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1956: Burke Jr. mounts record comeback to win Masters

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    1956: Burke Jr. mounts record comeback to win Masters
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    Jack Burke Jr.
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    Front Page of The Augusta Chronicle after the 1956 Masters Tournament

In 1956, all eyes were on amateur Ken Venturi as he put himself in position for one of the greatest wins in golf history, but poor weather and solid play by Jack Burke Jr. kept Venturi from slipping into a green jacket.

Venturi soared to 80 in the final round, and that enabled Burke to mount the largest comeback in Masters history. His 71 was one of only two sub-par rounds that day.

Burke holed a 15-footer for birdie at the 17th with an assist from a gust of wind, then saved par from the greenside bunker at the 18th. Venturi could not birdie the final hole, and Burke was the winner.

Burke's winning total of 289 is the highest (along with Sam Snead in 1954 and Zach Johnson in 2007) in tournament history.

1956 Masters

 PlayerFR1R2R3R4 Earn.
1Jack Burke, Jr+172717571 $6,000
2Ken Venturi+266697580 -
3Cary Middlecoff+367727577 $3,750
4Lloyd Mangrum+472747274 $2,325
4Sam Snead+473767271 $2,325
6Jerry Barber+671727675 $1,350
6Doug Ford+670727577 $1,350
8Tommy Bolt+868747876 $975
8Ben Hogan+869787475 $975
8Shelly Mayfield+868748074 $975
11Johnny Palmer+976747473 $875