1973 Masters Tournament
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.
|Dates||April 5–9, 1973|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,980 yards (6,383 m)|
|Field||82 players, 57 after cut|
Tommy Aaron, age 36, won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead. 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. 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; and missed only this one, to recover from leg and abdominal surgery. 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. At the previous Masters, the 1967 champion was hospitalized in Augusta for ulcers on Wednesday night and missed the tournament.
- 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.
- Jack Burke Jr., Jimmy Demaret, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, and Gary Player (3,4,8,9,10) did not play. Player missed his only Masters in 53 years to recover from surgery.
- 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 1972 U.S. Amateur
- Mark Hayes (7,a) forfeited his exemption by turning professional. Bruce Robertson forfeited his exemption by losing his amateur status.
- 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
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1972 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
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)|
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,
|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,
|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|
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|
Thursday, April 5, 1973
|1||Tommy Aaron||United States||68||−4|
|T2||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69||−3|
|T4||Bob Dickson||United States||70||−2|
|J. C. Snead||United States|
|T6||Grier Jones||United States||71||−1|
|Phil Rodgers||United States|
|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|
Friday, April 6, 1973
|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|
|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|
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.
|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|
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|
|T6||Bob Goalby||United States||73-70-71-74=288||E||6,250|
|Johnny Miller||United States||75-69-71-73=288|
|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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- Grimsley, Will (April 6, 1973). "Aaron's 68 paces Masters". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 22.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 16, 1973). "Jack fell down and lost his crown". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
- Gundelfinger, Phil (April 10, 1973). "Georgian Aaron wins Masters with a 283". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 18.
- "Aaron can count strokes, money". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). UPI. April 10, 1973. p. 6.
- "Who Played the Most Masters Tournaments?". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "Major surgery hinders Player from starting tour". Spartanburg Herald. (South Carolina). Associated Press. February 23, 1973. p. B4.
- "Gary Player reached Masters on pass of hat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 5, 1973. p. 20.
- "The Masters: Gary Player's 50th appearance". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "Brewer takes Par Three test". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 5, 1973. p. 19.
- "Golfer Brewer: ulcers, hernia". Montreal Gazette. UPI. April 11, 1972. p. 16.
- Robinson, Dave (April 3, 1973). "Robertson Loses Amateur Status". The Stanford Daily.
- "Masters cash box". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 10, 1973. p. 20.
- "1973 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- "Aaron gets lucky, leads Masters by 1". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. April 6, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
- "Brewer charges, Nicklaus falters". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 7, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
- "Rain postpones Masters classic". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). UPI. April 8, 1973. p. 1C.
- "Englishman takes Masters lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. April 9, 1973. p. 1, part 2.
- "Oosterhuis has three stroke Masters lead". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. April 9, 1973. p. 1C.
- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com – 1973 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1973 Masters leaderboard and scorecards