Arnold Palmer at The Masters: His Wins and Yearly Results

Fifty-plus years of Masters finishes by The King

Arnold Palmer photographed at Augusta National Golf Club prior to the 1961 Masters
Arnold Palmer photographed at Augusta National Golf Club prior to the 1961 Masters. Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Arnold Palmer first played in The Masters Tournament, in 1955, and made his final appearance at Augusta National Golf Club as a player in 2004. He never missed The Masters during that stretch, making a record 50 consecutive playing appearances.

And of all Palmer's major championship successes and near-misses, he had the most success in The Masters. So before we get to Palmer's yearly finishes in The Masters, let's first take a look at his victories in that major.

Arnold Palmer's Masters Wins

Palmer won The Masters four times, all coming in the years from 1958 through 1964. Palmer won every other year during that time period. Here are those four victories:

  • 1958 Masters: Beat runners-up Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins by one stroke. This tournament included a major rules dispute between Palmer and Ken Venturi that the two disagreed about for the next 50 years.
  • 1960 Masters: Finished one shot in front of runner-up Ken Venturi. Palmer birdied the final two holes to beat Venturi.
  • 1962 Masters: Won a three-man playoff, defeating Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald. Palmer came from three behind after nine holes of the playoff to win by three. Palmer shot 68, Player 71 and Finsterwald 77.
  • 1964 Masters: His biggest Masters win, Palmer finished six strokes ahead of runners-up Jack Nicklaus and Dave Marr, becoming the tournament's first four-time champion. This was the last of Palmer's seven wins in majors.

    The 1958 Masters is significant not only for Palmer's first victory, because that is the year golf writer Herbert Warren Wind coined the name "Amen Corner." And he came up with name for certain holes on Augusta National in an effort to describe Palmer's play there.

    Palmer's Yearly Finishes in The Masters

    Here is Arnie's annual record in the Masters, with round-by-round scores, total score and finishing position:

    • 1955: 76-76-72-69—293, tied 10th
    • 1956: 73-75-74-79—301, 21st
    • 1957: 73-73-69-76—291, tied 7th
    • 1958: 70-73-68-73—284, win
    • 1959: 71-70-71-74—286, 3rd
    • 1960: 67-73-72-70—282 win
    • 1961: 68-69-73-71—281 tied 2nd
    • 1962: 70-66-69-75-68—280, win
    • 1963: 74-73-73-71—291, tied 9th
    • 1964: 69-68-69-70—276, win
    • 1965: 70-68-72-70—280, tied 2nd
    • 1966: 74-70-74-72—290, tied 4th
    • 1967: 73-73-70-69—285, 4th
    • 1968: 72-79—151, missed cut
    • 1969: 73-75-70-74—292, 27th
    • 1970: 75-73-74-73—295, tied 36th
    • 1971: 73-72-71-73—289, tied 18th
    • 1972: 70-75-74-81—300, tied 33rd
    • 1973: 77-72-76-70—295, tied 24th
    • 1974: 76-71-70-67—284, tied 11th
    • 1975: 69-71-75-72—287, tied 13th
    • 1976: 74-81—155, missed cut
    • 1977: 76-71-71-70—288, tied 24th
    • 1978: 73-69-74-77—293, tied 37th
    • 1979: 74-72—146, missed cut
    • 1980: 73-73-73-69—288, tied 24th
    • 1981: 75-78—153, missed cut
    • 1982: 75-76-78-80—309, 47th
    • 1983: 68-74-76-78—296, tied 36th
    • 1984: 77-76—153, missed cut
    • 1985: 83-72—155, missed cut
    • 1986: 80-76—156, missed cut
    • 1987: 83-77—160, missed cut
    • 1988: 80-77—157, missed cut
    • 1989: 81-80—161, missed cut
    • 1990: 76-80—156, missed cut
    • 1991: 78-77—155, missed cut
    • 1992: 75-73—148, missed cut
    • 1993: 74-78—152, missed cut
    • 1994: 78-77—155, missed cut
    • 1995: 79-73—152, missed cut
    • 1996: 74-76—150, missed cut
    • 1997: 89-87—176, missed cut
    • 1998: 79-87—166, missed cut
    • 1999: 83-78—161, missed cut
    • 2000: 78-82—160, missed cut
    • 2001: 82-76—158, missed cut
    • 2002: 89-85—174, missed cut
    • 2003: 83-83—166, missed cut
    • 2004: 84-84—168, missed cut

    Palmer's tournament debut happened in his rookie year as a professional golfer, 1955, and he finished 10th. His first victory was in his fourth Masters appearance. In addition to his four victories in The Masters, Palmer finished second twice, third once, fourth twice, and had 12 overall Top 10 finishes.