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1956 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1956 Masters Golf Tournament

Has an amateur ever won The Masters? No, although three times an amateur finished solo second or tied for second. The 1956 Masters is one of those times, and is the best-known, because the amateur who finished second was Ken Venturi.

Venturi opened the tournament with a 66, held the lead at the midway point, and, despite a third-round 75, took a four-stroke lead into the final round. The final round was played in very windy, tough conditions, and only two golfers broke par that day. Venturi wasn't one of them.

But Jack Burke Jr. was. Burke, who began the final round eight strokes behind Venturi, shot a 71, while Venturi struggled to an 80. That 9-stroke difference turned out to be the difference in the tournament, as Burke won by one over Venturi.

The 8-stroke final-round deficit that Burke made up makes this the biggest come-from-behind win in Masters history. But the tough scoring conditions also make Burke's 1-over 289 total the highest winning score in Masters history, tied with Sam Snead's total in the 1954 Masters.

The 1956 Masters was the last one without a cut.

1956 Masters Scores
Results from the 1956 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Jack Burke Jr. 72-71-75-71--289 $6,000
a-Ken Venturi 66-69-75-80--290  
Cary Middlecoff 67-72-75-77--291 $3,750
Lloyd Mangrum 72-74-72-74--292 $2,397
Sam Snead 73-76-72-71--292 $2,397
Jerry Barber 71-72-76-75--294 $1,350
Doug Ford 70-72-75-77--294 $1,350
Tommy Bolt 68-74-78-76--296 $976
Ben Hogan 69-78-74-75--296 $976
Shelley Mayfield 68-74-80-74--296 $976
Johnny Palmer 76-74-74-73--297 $825
Pete Cooper 72-70-77-79--298 $735
Gene Littler 73-77-74-74--298 $735
a-Billy Joe Patton 70-76-79-73--298  
Sam Urzetta 73-75-76-74--298 $735
Bob Rosburg 70-74-81-74--299 $675
Walt Burkemo 72-74-78-76--300 $650
Roberto De Vicenzo 75-72-78-75--300 $650
a-Hillman Robbins 73-73-78-76--300  
Mike Souchak 73-73-74-80--300 $650
Arnold Palmer 73-75-74-79--301 $615
Frank Stranahan 72-75-79-76--302 $615
Jim Turnesa 74-74-74-80--302 $615
Julius Boros 73-78-72-80--303 $480
Dow Finsterwald 74-73-79-77--303 $480
Ed Furgol 74-75-78-76--303 $480
Stan Leonard 75-75-79-74--303 $480
Al Mengert 74-72-79-78--303 $480
Al Balding 75-78-77-74--304 $300
Vic Ghezzi 74-77-77-76--304 $300
Fred Haas Jr. 78-72-75-79--304 $300
Fred Hawkins 71-73-76-84--304 $300
Walter Inman 73-75-74-82--304 $300
Jimmy Demaret 73-75-76-81--305 $300
Billy Maxwell 75-75-81-74--305 $300
Art Wall Jr. 75-80-75-75--305 $300
a-Harvie Ward Jr. 76-70-81-78--305  
Lew Worsham 74-72-80-79--305 $300
Byron Nelson 73-75-78-80--306 $300
Chick Harbert 73-76-78-80--307 $300
Bob Harris 73-79-77-78--307 $300
Skee Riegel 72-79-76-80--307 $300
a-Bill Campbell 77-78-77-76--308  
Jack Fleck 74-77-76-81--308 $300
Dick Mayer 75-74-81-78--308 $300
a-Rex Baxter Jr. 76-79-79-75--309  
Claude Harmon 77-79-76-77--309 $300
Henry Picard 75-76-82-76--309 $300
Bud Holscher 73-81-80-76--310 $300
Gene Sarazen 77-75-78-80--310 $300
a-James Jackson 77-74-76-84--311  
Ted Kroll 75-75-79-82--311 $300
a-Bruce Cudd 78-77-84-74--313  
Jay Hebert 74-76-82-81--313 $300
Bill Hyndman 79-77-77-80--313 $300
a-Joe Campbell 77-80-78-79--314  
a-Edwark Hopkins Jr. 76-76-82-80--314  
a-Don Bisplinghoff 77-80-81-78--316  
Don Fairfield 78-75-77-86--316 $300
a-Ed Meister Jr. 78-78-84-76--316  
a-Joe Conrad 76-79-81-81--317  
Lionel Hebert 77-77-80-83--317 $300
Ernie Vossler 78-79-83-77--317 $300
George Schneiter 77-80-82-79--318 $300
a-Dick Chapman 79-82-82-76--319  
a-Dale Morey 83-75-83-78--319  
Sam Parks Jr. 80-82-76-81--319 $300
Henry Cotton 77-83-81-80--321 $300
a-James McCoy 77-81-81-82--321  
Craig Wood 76-80-78-88--322 $300
Denny Shute 82-79-89-74--324 $300
a-Don Cherry 79-81-81-84--325  
Lawson Little 77-81-85-82--325 $300
a-William Boce 82-80-87-77--326  
Johnny Revolta 84-81-79-84--328 $300
Horton Smith 86-84-84-82--336 $300
a-Charles Kunkle 78-82-85-95--340  

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