1936 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1936 Masters Tournament was the third one played. And it only took until Year 3 before the tournament had its first two-time champion.

Winner: Horton Smith, 285

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

Tournament dates: April 3-6, 1936

Leader after first round: Harry Cooper, 70

Leader after second round: Harry Cooper, 139

Leader after third round: Harry Cooper, 210

What Happened at the 1936 Masters Tournament

"Lighthorse Harry" Cooper led after each of the first three rounds, but he didn't lead after the one that mattered most. Instead, Horton Smith won by a stroke over Cooper, shooting 72 to Cooper's 76 in the final round. Smith thus became the first 2-time champion at The Masters.

Cooper held a 5-stroke lead after two rounds, with Smith tied for fourth place six shots behind. In the third round, a 68 moved Smith into second place, three behind Cooper. In the final round, Cooper bogeyed three of his first five holes. Smith made his move on the 14th and 15th holes with back-to-back birdies, the first coming on a 50-foot chip-in. Defending champion Gene Sarazen finished in third place, two behind Smith.

Cooper is credited with 29 PGA Tour wins, but never won a major despite several close calls. Smith won 30 times total on the PGA Tour. One of those earlier wins was in the 1934 Masters, the first Masters Tournament ever played.

The Masters was still officially named the Augusta National Invitation Tournament at this time (although some players and fans informally referred to it as "The Masters," a name Bobby Jones had resisted adopting from the start). The tournament didn't get under way until Friday, rather than Thursday, due to heavy rains.

Eleven-time major championship winner Walter Hagen tied for 11th, his best finish in a Masters. But he played The Masters only four times as it was created after his career was already in its winding-down phase. Craig Wood, runner-up in 1934 and 1935, opened the 1936 Masters with a round of 88. He then improved by 21 strokes in the second round, scoring 67. Those are the most-contrasting rounds in Masters history.

1936 Masters Final Scores

Horton Smith 74-71-68-72—285
Harry Cooper 70-69-71-76—286
Gene Sarazen 78-67-72-70—287
Bobby Cruickshank 75-69-74-72—290
Paul Runyan 76-69-70-75—290
Ed Dudley 75-75-70-73—293
Ky Laffoon 75-70-75-73—293
Ray Mangrum 76-73-68-76—293
a-Johnny Dawson 77-70-70-77—294
Henry Picard 75-72-74-73—294
Walter Hagen 77-74-73-72—296
Denny Shute 76-68-75-77—296
Wiffy Cox 82-69-75-72—298
Byron Nelson 76-71-77-74—298
Al Espinosa 72-73-75-79—299
Vic Ghezzi 77-70-77-71—299
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 77-75-71-76—299
Jimmy Thomson 76-78-71-74—299
Orville White 78-73-77-71—299
Tommy Armour 79-74-72-75—300
Chick Chin 76-74-71-79—300
Lawson Little 75-75-73-77—300
Sam Parks Jr. 76-75-72-77—300
Craig Wood 88-67-69-76—300
Johnny Revolta 77-72-76-76—301
a-Albert Campbell 82-73-68-79—302
Dick Metz 79-78-76-70—303
Billy Burke 74-77-74-79—304
Johnny Farrell 78-75-74-78—305
Joe Kirkwood 81-76-73-75—305
Torchy Toda 81-74-75-75—305
Al Watrous 78-76-73-78—305
Bobby Jones 78-78-73-77—306
a-Bill Kaiser 77-78-77-75—307
a-Charlie Yates 82-73-75-77—307
Alvin Krueger 75-76-77-80—308
Ted Luther 74-75-77-72—308
Ted Turner 76-79-80-75—310
Jimmy Hines 79-82-74-76—311
Jules Huot 80-79-75-77—311
Gene Kunes 81-76-76-78—311
Frank Walsh 80-77-78-76—311
a-Johnny Goodman 80-81-79-75—315
Bob Riegel 84-78-74-83—319
a-Bob Sweeny Jr. 83-72-74-87—319

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