1958 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

The 22nd Masters played, this is the one in which the term "Amen Corner" was first used. And Arnold Palmer won it for the first time, giving "Arnie's Army" one of its biggest thrills.

Winner: Arnold Palmer, 284

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

Tournament dates: April 3-6, 1958

Leader after first round: Ken Venturi, 68

Leader after second round: Ken Venturi, 140

Leader after third round: Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer, 211

What Happened at the 1958 Masters Tournament

There was a lot going on at the 1958 Masters, some of which has passed into golf lore. For example, the 1958 Masters is considered the place where "Arnie's Army" was born. Soldiers from a nearby military base were given free admission to Augusta National during the tournament, and they rallied behind the charismatic Arnold Palmer. They were referred to as "Arnie's Army," and that name was soon applied to all of Palmer's fans.

The 1958 Masters is where Palmer became the biggest star in golf. It was his first major championship victory, and the first of his eventual four wins at The Masters. Some propitious events through holes 11, 12 and 13 helped Palmer to the victory, and in his post-tournament article for Sports Illustrated, author Herbert Warren Wind coined the term "Amen Corner" for those holes.

So the 1958 Masters gave us the terms Arnie's Army and Amen Corner, was Palmer's first major championship, and propelled Palmer to superstardom.

It was also the site of a rules dispute between Palmer and playing partner Ken Venturi in the final round, a rules dispute that Venturi was still disputing decades later.

On the 12th hole, the par-3, Palmer's tee ball embedded in front of the green. Palmer felt he should get a free drop. Venturi and the rules official on the scene disagreed, requiring Palmer to play the ball as it lay. Palmer did, and made a double-bogey — which should have dropped him one stroke behind Venturi, with Venturi then leading.

But Palmer invoked the rule that stated that when there is doubt as to how to proceed, the golfer can drop a second ball and complete the hole with two golf balls. Before turning in his scorecard, the golfer reports the situation to the committee, which issues its ruling, and then everyone knows which ball (and, therefore, which score) is counted.

So Palmer made a double-bogey with the original, embedded ball, then dropped a second ball and made a par. Which score counted? Was Palmer leading by one, or Venturi leading by one?

Palmer made an eagle on the following hole, the 13th, and then on the 15th hole Bobby Jones arrived to inform Palmer and Venturi that Palmer's second ball — the one he dropped and with which he made par — would count.

Venturi's beef with that ruling at the time rested in his claim that Palmer didn't announce his intention to play a second ball on the 12th until after making double-bogey with the first, embedded ball. If so, that should have rendered the second ball moot; the golfer must announce his intentions before taking another stroke when invoking the rule in question.

Palmer claimed he did announce he would play a second ball before continuing with the first. It was he said-he said, and Palmer won. Nearly 40 years later, Venturi wrote in his memoir, "I firmly believe that (Palmer) did wrong and that he knows that I know he did wrong."

And Palmer has always maintained that he followed procedure correctly. Regardless, when Jones delivered the ruling on the 15th hole, it helped send Palmer to the victory. Venturi bogeyed holes 14 through 16 and finished two strokes behind, tied for fourth place. Sam Snead, who was tied with Palmer at the start of the final round, skied to a 79 and fell out of the Top 10. For Palmer, it wasn't just his first Masters title, but the first of his seven career wins in major championships. He went on to win The Masters again in 1960, 1962 and 1964.

The 1958 Masters is also notable for being the year that the Hogan Bridge and Nelson Bridge were both dedicated.

1958 Masters Final Scores

Arnold Palmer 70-73-68-73—284
Doug Ford 74-71-70-70—285
Fred Hawkins 71-75-68-71—285
Stan Leonard 72-70-73-71—286
Ken Venturi 68-72-74-72—286
Cary Middlecoff 70-73-69-75—287
Art Wall Jr. 71-72-70-74—287
a-Billy Joe Patton 72-69-73-74—288
Claude Harmon 71-76-72-70—289
Jay Hebert 72-73-73-71—289
Billy Maxwell 71-70-72-76—289
Al Mengert 73-71-69-76—289
Sam Snead 72-71-68-79—290
Jimmy Demaret 69-79-70-73—291
Ben Hogan 72-77-69-73—291
Mike Souchak 72-75-73-71—291
Dow Finsterwald 72-71-74-75—292
Chick Harbert 69-74-73-76—292
Bo Wininger 69-73-71-79—292
Billy Casper 76-71-72-74—293
Byron Nelson 71-77-74-71—293
a-Phil Rodgers 77-72-73-72—294
a-Charlie Coe 73-76-69-77—295
Ted Kroll 73-75-75-72—295
Peter Thomson 72-74-73-76—295
Al Balding 75-72-71-78—296
Bruce Crampton 73-76-72-75—296
a-Bill Hyndman 71-76-70-79—296
George Bayer 74-75-72-76—297
a-Arnold Blum 72-74-75-76—297
a-Joe Campbell 73-75-74-75—297
Tommy Bolt 74-75-74-75—298
Lionel Hebert 71-77-75-75—298
Flory Van Donck 70-74-75-79—298
Marty Furgol 74-73-75-77—299
Dave Ragan 73-73-77-76—299
Paul Runyan 73-76-73-77—299
Jim Turnesa 72-76-76-75—299
Julius Boros 73-72-78-77—300
Jack Fleck 71-76-78-75—300
Torakichi Nakamura 76-73-76-76—301
Gene Littler 75-73-74-80—302
Norman Von Nida 69-80-79-80—308

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