1976 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 8–11, 1976|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||7,030 yards (6,428 m)|
|Field||72 players, 47 after cut|
Raymond Floyd won his only Masters title, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw. He shot a 131 (−13) over the first two rounds, then posted two rounds of 70 on the weekend to tie Jack Nicklaus' record of 271 (−17), set in 1965. 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. 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. After three years without use, it was changed to begin on the 10th hole in 1979; 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. 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.
- 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)
- Jack Burke, Jr., Jimmy Demaret, Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, and Gene Sarazen did not play.
- 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. 1975 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists
- Andy Bean forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
Vinny Giles (7,a)
- Jerry Pate (7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
- 7. Members of the 1975 U.S. Walker Cup team
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1975 Masters Tournament
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1975 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1975 PGA Championship
- 11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
- 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
|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,
Thursday, April 8, 1976
|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|
Friday, April 9, 1976
|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|
|T10||Dave Hill||United States||69-73=142||−2|
|Rik Massengale||United States||70-72=142|
|Eddie Pearce||United States||71-71=142|
Saturday, April 10, 1976
|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|
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|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||73-71-70-74=288|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 12, 1976). "Floyd enjoys a Sunday stroll". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 16.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 16, 1977). "It was Ray all the way". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
- "Ray Floyd's 5-wood strangling Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. April 10, 1976. p. 1B.
- "Eight ahead, Floyd looks like a safe bet". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UPI. April 11, 1976. p. 1C.
- "Masters goes to sudden death". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. February 6, 1976. p. 2E.
- "In sudden death, Masters playoff shifts to no. 10". Observer-Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. April 11, 1979. p. D2.
- "Masters playoff format is changed". CNN.com. April 7, 2004. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
- "Golf: Masters, at Augusta". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 10, 1976. p. 10.
- "Floyd a new man with Masters lead". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. April 9, 1976. p. 1, part 2.