1960 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1960 Masters was the 24th time the tournament was played. Arnold Palmer won this year for his second Masters win, birdying the final two holes to pip Ken Venturi by one stroke.

Winner: Arnold Palmer, 282

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

Tournament dates: April 7-10, 1960

Leader after first round: Arnold Palmer, 67

Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer, 140

Leader after third round: Arnold Palmer, 212

What Happened in the 1960 Masters Tournament

Arnold Palmer went wire-to-wire to win the 1960 Masters, holding the outright lead after each round. But he had to birdie the final two holes to beat runner-up Ken Venturi by one stroke.

It was Palmer's second victory in The Masters, after his 1958 win in which Palmer and Venturi were involved in a major rules dispute. The ultimate ruling on that dispute favored Palmer, and Venturi was still complaining about it decades later.

In 1960, Venturi was one of five golfers trailing Palmer by one stroke going into the final round. When Venturi finished the front nine, he had the lead at 6-under; when Palmer made the turn, he was at 4-under. Venturi bogeyed No. 11 to drop to 5-under, then made all pars the rest of the way. He posted 283 as the clubhouse leader.

Nothing much was happening for Palmer over the first seven holes of the back nine, all pars. He missed a birdie putt on the 16th when the ball bounced off the flagstick (it was legal then to leave the flagstick in the hole).

On the 17th tee, Palmer trailed Venturi by one. Then he tied Venturi with a 20-foot birdie putt that just barely reached and dropped into the hole. On the final hole, Palmer knocked his approach shot to four feet, then made the birdie putt to claim the victory.

Palmer was just the second wire-to-wire winner of The Masters, after Craig Wood (1941). It was Palmer's 18th career win on the PGA Tour and his second overall major championship victory.

Venturi, who, like Palmer, scored 70 in the final round, finished solo second. One of the golfers who started the final round tied for second place was Ben Hogan. But Hogan had a 76 and finished tied for sixth.

There was another rules issue at the 1960 Masters, too. In the first round, Dow Finsterwald, after holing out on one hole, dropped his ball back onto the green and hit a few practice strokes. At the time, that was only a violation of a local rule put in place by Augusta National. Finsterwald was unaware of that, but after being informed the next day reported his rules violation. He received a two-stroke penalty, and he wound up finishing in third place by ... two strokes.

Jack Nicklaus, playing as an amateur in his second Masters, made his first Masters cut and finished tied for 13th. Nicklaus and Billy Joe Patton shared low amateur honors.

And a big Masters tradition was introduced this year: The Par-3 Contest was played for the first time. Sam Snead was the first winner.

1960 Masters Final Scores

Arnold Palmer 67-73-72-70—282
Ken Venturi 73-69-71-70—283
Dow Finsterwald 71-70-72-71—284
Billy Casper 71-71-71-74—287
Julius Boros 72-71-70-75—288
Walt Burkemo 72-69-75-73—289
Ben Hogan 73-68-72-76—289
Gary Player 72-71-72-74—289
Lionel Hebert 74-70-73-73—290
Stan Leonard 72-72-72-74—290
Jack Burke Jr. 72-72-74-74—292
Sam Snead 73-74-72-73—292
Ted Kroll 72-76-71-74—293
a-Jack Nicklaus 75-71-72-75—293
a-Billy Joe Patton 75-72-74-72—293
Bruce Crampton 74-73-75-72—294
Claude Harmon 69-72-75-78—294
Fred Hawkins 69-78-72-75—294
Mike Souchak 72-75-72-75—294
Tommy Bolt 73-74-75-73—295
Don January 70-72-74-79—295
Ed Oliver 74-75-73-73—295
Bob Rosburg 74-74-71-76—295
a-Frank Taylor 70-74-73-78—295
a-Tommy Aaron 74-75-75-73—297
Doug Ford 74-72-80-71—297
Billy Maxwell 72-71-79-75—297
Dave Ragan 74-73-75-75—297
George Bayer 73-73-80-72—298
a-Deane Beman 71-72-77-78—298
a-Dick Crawford 74-72-75-77—298
Doug Sanders 73-71-81-73—298
a-Gene Andrews 73-76-77-73—299
Jerry Barber 76-73-74-77—300
Jack Fleck 78-71-77-74—300
a-Chuck Kocsis 76-72-78-74—300
Dave Marr 73-77-77-73—300
Harry Weetman 70-78-74-78—300
a-Charlie Coe 72-74-78-77—301
Chick Harbert 73-77-74-77—301
Jay Hebert 69-77-78-77—301
Jim Turnesa 76-73-73-79—301
Lloyd Mangrum 74-74-76-78—302
Lew Worsham 72-76-74-84—306
a-Ward Wettlaufer 73-77-83-78—311

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