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1977 Masters
Recap and Scores for the 1977 Masters Golf Tournament

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson engaged in several duels at major championships. The most famous was at the 1977 British Open, which followed the 1977 Masters by a couple months. At the Open Championship that year, Watson and Nicklaus played the final two rounds together, and ran away from the field. Nicklaus posted 66-66, but Watson fired 66-65 to pip the Bear by one stroke.

It was Watson who was the best player in golf during this period, but that reputation - entering the 1977 Masters - was not yet established. Watson was a major champion by this time, but had faltered down the stretch in more majors than he had won coming into this tournament.

The 1977 Masters turned into a duel between Nicklaus and Watson, and Watson won this one, too. He led Nicklaus by three strokes entering the final round, but the Bear played sterling golf on Sunday, shooting 66. He charged at Watson on the back nine, rolling in birdies, but Watson, playing one group behind Nicklaus, usually had an answer.

With Nicklaus in the fairway on No. 18, Watson stood on the 17th green tied with Nicklaus for the lead. Watson had a 20-footer for birdie, and when he rolled it in the loud crowd roar made Nicklaus hesitate on his approach to the 18th green. Now down by one, Nicklaus needed to birdie the final hole, and tried a more aggressive shot. He mis-hit it, put the approach into a bunker, and made bogey.

Watson parred out on No. 18 and claimed the first of his two Green Jackets by two strokes. It was the second of Watson's eight career majors. Major No. 3 came a couple months later at the British Open, and Watson would take another major away from Nicklaus at the 1982 U.S. Open.

It was now Tom Watson's era.

1977 Masters Scores
Results from the 1977 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Tom Watson 70-69-70-67--276 $40,000
Jack Nicklaus 72-70-70-66--278 $30,000
Tom Kite 70-73-70-67--280 $17,500
Rik Massengale 70-73-67-70--280 $17,500
Hale Irwin 70-74-70-68--282 $12,500
David Graham 75-67-73-69--284 $10,500
Lou Graham 75-71-69-69--284 $10,500
Ben Crenshaw 71-69-69-76--285 $5,667
Raymond Floyd 71-72-71-71--285 $5,667
Hubert Green 67-74-72-72--285 $5,667
Don January 69-76-71-69--285 $5,667
Gene Littler 71-72-73-69--285 $5,667
John Schlee 75-73-69-68--285 $5,667
Billy Casper 72-72-73-69--286 $3,000
Jim Colbert 72-71-69-74--286 $3,000
Rod Funseth 72-67-74-73--286 $3,000
Jerry Pate 70-72-74-70--286 $3,000
Tom Weiskopf 73-71-71-71--286 $3,000
George Archer 74-74-69-70--287 $2,500
Andy Bean 74-70-71-72--287 $2,500
Danny Edwards 72-74-68-73--287 $2,500
Lee Elder 76-68-72-71--287 $2,500
Gary Player 71-70-72-74--287 $2,500
Billy Kratzert 69-71-78-70--288 $2,200
Andy North 74-74-71-69--288 $2,200
Arnold Palmer 76-71-71-70--288 $2,200
Bob Wynn 75-73-70-70--288 $2,200
Isao Aoki 73-76-70-70--289 $2,000
Bruce Lietzke 73-71-72-73--289 $2,000
Jerry McGee 73-73-72-71--289 $2,000
Graham Marsh 77-72-72-69--290 $1,975
Bob Murphy 74-72-71-73--290 $1,975
Seve Ballesteros 74-75-70-72--291 $1,950
Mark Hayes 71-72-72-76--291 $1,950
Tommy Aaron 73-72-73-74--292 $1,925
Johnny Miller 78-71-69-74--292 $1,925
B. Shearer 74-67-75-76--292 $1,925
Art Wall Jr. 75-74-71-72--292 $1,925
Dave Hill 71-72-76-74--293 $1,900
J.C. Snead 72-76-73-72--293 $1,900
Dave Stockton 73-72-75-73--293 $1,900
Bud Allin 71-74-75-74--294 $1,875
Bruce Devlin 75-69-77-73--294 $1,875
Gary Koch 78-71-72-73--294 $1,875
Mac McLendon 72-70-78-75--295 $1,850
Lyn Lott 76-72-77-71--296 $1,825
Peter Oosterhuis 73-75-76-72--296 $1,825
Mike Morley 75-73-73-76--297 $1,800
a-Bill Sander 80-69-78-72--299  
a-John Fought 73-74-78-78--303  

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