|Dates||April 9−12, 1987|
|Course(s)||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Organized by||Augusta National Golf Club|
|Length||6,905 yards (6,314 m)|
|Field||85 players, 54 after cut|
|285 (−3), playoff|
The 1987 Masters Tournament was the 51st Masters Tournament, held April 9−12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta native Larry Mize won his only major championship in a sudden-death playoff over Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. Norman had barely missed a 20-foot (6 m) birdie opportunity on the 72nd hole which would have won him the tournament in regulation.
The playoff began on the par-4 10th hole, where the approach shots of Ballesteros and Norman came to rest on the fringe, and Mize's was on the green, below the hole. Ballesteros failed to par and was eliminated while Norman two-putted for four. Mize's uphill birdie putt came up short and he tapped in to continue with Norman. Both of their tee shots were in the fairway on the next hole, the par-4 11th, but with the pond on the left of the green, Mize's avoidant approach shot was about pin-high but well right, about 140 feet (45 m) from the hole. Norman then played conservatively to the right fringe, with a 50-foot (15 m) putt, sensing a par could win the green jacket. But Mize chipped in for an improbable birdie 3 and a stunned Norman failed to hole his to tie, which ended the tournament. Mize was the first, and only winner of the Masters to come from Augusta.
It was considered one of the most miraculous shots (and endings) in major championship history, and was just one of the many "bad breaks" in Norman's career.
- 1. Masters champions
Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros (3,8), Gay Brewer, Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Ben Crenshaw (8,9,11,12), Raymond Floyd (2,4,9,11,12,13), Doug Ford, Bernhard Langer (8,9,12), Jack Nicklaus (8,9), Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Craig Stadler (9,13), Art Wall Jr., Tom Watson (2,3,8,12), Fuzzy Zoeller (2,8,9,11,12,13)
- George Archer, Jack Burke, Jr., Bob Goalby, Ralph Guldahl, Claude Harmon, Ben Hogan, Herman Keiser, Cary Middlecoff, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, Gene Sarazen, and Sam Snead did not play.
- 2. U.S. Open champions (last five years)
- 3. The Open champions (last five years)
- 4. PGA champions (last five years)
- 5. 1986 U.S. Amateur semi-finalists
- Sam Randolph forfeited his exemption by turning professional.
- 7. Members of the 1986 U.S. Eisenhower Trophy team
- 8. Top 24 players and ties from the 1986 Masters Tournament
Dave Barr, Chen Tze-chung (11), Jay Haas, Donnie Hammond (12), Tom Kite (11,12,13), Gary Koch (9), Roger Maltbie, Mark McCumber (9), Larry Mize (12), Tsuneyuki Nakajima, Corey Pavin (11,12), Calvin Peete (12,13), Nick Price, Payne Stewart (9,10,11,12), Curtis Strange (11,13)
- 9. Top 16 players and ties from the 1986 U.S. Open
- 10. Top eight players and ties from 1986 PGA Championship
- Peter Jacobsen (13) did not play.
- 11. Winners of PGA Tour events since the previous Masters
Paul Azinger (12), Andy Bean (12), George Burns, Rick Fehr, Ernie Gonzalez, Ken Green (12), Johnny Miller, Bob Murphy, Mac O'Grady (12), Dan Pohl (12), Gene Sauers, Scott Simpson, Fred Wadsworth, Mark Wiebe (12)
- 12. Top 30 players from the 1986 PGA Tour money list
- 13. Members of the U.S. 1985 Ryder Cup team
- 14. Special foreign invitation
Nationalities in the field
|North America (68)||South America (0)||Europe (7)||Oceania (2)||Asia (4)||Africa (4)|
|Canada (1)||England (2)||Australia (2)||Japan (3)||South Africa (2)|
|United States (67)||Scotland (1)||Taiwan (1)||Zimbabwe (2)|
|Northern Ireland (1)|
|West Germany (1)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Seve Ballesteros||Spain||1980, 1983||73||71||70||71||285||−3||T2|
|Ben Crenshaw||United States||1984||75||70||67||74||286||−2||T4|
|Bernhard Langer||West Germany||1985||71||72||70||76||289||+1||T7|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963, 1965, 1966,
1972, 1975, 1986
|Tom Watson||United States||1977, 1981||71||72||74||72||289||+1||T7|
|Craig Stadler||United States||1982||74||74||72||71||291||+3||T17|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1979||76||71||76||72||295||+7||T27|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1961, 1974, 1978||75||75||71||76||297||+9||T35|
|Tommy Aaron||United States||1973||72||76||76||81||305||+17||T50|
|Billy Casper||United States||1970||77||74||75||79||305||+17||T50|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1976||75||77||152||+8|
|Charles Coody||United States||1971||75||80||155||+11|
|Doug Ford||United States||1957||79||81||160||+16|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1958, 1960,
|Gay Brewer||United States||1967||80||81||161||+17|
|Art Wall, Jr.||United States||1959||85||76||161||+17|
Thursday, April 9, 1987
|1||John Cook||United States||69||−3|
|2||Larry Mize||United States||70||−2|
|T3||Bernhard Langer||West Germany||71||−1|
|Corey Pavin||United States|
|Calvin Peete||United States|
|Payne Stewart||United States|
|Curtis Strange||United States|
|Tom Watson||United States|
|T9||Tommy Aaron||United States||72||E|
|Jay Haas||United States|
|Mac O'Grady||United States|
|Scott Simpson||United States|
|D. A. Weibring||United States|
Friday, April 10, 1987
|1||Curtis Strange||United States||71-70=141||−3|
|T2||John Cook||United States||69-73=142||−2|
|Roger Maltbie||United States||76-66=142|
|Larry Mize||United States||70-72=142|
|Corey Pavin||United States||71-71=142|
|Bernhard Langer||West Germany||71-72=143|
|Tom Watson||United States||71-72=143|
|Andy Bean||United States||75-69=144|
|Jay Haas||United States||72-72=144|
|Joey Sindelar||United States||74-70=144|
Saturday, April 11, 1987
|T1||Ben Crenshaw||United States||75-70-67=212||−4|
|Roger Maltbie||United States||76-66-70=212|
|T3||Bernhard Langer||West Germany||71-72-70=213||−3|
|Larry Mize||United States||70-72-72=214|
|Curtis Strange||United States||71-70-73=214|
|T9||Mark McCumber||United States||75-71-69=215||−1|
|Lanny Wadkins||United States||73-72-70=215|
Sunday, April 12, 1987
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T1||Larry Mize||United States||70-72-72-71=285||−3||Playoff|
|T4||Ben Crenshaw||United States||75-70-67-74=286||−2||37,200|
|Roger Maltbie||United States||76-66-70-74=286|
|Jodie Mudd||United States||74-72-71-69=286|
|T7||Jay Haas||United States||72-72-72-73=289||+1||26,200|
|Bernhard Langer||West Germany||71-72-70-76=289|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||74-72-73-70=289|
|Tom Watson||United States||71-72-74-72=289|
|D. A. Weibring||United States||72-75-71-71=289|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Larry Mize||United States||4-3||−1||162,000|
- Sudden-death playoff began on hole #10 and ended at hole #11, where Mize birdied.
- Green, Bob (April 13, 1987). "Oh, what a feeling! Mize masters Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. C1.
- "Larry Mize masters hometown course". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. April 13, 1987. p. 1B.
- "Oh what a feeling! Mize masters Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Knight-Ridder newspapers. April 13, 1987. p. C1.
- Ballard, Sarah (April 20, 1987). "My, Oh Mize". Sports Illustrated. pp. 36−43.
- Parascenzo, Marino (April 13, 1987). "Magnificent shot by Mize wins Masters". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23.
- Van Sickle, Gary (April 13, 1987). "Mize miracle just masterful". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1C.
- "Golf: Masters". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. April 13, 1987. p. C4.
- Green, Bob (April 11, 1987). "Strange survives 5 bogeys for halfway lead". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1B.
- Green, Bob (April 10, 1987). "Cook fires 69, tames fast Augusta greens". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1B.
- Green, Bob (April 12, 1987). "Crenshaw ties Maltbie for lead". Sunday Star-News. (Wilmington, North Carolina). Associated Press. p. 1B.
- "Historic leaderboards: 1987 Masters". Augusta.com. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
- Masters.com – past winners and results
- About.com − 1987 Masters
- Augusta.com – 1987 Masters leaderboard and scorecards
- YouTube.com − video − 1987 Masters playoff highlights
- YouTube.com − video − 1987 Masters playoff-winning shot, from CBS Sports
1986 PGA Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1987 U.S. Open