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The 1987 Masters Tournament was the 51st Masters Tournament, held April 9−12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta native Larry Mize won his only major championship in a sudden-death playoff over Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman.[2][3] Norman had barely missed a 20-foot (6 m) birdie opportunity on the 72nd hole which would have won him the tournament in regulation.[4]

1987 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 9−12, 1987
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]
Field85 players, 54 after cut
Cut151 (+7)
Prize fund$867,100
Winner's share$162,000
Champion
United States Larry Mize
285 (−3), playoff
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The playoff began on the par-4 10th hole, where the approach shots of Ballesteros and Norman came to rest on the fringe, and Mize's was on the green, below the hole. Ballesteros failed to par and was eliminated while Norman two-putted for four. Mize's uphill birdie putt came up short and he tapped in to continue with Norman. Both of their tee shots were in the fairway on the next hole, the par-4 11th, but with the pond on the left of the green, Mize's avoidant approach shot was about pin-high but well right, about 140 feet (45 m) from the hole. Norman then played conservatively to the right fringe, with a 50-foot (15 m) putt, sensing a par could win the green jacket. But Mize chipped in for an improbable birdie 3 and a stunned Norman failed to hole his to tie, which ended the tournament.[4][5][6] Mize was the first, and only winner of the Masters to come from Augusta.[7]

It was considered one of the most miraculous shots (and endings) in major championship history, and was just one of the many "bad breaks" in Norman's career.

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros (3,8), Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw (8,9,11,12), Raymond Floyd (2,4,9,11,12,13), Doug Ford, Bernhard Langer (8,9,12), Jack Nicklaus (8,9), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Craig Stadler (9,13), Art Wall Jr., Tom Watson (2,3,8,12), Fuzzy Zoeller (2,8,9,11,12,13)

2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)

Larry Nelson, Andy North (13)

3. The Open champions (last five years)

Sandy Lyle (8,11), Greg Norman (8,9,10,11,12)

4. PGA champions (last five years)

Hubert Green (13), Hal Sutton (9,11,12,13), Lee Trevino (9), Bob Tway (8,9,10,11,12)

5. 1986 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists

Buddy Alexander (6,7,a), Chris Kite (a), Bob Lewis (7,a), Brian Montgomery (a)

6. Previous two U.S. Amateur and Amateur champions

David Curry (a), Garth McGimpsey (a)

  • Sam Randolph forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
7. Members of the 1986 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team

Billy Andrade (a), Jay Sigel (a)

8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1986 Masters Tournament

Dave Barr, Chen Tze-chung (11), Jay Haas, Donnie Hammond (12), Tom Kite (11,12,13), Gary Koch (9), Roger Maltbie, Mark McCumber (9), Larry Mize (12), Tsuneyuki Nakajima, Corey Pavin (11,12), Calvin Peete (12,13), Nick Price, Payne Stewart (9,10,11,12), Curtis Strange (11,13)

9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1986 U.S. Open

Chip Beck, Mark Calcavecchia (11), David Frost, David Graham (10), Jodie Mudd, Joey Sindelar (12), Scott Verplank, Bobby Wadkins (12), Lanny Wadkins (11,143), Denis Watson

10. Top eight players and ties from 1986 PGA Championship

Mike Hulbert (11,12), Bruce Lietzke, Jim Thorpe (11,12), D. A. Weibring

11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Paul Azinger (12), Andy Bean (12), George Burns, Rick Fehr, Ernie Gonzalez, Ken Green (12), Johnny Miller, Bob Murphy, Mac O'Grady (12), Dan Pohl (12), Gene Sauers, Scott Simpson, Fred Wadsworth, Mark Wiebe (12)

12. Top 30 players from the 1986 PGA Tour money list

John Cook, Kenny Knox, John Mahaffey, Mark O'Meara (13), Don Pooley, Doug Tewell

13. Members of the U.S. 1985 Ryder Cup team
14. Special foreign invitation

Isao Aoki, Howard Clark, José María Olazábal, Masashi Ozaki

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (68) South America (0) Europe (7) Oceania (2) Asia (4) Africa (4)
  Canada (1)   England (2)   Australia (2)   Japan (3)   South Africa (2)
  United States (67)   Scotland (1)   Taiwan (1)   Zimbabwe (2)
  Northern Ireland (1)
  Spain (2)
  West Germany (1)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1980, 1983 73 71 70 71 285 −3 T2
Ben Crenshaw   United States 1984 75 70 67 74 286 −2 T4
Bernhard Langer   West Germany 1985 71 72 70 76 289 +1 T7
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1965, 1966,
1972, 1975, 1986
74 72 73 70 289 +1 T7
Tom Watson   United States 1977, 1981 71 72 74 72 289 +1 T7
Craig Stadler   United States 1982 74 74 72 71 291 +3 T17
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 1979 76 71 76 72 295 +7 T27
Gary Player   South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 75 75 71 76 297 +9 T35
Tommy Aaron   United States 1973 72 76 76 81 305 +17 T50
Billy Casper   United States 1970 77 74 75 79 305 +17 T50

Source:[8]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Raymond Floyd   United States 1976 75 77 152 +8
Charles Coody   United States 1971 75 80 155 +11
Doug Ford   United States 1957 79 81 160 +16
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
83 77 160 +16
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 80 81 161 +17
Art Wall, Jr.   United States 1959 85 76 161 +17

Source:[9]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 9, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 John Cook   United States 69 −3
2 Larry Mize   United States 70 −2
T3 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 71 −1
Corey Pavin   United States
Calvin Peete   United States
Payne Stewart   United States
Curtis Strange   United States
Tom Watson   United States
T9 Tommy Aaron   United States 72 E
Jay Haas   United States
Mac O'Grady   United States
Scott Simpson   United States
D. A. Weibring   United States

Source:[10]

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 10, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Curtis Strange   United States 71-70=141 −3
T2 John Cook   United States 69-73=142 −2
Roger Maltbie   United States 76-66=142
Larry Mize   United States 70-72=142
Corey Pavin   United States 71-71=142
T6 Chen Tze-chung   Taiwan 74-69=143 −1
Bernhard Langer   West Germany 71-72=143
Tom Watson   United States 71-72=143
T9 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 73-71=144 E
Andy Bean   United States 75-69=144
Jay Haas   United States 72-72=144
Joey Sindelar   United States 74-70=144

Source:[9]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 11, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ben Crenshaw   United States 75-70-67=212 −4
Roger Maltbie   United States 76-66-70=212
T3 Bernhard Langer   West Germany 71-72-70=213 −3
Greg Norman   Australia 73-74-66=213
T5 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 73-71-70=214 −2
Chen Tze-chung   Taiwan 74-69-71=214
Larry Mize   United States 70-72-72=214
Curtis Strange   United States 71-70-73=214
T9 Mark McCumber   United States 75-71-69=215 −1
Lanny Wadkins   United States 73-72-70=215

Source:[11]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 12, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Larry Mize   United States 70-72-72-71=285 −3 Playoff
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 73-71-70-71=285
Greg Norman   Australia 73-74-66-72=285
T4 Ben Crenshaw   United States 75-70-67-74=286 −2 37,200
Roger Maltbie   United States 76-66-70-74=286
Jodie Mudd   United States 74-72-71-69=286
T7 Jay Haas   United States 72-72-72-73=289 +1 26,200
Bernhard Langer   West Germany 71-72-70-76=289
Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-72-73-70=289
Tom Watson   United States 71-72-74-72=289
D. A. Weibring   United States 72-75-71-71=289

Source:[8]

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
  Mize −2 −3 −2 −1 −1 −2 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −3 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −3
  Norman −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −1 E −1 −2 −2 −3 −2 −3 −3
  Ballesteros −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3
  Crenshaw −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2
  Maltbie −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2
  Langer −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 E +1 +1 +1 +1
  Chen −2 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 E E +1 +1 E +1 +2 +2
  Strange −2 −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1 +1 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2 +2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[12]

PlayoffEdit

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Larry Mize   United States 4-3 −1 162,000
T2 Greg Norman   Australia 4-x 79,200
Seve Ballesteros   Spain x- 
  • Sudden-death playoff began on hole #10 and ended at hole #11, where Mize birdied.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Green, Bob (April 13, 1987). "Oh, what a feeling! Mize masters Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. C1.
  2. ^ "Larry Mize masters hometown course". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. April 13, 1987. p. 1B.
  3. ^ "Oh what a feeling! Mize masters Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder newspapers. April 13, 1987. p. C1.
  4. ^ a b Ballard, Sarah (April 20, 1987). "My, Oh Mize". Sports Illustrated. pp. 36−43.
  5. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (April 13, 1987). "Magnificent shot by Mize wins Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23.
  6. ^ Van Sickle, Gary (April 13, 1987). "Mize miracle just masterful". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1C.
  7. ^ http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/2598236.html
  8. ^ a b "Golf: Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 13, 1987. p. C4.
  9. ^ a b Green, Bob (April 11, 1987). "Strange survives 5 bogeys for halfway lead". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  10. ^ Green, Bob (April 10, 1987). "Cook fires 69, tames fast Augusta greens". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  11. ^ Green, Bob (April 12, 1987). "Crenshaw ties Maltbie for lead". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1B.
  12. ^ "Historic leaderboards: 1987 Masters". Augusta.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
1986 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1987 U.S. Open

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