1972
|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|
|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|
Sunday, April 9, 1972
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||68-71-73-74=286||−2||25,000|
|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|
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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- Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1972). "Nicklaus coasts to Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 25.
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- Rothenberg, Fred (April 12, 1979). "Jack Whitaker's welcome now". Boca Raton News. Florida. Associated Press. p. 2B.
- Sandomir, Richard (May 5, 2012). "Jack Whitaker was always camera ready". New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
- "Golfer Brewer: ulcers, hernia". Montreal Gazette. UPI. April 11, 1972. p. 16.
- "Gay Brewer in hospital". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 7, 1972. p. 12.
- "Brewer takes Par Three test". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1973. p. 19.
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- "Nicklaus' 71 keeps lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 8, 1972. p. 1, part 2.
- "Golf: Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. April 9, 1972. p. 6B.