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1954 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1954 Masters Golf Tournament

One of the better-known Sam Snead quotes is this: "The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt."

At the 1954 Masters, Sam Snead had to face one of those fears - Hogan - in an 18-hole playoff. And overcome that fear Snead did. Snead beat Hogan by one stroke in the playoff, shooting 70 to Hogan's 71. The victory was Snead's third at The Masters, which tied Jimmy Demaret's then-tournament record for most wins.

And it was Hogan's third runner-up finish in the tournament. Snead's 72-hole total of 289 is tied for the highest winning total ever in The Masters.

The 1954 Masters is also remembered as the tournament an amateur almost won. Billy Joe Patton was the second-round leader, and he held the outright lead in the final round when he reached the par-5 13th hole. After a great drive, Patton decided to go for the green in two, but his approach found the water and he wound up with a 7 on the hole. Patton eventually finished in third place, one stroke out of the playoff. (Patton's troubles at No. 13 helped Ben Crenshaw win the 1984 Masters - click that link to read how.)

For Snead, it was his seventh and last major championship victory, although he would remain competitive for another 20 years, and even make PGA Tour cuts in his 60s.

1954 Masters Scores
Results from the 1954 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Sam Snead 74-73-70-72--289 $5,000
Ben Hogan 72-73-69-75--289 $3,175
a-Billy Joe Patton 70-74-75-71--290  
Dutch Harrison 70-79-74-68--291 $1,937
Lloyd Mangrum 71-75-76-69--291 $1,937
Jerry Barber 74-76-71-71--292 $1,041
Jack Burke Jr. 71-77-73-71--292 $1,041
Bob Rosburg 73-73-76-70--292 $1,041
Al Besselink 74-74-74-72--294 $781
Cary Middlecoff 73-76-70-75--294 $781
a-Dick Chapman 75-75-75-70--295  
Tommy Bolt 73-74-72-77--296 $631
Chick Harbert 73-75-75-73--296 $631
Byron Nelson 73-76-74-73--296 $631
Lew Worsham 74-74-74-74--296 $631
Julius Boros 76-79-68-74--297 $562
Jay Hebert 79-74-74-70--297 $562
Peter Thomson 76-72-76-73--297 $562
a-Ken Venturi 76-74-73-74--297  
a-Charlie Coe 76-75-73-74--298  
a-Harvie Ward Jr. 78-75-74-71--298  
Walt Burkemo 74-77-75-73--299 $442
Pete Cooper 73-76-75-75--299 $442
Marty Furgol 76-79-75-69--299 $442
Gene Littler 79-75-73-72--299 $442
Ed Oliver 75-75-75-74--299 $442
Earl Stewart Jr. 78-75-75-71--299 $442
Bob Toski 80-74-71-74--299 $442
Jimmy Demaret 80-75-72-73--300 $333
Vic Ghezzi 73-79-73-75--300 $333
Dick Mayer 76-75-72-77--300 $333
Gardner Dickinson 73-78-76-74--301 $333
Jimmy Clark 76-82-72-72--302 $250
George Fazio 78-79-74-71--302 $250
Doug Ford 77-78-74-73--302 $250
Fred Haas Jr. 76-78-78-70--302 $250
Johnny Palmer 75-81-77-69--302 $250
Clarence Doser 74-78-72-79--303 $250
Lawson Little 76-77-74-76--303 $250
Al Mengert 76-79-73-75--303 $250
Skee Riegel 75-76-76-76--303 $250
Horton Smith 80-78-71-74--303 $250
Billy Maxwell 75-77-77-75--304 $250
a-Frank Stranahan 79-75-72-78--304  
Felice Torza 74-78-74-78--304 $250
Skip Alexander 80-77-73-75--305 $250
a-Bruce Cudd 76-78-73-78--305  
Leland Gibson 75-77-78-75--305 $250
Bud Holscher 78-77-73-77--305 $250
Bill Nary 78-74-78-75--305 $250
a-Bill Campbell 73-77-75-81--306  
Ted Kroll 78-76-75-77--306 $250
a-Arnold Blum 75-82-75-75--307  
Dave Douglas 72-76-77-82--307 $250
Claude Harmon 77-75-77-78--307 $250
Jack Isaacs 76-79-76-76--307 $250
Gene Sarazen 79-75-78-75--307 $250
a-Don Cherry 80-79-74-76--309  
Fred Hawkins 78-80-76-75--309 $250
Bill Ogden 81-76-77-76--310 $250
Johnny Revolta 81-79-75-75--310 $250
Jim Turnesa 83-79-75-73--310 $250
a-Bob Sweeny 81-76-79-76--312  
a-James Jackson 75-82-79-78--314  
a-Robert Kuntz 80-77-82-75--314  
a-Jimmy McHale 78-82-79-76--315  
a-Don Albert 77-79-83-77--316  
a-Angelo Santilli 79-81-82-75--317  
Denny Shute 73-85-82-77--317 $250
a-Raymond Palmer 84-78-80-77--319  
Craig Wood 87-80-78-75--320 $250
Sam Parks Jr. 86-79-79-80--324 $250

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