Masters anniversaries: Arnold Palmer wins fourth title in 1964
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the story that ran in The Augusta Chronicle on April 13, 1964, following Arnold Palmer’s fourth win at the Masters Tournament.
Arnold Palmer won the 28th Masters Tournament Sunday, just like everyone thought he would.
He did it without a great deal of drama. But, goodness! What glory! The great Pennsylvanian with the blacksmith arms shot a super closing round of 70 over the sunshine-sparkled greenery of Augusta National for a 72-hole score of 276 and his fourth Masters title.
He was a great big six strokes ahead of anyone else who tried in the 28th renewal of the world’s finest sports spectacular.
Defending champion Jack Nicklaus, another blond bear in the crowd until Sunday, closed with a magnificent five-under-par 67 to tie young Dave Marr for second place at 282. Marr, right in the ring with the champion and his famous “Arnie’s Army,” shot a brilliant 70, including a tremendous 25-foot birdie putt from the outskirts of the 18th green.
But, regardless of what anyone else did, this day, and the entire tournament, belonged to the 34-year-old Palmer.
Missed the record
Palmer finished two strokes above the existing 72-hole standard of 274 set by Ben Hogan in 1953. His margin of victory was the second biggest in Masters history, topped only by Cary Middlecoff’s seven-stroke win in 1955. He became the first man to ever win four Masters titles, and this is the good part because this immensely proud fellow named Palmer wants championships and lots of them. But his $20,000 first prize check made him the first man to ever win over $500,000 in official money on the professional tour, and it also makes him the leading money winner of the PGA year.
He also is the 17th winner in 17 tournaments this year.
The PGA Tour has never seen such decisiveness.
Palmer led all the way, shooting rounds of 69-68-69-70 for his 276.
He was tied for the first round lead with four other players but he quickly changed that situation and went to win his first major championship in two years and his first tournament since the Whitemarsh Open last October.
Nicklaus and Marr each earned $10,100.
Devlin finished 4th
Australian Bruce Devlin, in second place heading to Sunday’s finale, shot a one-over par 73 to pull in fourth at 284. Four players were deadlocked at 286 including 1961 Masters champion Gary Player, who had to have his tonsils removed in St. Joseph Hospital here today. Player shot a closing 73 and was tied with Bill Casper, Jim Ferrier and Paul Harney.
Graybeard Hogan, who thrilled the biggest galleries in Masters history with a spirited run at his third Masters title, shot an even par 72 to pull in at 287 along with Tony Lema and Mike Souchak. Lema had a 69 and Souchak his second straight 70.
Peter Butler of England, Al Gelberger, Gene Littler, Johnny Pott and Dan Sikes were in at even par 288.
Beman, Cowan tie
National Amateur champion Deane Beman and Canadian Gary Cowan tied for low amateur honors at 291. Palmer had his only three-putt green of the tournament Sunday, but made up for these two lapses with another string of birdies on the final nine, a winding, watery stretch of land that he’s left thoroughly barraged and bombed with birdies all this lovely week.
Palmer shot his fourth consecutive one-under par 35 on the first nine holes, but three-putted the 10th green to get even par for the day. At this point, playing partner Marr, who one-putted six of the first nine greens, pulled up within three strokes of Palmer. Marr promptly hooked his drive at the 11th and plunked his tee shot in the water at 12 to dash his hopes.
Nicklaus, meanwhile, scored a birdie at 12 and almost made a double eagle at the 13th, and birdied the 15th to get within four strokes of Palmer. Nicklaus’ second shot at the 13th hit the flag on the first bounce, spun out of the cup and stopped only two feet away from the cup.
Mr. Palmer went immediately to work.
Pars No. 13
He laced a stirring three wood to the back of the green at 13 and almost holed a 70-foot eagle putt. He missed the comeback three-footer and had his par. But on the 14th Palmer had his putter warm, something it hasn’t been through a winless winter until he arrived at the National the first of the week. He there ran in a 12-foot birdie putt and added another at the 520-yard 15th hole to go 12-under par for the tournament.
That ended anyone’s hopes officially right there. But the tournament had probably been Palmer’s all week anyway. Never has he played better.
He was under par on each nine every day of the tournament. His front nine card read 35-35-35-35, and the back showed 34-33-34-35.
Score his lowest
The 72-hole score was Palmer’s lowest ever in the Masters and was a full 10 strokes lower than Nicklaus’ winning score in 1963. Palmer started with a loud bang at the 220-yard fourth hole when he holed a lengthy 40-footer which went up a slope and curled down into the bottom of the cup. He bogeyed the very next hole but made this up with a five-foot birdie putt at seven.
Marr putted like a wizard on the first few holes and was making a real run at Palmer until the 11th and 12th holes. He knocked in a 15-footer for a par at the first hole, an eight-foot birdie at the second and a 20-foot birdie at the third. Marr, voted into the tournament by a poll of former Masters champions, turned in 33 and was back in 37, thanks to his tremendous putt on the final green that tied Nicklaus and made himself an extra $2,000, the difference in second and third money.
Nicklaus, the 24-year-old Ohioan, hit his most powerful tee shots of the tournament on the final day and, at the 520-yard 15th, he crashed a 355-yard tee shot and played the hole with a drive and seven iron. He turned in 34 which included a 15-foot birdie at the nine, the longest putt he made in the entire tournament.
|13||Peter J Butler||E||72||72||69||75||288||-|
|34||Wes Ellis Jr.||+6||73||71||75||75||294||$850|
|34||Davis Love Jr.||+6||69||75||74||76||294||$850|
|37||William J Patton||+7||70||74||77||74||295||-|