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1956 Masters

 

The 1956 Masters was the 20th one played. An amateur probably should have won it, but instead Jackie Burke took the title.

Winner: Jack Burke Jr., 289

Where it was played: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Tournament dates: April 5-8, 1956

Leader after first round: Ken Venturi, 66

Leader after second round: Ken Venturi, 135

Leader after third round: Ken Venturi, 210

Notable Notes: Jack Burke Jr. staged the greatest final-round comeback in Masters history, coming from eight behind at the start of Round 4 to win. And he only had to shoot 71 to do it.

The final round was played in very high winds, and Burke was one of only two golfers to break par. So his 71 allowed him to make up all that ground on the third-round leader, amateur Ken Venturi. Venturi had led each of the first three rounds, but stumbled over the final nine holes with a 42, shooting 80 for the full round. He finished second, one behind Burke.

Final Scores
Jack Burke Jr. 72-71-75-71--289
a-Ken Venturi 66-69-75-80--290
Cary Middlecoff 67-72-75-77--291
Lloyd Mangrum 72-74-72-74--292
Sam Snead 73-76-72-71--292
Jerry Barber 71-72-76-75--294
Doug Ford 70-72-75-77--294
Tommy Bolt 68-74-78-76--296
Ben Hogan 69-78-74-75--296
Shelley Mayfield 68-74-80-74--296
Johnny Palmer 76-74-74-73--297
Pete Cooper 72-70-77-79--298
Gene Littler 73-77-74-74--298
a-Billy Joe Patton 70-76-79-73--298
Sam Urzetta 73-75-76-74--298
Bob Rosburg 70-74-81-74--299
Walt Burkemo 72-74-78-76--300
Roberto De Vicenzo 75-72-78-75--300
a-Hillman Robbins 73-73-78-76--300
Mike Souchak 73-73-74-80--300
Arnold Palmer 73-75-74-79--301
Frank Stranahan 72-75-79-76--302
Jim Turnesa 74-74-74-80--302
Julius Boros 73-78-72-80--303
Dow Finsterwald 74-73-79-77--303
Ed Furgol 74-75-78-76--303
Stan Leonard 75-75-79-74--303
Al Mengert 74-72-79-78--303
Al Balding 75-78-77-74--304
Vic Ghezzi 74-77-77-76--304
Fred Haas Jr. 78-72-75-79--304
Fred Hawkins 71-73-76-84--304
Walter Inman 73-75-74-82--304
Jimmy Demaret 73-75-76-81--305
Billy Maxwell 75-75-81-74--305
Art Wall Jr. 75-80-75-75--305
a-Harvie Ward Jr. 76-70-81-78--305
Lew Worsham 74-72-80-79--305
Byron Nelson 73-75-78-80--306
Chick Harbert 73-76-78-80--307
Bob Harris 73-79-77-78--307
Skee Riegel 72-79-76-80--307
a-Bill Campbell 77-78-77-76--308
Jack Fleck 74-77-76-81--308
Dick Mayer 75-74-81-78--308
a-Rex Baxter Jr. 76-79-79-75--309
Claude Harmon 77-79-76-77--309
Henry Picard 75-76-82-76--309
Bud Holscher 73-81-80-76--310
Gene Sarazen 77-75-78-80--310
a-James Jackson 77-74-76-84--311
Ted Kroll 75-75-79-82--311
a-Bruce Cudd 78-77-84-74--313
Jay Hebert 74-76-82-81--313
Bill Hyndman 79-77-77-80--313
a-Joe Campbell 77-80-78-79--314
a-Edwark Hopkins Jr. 76-76-82-80--314
a-Don Bisplinghoff 77-80-81-78--316
Don Fairfield 78-75-77-86--316
a-Ed Meister Jr. 78-78-84-76--316
a-Joe Conrad 76-79-81-81--317
Lionel Hebert 77-77-80-83--317
Ernie Vossler 78-79-83-77--317
George Schneiter 77-80-82-79--318
a-Dick Chapman 79-82-82-76--319
a-Dale Morey 83-75-83-78--319
Sam Parks Jr. 80-82-76-81--319
Henry Cotton 77-83-81-80--321
a-James McCoy 77-81-81-82--321
Craig Wood 76-80-78-88--322
Denny Shute 82-79-89-74--324
a-Don Cherry 79-81-81-84--325
Lawson Little 77-81-85-82--325
a-William Boce 82-80-87-77--326
Johnny Revolta 84-81-79-84--328
Horton Smith 86-84-84-82--336
a-Charles Kunkle 78-82-85-95--340

Other accounts of the 1956 Masters:
On About.com
On Wikipedia

Related pages:
List of all winners of The Masters

 

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