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1961 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1961 Masters Golf Tournament

Gary Player survived a trip to the greenside bunker on No. 18 on the tournament's final hole. Arnold Palmer didn't.

Player and Palmer both hit into the greenside bunker on the 18th hole of the final round. Palmer was going for his third win at The Masters, and Player for his first. Player got up-and-down for a par, but Palmer double-bogied for a six and fell one stroke behind.

That exchange gave Player the win at the 1961 Masters, and made the South African the first international golfer to win The Masters.

Tied for second with Palmer was amateur Charlie Coe. Amateurs have finished second or tied for second three times in Masters history, and Coe's runner-up at the 1961 Masters is the most recent time it's happened. Coe was a lifelong amateur, winning the U.S. Amateur twice and playing in The Masters 19 times.

In his final Masters appearance as an amateur, Jack Nicklaus finished tied for seventh.

1961 Masters Scores
Results from the 1961 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Gary Player 69-68-69-74--280 $20,000
a-Charlie Coe 72-71-69-69--281  
Arnold Palmer 68-69-73-71--281 $12,000
Tommy Bolt 72-71-74-68--285 $7,000
Don January 74-68-72-71--285 $7,000
Paul Harney 71-73-68-74--286 $4,800
Jack Burke Jr. 76-70-68-73--287 $3,200
Billy Casper 72-77-69-69--287 $3,200
Bill Collins 74-72-67-74--287 $3,200
a-Jack Nicklaus 70-75-70-72--287  
Walt Burkemo 74-69-73-72--288 $1,666
a-Robert Gardner 74-71-72-71--288  
Doug Sanders 76-71-68-73--288 $1,666
Ken Venturi 72-71-72-73--288 $1,666
Stan Leonard 72-74-71-72--289 $1,300
Gene Littler 72-73-72-72--289 $1,300
Bob Rosburg 68-73-73-75--289 $1,300
Sam Snead 74-73-69-73--289 $1,300
Dick Mayer 76-72-70-73--291 $1,133
Johnny Pott 71-75-72-73--291 $1,133
Peter Thomson 73-76-68-74--291 $1,133
Robert De Vicenzo 73-74-71-74--292 $1,000
Lew Worsham 74-71-73-74--292 $1,000
Antonio Cerda 73-73-72-75--293 $1,000
Fred Hawkins 74-75-72-72--293 $1,000
Ted Kroll 73-70-72-78--293 $1,000
Al Balding 74-74-70-76--294 $1,000
Mason Rudolph 77-69-72-77--295 $500
Mike Souchak 75-72-75-73--295 $500
Jay Hebert 72-75-69-80--296 $500
Lionel Hebert 74-69-74-79--296 $500
Doug Ford 71-76-78-73--298 $500
Ben Hogan 74-73-72-79--298 $500
Byron Nelson 71-72-78-77--298 $500
Chick Harbert 74-73-76-76--299 $500
Bob Goalby 74-73-76-77--300 $500
Jerry Barber 74-72-78-77--301 $500
Miguel Sala 74-75-78-81--308 $500

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