1978 Masters: Ready? Player Won

The 1978 Masters was won by Gary Player, his third Masters victory, in a huge final-round comeback. It was the 42nd edition of the tournament.

Winner: Gary Player, 277

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

Tournament dates: April 6-9, 1978

Leader after first round: John Schlee, 68

Leader after second round: Lee Trevino and Rod Funseth, 139

Leader after third round: Hubert Green, 206

Notable Notes: Gary Player trailed by seven shots entering the final round, not even an afterthought as a contender. He went out well before the third-round leaders, shot a 64, and waited to see if anyone could match his 277. Nobody could. It was Player's third Masters win, the last of his nine major championship victories. He was 42 years old.

Third-round leader Hubert Green shot a respectable even-par 72 in the final round and tied Rod Funseth as runner-up. ... Tommy Nakajima made a 13 on the 13th hole in the third round. ... Jack Nicklaus was the victim of a phone-in death threat during the tournament (but still finished in the Top 10).

Final Scores

Gary Player 72-72-69-64—277
Rod Funseth 73-66-70-69—278
Hubert Green 72-69-65-72—278
Tom Watson 73-68-68-69—278
Wally Armstrong 72-70-70-68—280
Billy Kratzert 70-74-67-69—280
Jack Nicklaus 72-73-69-67—281
Hale Irwin 73-67-71-71—282
David Graham 75-69-67-72—283
Joe Inman 69-73-72-69—283
Don January 72-70-72-70—284
Jerry McGee 71-73-71-69—284
Tom Weiskopf 72-71-70-71—284
Peter Oosterhuis 74-70-70-71—285
Lee Trevino 70-69-72-74—285
Raymond Floyd 76-71-71-68—286
a-Lindy Miller 74-71-70-71—286
Seve Ballesteros 74-71-68-74—287
Tom Kite 71-74-71-71—287
Gil Morgan 73-73-70-71—287
Jerry Pate 72-71-72-72—287
Ed Sneed 74-70-70-73—287
Lanny Wadkins 74-70-73-70—287
Miller Barber 75-67-73-73—288
Andy Bean 76-68-73-71—288
Gene Littler 72-68-70-78—288
Leonard Thompson 72-69-75-72—288
Bobby Cole 77-70-70-72—289
Gay Brewer 73-71-69-77—290
Mac McLendon 72-72-72-74—290
Bill Rogers 76-70-68-76—290
Jim Colbert 74-73-75-69—291
Terry Diehl 74-72-74-71—291
Johnny Miller 77-72-72-70—291
Andy North 73-76-72-70—291
Tommy Aaron 73-74-71-74—292
Ben Crenshaw 75-70-74-74—293
Mike Hill 73-75-74-71—293
Arnold Palmer 73-69-74-77—293
Tom Purtzer 78-69-74-72—293
Lyn Lott 72-76-71-75—294
Lee Elder 73-75-74-73—295
Al Geiberger 75-73-75-72—295
John Schlee 68-75-77-75—295
a-Vance Heafner 73-74-74-75—296
Dave Hill 72-76-74-74—296
Jay Haas 74-73-74-76—297
a-Gary Hallberg 73-73-78-73—297
a-Dick Siderowf 77-72-78-71—298
Bob Wynn 74-70-78-77—299
Steve Melnyk 71-78-75-76—300
Bob Goalby 73-75-78-75—301
a-Peter McEvoy 73-75-77-77—302

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