1978 Masters Tournament
The 1978 Masters Tournament was the 42nd Masters Tournament, held April 6–9 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Gary Player overcame a 7-shot deficit going into the final round to win his third Masters and ninth major championship. Player, age 42, shot a record-tying 64 (−8) in the final round to win by one stroke. The runners-up were Rod Funseth, defending champion Tom Watson, and 54-hole leader Hubert Green, the reigning U.S. Open champion, who shot an even-par 72.
|Dates||April 6–9, 1978|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||7,040 yards (6,437 m)|
|Field||78 players, 53 after cut|
Tied for tenth place at the start of the round, Player shot a 30 on the back nine in the summer-like heat. He holed seven putts ranging from 10 to 30 feet (3 to 9 m), including a final one of 15 feet (4.6 m) for birdie at 18. The leader in the clubhouse, Player had to wait forty minutes for the final groups to finish. Funseth had five birdies, but his two bogeys were both three-putts and he parred the last three holes. Watson eagled 13 and birdied both 15 and 16, but missed an 8-foot (2.4 m) putt for par on the final hole. After a bogey at 16, Green hit an outstanding approach shot at 18 which left a birdie putt from three feet (0.9 m) to tie, but he missed after being inadvertently distracted by a radio announcer.
- 1. Masters champions
Tommy Aaron, George Archer (8), Gay Brewer, Billy Casper (8), Charles Coody (10), Raymond Floyd (8,11,12), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus (4,8,9,10,11,12), Arnold Palmer (8), Gary Player (3,8,9), Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr., Tom Watson (3,8,9,10,11,12)
- 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)
Tom Weiskopf (8,9,11)
- 4. PGA champions (last five years)
- 5. 1977 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists
- John Fought (6,7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
Dick Siderowf (7,a)
- Bill Sander (7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
- 7. Members of the 1977 U.S. Walker Cup team
- Scott Simpson forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1977 Masters Tournament
Andy Bean, Jim Colbert, Ben Crenshaw (11), Danny Edwards, Lee Elder, Rod Funseth (9), Don January (10,12), Tom Kite, Billy Kratzert (11), Gene Littler (10,11), Rik Massengale, Andy North (11), John Schlee, Bob Wynn
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1977 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1977 PGA Championship
Jerry McGee (11,12)
- 11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
- 12. Members of the U.S. 1977 Ryder Cup team
- 13. Foreign invitations
- 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 (0)||Europe (5)||Oceania (1)||Asia (3)||Africa (2)|
|United States (67)||England (2)||Australia (1)||Japan (3)||South Africa (2)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961, 1974||72||72||69||64||277||−11||1|
|Tom Watson||United States||1977||73||68||68||69||278||−10||T2|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1976||76||71||71||68||286||−2||T16|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||73||71||69||77||290||+2||T29|
|Tommy Aaron||United States||1973||73||74||71||74||292||+4||36|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||73||75||78||75||301||+13||52|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Charles Coody||United States||1971||75||75||150||+6|
|Billy Casper||United States||1970||76||75||151||+7|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||74||78||152||+8|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||78||76||154||+10|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||79||75||154||+10|
|George Archer||United States||1969||81||WD|
Thursday, April 6, 1978
Friday, April 7, 1978
|T1||Rod Funseth||United States||73-66=139||−5|
|Lee Trevino||United States||70-69=139|
|T3||Hale Irwin||United States||73-67=140||−4|
|Gene Littler||United States||72-68=140|
|T5||Hubert Green||United States||72-69=141||−3|
|Leonard Thompson||United States||72-69=141|
|Tom Watson||United States||73-68=141|
|T8||Wally Armstrong||United States||72-70=142||−2|
|Miller Barber||United States||75-67=142|
|Joe Inman||United States||69-73=142|
|Don January||United States||72-70=142|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||73-69=142|
Saturday, April 8, 1978
|1||Hubert Green||United States||72-69-65=206||−10|
|T2||Rod Funseth||United States||73-66-70=209||−7|
|Tom Watson||United States||73-68-68=209|
|4||Gene Littler||United States||72-68-70=210||−6|
|Hale Irwin||United States||73-67-71=211|
|Billy Kratzert||United States||70-74-67=211|
|Lee Trevino||United States||70-69-72=211|
|9||Wally Armstrong||United States||72-70-70=212||−4|
|Gay Brewer||United States||73-71-69=213|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-72-69=213|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||72-71-70=213|
Sunday, April 9, 1978
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Gary Player||South Africa||72-72-69-64=277||−11||45,000|
|T2||Rod Funseth||United States||73-66-70-69=278||−10||21,667|
|Hubert Green||United States||72-69-65-72=278|
|Tom Watson||United States||73-68-68-69=278|
|T5||Wally Armstrong||United States||72-70-70-68=280||−8||11,750|
|Billy Kratzert||United States||70-74-67-69=280|
|7||Jack Nicklaus||United States||72-73-69-67=281||−7||10,000|
|8||Hale Irwin||United States||73-67-71-71=282||−6||8,500|
|Joe Inman||United States||69-73-72-69=283|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 7, 1978). "The Masters leader – Oh, Schlee". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 10.
- Jenkins, Dan (April 17, 1978). "And then there was one". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 10, 1978). "3rd win to Player in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
- Loomis, Tom (April 10, 1978). "Champ Player fired 64, then 'choked'". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 14.
- "Trevino plays to center stage at Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 8, 1978. p. 1C.
- "Schlee tames Masters field". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 7, 1978. p. 3D.
- "Green chips his way three ahead in Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire service. April 9, 1978. p. 2B.