1961 Masters: Player Over Palmer

Gary Player got up-and-down from a bunker on the final hole when Arnold Palmer couldn't, and that was the difference in this, the 25th edition of The Masters.

Winner: Gary Player, 280

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

Tournament dates: April 6-10, 1961

Leader after first round: Arnold Palmer and Bob Rosburg, 68

Leader after second round: Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, 137

Leader after third round: Gary Player, 206

Notable Notes: No international golfer had won The Masters prior to 1961 — all previous Masters champions were Americans. No surprise that Gary Player was the international who first claimed the trophy.

Player surged ahead of defending champ Arnold Palmer with a third-round 69, taking a 4-stroke lead into the final round. Then he stumbled a bit with a 74, but held on to beat Palmer and amateur Charlie Coe by one shot. Palmer probably should have one — he led Player on the final hole — but Palmer had bunker problems and double-bogied the final hole.

Final Scores

Gary Player 69-68-69-74—280
a-Charlie Coe 72-71-69-69—281
Arnold Palmer 68-69-73-71—281
Tommy Bolt 72-71-74-68—285
Don January 74-68-72-71—285
Paul Harney 71-73-68-74—286
Jack Burke Jr. 76-70-68-73—287
Billy Casper 72-77-69-69—287
Bill Collins 74-72-67-74—287
a-Jack Nicklaus 70-75-70-72—287
Walt Burkemo 74-69-73-72—288
a-Robert Gardner 74-71-72-71—288
Doug Sanders 76-71-68-73—288
Ken Venturi 72-71-72-73—288
Stan Leonard 72-74-71-72—289
Gene Littler 72-73-72-72—289
Bob Rosburg 68-73-73-75—289
Sam Snead 74-73-69-73—289
Dick Mayer 76-72-70-73—291
Johnny Pott 71-75-72-73—291
Peter Thomson 73-76-68-74—291
Robert De Vicenzo 73-74-71-74—292
Lew Worsham 74-71-73-74—292
Antonio Cerda 73-73-72-75—293
Fred Hawkins 74-75-72-72—293
Ted Kroll 73-70-72-78—293
Al Balding 74-74-70-76—294
Mason Rudolph 77-69-72-77—295
Mike Souchak 75-72-75-73—295
Jay Hebert 72-75-69-80—296
Lionel Hebert 74-69-74-79—296
Doug Ford 71-76-78-73—298
Ben Hogan 74-73-72-79—298
Byron Nelson 71-72-78-77—298
Chick Harbert 74-73-76-76—299
Bob Goalby 74-73-76-77—300
Jerry Barber 74-72-78-77—301
Miguel Sala 74-75-78-81—308

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