1988 Masters Tournament Winner and Scores

Sandy Lyle won the 1988 Masters, the 52nd edition of the golf major. It was Lyle's second major championship victory. He secured this win by birdieing the tournament's final hole.

Winner: Sandy Lyle, 281

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

Tournament dates: April 7-10, 1988

Leader after first round: Larry Nelson and Robert Wrenn, 69

Leader after second round: Sandy Lyle, 138

Leader after third round: Sandy Lyle, 210

What Happened in the 1988 Masters Tournament

Scotsman Sandy Lyle picked up his second major championship victory at the 1988 Masters, beating Mark Calcavecchia by one stroke. And that meant one thing to past winners of The Masters: Haggis would be on the menu at the 1989 Champions Dinner.

It turned out to be Lyle's final win on the PGA Tour, although he won four more times on the European Tour.

Lyle reached the 72nd hole tied with Calcavecchia at 6-under. A playoff appeared likely when Lyle's drive found the fairway bunker. But he hit a brilliant recovery shot, a 7-iron to within 10 feet of the cup. And then Lyle rolled in the downhill birdie putt for the win.

Lyle was the leader at the midway point, and carried the lead into the final round. But he hit into Rae's Creek in front of the 12th green in the final round (his ball hit the bank and rolled back down into the water) and made double-bogey. That dropped him into a tie, and Calcavecchia took the lead with a birdie on the 13th.

Calcavecchia parred out from there. But Lyle birdied the 16th to regain a tie for the lead, then birdied the 18th to win it.

Lyle was not only the first Scotsman to win The Masters, but the first British golfer to do so. And yes, the following year at Augusta National haggis (minced organ meats, suet and oatmeal cooked inside a sheep's stomach) was on the Champions Dinner menu.

Art Wall, the 1959 Masters champion, played the tournament for the final time this year, missing the cut.

1988 Masters Final Scores

Sandy Lyle 71-67-72-71—281
Mark Calcavecchia 71-69-72-70—282
Craig Stadler 76-69-70-68—283
Ben Crenshaw 72-73-67-72—284
Fred Couples 75-68-71-71—285
Greg Norman 77-73-71-64—285
Don Pooley 71-72-72-70—285
David Frost 73-74-71-68—286
Bernhard Langer 71-72-71-73—287
Tom Watson 72-71-73-71—287
Seve Ballesteros 73-72-70-73—288
Raymond Floyd 80-69-68-71—288
Lanny Wadkins 74-75-69-70—288
Nick Price 75-76-72-66—289
Doug Tewell 75-73-68-73—289
Mark McNulty 74-71-73-72—290
Dan Pohl 78-70-69-73—290
Fuzzy Zoeller 76-66-72-76—290
T.C. Chen 76-73-72-70—291
Hubert Green 74-70-75-72—291
Chip Beck 73-70-76-73—292
Jack Nicklaus 75-73-72-72—292
Curtis Strange 76-70-72-74—292
Mark McCumber 79-71-72-71—293
Isao Aoki 74-74-73-73—294
Gary Koch 72-73-74-75—294
Payne Stewart 75-76-71-72—294
Robert Wrenn 69-75-76-74—294
Rodger Davis 77-72-71-75—295
Nick Faldo 75-74-75-72—296
Steve Jones 74-74-75-73—296
Mac O'Grady 74-73-76-73—296
Tommy Nakajima 74-72-77-74—297
Larry Nelson 69-78-75-75—297
Bob Tway 74-73-74-76—297
Ken Brown 73-78-69-78—298
Andy North 74-74-75-75—298
Steve Pate 75-76-75-72—298
Mark O'Meara 74-76-74-76—300
a-Jay Sigel 77-72-73-78—300
Joey Sindelar 79-70-74-77—300
Gary Hallberg 73-69-80-79—301
Corey Pavin 76-75-75-75—301
Tom Kite 73-76-77-76—302
Larry Mize 78-71-76-79—304
Jeff Sluman 80-71-78-75—304

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Augusta National Golf Club. Masters 2024 Media Guide, "1950 Masters Tournament"
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