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The 1976 Masters Tournament was the 40th Masters Tournament, held April 8–11 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

1976 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 8–11, 1976
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,030 yards (6,428 m)[1]
Field72 players, 47 after cut
Cut150 (+6)
Winner's share$40,000
Champion
United States Raymond Floyd
271 (−17)
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Raymond Floyd won his only Masters title, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw.[2] He shot a 131 (−13) over the first two rounds,[3] then posted two rounds of 70 on the weekend to tie Jack Nicklaus' record of 271 (−17), set in 1965.[1] In the first three rounds, Floyd was under-par on every par-5, with eleven birdies and an eagle, and his 54-hole total of 201 (−15) was the lowest ever. Defending champion Nicklaus was the nearest pursuer, eight shots back at 209.[4] It was the second of Floyd's four major titles. Tiger Woods broke the 72-hole record by a stroke 21 years later in 1997 with 270 (−18), which was tied by Jordan Spieth in 2015.

Beginning with this Masters, a sudden-death playoff format was introduced, and originally planned to start at the first hole.[5] After three years without use, it was changed to begin on the 10th hole in 1979;[6] used for the first time that year, it ended on the eleventh green. In 2004, the playoff was changed to start on the 18th hole and then alternate with the adjacent 10th hole.[7] Prior to 1976, playoffs were full 18-hole rounds on Monday, and the last was won by Billy Casper in 1970. The first playoff in 1935 was the exception at 36 holes.

Floyd was the fourth wire-to-wire winner in Masters history, following Craig Wood in 1941, Arnold Palmer in 1960, and Nicklaus in 1972. The next was Jordan Spieth, 39 years later, in 2015.

Contents

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

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

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

Lou Graham (9,12), Hale Irwin (8,9,10,11,12), Johnny Miller (8,11,12), Lee Trevino (3,4,8,12)

3. The Open champions (last five years)

Tom Watson (8,9,11), Tom Weiskopf (8,10,11,12)

4. PGA champions (last five years)
5. 1975 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists

Henri DeLozier (a), Keith Fergus (a), Fred Ridley (6,a)

  • Andy Bean forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions

Vinny Giles (7,a)

  • Jerry Pate (7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
7. Members of the 1975 U.S. Walker Cup team

William C. Campbell (a), John Grace (a), Jay Haas (a), Dick Siderowf (a), Curtis Strange (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1975 Masters Tournament

Buddy Allin, Rod Curl, Pat Fitzsimons (9), Hubert Green (11), Dave Hill (10,11), Ralph Johnston, Tom Kite, Gene Littler (10,11,12), Allen Miller, Bobby Nichols, J. C. Snead (11,12), Larry Ziegler

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1975 U.S. Open

Frank Beard, Ben Crenshaw (11), Joe Inman, John Mahaffey, Rik Massengale (11), Bob Murphy (12), Eddie Pearce, Jim Wiechers

10. Top eight players and ties from 1975 PGA Championship

Andy North

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Don Bies, Jim Colbert, Ray Floyd (12), Al Geiberger (12), Bob Gilder, Don Iverson, Don January, Tom Jenkins, Roger Maltbie, Jerry McGee, Dean Refram

12. Members of the U.S. 1975 Ryder Cup team
13. Foreign invitations

Hugh Baiocchi (8), Maurice Bembridge, Bobby Cole (8), Bruce Crampton (10,11), Bruce Devlin (8), Priscillo Diniz (a), Dale Hayes, Graham Marsh (8), Takashi Murakami, Jack Newton, Peter Oosterhuis (9), Masashi Ozaki, Bob Shearer

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

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (58) South America (1) Europe (2) Oceania (5) Asia (2) Africa (4)
  United States (58)   Brazil (1)   England (2)   Australia (5)   Japan (2)   South Africa (4)

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, 1975
67 69 73 73 282 −6 T3
Charles Coody   United States 1971 72 69 70 74 285 −3 T5
Billy Casper   United States 1970 71 76 71 69 287 −1 8
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 75 74 71 73 293 +5 T23
Gary Player   South Africa 1961, 1974 73 73 70 79 295 +7 T28
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 74 71 75 75 295 +7 T28
Tommy Aaron   United States 1973 73 76 77 74 300 +12 42

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 72 79 151 +7
Bob Goalby   United States 1968 76 75 151 +7
George Archer   United States 1969 74 79 153 +9
Doug Ford   United States 1957 74 80 154 +10
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
74 81 155 +11

Source:[8]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 8, 1976

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 65 −7
2 Andy North   United States 66 −6
T3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 67 −5
Larry Ziegler   United States
5 Lou Graham   United States 68 −4
T6 Bud Allin   United States 69 −3
Dave Hill   United States
T8 Ben Crenshaw   United States 70 −2
Rod Curl   United States
Rik Massengale   United States

Source:[9]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 9, 1976

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 65-66=131 −13
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 67-69=136 −8
3 Hubert Green   United States 71-66=137 −7
4 Larry Ziegler   United States 67-71=138 −6
T5 Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-70=140 −4
Tom Kite   United States 73-67=140
T7 Charles Coody   United States 72-69=141 −3
Lou Graham   United States 68-73=141
Graham Marsh   Australia 73-68=141
T10 Dave Hill   United States 69-73=142 −2
Rik Massengale   United States 70-72=142
Eddie Pearce   United States 71-71=142

Source:[3]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 10, 1976

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 65-66-70=201 −15
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 67-69-73=209 −7
3 Larry Ziegler   United States 67-71-72=210 −6
4 Charles Coody   United States 72-69-70=211 −5
T5 Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-70-72=212 −4
Tom Kite   United States 73-67-72=212
7 Lou Graham   United States 68-73-72=213 −3
8 Tom Weiskopf   United States 73-71-70=214 −2
T9 Hubert Green   United States 71-66-78=215 −1
Hale Irwin   United States 71-77-67=215

Source:[4]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 11, 1976

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Raymond Floyd   United States 65-66-70-70=271 −17 40,000
2 Ben Crenshaw   United States 70-70-72-67=279 −9 25,000
T3 Jack Nicklaus   United States 67-69-73-73=282 −6 16,250
Larry Ziegler   United States 67-71-72-72=282
T5 Charles Coody   United States 72-69-70-74=285 −3 11,167
Hale Irwin   United States 71-77-67-70=285
Tom Kite   United States 73-67-72-73=285
8 Billy Casper   United States 71-76-71-69=287 -1 8,000
T9 Roger Maltbie   United States 72-75-70-71=288 E 6,000
Graham Marsh   Australia 73-68-75-72=288
Tom Weiskopf   United States 73-71-70-74=288

ScorecardEdit

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
  Floyd −15 −15 −15 −14 −15 −15 −15 −15 −15 −15 −15 −16 −16 −16 −17 −17 −17 −17
  Crenshaw −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9
  Nicklaus −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6
  Ziegler −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (April 12, 1976). "Floyd enjoys a Sunday stroll". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 16.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 16, 1977). "It was Ray all the way". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  3. ^ a b "Ray Floyd's 5-wood strangling Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 10, 1976. p. 1B.
  4. ^ a b "Eight ahead, Floyd looks like a safe bet". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. April 11, 1976. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "Masters goes to sudden death". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. February 6, 1976. p. 2E.
  6. ^ "In sudden death, Masters playoff shifts to no. 10". Observer-Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. April 11, 1979. p. D2.
  7. ^ "Masters playoff format is changed". CNN.com. April 7, 2004. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  8. ^ "Golf: Masters, at Augusta". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 10, 1976. p. 10.
  9. ^ "Floyd a new man with Masters lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 9, 1976. p. 1, part 2.

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