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1951: Hogan takes conservative route to Masters win

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    Front Page of The Augusta Chronicle after the 1951 Masters Tournament

Sam Snead and Skee Riegel shared the 54-hole lead in 1951, and Ben Hogan was one shot behind. Most people figured that a Sunday shootout would ensue.

Snead did produce plenty of fireworks, but not the kind he wanted. He skied to an 80 that eliminated his chances.

Riegel, a young pro, didn't flinch. Playing a couple of hours in front of Hogan, he shot 71 and posted a 6-under total of 282.

Hogan got off to a hot start with a birdie at the second hole and he knocked his approach tight at the third for another birdie. At the eighth, he chipped in for birdie from just off the green and he made the turn in 3-under 33. That's when he noticed he had a one-shot lead over Riegel. All he needed to do was play the final nine in even par to slip into his first green coat.

Hogan played conservatively, making pars on every hole except the 13th, which he birdied. He won by two shots over Riegel.

1951 Masters

 PlayerFR1R2R3R4 Earn.
1Ben Hogan-870727068 $3,000
2Skee Riegel-673687071 $1,875
3Lloyd Mangrum-269747073 $1,163
3Lew Worsham-271717272 $1,163
5Dave DouglasE74697273 $750
6Lawson Little, Jr.+172737272 $600
7Jim Ferrier+274707472 $525
7Sam Snead+269746879 $450
9Johnny Bulla+371727375 $450
9Byron Nelson+371737374 $450