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The 1979 Masters Tournament was the 43rd Masters Tournament, held April 12–15 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

1979 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 12–15, 1979
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]
Field72 players, 45 after cut
Cut145 (+1)
Winner's share$50,000
Champion
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
280 (−8), playoff
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Fuzzy Zoeller won his only Masters, the first of his two major titles, with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson.[2] Jack Nicklaus climbed up the leaderboard on Sunday with a 69 (−3), but bogeyed 17 to finish a stroke out of the playoff; Tom Kite had a double bogey at 16 for an even par 72 in the final round to finish fifth, three strokes back.[3]

Second and third round leader Sneed seemed to have a commanding three-shot lead with only three holes to go, but bogeyed the final three holes to card a final round 76 (+4) and fell into the playoff. It was the debut of the sudden-death format at Augusta, adopted by the Masters in 1976.[4] Its last playoff was nine years earlier in 1970, then a full 18-hole round on Monday.

The sudden-death playoff began on the tenth hole, a downhill par-4, where all three players missed birdie putts and parred. On the second hole, the par-4 11th, Sneed failed to hole a bunker shot and Watson a birdie putt, and then Zoeller made his from 6 feet (2 m) to win.[5]

Zoeller, age 27, was the first to win the Masters in his initial attempt since Gene Sarazen in 1935, the second edition of the tournament.[2] In his fifth season on tour, it was Zoeller's second win, the first came less than three months earlier at the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational. He won his other major five years later at the 1984 U.S. Open, also in a playoff.

The second round was suspended for two hours Friday afternoon due to heavy rain and tornado warnings. Due to the delay, not all golfers were able to complete their second rounds on Friday and the cut line was not determined until these rounds were completed on Saturday morning. Normally scheduled to conclude on the second Sunday of April, this Masters was held a week later, as was 1984.

Contents

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

Tommy Aaron, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Raymond Floyd (8,9,11,12), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus (3,4,8,9,11,12), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player (3,8,9,11), 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 (12), Hubert Green (8,11,12), Hale Irwin (8,9,12), Andy North (9), Jerry Pate (8,9,10,11)

3. The Open champions (last five years)

Johnny Miller (9)

4. PGA champions (last five years)

Dave Stockton (9,12), Lee Trevino (8,9,10,11), Lanny Wadkins (8,11,12)

5. 1978 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists

Bobby Clampett (7,a), John Cook (6,7,a), Scott Hoch (7,a), Mike Peck (a)

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions
  • John Fought forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
7. Members of the 1978 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team

Jay Sigel (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1978 Masters Tournament

Wally Armstrong, Miller Barber, Andy Bean (9,10,11), Rod Funseth (11), Joe Inman (9), Don January (12), Tom Kite (11), Billy Kratzert (9), Gene Littler, Jerry McGee (12), Lindy Miller, Gil Morgan (10,11), Ed Sneed (12), Leonard Thompson, Tom Weiskopf (9,10)

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1978 U.S. Open

Mike McCullough, Artie McNickle, J. C. Snead

10. Top eight players and ties from 1978 PGA Championship

Craig Stadler

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Bob Byman, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Elder, Jerry Heard, Lon Hinkle, Barry Jaeckel, Bruce Lietzke, Mark McCumber, Mac McLendon, Larry Nelson, Jim Simons, Ron Streck, Fuzzy Zoeller

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

Dave Hill

13. Foreign invitations

Isao Aoki, Seve Ballesteros (8,9), Nick Faldo, David Graham (8), Graham Marsh (10), Peter McEvoy (6,a), Jack Newton (11), Peter Oosterhuis (8), Simon Owen, Masashi Ozaki, Victor Regalado (11), Bob Shearer (9)

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

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (60) South America (0) Europe (4) Oceania (5) Asia (2) Africa (1)
  Mexico (1)   England (3)   Australia (4)   Japan (2)   South Africa (1)
  United States (59)   Spain (1)   New Zealand (1)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson   United States 1977 68 71 70 71 280 −8 T2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
69 71 72 69 281 −7 4
Raymond Floyd   United States 1976 70 68 73 77 288 E T17
Gary Player   South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 71 72 74 71 288 E T17
Tommy Aaron   United States 1973 72 73 76 70 291 +3 T28
Charles Coody   United States 1971 71 72 74 76 293 +5 T34
Billy Casper   United States 1970 69 75 80 75 299 +11 43

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
74 72 146 +2
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 74 74 148 +4
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 74 75 149 +5
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 75 75 150 +6
Bob Goalby   United States 1968 79 81 160 +16
Doug Ford   United States 1957 77 WD

Source:[6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 12, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bruce Lietzke   United States 67 −5
T2 Tom Watson   United States 68 −4
Joe Inman   United States
Leonard Thompson   United States
Ed Sneed   United States
T6 Craig Stadler   United States 69 −3
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Lou Graham   United States
Billy Casper   United States
Andy Bean   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 13, 1979
Saturday, April 14, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ed Sneed   United States 68-67=135 −9
Craig Stadler   United States 69-66=135
T3 Raymond Floyd   United States 70-68=138 −6
Leonard Thompson   United States 68-70=138
T5 Miller Barber   United States 75-64=139 −5
Tom Watson   United States 68-71=139
Joe Inman   United States 68-71=139
T8 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 72-68=140 −4
Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-71=140
Lou Graham   United States 69-71=140
Lindy Miller   United States 73-67=140

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 14, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ed Sneed   United States 68-67-69=204 −12
T2 Tom Watson   United States 68-71-70=209 −7
Craig Stadler   United States 69-66-74=209
T4 Bruce Lietzke   United States 67-75-68=210 −6
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 70-71-69=210
T6 Tom Kite   United States 71-72-68=211 −5
Jack Newton   Australia 70-72-69=211
Miller Barber   United States 75-64-72=211
Raymond Floyd   United States 70-68-73=211
Leonard Thompson   United States 68-70-73=211

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 15, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 70-71-69-70=280 −8 Playoff
Tom Watson   United States 68-71-70-71=280
Ed Sneed   United States 68-67-69-76=280
4 Jack Nicklaus   United States 69-71-72-69=281 −7 15,000
5 Tom Kite   United States 71-72-68-72=283 −5 13,000
6 Bruce Lietzke   United States 67-75-68-74=284 −4 11,500
T7 Craig Stadler   United States 69-66-74-76=285 −3 9,000
Leonard Thompson   United States 68-70-73-74=285
Lanny Wadkins   United States 73-69-70-73=285
T10 Hubert Green   United States 74-69-72-71=286 −2 6,500
Gene Littler   United States 74-71-69-72=286

Source:[1][6]

ScorecardEdit

Final round

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
  Zoeller −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −8 −8
  Sneed −12 −12 −12 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −11 −10 −9 −8
  Watson −7 −8 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8
  Nicklaus −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −7 −7
  Kite −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −5 −5 −5
  Lietzke −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4
  Stadler −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −6 −4 −3 −2 −4 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3
  Thompson −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3
  Wadkins −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −1 E −1 −2 −3 −3 −3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[2]

PlayoffEdit

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 4-3 −1 50,000
T2 Ed Sneed   United States 4-x 30,000
Tom Watson   United States 4-4
  • Sudden-death playoff began on hole #10 and ended at hole #11, when Zoeller birdied.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Masters scores (final)". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. April 16, 1979. p. 16.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sneed's collapse gives Zoeller win". Eugene Register-Guard. wire services. April 16, 1979. p. 1B.
  3. ^ "Zoeller is surprise winner following Masters playoff". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. April 16, 1979. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Masters playoff format is changed". CNN.com. April 7, 2004. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 23, 1979). "Fuzzy came in loud and clear". Sports Illustrated: 30. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "1979 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved June 25, 2012.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020