1980 Masters Tournament
|Dates||April 10–13, 1980|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||7,040 yards (6,437 m)|
|Field||91 players, 52 after cut|
Seve Ballesteros, age 23, won his first Masters and second major championship title, four strokes ahead of runners-up Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert. Ballesteros had a seven stroke lead after 54 holes and extended it to ten strokes after the front nine of the final round at 16-under-par, eyeing the Masters record of 271 (−17) set by Jack Nicklaus in 1965 (and equaled by Raymond Floyd in 1976). A new record (of 270 or lower) was to be rewarded with a $50,000 bonus from Golf magazine. An hour later, after he found the water at 12 and 13 at Amen Corner, the lead had been reduced to three. Ballesteros regrouped with a birdie at 15 and parred the rest to shoot even-par 72 for the round and held on for the victory.
Well back in the field on Sunday, Nicklaus, age 40, was paired with Arnold Palmer, age 50, which drew large galleries. Palmer shot 69 to finish at even par and T24, Nicklaus had 73 to finish at 291 (+3) and T33. It was their first pairing at Augusta in five years and the first time Palmer had finished higher than Nicklaus there since 1967. Nicklaus regrouped and won two majors in 1980, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship and was the runner-up the following April.
- 1. Masters champions
Tommy Aaron, George Archer, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Raymond Floyd (8,11), Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus (3,4,8,9), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player (8,9), Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr., Tom Watson (3,8,11), Fuzzy Zoeller (8,12)
- 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)
Johnny Miller (11)
- 4. PGA champions (last five years)
- 5. 1979 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists
- John Cook (6) forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
Jay Sigel (7,a)
- 7. Members of the 1979 U.S. Walker Cup team
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1979 Masters Tournament
Miller Barber, Bobby Clampett (a), Lee Elder (9,12), Joe Inman, Tom Kite (12), Billy Kratzert, Bruce Lietzke, Gene Littler, Artie McNickle, Jim Simons (9), J. C. Snead, Ed Sneed (9), Craig Stadler (11), Leonard Thompson, Lee Trevino (11,12)
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1979 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1979 PGA Championship
- 11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
Andy Bean (12), George Burns, Jim Colbert, Dave Eichelberger, Ed Fiori, John Fought, Al Geiberger, Lon Hinkle, Wayne Levi, Jerry McGee, Jeff Mitchell, Gil Morgan (12), Jack Renner, Chi-Chi Rodríguez, Curtis Strange, Doug Tewell, D. A. Weibring
- 12. Members of the U.S. 1979 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 (81)||South America (0)||Europe (4)||Oceania (3)||Asia (2)||Africa (1)|
|United States (81)||England (2)||Australia (3)||Japan (2)||South Africa (1)|
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, 1978||71||71||71||70||283||−5||T6|
|Tom Watson||United States||1977||73||69||71||71||284||−4||T12|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1976||75||70||74||67||286||−2||T17|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1979||72||70||70||75||287||−1||T19|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
|Charles Coody||United States||1971||72||73||71||76||292||+4||T38|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||73||73||77||77||300||+12||51|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|George Archer||United States||1969||77||70||147||+3|
|Tommy Aaron||United States||1973||76||74||150||+6|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||77||75||152||+8|
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||82||71||153||+9|
|Bob Goalby||United States||1968||75||78||153||+9|
|Billy Casper||United States||1970||77||77||154||+10|
|Sam Snead||United States||1949, 1952, 1954||77||77||154||+10|
Thursday, April 10, 1980
|Jeff Mitchell||United States|
|T4||Hubert Green||United States||68||−4|
|T6||Tom Kite||United States||69||−3|
|Larry Nelson||United States|
|T8||Gibby Gilbert||United States||70||−2|
|Artie McNickle||United States|
|Andy North||United States|
|Jim Simons||United States|
|Ed Sneed||United States|
Friday, April 11, 1980
|T2||Rex Caldwell||United States||73-66=139||−5|
|T4||Tom Kite||United States||69-71=140||−4|
|Jerry Pate||United States||72-68=140|
|Jim Simons||United States||70-70=140|
|Ed Sneed||United States||70-70=140|
|Doug Tewell||United States||71-69=140|
|T9||Ed Fiori||United States||71-70=141||−3|
|Jeff Mitchell||United States||66-75=141|
|Larry Nelson||United States||69-72=141|
Saturday, April 12, 1980
|2||Ed Fiori||United States||71-70-69=210||−6|
|Andy North||United States||70-72-69=211|
|J. C. Snead||United States||73-69-69=211|
|T7||Rex Caldwell||United States||73-66-73=212||−4|
|Jim Colbert||United States||72-70-70=212|
|Gibby Gilbert||United States||70-74-68=212|
|Jim Simons||United States||70-70-72=212|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||72-70-70=212|
Sunday, April 13, 1980
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T2||Gibby Gilbert||United States||70-74-68-67=279||−9||30,500|
|4||Hubert Green||United States||68-74-71-67=280||−8||15,750|
|T6||Ben Crenshaw||United States||76-70-68-69=283||−5||9,958|
|Ed Fiori||United States||71-70-69-73=283|
|Tom Kite||United States||69-71-74-69=283|
|Larry Nelson||United States||69-72-73-69=283|
|Jerry Pate||United States||72-68-76-67=283|
|Gary Player||South Africa||71-71-71-70=283|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey +|
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