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 Middlecoff 72-65-72-70--279 $5,000
Ben Hogan 73-68-72-73--286 $3,125
Sam Snead 72-71-74-70--287 $2,125
Julius Boros 71-75-72-71--289 $1,333
Bob Rosburg 72-72-72-73--289 $1,333
Mike Souchak 71-74-72-72--289 $1,333
Lloyd Mangrum 74-73-72-72--291 $875
Stan Leonard 77-73-68-74--292 $812
a-Harvie Ward Jr. 77-69-75-71--292
Dick Mayer 78-72-72-71--293 $695
Byron Nelson 72-75-74-72--293 $695
Arnold Palmer 76-76-72-69--293 $695
Jack Burke Jr. 67-76-71-80--294 $593
Skee Riegel 73-73-73-75--294 $593
Walt Burkemo 73-73-72-77--295 $562
Jay Hebert 75-74-74-72--295 $562
Frank Stranahan 77-76-71-71--295 $562
a-Joe Conrad 77-71-74-75--297
Billy Maxwell 77-72-77-71--297 $525
Johnny Palmer 77-73-72-75--297 $525
Peter Thomson 74-73-74-76--297 $525
Tommy Bolt 76-70-77-75--298 $512
Gene Littler 75-72-76-75--298 $512
Pete Cooper 73-73-78-75--299 $500
Ed Furgol 74-72-78-75--299 $500
a-Hillman Robbins 77-76-74-72--299
Max Evans 76-75-75-76--302 $500
a-William Goodloe Jr. 74-73-81-75--303
Claude Harmon 77-75-78-73--303 $250
a-Don Cherry 79-75-78-72--304
Marvin Ward 77-73-77-77--304 $250
a-Charlie Coe 74-77-76-78--305
Pat Fletcher 76-75-77-77--305 $250
Chick Harbert 76-80-73-76--305 $250
Al Mengert 79-71-78-77--305 $250
Billy Burke 75-78-77-76--306 $250
a-Bill Campbell 77-73-80-76--306
a-Bruce Cudd 75-74-79-78--306
Shelley Mayfield 77-73-80-76--306 $250
Denny Shute 78-71-77-80--306 $250
Henry Picard 78-79-75-75--307 $250
Bob Toski 78-71-79-79--307 $250
Marty Furgol 79-74-79-76--308 $250
Leland Gibson 81-75-75-77--308 $250
Rudy Horvath 79-77-76-76--308 $250
a-James Jackson 79-75-77-77--308
Earl Stewart 78-80-72-78--308 $250
Jim Turnesa 77-75-79-78--309 $250
a-Billy Joe Patton 79-76-77-78--310
Johnny Revolta 75-78-79-78--310 $250
John Weitzel 78-80-78-74--310 $250
Lew Worsham 80-75-79-76--310 $250
a-Dick Chapman 74-79-73-85--311
Vic Ghezzi 78-79-77-77--311 $250
Ed Oliver 77-76-81-77--311 $250
Jerry Barber 75-77-77-83--312 $250
Herman Keiser 82-79-75-76--312 $250
a-Rex Baxter Jr. 74-76-80-83--313
a-Ted Lenczyk 77-80-77-81--315
Horton Smith 81-81-79-74--315 $250
Sam Parks Jr. 80-80-78-78--316 $250
Craig Wood 81-81-79-76--317 $250
Al Besselink 80-75-80-83--318 $250
a-Dale Morey 82-77-81-78--318
Lawson Little 81-77-77-84--319 $250
Bo Wininger 81-74-81-84--320 $250
a-Ed Meister Jr. 86-87-74-77--324
a-Davis Love Jr. 82-85-83-77--327

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