1972 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

Jack Nicklaus won the 1972 Masters, which was the 36th time the tournament was played. And it was Nicklaus' fourth career win in The Masters, which tied the tournament record previously held alone by Arnold Palmer. In tough scoring conditions, Nicklaus the only golfer to finish below par.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 286

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

Tournament dates: April 6-9, 1972

Leader after first round: Jack Nicklaus, 68

Leader after second round: Jack Nicklaus, 139

Leader after third round: Jack Nicklaus, 212

What Happened at the 1972 Masters Tournament

Jack Nicklaus took the lead on Day 1 with a 68 and never gave it up for a wire-to-wire win at the 1972 Masters. With the win, Nicklaus became the second golfer to collect four victories in The Masters. Arnold Palmer was the first to get to four Masters wins, his last coming in 1964.

Nicklaus had previously won the 1963, 1965 and 1966 Masters. (He went on to win another two, the 1975 Masters and 1986 Masters, setting the record of six wins.) His victory here, in the 1972 Masters, was Nicklaus' 10th win as a professional in major championships.

Nicklaus won the 1972 U.S. Open a couple months later, then finished in second by one stroke at the 1972 Open Championship. It was the closest Nicklaus came to winning three majors in one calendar year.

The runners-up at Augusta National were Bruce Crampton, Bobby Mitchell and Tom Weiskopf. Weiskopf had four career seconds in The Masters, tied for the tournament record. And Crampton was runner-up to Nicklaus in four different majors.

Five amateurs made the cut at the 1972 Masters. Among them were future 2-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, and future U.S. Open winner Tom Kite. Crenshaw and Kite were teammates on the University of Texas golf team at the time. Also making the cut as an amateur was Jim McLean, who later became one of the most famous golf instructors in the game.

The 1972 Masters was the first one played without tournament founder Bobby Jones, who died in December of 1971.

Nicklaus held the outright lead after each round. He was just the third winner in Masters history to win wire-to-wire holding the outright lead (no ties) after each round. The first was Craig Wood in the 1941 Masters, and Arnold Palmer did it in the 1960 Masters.

1972 Masters Final Scores

Jack Nicklaus 68-71-73-74—286
Bruce Crampton 72-75-69-73—289
Bobby Mitchell 73-72-71-73—289
Tom Weiskopf 74-71-70-74—289
Homero Blancas 76-71-69-74—290
Bruce Devlin 74-75-70-71—290
Jerry Heard 73-71-72-74—290
Jim Jamieson 72-70-71-77—290
Jerry McGee 73-74-71-72—290
Gary Player 73-75-72-71—291
Dave Stockton 76-70-74-71—291
George Archer 73-75-72-72—292
Charles Coody 73-70-74-75—292
Al Geiberger 76-70-74-72—292
Steve Melnyk 72-72-74-74—292
Bert Yancey 72-69-76-75—292
Billy Casper 75-71-74-74—294
Bob Goalby 73-76-72-73—294
a-Ben Crenshaw 73-74-74-74—295
Takaaki Kono 76-72-73-74—295
Lanny Wadkins 72-72-77-74—295
Bob Charles 72-76-74-74—296
Roberto De Vicenzo 75-69-76-76—296
Gardner Dickinson 77-72-73-74—296
Hubert Green 75-74-74-73—296
Paul Harney 71-69-75-81—296
Tony Jacklin 72-76-75-74—297
a-Tom Kite 74-74-76-73—297
Sam Snead 69-75-76-77—297
J.C. Snead 74-77-72-75—298
Bert Greene 75-75-77-72—299
Bobby Nichols 72-71-80-76—299
Harry Bannerman 78-72-72-78—300
Grier Jones 73-75-76-76—300
Arnold Palmer 70-75-74-81—300
Lee Trevino 75-76-77-72—300
Lu Liang-Huan 75-72-80-74—301
Gibby Gilbert 72-76-74-81—303
Peter Oosterhuis 74-76-80-73—303
Ken Still 74-77-77-76—304
Frank Beard 72-79-79-76—306
a-Jim Simons 71-79-76-80—306
a-Jim McLean 75-75-78-79—307
Bob Murphy 75-76-77-79—307
Larry Hinson 77-74-79-78—308
Bob Rosburg 74-73-83-78—308
a-Dewitt Weaver 74-76-81-79—310

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