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1981 Masters Tournament

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Dates  April 9–12, 1981
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
Location  Augusta, Georgia
Par  72
1981 Masters Tournament
Course(s)  Augusta National Golf Club
Organized by  Augusta National Golf Club

The 1981 Masters Tournament was the 45th Masters Tournament, held April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Tom Watson won his second green jacket and fifth major title by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller.


Five-time champion Nicklaus shot a bogey-free 65 on Friday and led by four strokes after 36 holes, but a 75 on Saturday put him a stroke behind Watson entering the final round. It was the fourth runner-up finish for Nicklaus at the Masters and the third for Miller. Nicklaus won his sixth Masters five years later in 1986 at age 46.

Defending champion Seve Ballesteros shot 154 (+10) and missed the cut by six strokes; he also missed the cut as defending champion in 1984. Lee Trevino, needing a green jacket to complete the career grand slam, also shot 154 with an ailing back. His best finishes at Augusta were tenth place ties in 1975 and 1985.

Greg Norman, age 26, appeared in his first Masters and was fourth, the first of his eight top-five finishes at Augusta. He was runner-up three times, in 1986, 1987, and 1996.

This was the first Masters with bentgrass greens, which were formerly Bermuda and ryegrass.

Missed the cut


First round

Thursday, April 9, 1981


Second round

Friday, April 10, 1981


Third round

Saturday, April 11, 1981


Final round

Sunday, April 12, 1981



Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


1981 Masters Tournament Wikipedia

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