1964: Arnold Palmer becomes first 4 time winner of The Masters

1964 Masters

Arnold Palmer, the 1st to Four Green Jackets

On this day, In 1964 Arnold Palmer became the first man to collect four green jackets at The Masters. With a final round of 70, he won by six strokes with a 72‐hole aggre­gate of 276, only two shots over the record set by Ben Hogan in 1953.

Palmer, who started the day with a five‐stroke lead, played the 6,980‐yard, par‐72 Augusta National Golf Club course without a threat. He triumphed in 1958 and 1960 by just a stroke. He won 1962 after a play­off with Dow Finsterwald and Gary Player. While Palmer has long been regarded as one of the most talented United States golfers, this time he was able to soak it all in.

The victory ended a slump in which he had gone 11 tourna­ments without winning. The triumph also brought him a siz­able purse, $20,000. He thus in­creased his earnings to $506,­496.84 since joining the pro tour in 1955 and became the first golfer to exceed half a million in official United States compe­tition.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Arnold Palmer 69-68-69-70=276 −12 20,000
T2 Dave Marr 70-73-69-70=282 −6 10,100
Jack Nicklaus 71-73-71-67=282
4 Bruce Devlin 72-72-67-73=284 −4 6,100
T5 Billy Casper 76-72-69-69=286 −2 3,700
Jim Ferrier 71-73-69-73=286
Paul Harney 73-72-71-70=286
Gary Player 69-72-72-73=286
T9 Dow Finsterwald 71-72-75-69=287 −1 1,700
Ben Hogan 73-75-67-72=287
Tony Lema 75-68-74-70=287
Mike Souchak 73-74-70-70=287

Palmer was later joined as a four-time winner at Augusta by Jack Nicklaus in 1972 and Tiger Woods in 2005; Nicklaus won his fifth in 1975 and a record sixth in 1986.

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