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1998 Masters Tournament

The 1998 Masters Tournament was the 62nd Masters Tournament, held from April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club. Mark O'Meara won his first major championship with a 20-foot (6 m) birdie putt on the final hole to win by one stroke over runners-up David Duval and Fred Couples.[1][2] He birdied three of the final four holes in a final round 67 (−5).[3]

1998 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 9–12, 1998
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Organized byAugusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,925 yards (6,332 m)
Field88 players, 46 after cut
Cut150 (+6)
Prize fund$3.2 million
Winner's share$576,000
Champion
United States Mark O'Meara
279 (−9)
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Location in the United States
Augusta  is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
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Location in Georgia

In one of the most remarkable performances of his career, Jack Nicklaus tied for sixth place at the age of 58. His final round 68 (−4) yielded a 283 (−5), the lowest 72-hole score by a player over age 50 at the Masters. Nicklaus was in contention for the title until well into the back nine holes in the final round. It was his last serious run for a major championship, twelve years after his sixth Masters victory in 1986.[1] Three-time champion Gary Player, age 62, became the oldest ever to make a cut at the Masters.

In his first Masters, David Toms shot a 29 (−7) on the back nine on Sunday, en route to a 64 (−8). He had six consecutive birdies on holes 12–17.[4]

O'Meara's win came in his 15th attempt at Augusta, setting a record for appearances before a victory. He had previously been considered one of the best players to never win a major. Later in July, he won the Open Championship and earned PGA Tour Player of the Year honors for 1998.

Matt Kuchar, a 19-year-old sophomore at Georgia Tech, was the low amateur at even-par 288 and tied for 21st place. The reigning U.S. Amateur champion, he carded a four-under 68 in the third round.

Contents

FieldEdit

1. Masters champions

Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros, Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Fred Couples (9,12), Ben Crenshaw, Nick Faldo, Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Bernhard Langer (9), Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Jack Nicklaus, José María Olazábal (9,10), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson (9), Tiger Woods (9,12,13), Ian Woosnam, Fuzzy Zoeller

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

Ernie Els (9,10,12,13), Lee Janzen (11,13), Steve Jones (12,13), Corey Pavin

3. The Open champions (last five years)

John Daly, Tom Lehman (9,10,13), Justin Leonard (9,11,12,13), Greg Norman (12,13), Nick Price (4,9,12,13)

4. PGA champions (last five years)

Paul Azinger, Mark Brooks, Steve Elkington (9,13), Davis Love III (9,10,11,12,13)

5. U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up

Joel Kribel (a), Matt Kuchar (a)

6. The Amateur champion

Craig Watson (a)

7. U.S. Amateur Public Links champion

Tim Clark (a)

8. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

Ken Bakst (a)

9. Top 24 players and ties from the 1997 Masters

Stuart Appleby (13), Mark Calcavecchia (12,13), Fred Funk, John Huston (12), Per-Ulrik Johansson, Tom Kite (11), Jesper Parnevik (12,13), Costantino Rocca, Vijay Singh (12,13), Jeff Sluman, Paul Stankowski (13), Tommy Tolles (10,13), Lee Westwood, Willie Wood

10. Top 16 players and ties from the 1997 U.S. Open

Billy Andrade, Olin Browne, Stewart Cink (12,13), Jim Furyk (11,13), Jay Haas, Scott Hoch (11,12,13), Bradley Hughes, Jeff Maggert (11,13), Scott McCarron (12,13), Colin Montgomerie, David Ogrin, Bob Tway

11. Top eight players and ties from 1997 PGA Championship

Phil Blackmar (12)

12. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters

Michael Bradley, Billy Ray Brown, David Duval (13), David Frost, Bill Glasson (13), Tim Herron, Gabriel Hjertstedt, Billy Mayfair, Phil Mickelson (13), Frank Nobilo (13), Scott Simpson, David Toms

13. Top 30 players from the 1997 PGA Tour money list

John Cook, Brad Faxon, Andrew Magee, Mark O'Meara

14. Special foreign invitation

Darren Clarke, Ignacio Garrido, Retief Goosen, Shigeki Maruyama, Masashi Ozaki

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (60) South America (0) Europe (14) Oceania (6) Asia (2) Africa (6)
  United States (60)   England (2)   Australia (4)   Japan (2)   South Africa (5)
  Northern Ireland (1)   Fiji (1)   Zimbabwe (1)
  Scotland (2)   New Zealand (1)
  Wales (1)
  Spain (3)
  Germany (1)
  Italy (1)
  Sweden (3)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Fred Couples   United States 1992 69 70 71 70 280 −8 T2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1965, 1966,
1972, 1975, 1986
73 72 70 68 283 −5 T6
Tiger Woods   United States 1997 71 72 72 70 285 −3 T8
José María Olazábal   Spain 1994 70 73 71 72 286 −2 T12
Ian Woosnam   Wales 1991 74 71 72 70 287 −1 T16
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 1979 71 74 75 74 294 +6 T33
Bernhard Langer   Germany 1985, 1993 75 73 74 74 296 +8 T39
Craig Stadler   United States 1982 79 68 73 77 297 +9 T41
Gary Player   South Africa 1961, 1974, 1978 77 72 78 75 302 +14 46

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Nick Faldo   England 1989, 1990, 1996 72 79 151 +7
Raymond Floyd   United States 1976 74 77 151 +7
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 1988 74 77 151 +7
Tom Watson   United States 1977, 1981 78 73 151 +7
Larry Mize   United States 1987 73 79 152 +8
Ben Crenshaw   United States 1984, 1995 83 72 155 +11
Seve Ballesteros   Spain 1980, 1983 78 79 157 +13
Gay Brewer   United States 1967 72 86 158 +14
Tommy Aaron   United States 1973 81 79 160 +16
Charles Coody   United States 1971 79 85 164 +20
Arnold Palmer   United States 1958, 1960,
1962, 1964
79 87 166 +22
Billy Casper   United States 1970 81 86 167 +23
Doug Ford   United States 1957 86 WD

Source:[6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, April 9, 1998
Friday, April 10, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Couples   United States 69 −3
T2 Scott Hoch   United States 70 −2
José María Olazábal   Spain
Paul Stankowski   United States
T5 Paul Azinger   United States 71 −1
Phil Blackmar   United States
David Duval   United States
Colin Montgomerie   Scotland
Tiger Woods   United States
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States

First round suspended by darkness; start was delayed by 90 minutes to get course playable after heavy rains Wednesday night.

Second roundEdit

Friday, April 10, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Fred Couples   United States 69-70=139 −5
David Duval   United States 71-68=139
3 Scott Hoch   United States 70-71=141 −3
T4 Paul Azinger   United States 71-72=143 −1
Jay Haas   United States 72-71=143
Phil Mickelson   United States 74-69=143
José María Olazábal   Spain 70-73=143
Tiger Woods   United States 71-72=143
T9 Scott McCarron   United States 73-71=144 E
Mark O'Meara   United States 74-70=144

Source:[6]

Amateurs: Kuchar (+4), Kribel (+6), Watson (+13), Clark (+14), Bakst (+16).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, April 11, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred Couples   United States 69-70-71=210 −6
T2 Paul Azinger   United States 71-72-69=212 −4
Phil Mickelson   United States 74-69-69=212
Mark O'Meara   United States 74-70-68=212
T5 David Duval   United States 71-68-74=213 −3
Jim Furyk   United States 76-70-67=213
T7 Jay Haas   United States 72-71-71=214 −2
Scott Hoch   United States 70-71-73=214
José María Olazábal   Spain 70-73-71=214
T10 Ernie Els   South Africa 75-70-70=215 −1
Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 71-75-69=215
Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-72-70=215
Tiger Woods   United States 71-72-72=215

Final roundEdit

Sunday, April 12, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Mark O'Meara   United States 74-70-68-67=279 −9 576,000
T2 Fred Couples   United States 69-70-71-70=280 −8 281,600
David Duval   United States 71-68-74-67=280
4 Jim Furyk   United States 76-70-67-68=281 −7 153,600
5 Paul Azinger   United States 71-72-69-70=282 −6 128,000
T6 Jack Nicklaus   United States 73-72-70-68=283 −5 111,200
David Toms   United States 75-72-72-64=283
T8 Darren Clarke   Northern Ireland 76-73-67-69=285 −3 89,600
Justin Leonard   United States 74-73-69-69=285
Colin Montgomerie   Scotland 71-75-69-70=285
Tiger Woods   United States 71-72-72-70=285

Amateurs: Kuchar (E), Kribel (+13).

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
  O'Meara −4 −5 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −8 −9
  Couples −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −9 −8 −8 −8 −8 −6 −6 −8 −8 −8 −8
  Duval −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −5 −6 −7 −7 −8 −8 −9 −8 −8 −8
  Furyk −3 −4 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −5 −6 −7 −7
  Azinger −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −6
  Nicklaus −1 −2 −3 −2 −2 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Toms +3 +2 +2 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E −1 −2 −3 −4 −5 −5
  Mickelson −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −2 −2 −1 −2 −3 −1 −2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rushin, Steve (April 20, 1998). "Out of the Woods". Sports Illustrated. p. 32.
  2. ^ Dulac, Gerry (April 13, 1998). "Oh, My". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C-1.
  3. ^ Bonk, Thomas (April 13, 1998). "O'Meara clears major hurdle". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (from Los Angeles Times). p. 1B.
  4. ^ "Toms makes run at record book in final-round 64". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). April 13, 1998. p. 3B.
  5. ^ "Loren Roberts withdraws from Masters". Golf News. April 6, 1998.
  6. ^ a b "Golf scoreboard: Masters". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. April 11, 1998. p. 4D.
  7. ^ "Leaders Cards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 13, 1998. p. C-6.

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Preceded by
1997 PGA Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1998 U.S. Open

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