1977 Masters: Watson Holds Off Nicklaus

Tom Watson won the 1977 Masters, holding off Jack Nicklaus. It was a preview of their more-famous duel later in the year at the British Open. This was the 41st Masters played.

Winner: Tom Watson, 276

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

Tournament dates: April 7-10, 1977

Leader after first round: Hubert Green, 67

Leader after second round: Tom Watson and Rod Funseth, 139

Leader after third round: Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw, 209

Notable Notes: Tom Watson held off Jack Nicklaus in a final-round duel to win the first of his two Masters titles.

Nicklaus trailed Watson by three entering the final round, then shot 66. But Watson made a birdie on the 17th en route to his own 67, and Nicklaus bogied the 18th to create the final 2-stroke margin of victory.

It was Watson's second win in a major. Third-round co-leader Ben Crenshaw stumbled to a final-round 76.

Final Scores

Tom Watson 70-69-70-67—276
Jack Nicklaus 72-70-70-66—278
Tom Kite 70-73-70-67—280
Rik Massengale 70-73-67-70—280
Hale Irwin 70-74-70-68—282
David Graham 75-67-73-69—284
Lou Graham 75-71-69-69—284
Ben Crenshaw 71-69-69-76—285
Raymond Floyd 71-72-71-71—285
Hubert Green 67-74-72-72—285
Don January 69-76-71-69—285
Gene Littler 71-72-73-69—285
John Schlee 75-73-69-68—285
Billy Casper 72-72-73-69—286
Jim Colbert 72-71-69-74—286
Rod Funseth 72-67-74-73—286
Jerry Pate 70-72-74-70—286
Tom Weiskopf 73-71-71-71—286
George Archer 74-74-69-70—287
Andy Bean 74-70-71-72—287
Danny Edwards 72-74-68-73—287
Lee Elder 76-68-72-71—287
Gary Player 71-70-72-74—287
Billy Kratzert 69-71-78-70—288
Andy North 74-74-71-69—288
Arnold Palmer 76-71-71-70—288
Bob Wynn 75-73-70-70—288
Isao Aoki 73-76-70-70—289
Bruce Lietzke 73-71-72-73—289
Jerry McGee 73-73-72-71—289
Graham Marsh 77-72-72-69—290
Bob Murphy 74-72-71-73—290
Seve Ballesteros 74-75-70-72—291
Mark Hayes 71-72-72-76—291
Tommy Aaron 73-72-73-74—292
Johnny Miller 78-71-69-74—292
B. Shearer 74-67-75-76—292
Art Wall Jr. 75-74-71-72—292
Dave Hill 71-72-76-74—293
J.C. Snead 72-76-73-72—293
Dave Stockton 73-72-75-73—293
Bud Allin 71-74-75-74—294
Bruce Devlin 75-69-77-73—294
Gary Koch 78-71-72-73—294
Mac McLendon 72-70-78-75—295
Lyn Lott 76-72-77-71—296
Peter Oosterhuis 73-75-76-72—296
Mike Morley 75-73-73-76—297
a-Bill Sander 80-69-78-72—299
a-John Fought 73-74-78-78—303

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