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1981 Masters Tournament

The 1981 Masters Tournament was the 45th Masters Tournament, held April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Tom Watson won his second green jacket and fifth major title by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.

1981 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 9–12, 1981
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,905 yards (6,314 m)[1]
Field82 players, 48 after cut
Cut148 (+4)
Prize fund$362,587
Winner's share$60,000
Champion
United States Tom Watson
280 (−8)
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Five-time champion Nicklaus shot a bogey-free 65 on Friday and led by four strokes after 36 holes,[2] but a 75 on Saturday put him a stroke behind Watson entering the final round. It was the fourth runner-up finish for Nicklaus at the Masters and the third for Miller.[3][4][5] Nicklaus won his sixth Masters five years later in 1986 at age 46.

Defending champion Seve Ballesteros shot 154 (+10) and missed the cut by six strokes;[2] he also missed the cut as defending champion in 1984. Lee Trevino, needing a green jacket to complete the career grand slam, also shot 154 with an ailing back.[2] His best finishes at Augusta were tenth place ties in 1975 and 1985.

Greg Norman, age 26, appeared in his first Masters and was fourth, the first of his eight top-five finishes at Augusta. He was runner-up three times, in 1986, 1987, and 1996.

This was the first Masters with bentgrass greens, which were formerly Bermuda and ryegrass.[6][7][8]

Contents

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 71 68 70 71 280 −8 1
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1965,
1966, 1972, 1975
70 65 75 72 282 −6 T2
Raymond Floyd   United States 1976 75 71 71 69 286 −2 T8
George Archer   United States 1969 74 70 72 71 287 −1 T11
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 75 68 71 74 288 E T15
Gary Player   South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 73 73 71 71 288 E T15
Charles Coody   United States 1971 74 71 75 76 296 +8 T40
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 1979 77 70 78 72 297 +9 T43
Tommy Aaron   United States 1973 77 71 76 79 303 +15 48

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
75 78 153 +9
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1980 78 76 154 +10
Billy Casper   United States 1970 76 78 154 +10
Doug Ford   United States 1957 79 76 155 +11
Bob Goalby   United States 1968 80 75 155 +11
Sam Snead   United States 1949, 1952, 1954 77 78 155 +11
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 76 79 155 +11

Source:[9][10]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 9, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Lon Hinkle   United States 69 −3
Johnny Miller   United States
Greg Norman   Australia
Curtis Strange   United States
T5 Isao Aoki   Japan 70 −2
John Cook   United States
David Graham   Australia
Hubert Green   United States
Jim Holtgrieve (a)   United States
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Jim Simons   United States

Source:[11]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 10, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-65=135 −9
T2 Lon Hinkle   United States 69-70=139 −5
Bruce Lietzke   United States 72-67=139
Greg Norman   Australia 69-70=139
Tom Watson   United States 71-68=139
T6 David Graham   Australia 70-70=140 −4
Hubert Green   United States 70-70=140
T8 Jim Colbert   United States 73-68=141 −3
John Cook   United States 70-71=141
Peter Jacobsen   United States 71-70=141
Johnny Miller   United States 69-72=141

Source:[10][12]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 11, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson   United States 71-68-70=209 −7
2 Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-65-75=210 −6
3 Greg Norman   Australia 69-70-72=211 −5
T4 Bruce Lietzke   United States 72-67-73=212 −4
John Mahaffey   United States 72-71-69=212
T6 John Cook   United States 70-71-72=213 −3
Ben Crenshaw   United States 71-72-70=213
Lon Hinkle   United States 69-70-74=213
Peter Jacobsen   United States 71-70-72=213
T10 Gay Brewer   United States 75-68-71=214 −2
David Graham   Australia 70-70-74=214
Hubert Green   United States 70-70-74=214
Johnny Miller   United States 69-72-73=214
Jerry Pate   United States 71-72-71=214
Dave Stockton   United States 72-72-70=214
Lanny Wadkins   United States 72-71-71=214

Source:[13]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 12, 1981

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tom Watson   United States 71-68-70-71=280 −8 60,000
T2 Johnny Miller   United States 69-72-73-68=282 −6 30,500
Jack Nicklaus   United States 70-65-75-72=282
4 Greg Norman   Australia 69-70-72-72=283 −5 16,000
T5 Tom Kite   United States 74-72-70-68=284 −4 12,667
Jerry Pate   United States 71-72-71-70=284
7 David Graham   Australia 70-70-74-71=285 −3 11,167
T8 Ben Crenshaw   United States 71-72-70-73=286 −2 9,667
Raymond Floyd   United States 75-71-71-69=286
John Mahaffey   United States 72-71-69-74=286

Source:[1]

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
  Watson −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8
  Miller −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −2 −2 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6
  Nicklaus −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −4 −5 −6 −6 −6
  Norman −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Kite E E −1 −1 E E E E E E E −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −4
  Pate −2 −3 −4 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −4

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Masters Scores". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. April 13, 1981. p. 17.
  2. ^ a b c "Nicklaus has 65, tops Masters". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. April 11, 1981. p. 1D.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (April 20, 1981). "True Grit at Augusta". Sports Illustrated. p. 34.
  4. ^ a b "Watson wins second Masters". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). April 13, 1981. p. 17.
  5. ^ Green, Bob (April 13, 1981). "Watson holds on for Masters win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Masters sports bent grass furor". The Dispatch. (Lexington, North Carolina). Associated Press. April 8, 1981. p. 13.
  7. ^ "Nicklaus, Watson remain the ones to watch". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 9, 1981. p. 37.
  8. ^ Boswell, Thomas (April 7, 1982). "Everything normal at Augusta National". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). p. 21.
  9. ^ "1981 Masters". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Golf scoreboard: Masters". Pittsburgh Press. April 11, 1981. p. A9.
  11. ^ "Masters scores". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. April 10, 1981. p. 26.
  12. ^ "Golf: Masters leaders". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). April 11, 1981. p. 2D.
  13. ^ "Golf: Masters leaders". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). April 12, 1981. p. 2D.

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Preceded by
1980 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1981 U.S. Open

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