1959 Masters: Art Wall birdies five of the last six holes to win the green jacket

Wall Jr.
1958 Champion Arnold Palmer puts the revered green jacket on the 1959 Champion Art Wall Jr.

Art Wall Jr. goes on a birdie barrage to win The Masters

On this day, Art Wall Jr. dazzled the galleries at Augusta National Golf Club by making a comeback for the ages.He shot a final round of 66 (−6), with birdies on five of the last six holes and one stroke ahead of runner-up Cary Middlecoff, the 1955 champion.  Wall started the final round six strokes behind the leaders, in a tie for thirteenth place.

Fact: Including both professional and casual rounds, Wall Jr. had 32 holes-in-one by 1959.  When he passed away in 2001 the New York Times reported that he had amassed 45 aces over his career.

Defending champion Arnold Palmer was a third round co-leader and looked to repeat as champion before Wall started his spree.  On the final day, Palmer had a lackluster round which included a triple-bogey at the par-3 12th led to a 74 and a third-place finish, two strokes back.   Ironically, Palmer eventually had to hone the honors of putting the new green jacket on Walls back.   The purse in 1959 was a record $76,100 with a winner’s share of $15,000 to Wall. The estimated gallery for the final round on Sunday was 30,000 spectators.

Josh Morris

Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.

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