1969 Masters Tournament: Bull's-eye for Archer

George Archer scored his lone major championship victory at the 1969 Masters, the 33rd playing of the tournament. Archer caught and passed Billy Casper in the final round.

Winner: George Archer, 281

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

Tournament dates: April 10-13, 1969

Leader after first round: Billy Casper, 66

Leader after second round: Bruce Devlin and Billy Casper, 137

Leader after third round: Billy Casper, 208

What Happened at the 1969 Masters

Billy Casper held or shared the lead through the first three rounds, but he couldn't hold on until the end. Casper's final-round 74 opened the door for George Archer, who trailed Casper by one shot entering Round 4. Archer responded with a 72, good enough for the victory.

Casper was a 2-time U.S. Open winner and 41-time PGA Tour winner coming into this Masters, while Archer had no majors and six PGA Tour wins. But it was Casper who the pressure seemed to affect: He stumbled out of the gate, scoring 5-over through the first 10 holes of Round 4.

Archer tied the lead on the second hole, took the lead on the sixth hole, and held or shared it the rest of the way. Archer, at 6-foot-5 one of the tallest golfers of his era, eventually won 13 times total on the PGA Tour, but this remained his lone major championship victory.

Sharing second with Casper (who won next year at the 1970 Masters) were George Knudson and Tom Weiskopf. Weiskopf never won The Masters, but finished second four times, sharing the record for most runner-up finishes. Weiskopf was tied for the lead until a bogey on the next-to-last hole. Charles Coody, who later won the 1971 Masters, also tied the lead at one point. But he bogeyed the final three holes to finish tied for fifth place.

Ken Venturi played The Masters for the last time this year. Jack Burke Jr., a 2-time major winner (including the 1956 Masters), finished tied for 24th, his final made cut in The Masters. Hubert Green, a future 2-time major winner, made his major championship debut here and missed the cut.

1969 Masters Final Scores

George Archer 67-73-69-72—281
Billy Casper 66-71-71-74—282
George Knudson 70-73-69-70—282
Tom Weiskopf 71-71-69-71—282
Charles Coody 74-68-69-72—283
Don January 74-73-70-66—283
Miller Barber 71-71-68-74—284
Tommy Aaron 71-71-73-70—285
Lionel Hebert 69-73-70-73—285
Gene Littler 69-75-70-71—285
Mason Rudolph 69-73-74-70—286
Dan Sikes 69-71-73-74—287
Bruce Crampton 69-73-74-72—288
Al Geiberger 71-71-74-72—288
Harold Henning 73-72-71-72—288
Takaaki Kono 71-75-68-74—288
Bert Yancey 69-75-71-73—288
Dave Stockton 71-71-75-72—289
Frank Beard 72-74-70-74—290
Deane Beman 74-73-74-69—290
Bruce Devlin 67-70-76-77—290
Dale Douglass 73-72-71-74—290
Lee Trevino 72-74-75-69—290
Jackie Burke Jr. 73-72-70-76—291
Dave Hill 75-73-72-71—291
Jack Nicklaus 68-75-72-76—291
Arnold Palmer 73-75-70-74—292
Johnny Pott 72-72-71-78—293
Roberto Bernardini 76-71-72-75—294
Bob Charles 70-76-72-76—294
Gardner Dickinson 73-74-71-76—294
Bobby Nichols 78-69-74-73—294
Don Bies 74-70-70-81—295
Julius Boros 72-73-73-77—295
Gary Player 74-70-75-76—295
Raymond Floyd 73-71-78-74—296
Doug Sanders 72-71-76-77—296
Ken Still 73-75-71-77—296
Kermit Zarley 73-73-76-74—296
Bob Goalby 70-76-76-75—297
Art Wall Jr. 70-77-78-72—297
Peter Townsend 75-71-73-79—298
Steve Spray 75-72-74-78—299
a-Bruce Fleisher 69-75-73-83—300
Mac McLendon 72-75-76-80—303
a-Dick Siderowf 78-69-80-82—309

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