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1939: Ralph Guldahl wins Masters after consecutive second place finishes

Posted March 21, 2012 12:03 am |

1939: Ralph Guldahl wins Masters after consecutive second place finishes

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    1939: Ralph Guldahl wins Masters after consecutive second place finishes
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    Front Page of The Augusta Chronicle after the 1939 Masters Tournament

Ralph Guldahl didn't want to be a Masters bridesmaid for the third time.

In 1937, Guldahl became part of Masters lore -- for the wrong reason -- when he let Byron Nelson make up six strokes at Nos. 12 and 13. Nelson won and had the bridge at the 13th tee named in his honor. A year later, Guldahl finished second to Henry Picard.

But in 1939, Guldahl shot 3-under-par 33 on the final nine holes to win by a stroke, and his total of 279 would not be eclipsed until 1953.
 

1939 Masters

  Player F R1 R2 R3 R4   Earn.
1 Ralph Guldahl -9 72 68 70 69   $1,500
2 Sam Snead -8 70 70 72 68   $800
3 Billy Burke -6 69 72 71 70   $550
3 Lawson Little, Jr. -6 72 72 68 70   $550
5 Gene Sarazen -5 73 66 72 72   $400
6 Craig Wood -4 72 73 71 68   $300
7 Byron Nelson -1 71 69 72 75   $250
8 Henry Picard +1 71 71 76 71   $175
9 Ben Hogan +2 75 71 72 72   $125
10 Ed Dudley +3 75 75 69 72   $100
10 Toney Penna +3 72 75 72 72   $100