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1961 Masters

 

Gary Player got up-and-down from a bunker on the final hole when Arnold Palmer couldn't, and that was the difference in this, the 25th edition of The Masters.

Winner: Gary Player, 280

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

Tournament dates: April 6-10, 1961

Leader after first round: Arnold Palmer and Bob Rosburg, 68

Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, 137

Leader after third round: Gary Player, 206

Notable Notes: No international golfer had won The Masters prior to 1961 - all previous Masters champions were Americans. No surprise that Gary Player was the international who first claimed the trophy.

Player surged ahead of defending champ Arnold Palmer with a third-round 69, taking a 4-stroke lead into the final round. Then he stumbled a bit with a 74, but held on to beat Palmer and amateur Charlie Coe by one shot. Palmer probably should have one - he led Player on the final hole - but Palmer had bunker problems and double-bogied the final hole.

Final Scores
Gary Player 69-68-69-74--280
a-Charlie Coe 72-71-69-69--281
Arnold Palmer 68-69-73-71--281
Tommy Bolt 72-71-74-68--285
Don January 74-68-72-71--285
Paul Harney 71-73-68-74--286
Jack Burke Jr. 76-70-68-73--287
Billy Casper 72-77-69-69--287
Bill Collins 74-72-67-74--287
a-Jack Nicklaus 70-75-70-72--287
Walt Burkemo 74-69-73-72--288
a-Robert Gardner 74-71-72-71--288
Doug Sanders 76-71-68-73--288
Ken Venturi 72-71-72-73--288
Stan Leonard 72-74-71-72--289
Gene Littler 72-73-72-72--289
Bob Rosburg 68-73-73-75--289
Sam Snead 74-73-69-73--289
Dick Mayer 76-72-70-73--291
Johnny Pott 71-75-72-73--291
Peter Thomson 73-76-68-74--291
Robert De Vicenzo 73-74-71-74--292
Lew Worsham 74-71-73-74--292
Antonio Cerda 73-73-72-75--293
Fred Hawkins 74-75-72-72--293
Ted Kroll 73-70-72-78--293
Al Balding 74-74-70-76--294
Mason Rudolph 77-69-72-77--295
Mike Souchak 75-72-75-73--295
Jay Hebert 72-75-69-80--296
Lionel Hebert 74-69-74-79--296
Doug Ford 71-76-78-73--298
Ben Hogan 74-73-72-79--298
Byron Nelson 71-72-78-77--298
Chick Harbert 74-73-76-76--299
Bob Goalby 74-73-76-77--300
Jerry Barber 74-72-78-77--301
Miguel Sala 74-75-78-81--308

Other accounts of the 1961 Masters:
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Related pages:
List of all winners of The Masters

 

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