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.
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