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1963 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1963 Masters Golf Tournament

The first professional victory for Jack Nicklaus was a major, the 1962 U.S. Open, where Nicklaus defeated Arnold Palmer in an 18-hole playoff. After that playoff Palmer said, "Now that the big guy's out of the cage, everybody better run for cover."

The 1963 Masters was the fifth PGA Tour win for Nicklaus, and his second major. The "big guy" was definitely out of the cage. He would go on to dominate golf over the next 12 years, and continue winning well after that - claiming his final Masters win 23 years after this first one, in 1986.

Nicklaus entered the final round of the 1963 Masters with a 1-stroke lead, and he ended it with a 1-stroke victory over "Champagne" Tony Lema.

Nicklaus held off a sterling group of challengers: Lema, Julius Boros, Sam Snead, Dow Finsterwald, Ed Furgol, Don January, Palmer, Billy Casper ... all of whom were, or would become, major champions. Snead finished tied for third, the last of his nine career Top 5 finishes at The Masters (which is tied for second most Top 5 finishes behind - of course - Nicklaus).

Gene Sarazen, winner of the second Masters played (1935), made the cut at the 1963 Masters, his final cut made in this tournament. Sarazen later became one of the Masters honorary starters, a tradition that began right here at the 1963 Masters with Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod hitting ceremonial opening tee balls.

The 1963 Masters was also the final playing appearance by Horton Smith, the very first Masters champion. Smith won the inaugural tournament in 1934.

1963 Masters Scores
Results from the 1963 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Jack Nicklaus 74-66-74-72--286 $20,000
Tony Lema 74-69-74-70--287 $12,000
Julius Boros 76-69-71-72--288 $7,000
Sam Snead 70-73-74-71--288 $7,000
Dow Finsterwald 74-73-73-69--289 $4,000
Ed Furgol 70-71-74-74--289 $4,000
Gary Player 71-74-74-70--289 $4,000
Bo Wininger 69-72-77-72--290 $2,400
Don January 73-75-72-71--291 $1,800
Arnold Palmer 74-73-73-71--291 $1,800
Billy Casper 79-72-71-70--292 $1,350
Bruce Crampton 74-74-72-72--292 $1,350
Doug Ford 75-73-75-69--292 $1,350
Mike Souchak 69-70-79-74--292 $1,350
Bob Charles 74-72-76-71--293 $1,100
Chen Ching-Po 76-71-71-75--293 $1,100
Billy Maxwell 72-75-76-70--293 $1,100
Dick Mayer 73-70-80-70--293 $1,100
Mason Rudolph 75-72-72-74--293 $1,100
Dan Sikes 74-76-72-71--293 $1,100
Stan Leonard 74-72-73-75--294 $1,000
Johnny Pott 75-76-74-69--294 $1,000
Art Wall Jr. 75-74-73-72--294 $1,000
Wes Ellis 74-72-79-70--295 $1,000
Gene Littler 77-72-78-68--295 $1,000
Bobby Nichols 76-74-73-72--295 $1,000
Jay Hebert 70-70-81-75--296 $750
George Bayer 71-75-84-67--297 $750
Tommy Jacobs 78-74-73-72--297 $750
Doug Sanders 73-74-77-73--297 $750
Alvie Thompson 79-72-75-71--297 $750
a-Labron Harris Jr. 79-71-73-75--298  
Dave Ragan 74-75-76-73--298 $750
Ken Venturi 77-74-77-71--299 $750
a-Bill Hyndman 74-72-80-74--300  
Kel Nagle 75-74-76-75--300 $750
Tommy Bolt 75-76-76-74--301 $750
a-Charlie Coe 72-75-79-75--301  
a-Homero Blancas 75-77-76-74--302  
Antonio Cerda 75-71-78-78--302 $750
Lionel Hebert 75-74-77-76--302 $750
Jack Fleck 74-77-77-75--303 $750
Walter Burkemo 75-77-78-74--304 $750
Jimmy Demaret 75-75-81-73--304 $750
Herman Keiser 75-77-79-74--305 $750
a-Downing Gray 73-76-81-76--306  
a-R.H. Sikes 76-76-77-77--306  
a-Billy Joe Patton 80-72-74-81--307  
Gene Sarazen 74-73-81-80--308 $750

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