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1968 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1968 Masters Golf Tournament

The 1968 Masters is remembered for one of the most infamous incidents in major championship history: The Roberto De Vicenzo scorecard incident.

De Vicenzo, from Argentina, was in his mid-40s at the 1968 Masters, but was still winning regularly around the world. In fact, he was the reigning British Open champion when he arrived at Augusta in 1968.

De Vicenzo opened the final round in contention, then thrust himself to the top of the leaderboard with a mostly impeccable fourth round. He shot 31 on the front nine, then a record. He closed with a birdie on No. 17 but a bogey on the final hole, and posted 65.

At the end of the day, De Vicenzo was tied with Bob Goalby. The two should have returned on Monday for an 18-hole playoff.

Except that De Vicenzo's final-round playing partner, Tommy Aaron, had made a mistake on De Vicenzo's scorecard. Aaron gave De Vicenzo a par (4) on the 17th hole rather than the birdie (3) De Vicenzo had actually made.

And De Vicenzo failed to catch the error. When he signed the scorecard, De Vicenzo was guilty of turning in an incorrect scorecard. Under the rules of the time, the higher score that De Vicenzo signed for stood, meaning that he was credited with a 66 rather than the 65 he actually shot. And meaning that he was one stroke off the lead rather than tied and heading into a playoff.

So De Vicenzo finished second at the 1968 Masters and Bob Goalby was the winner. When De Vicenzo realized his mistake, he exclaimed "What a stupid I am!" Words that live on in golf history. De Vicenzo never won another major, although he did win the PGA Tour's Houston Open three weeks later. (Tommy Aaron went on to win the 1973 Masters, where, ironically, he caught a mistake on his scorecard made by his playing partner.)

The scorecard incident has overshadowed the fact that Goalby was the winner, but Goalby did his part to earn the Green Jacket, closing with a final-round 66. Goalby won 11 times on the PGA Tour. His nephew is Jay Haas.

Something else that happened at the 1968 Masters: Arnold Palmer missed the cut. It was Arnie's first missed cut at The Masters, a tournament he won four times.

1968 Masters Scores
Results from the 1968 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Bob Goalby 70-70-71-66--277 $20,000
Roberto De Vicenzo 69-73-70-66--278 $15,000
Bert Yancey 71-71-72-65--279 $10,000
Bruce Devlin 69-73-69-69--280 $7,500
Frank Beard 75-65-71-70--281 $5,500
Jack Nicklaus 69-71-74-67--281 $5,500
Tommy Aaron 69-72-72-69--282 $3,460
Raymond Floyd 71-71-69-71--282 $3,460
Lionel Hebert 72-71-71-68--282 $3,460
Jerry Pittman 70-73-70-69--282 $3,460
Gary Player 72-67-71-72--282 $3,460
Miller Barber 75-69-68-71--283 $2,850
Doug Sanders 76-69-70-68--283 $2,850
Don January 71-68-72-73--284 $2,650
Mason Rudolph 73-73-72-66--284 $2,650
Julius Boros 73-71-70-71--285 $2,400
Billy Casper 68-75-73-69--285 $2,400
Tom Weiskopf 74-71-69-71--285 $2,400
Bob Charles 75-71-70-70--286 $2,200
Dave Marr 74-71-71-71--287 $2,050
Kermit Zarley 70-73-74-70--287 $2,050
George Archer 75-71-72-70--288 $1,760
Gardner Dickinson 74-71-72-71--288 $1,760
a-Vinny Giles 71-72-72-73--288  
Harold Henning 72-71-71-74--288 $1,760
Tony Jacklin 69-73-74-72--288 $1,760
Art Wall Jr. 74-74-73-67--288 $1,760
Jay Hebert 74-71-71-73--289 $1,400
George Knudson 75-71-72-71--289 $1,400
Charles Coody 76-72-72-70--290 $1,400
Al Geiberger 76-70-72-72--290 $1,400
Kel Nagle 76-71-72-71--290 $1,400
Bobby Nichols 74-73-73-70--290 $1,400
Bob Rosburg 74-73-71-72--290 $1,400
Gay Brewer 72-74-71-74--291 $1,375
Chen Ching-Po 73-76-71-71--291 $1,375
Malcolm Gregson 76-71-74-70--291 $1,375
Dan Sikes 73-76-70-72--291 $1,375
Hideyo Sugimoto 71-75-73-72--291 $1,375
Paul Harney 78-70-70-74--292 $1,375
Lee Trevino 71-72-69-80--292 $1,375
Sam Snead 73-74-75-71--293 $1,350
Gene Littler 73-73-76-72--294 $1,350
Johnny Pott 75-68-75-76--294 $1,350
a-Gary Cowan 78-71-73-73--295  
a-Jack Lewis Jr. 78-71-76-70--295  
Don Massengale 76-73-73-73--295 $1,350
a-Bill Campbell 74-71-75-76--296  
Doug Ford 72-75-72-77--296 $1,350
Dave Hill 79-70-73-75--297 $1,350
Ken Venturi 75-74-73-75--297 $1,350
a-Joe Carr 75-73-80-78--306  

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