1959 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

This year was the 25th anniversary of the first Masters, but the 1959 Masters was the 23rd time the tournament was played (due to years skipped during World War II). What was considered one of the greatest final rounds in Masters history to this point was played by the winner.

Winner: Art Wall Jr., 284

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

Tournament dates: April 2-5, 1959

Leader after first round: Stan Leonard, 69

Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer, 141

Leader after third round: Arnold Palmer and Stan Leonard, 212

What Happened in the 1959 Masters Tournament

The year 1959 was a pretty good year for Art Wall: He led the PGA Tour in money, in scoring average, and was named Player of the Year. One of the reasons for all those things was Wall's victory in the 1959 Masters.

It was Wall's only major championship victory, one of 14 PGA Tour wins for Wall. He earned this Masters victory, too, firing a 66 in the final round — making birdies on five of the last six holes — to edge Cary Middlecoff by one stroke.

Stan Leonard and Arnold Palmer, the defending champion, were the third-round leaders, and Wall was six strokes behind them, in 13th place. But Palmer shot 74 in the final round and slipped to third place. Leonard, from Canada and attempting to become The Masters' first international winner, shot 75 and tied for fourth place.

Wall was 2-under on the front nine, then bogeyed the 10th hole. But starting on the 13th hole, Wall went birdie-birdie-birdie-par-birdie-birdie. That bravura finish gave Wall his 66 and, with no other top contenders breaking par, his very own Green Jacket.

The 1959 Masters also marked a significant debut: It was the first Masters played by Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus, age 19 and playing as an amateur, shot 76-74 and missed the cut by one stroke.

1959 Masters Final Scores

Art Wall Jr. 73-74-71-66—284
Cary Middlecoff 74-71-68-72—285
Arnold Palmer 71-70-71-74—286
Stan Leonard 69-74-69-75—287
Dick Mayer 73-75-71-68—287
a-Charlie Coe 74-74-67-73—288
Fred Hawkins 77-71-68-73—289
Julius Boros 75-69-74-72—290
Jay Hebert 72-73-72-73—290
Gene Littler 72-75-72-71—290
Billy Maxwell 73-71-72-74—290
a-Billy Joe Patton 75-70-71-74—290
Gary Player 73-75-71-71—290
Chick Harbert 74-72-74-71—291
Chandler Harper 71-74-74-72—291
Ted Kroll 76-71-73-71—291
Ed Oliver 75-69-73-74—291
Dow Finsterwald 79-68-73-72—292
Jack Fleck 74-71-71-76—292
a-Bill Hyndman 73-72-76-71—292
Bo Wininger 75-70-72-75—292
Walt Burkemo 75-70-71-77—293
a-Chuck Kocsis 73-75-70-75—293
Sam Snead 74-73-72-74—293
a-Don Cherry 77-71-75-71—294
Doug Ford 76-73-73-72—294
Paul Harney 75-69-77-73—294
Angel Miguel 72-72-76-74—294
Mike Souchak 73-71-74-76—294
Tommy Bolt 72-75-72-76—295
Ben Hogan 73-74-76-72—295
Bob Rosburg 75-74-73-73—295
Dave Thomas 73-71-77-74—295
Jack Burke Jr. 71-77-76-72—296
Frank Stranahan 74-72-73-77—296
Don January 74-75-70-78—297
Marty Furgol 74-74-74-76—298
Ernie Vossler 74-74-75-76—299
Lionel Hebert 77-72-76-75—300
George Bayer 74-75-77-77—303

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