1955 Masters Tournament: Largest Winning Margin to Date

As Bobby Jones (in the golf cart) looks, on Dr. Cary Middlecoff of Kiamesha Lake, N.Y., drives off from the 14th tee in the second round of the 1955 Masters Golf Tournament.
Cary Middlecoff hits a drive during the second round of his victory at the 1955 Masters. Bobby Jones is the man in the golf cart. Bettman/Getty Images

Cary Middlecoff took control of the 1955 Masters in the second round, when he carded a 65, and then cruised to the victory by seven strokes.

That 7-stroke margin of victory was a new tournament record (that lasted until the 1965 Masters). The 31 that Middlecoff scored on the front nine during that second-round 65 was also a record at the time.

Middlecoff won 40 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors, and this was the middle victory among those three majors.

Sam Snead and Ben Hogan had alternated winning the previous four Masters, and Hogan was the runner-up here with Snead in third place. Hogan, who began the final round in second place, four shots behind Middlecoff, shot 73 in Round 4 and Snead 70.

For Hogan, it was his fourth runner-up finish in The Masters, which established a new record, later tied, for second-places finishes.

The 1955 Masters marked the tournament debut of Arnold Palmer. Palmer was 25 years old and winless on the PGA Tour - but he got win No. 1 just a few months later that Canadian Open. Palmer  finished in a tie for 10th, and went on to become the Masters' first 4-time winner.

Davis Love Jr., the father of Davis Love III, played this Masters as an amateur and finished last. This was the last year the Masters was not televised.

The Sarazen Bridge was dedicated this year, the first of the now-famous Augusta National bridges to be dedicated.

1955 Masters Scores

Results from the 1955 Masters golf tournament played at the par-72 Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. (a-amateur):

Cary Middlecoff72-65-72-70--279$5,000
Ben Hogan73-68-72-73--286$3,125
Sam Snead72-71-74-70--287$2,125
Julius Boros71-75-72-71--289$1,333
Bob Rosburg72-72-72-73--289$1,333
Mike Souchak71-74-72-72--289$1,333
Lloyd Mangrum74-73-72-72--291$875
Stan Leonard77-73-68-74--292$812
a-Harvie Ward Jr.77-69-75-71--292 
Dick Mayer78-72-72-71--293$695
Byron Nelson72-75-74-72--293$695
Arnold Palmer76-76-72-69--293$695
Jack Burke Jr.67-76-71-80--294$593
Skee Riegel73-73-73-75--294$593
Walt Burkemo73-73-72-77--295$562
Jay Hebert75-74-74-72--295$562
Frank Stranahan77-76-71-71--295$562
a-Joe Conrad77-71-74-75--297 
Billy Maxwell77-72-77-71--297$525
Johnny Palmer77-73-72-75--297$525
Peter Thomson74-73-74-76--297$525
Tommy Bolt76-70-77-75--298$512
Gene Littler75-72-76-75--298$512
Pete Cooper73-73-78-75--299$500
Ed Furgol74-72-78-75--299$500
a-Hillman Robbins77-76-74-72--299 
Max Evans76-75-75-76--302$500
a-William Goodloe Jr.74-73-81-75--303 
Claude Harmon77-75-78-73--303$250
a-Don Cherry79-75-78-72--304 
Marvin Ward77-73-77-77--304$250
a-Charlie Coe74-77-76-78--305 
Pat Fletcher76-75-77-77--305$250
Chick Harbert76-80-73-76--305$250
Al Mengert79-71-78-77--305$250
Billy Burke75-78-77-76--306$250
a-Bill Campbell77-73-80-76--306 
a-Bruce Cudd75-74-79-78--306 
Shelley Mayfield77-73-80-76--306$250
Denny Shute78-71-77-80--306$250
Henry Picard78-79-75-75--307$250
Bob Toski78-71-79-79--307$250
Marty Furgol79-74-79-76--308$250
Leland Gibson81-75-75-77--308$250
Rudy Horvath79-77-76-76--308$250
a-James Jackson79-75-77-77--308 
Earl Stewart78-80-72-78--308$250
Jim Turnesa77-75-79-78--309$250
a-Billy Joe Patton79-76-77-78--310 
Johnny Revolta75-78-79-78--310$250
John Weitzel78-80-78-74--310$250
Lew Worsham80-75-79-76--310$250
a-Dick Chapman74-79-73-85--311 
Vic Ghezzi78-79-77-77--311$250
Ed Oliver77-76-81-77--311$250
Jerry Barber75-77-77-83--312$250
Herman Keiser82-79-75-76--312$250
a-Rex Baxter Jr.74-76-80-83--313 
a-Ted Lenczyk77-80-77-81--315 
Horton Smith81-81-79-74--315$250
Sam Parks Jr.80-80-78-78--316$250
Craig Wood81-81-79-76--317$250
Al Besselink80-75-80-83--318$250
a-Dale Morey82-77-81-78--318 
Lawson Little81-77-77-84--319$250
Bo Wininger81-74-81-84--320$250
a-Ed Meister Jr.86-87-74-77--324 
a-Davis Love Jr.82-85-83-77--327 

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