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The 1973 Masters Tournament was the 37th Masters Tournament, held April 5–9 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Due to weather delays, the final round was played on Monday for the first time since 1961.[2]

1973 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 5–9, 1973
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]
Field82 players, 57 after cut
Cut151 (+7)
Winner's share$30,000
Champion
United States Tommy Aaron
283 (−5)
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1974 →
Augusta  is located in the United States
Augusta 
Augusta 
Location in the United States

Tommy Aaron, age 36, won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead.[2][3] Before this win at Augusta, Aaron was best known as the player who kept Roberto DeVicenzo's incorrect scorecard at the Masters five years earlier in 1968. Ironically, Aaron's final round playing partner in 1973, Johnny Miller, recorded a higher score when keeping Aaron's card, and Aaron caught the mistake.[4] This was his third and last victory on the PGA Tour, and after this win, Aaron's best result in a major was a tie for 28th at the Masters in 1979.

Gary Player played in 52 Masters from 1957 through 2009;[5] and missed only this one, to recover from leg and abdominal surgery.[6][7][8] He returned in 1974 to win the second of his three green jackets.

Gay Brewer won the fourteenth Par 3 contest on Wednesday with a seven-under 20.[9] At the previous Masters, the 1967 champion was hospitalized in Augusta for ulcers on Wednesday night and missed the tournament.[10]

This Masters was the last as competitors for two former champions: Gene Sarazen (1935) and Ralph Guldahl (1939).

Contents

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

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

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

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

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

Julius Boros, Raymond Floyd (10), Dave Stockton (12)

5. The first eight finishers in the 1972 U.S. Amateur

Doug Ballenger (a), Ben Crenshaw (7,8,a), Vinny Giles (6,7,a), Charles Harrison (a), Mike Killian (a), Marty West (7,a)

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions
  • Steve Melnyk forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
7. Members of the 1972 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team
8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1972 Masters Tournament

Homero Blancas (9), Gardner Dickinson (12), Al Geiberger, Hubert Green, Paul Harney, Jerry Heard (10,11), Jim Jamieson (10,11), Jerry McGee, Steve Melnyk, Bobby Mitchell (11), Lanny Wadkins (11), Tom Weiskopf (9), Bert Yancey (9,11)

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1972 U.S. Open

Don January, Don Massengale, Johnny Miller (11), Bobby Nichols, Chi-Chi Rodríguez (11), Cesar Sanudo, Jim Simons, Kermit Zarley (11)

10. Top eight players and ties from 1972 PGA Championship

Tommy Aaron, Phil Rodgers, Doug Sanders (11)

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Bud Allin, Deane Beman, Jim Colbert, Bob Dickson, Rod Funseth, Lou Graham, Dave Hill, Mike Hill, Babe Hiskey, Grier Jones, Bob Lunn, John Schlee, J. C. Snead (12), DeWitt Weaver

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

Miller Barber, Frank Beard, Gene Littler, Mason Rudolph

13. Foreign invitations

Brian Barnes, Bob Charles (8), Gary Cowan (6,a), Bruce Crampton (8,9,11), Roberto De Vicenzo (8), Bruce Devlin (8,11), David Graham (11), Han Chang-sang, Trevor Homer (6,a), Guy Hunt, Tony Jacklin (2,3), George Knudson (11), Takaaki Kono (8), Lu Liang-Huan, Peter Oosterhuis, Masashi Ozaki, Bob Shaw (11)

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

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (67) South America (1) Europe (5) Oceania (5) Asia (4) Africa (0)
  Canada (2)   Argentina (1)   England (4)   Australia (4)   Japan (2)
  United States (65)   Scotland (1)   New Zealand (1)   South Korea (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, 1972
69 77 73 66 285 −3 T3
Bob Goalby   United States 1968 73 70 71 74 288 E T6
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 75 66 74 76 291 +3 T10
Billy Casper   United States 1970 75 73 72 73 293 +5 T17
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
77 72 76 70 295 +7 T24
Charles Coody   United States 1971 74 73 79 70 296 +8 T29
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 74 76 73 73 296 +8 T29
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 79 69 74 76 298 +10 T37
George Archer   United States 1969 73 74 74 78 299 +11 T43

Source[12][13]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Doug Ford   United States 1957 76 78 154 +10
Ralph Guldahl   United States 1939 82 80 162 +18
Gene Sarazen   United States 1935 88 86 174 +30

Source[13]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 5, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tommy Aaron   United States 68 −4
T2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69 −3
Jumbo Ozaki   Japan
T4 Bob Dickson   United States 70 −2
J. C. Snead   United States
T6 Grier Jones   United States 71 −1
Phil Rodgers   United States
T8 David Graham   Australia 72 E
Hubert Green   United States
Steve Melnyk   United States
Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States
Mason Rudolph   United States
Cesar Sanudo   United States
Dave Stockton   United States

Source[14]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 6, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tommy Aaron   United States 68-73=141 −3
Gay Brewer   United States 75-66=141
Bob Dickson   United States 70-71=141
J. C. Snead   United States 70-71=141
5 Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States 72-70=142 −2
T6 Bob Goalby   United States 73-70=143 −1
Grier Jones   United States 71-72=143
Peter Oosterhuis   England 73-70=143
Jumbo Ozaki   Japan 69-74=143
T10 Bob Charles   United States 74-70=144 E
Gardner Dickinson   United States 74-70=144
Jim Jamieson   United States 73-71=144
Johnny Miller   United States 75-69=144
Mason Rudolph   United States 72-72=144

Source[15]

Third roundEdit

Sunday, April 8, 1973

Heavy rain on Saturday morning limited play to the first several pairs when the course was deemed unplayable. The third round was restarted in the late morning on Sunday from split tees.[16]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Peter Oosterhuis   England 73-70-68=211 −5
T2 Bob Goalby   United States 73-70-71=214 −2
Jim Jamieson   United States 73-71-70=214
J. C. Snead   United States 70-71-73=214
T5 Tommy Aaron   United States 68-73-74=215 −1
Gay Brewer   United States 75-66-74=215
Johnny Miller   United States 75-69-71=215
Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States 72-70-73=215
T9 Gardner Dickinson   United States 74-70-72=216 E
Jumbo Ozaki   Japan 69-74-73=216

Source[17][18]

Final roundEdit

Monday, April 9, 1973

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tommy Aaron   United States 68-73-74-68=283 −5 30,000
2 J. C. Snead   United States 70-71-73-70=284 −4 22,500
T3 Jim Jamieson   United States 73-71-70-71=285 −3 12,500
Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-77-73-66=285
Peter Oosterhuis   England 73-70-68-74=285
T6 Bob Goalby   United States 73-70-71-74=288 E 6,250
Johnny Miller   United States 75-69-71-73=288
T8 Bruce Devlin   Australia 73-72-72-72=289 +1 4,250
Jumbo Ozaki   Japan 69-74-73-73=289
T10 Gay Brewer   United States 75-66-74-76=291 +3 3,425
Gardner Dickinson   United States 74-70-72-75=291
Don January   United States 75-71-75-70=291
Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States 72-70-73-76=291

Source[12][13]

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
  Aaron −2 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Snead −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4
  Jamieson −3 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3
  Nicklaus +2 +1 +1 +2 +1 E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2 −3
  Oosterhuis −5 −5 −6 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3
  Goalby −2 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 E E +1 +1 +1 +1 E
  Miller −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 E

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Grimsley, Will (April 6, 1973). "Aaron's 68 paces Masters". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 22.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (April 16, 1973). "Jack fell down and lost his crown". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
  3. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1973). "Georgian Aaron wins Masters with a 283". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 18.
  4. ^ "Aaron can count strokes, money". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). UPI. April 10, 1973. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Who Played the Most Masters Tournaments?". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Major surgery hinders Player from starting tour". Spartanburg Herald. (South Carolina). Associated Press. February 23, 1973. p. B4.
  7. ^ a b "Gary Player reached Masters on pass of hat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 5, 1973. p. 20.
  8. ^ "The Masters: Gary Player's 50th appearance". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Brewer takes Par Three test". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1973. p. 19.
  10. ^ "Golfer Brewer: ulcers, hernia". Montreal Gazette. UPI. April 11, 1972. p. 16.
  11. ^ Robinson, Dave (April 3, 1973). "Robertson Loses Amateur Status". The Stanford Daily.
  12. ^ a b "Masters cash box". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 10, 1973. p. 20.
  13. ^ a b c "1973 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  14. ^ "Aaron gets lucky, leads Masters by 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 6, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
  15. ^ "Brewer charges, Nicklaus falters". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
  16. ^ "Rain postpones Masters classic". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). UPI. April 8, 1973. p. 1C.
  17. ^ "Englishman takes Masters lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 9, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
  18. ^ "Oosterhuis has three stroke Masters lead". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. April 9, 1973. p. 1C.

External linksEdit

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