The Masters: Gary Player's 50th appearance

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March 28, 2007
PGA TOUR staff

This year marks the 50th Masters for Gary Player, whose 23 straight cuts from 1959 to 1982 still stands. Player missed the 1973 Masters due to illness, but he returned to win the tournament for the second time in 1974.

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Player's back-nine 30 -- he birdied seven of the final 10 holes -- is widely regarded as one of the finest ballstriking exhibitions of all time. Player finished with a final-round 64 to win his third Masters by a stroke.

Key Moments:

1961: On the uphill, lengthy 18th hole, Player bunkered his approach shot, but he got up-and-down to preserve a one-shot win over amateur Charles Coe and Arnold Palmer.

1974: On the short par-4 17th hole, Player nailed a 9-iron to within inches of the hole for a birdie that gave him a two-shot win.

Gary Player at The Masters
Year Age Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Result
1957 21 75 76 -- -- --
1958 22 74 76 -- -- --
1959 23 73 75 71 71 T8
1960 24 72 71 72 74 T6
1961 25 69 68* 69 74 1
1962 26 67* 71 71 71 2
1963 27 71 74 74 70 T5
1964 28 69* 72 72 73 T5
1965 29 65* 73 69 73 T2
1966 30 74 77 76 72 T28
1967 31 75 69 72 71 T6
1968 32 72 67 71 72 T7
1969 33 74 70 75 76 T33
1970 34 74 68* 68 70 3
1971 35 72 72 71 69 T6
1972 36 73 75 72 71 T5
1973 Did Not Play -- -- -- -- --
1974 38 71 71 66* 70 1
1975 39 72 74 73 73 T30
1976 40 73 73 70 79 T29
1977 41 71 70 72 74 T19
1978 42 72 72 69 64* 1
1979 43 71 72 74 71 T17
1980 44 71 71 71 70 T6
1981 45 73 73 71 71 T15
1982 46 74 73 71 74 T15
1983 47 73 78 -- -- --
1984 48 71 72 73 71 T21
1985 49 71 75 73 75 T36
1986 50 77 73 -- -- --
1987 51 75 75 71 76 T35
1988 52 78 75 -- -- --
1989 53 76 77 -- -- --
1990 54 73 74 68 76 T24
1991 55 72 75 -- -- --
1992 56 75 73 -- -- --
1993 57 71 76 75 80 60
1994 58 71 79 -- -- --
1995 59 76 73 -- -- --
1996 60 73 76 -- -- --
1997 61 76 75 -- -- --
1998 62 77 72 78 75 46
1999 63 79 79 -- -- --
2000 64 76 74 -- -- --
2001 65 73 76 -- -- --
2002 66 80 78 -- -- --
2003 67 82 80 -- -- --
2004 68 82 80 -- -- --
2005 69 88 79 -- -- --
2006 70 79 81 -- -- --
*Low round of the day

1978: Player drained a 25-foot putt for on the par-four 10th, kick-starting a six-birdie, three-par back nine.

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