Ben Hogan in The Masters: Wins, Yearly Scores and Finishes

Ben Hogan played in The Masters Tournament 25 times. He won twice, finished second four times, had nine Top 5s, and 17 out of those 25 Masters he finished in the Top 10. That included the last one he played.

Below we'll show you the yearly list of Hogan's scores and finishes in The Masters, as well as go over the two times he lost in playoffs. But first, let's take a look at those two wins.

Hogan's Two Masters Wins

  • 1951 Masters: This was the fifth time Hogan won a major championship, and he won this Masters by two strokes over runner-up Skee Riegel. Hogan trailed Riegel and co-leader Sam Snead by one after the third round, but in the final round Hogan shot 68, Riegel 71 and Snead a dismal 80.

  • 1953 Masters: Hogan's second Masters win was the seventh of his nine major championship victories. He took the lead after the second round, led by four after the third round, and won by five over runner-up Porky Oliver. His 274 total lowered the Masters scoring record by five strokes.

How Ben Hogan Fared Every Year in The Masters

Here are Hogan's yearly scores and finishes in the tournament at Augusta National:
  • 1938: 75-76-78-72—301 (+13), tied for 25th
  • 1939: 75-71-72-72—290 (+2), ninth
  • 1940: 73-74-69-74—290 (+2), tied for 10th
  • 1941: 71-72-75-68—286 (−2), fourth
  • 1942: 73-70-67-70—280 (-8), second (lost playoff)
  • 1943: no tournament
  • 1944: no tournament
  • 1945: no tournament
  • 1946: 74-70-69-70—283 (−5), second
  • 1947: 75-68-71-70—284 (-4), tied for fourth
  • 1948: 70-71-77-71—289 (+1), tied for sixth
  • 1949: did not play
  • 1950: 73-68-71-76—288 (E), tied for fourth
  • 1951: 70-72-70-68—280 (-8), won
  • 1952: 70-70-74-79—293 (+5), tied for seventh
  • 1953: 70-69-66-69—274 (−14), won
  • 1954: 72-73-69-75—289 (+1), second (lost playoff)
  • 1955: 73-68-72-73—286 (−2), second
  • 1956: 69-78-74-75—296 (+8), tied for eighth
  • 1957: 76-75—151 (+7), missed cut
  • 1958: 72-77-69-73—291 (+3), tied for 14th
  • 1959: 73-74-76-72—295 (+7), tied for 30th
  • 1960: 73-68-72-76—289 (+1), tied for sixth
  • 1961: 74-73-72-79—298 (+10), tied for 32nd
  • 1962: 78-71-75-73—297 (+9), 38th
  • 1963: did not play
  • 1964: 73-75-67-72—287 (−1), tied for ninth
  • 1965: 71-75-71-74—291 (+3), tied for 21st
  • 1966: 74-71-73-77—295 (+7), tied for 13th
  • 1967: 74-73-66-77—290 (+2), tied for 10th

Hogan's Playoff Losses, Other Seconds at The Masters

Ben Hogan finished in second place in The Masters Tournament four times, in 1942, 1946, 1954 and 1955. When he was runner-up in 1954, Hogan became the first three-time bridesmaid at Augusta National. When he was runner-up again in 1955, he was the first to place second in this tournament four times. And Hogan still shares the tournament record for most second-place finishes (Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf later matched him).

His two losses in playoffs were in 1942 (when he had not yet won a major) and 1954. In 1942, Hogan faced his lifelong friend and rival Byron Nelson in an 18-hole playoff, and Nelson beat Hogan by one stroke, 69 to 70. In 1954, Hogan lost to another giant of the era, Sam Snead, again by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff. This time it was Snead 70, Hogan 71.

As for Hogan's other two runner-up showings: In the 1946 Masters, Hogan three-putted the final green to finish one stroke behind Herman Keiser; and in the 1955 Masters, Hogan was a distant seven shots behind winner Cary Middlecoff.

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