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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.[2][3]

1978 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 6–9, 1978
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,040 yards (6,437 m)[1]
Field78 players, 53 after cut
Cut149 (+5)
Winner's share$45,000
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
277 (−11)
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Augusta  is located in the United States
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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.[2][4][5]

Contents

FieldEdit

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)

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

Lou Graham (8,9,10,12), Hubert Green (8,9,11,12), Hale Irwin (8,11,12), Johnny Miller (3), Jerry Pate (8,10,11)

3. The Open champions (last five years)

Tom Weiskopf (8,9,11)

4. PGA champions (last five years)

Dave Stockton (12), Lee Trevino (11), Lanny Wadkins (10,11,12)

5. 1977 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists

Doug Fischesser (a), Ralph Landrum (a), Jay Sigel (7,a)

  • John Fought (6,7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions

Dick Siderowf (7,a)

  • Bill Sander (7) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
7. Members of the 1977 U.S. Walker Cup team

Mike Brannan (a), Gary Hallberg (a), Vance Heafner (a), Lindy Miller (a), Fred Ridley (a)

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

Wally Armstrong, Terry Diehl, Al Geiberger (10,11), Jay Haas (11), Joe Inman, Gary Jacobson, Lyn Lott, Mike McCullough, Steve Melnyk, Tom Purtzer

10. Top eight players and ties from 1977 PGA Championship

Jerry McGee (11,12)

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Miller Barber, Dave Eichelberger, Mike Hill, Mac McLendon, Gil Morgan, Mike Morley, Bill Rogers, Jim Simons, Ed Sneed (12), Leonard Thompson

12. Members of the U.S. 1977 Ryder Cup team

Dave Hill

13. Foreign invitations

Isao Aoki, Seve Ballesteros (11), Bobby Cole (11), Antonio Garrido, David Graham (8), Peter McEvoy (6,a), Tsuneyuki Nakajima, Peter Oosterhuis (9), Masashi Ozaki, Manuel Piñero

  • 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)
  Spain (3)

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
72 73 69 67 281 −7 7
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,
1962, 1964
73 69 74 77 293 +5 T37
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

Source:[6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 6, 1978

Place Player Country Score To par
1 John Schlee   United States 68 −4
2 Joe Inman   United States 69 −3
T3 Bill Kratzert   United States 70 −2
Lee Trevino   United States
T5 Tom Kite   United States 71 −1
Jerry McGee   United States
Steve Melnyk   United States
T8 Wally Armstrong   United States 72 E
Hubert Green   United States
Dave Hill   United States
Don January   United States
Gene Littler   United States
Lyn Lott   United States
Mac McLendon   United States
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Jerry Pate   United States
Gary Player   South Africa
Leonard Thompson   United States
Tom Weiskopf   United States

Source:[7]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 7, 1978

Place Player Country Score To par
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

Source:[6]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 8, 1978

Place Player Country Score To par
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
T5 David Graham   Australia 75-69-67=211 −5
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
T10 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 74-71-68=213 −3
Gay Brewer   United States 73-71-69=213
Gary Player   South Africa 72-72-69=213
Tom Weiskopf   United States 72-71-70=213

Source:[8]

Final roundEdit

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
T9 David Graham   Australia 75-69-67-72=283 −5 6,750
Joe Inman   United States 69-73-72-69=283

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
  Player −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8 −9 −10 −10 −11
  Funseth −7 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −10 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10
  Green −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −10 −10 −11 −10 −10 −10
  Watson −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −10 −9 −10 −11 −11 −10

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey

Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 7, 1978). "The Masters leader – Oh, Schlee". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 10.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (April 17, 1978). "And then there was one". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  3. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 10, 1978). "3rd win to Player in Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
  4. ^ a b Loomis, Tom (April 10, 1978). "Champ Player fired 64, then 'choked'". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). p. 14.
  5. ^ http://golf.about.com/od/golfersmen/p/hubert_green.htm
  6. ^ a b "Trevino plays to center stage at Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 8, 1978. p. 1C.
  7. ^ "Schlee tames Masters field". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 7, 1978. p. 3D.
  8. ^ "Green chips his way three ahead in Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire service. April 9, 1978. p. 2B.

External linksEdit

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