Playoffs at The Masters Tournament

Nick Faldo won a playoff at the 1990 Masters
Nick Faldo celebrates winning the 1990 Masters in a playoff against Raymond Floyd. David Cannon/Getty Images

Below is the list of playoffs that have taken place at The Masters. The winner of the playoff is listed first. Each player in the playoff is followed by his scores; those scores are listed by hole back to 1979, and prior to that, scores are by 18-hole total. (The Masters required 36-hole playoffs in its earliest days, and then 18-hole playoffs prior to 1976. Since then, the Masters' playoffs have been sudden death.)


  • Sergio Garcia, 3
  • Justin Rose, 5

Rose and Garcia reached the 72nd hole of the 2017 Masters tied. Both had birdie putts, both missed - first Rose, then Garcia. So they finished tied at 9-under 279. They replayed the 18th and Rose was in trouble off the tee, right into the trees and pine straw. He tried a low runner under a magnolia tree and barely got the ball past Garcia's. When Rose finally holed out, Garcia needed only take two putts for the victory. He only needed one, rolling in the birdie.


  • Adam Scott, 4-3
  • Angel Cabrera, 4-4

Scott and Cabrera each birdied the 72nd hole of the 2013 Masters to tie at 9-under 279. And both parred the first playoff hole. On the second extra hole (Augusta's No. 10), they matched great approach shots, and both hit great putts. Cabrera went first and missed by an inch. Scott followed by making his birdie putt of 12 feet to win.


  • Bubba Watson, 4-4
  • Louis Oosthuizen, 4-5

Bubba Watson grabbed the Green Jacket with a spectacular wedge shot on the second playoff hole, hitting out of the woods with a huge amount of hook to about 15 feet from the pin. That helped Watson par the hole (the 10th), and he won when Oosthuizen bogeyed.


  • Angel Cabrera, 4-4
  • Kenny Perry, 4-5
  • Chad Campbell, 5

Kenny Perry could have won the 2009 Masters in regulation, but bogeyed the 71st and 72nd holes to fall into the playoff. Chad Campbell went out on the first extra hole, missing a par putt. And then Angel Cabrera defeated Perry on the second playoff hole (No. 10) with a par to Perry's bogey.


  • Tiger Woods, 3
  • Chris DiMarco, 4

This is the The Masters during which the famous chip-in on No. 16 occurred - you know the one, when Tiger Woods chipped away from the hole and the slope took the ball to the cup, where it hung on the lip before dropping in. That happened in the final round. Woods led by two after that chip-in, but bogied the last two holes to let Chris DiMarco tie. In the playoff, Woods won on the first extra hole (No. 18) with a birdie.


  • Mike Weir, 5
  • Len Mattiace, 6

Mike Weir had a bogey-free final round, and then bogied the first playoff hole (No. 10) - but won anyway when Len Mattiace double-bogied. Weir thus became the first left-handed golfer and the first Canadian to win The Masters.


  • Nick Faldo, 4-4
  • Raymond Floyd, 4-5

Nick Faldo won The Masters in a playoff for the second straight year. Faldo's victory came via a par on the second playoff (No. 11) when Raymond Floyd bogeyed. At 48, Floyd was attempting to become the oldest Masters winner. But Faldo came from four shots off the lead with six holes to play to force the playoff.


  • Nick Faldo, 5-3
  • Scott Hoch, 5-4

Faldo's birdie on the second playoff hole (No. 11) at the 1989 Masters earned him the first of his three Masters wins. Scott Hoch should have won it on the first extra hole, but missed a short (around 2- to 3-foot) birdie putt.


  • Larry Mize, 4-3
  • Greg Norman, 4-4
  • Seve Ballesteros, 5

After Seve Ballesteros dropped out on the first extra hole, Larry Mize and Greg Norman continued to a second hole (No. 11). And that's where Mize's famous chip-in for the win happened. Mize was short of the green, but his 140-foot chip shot bounded across the green an into the hole for the winning birdie.


  • Craig Stadler, 4
  • Dan Pohl, 5

Craig Stadler won with a par on the first extra hole (No. 10). Stadler was only in the playoff because he blew a 6-shot lead with nine holes to play.


  • Fuzzy Zoeller, 4-3
  • Ed Sneed, 4-4
  • Tom Watson, 4-4

This was the first sudden-death playoff in Masters history, and it was won by Fuzzy Zoeller. Prior to this, playoffs had been a full 18 holes (or 36 holes, once). But in 1976, The Masters switched to a sudden-death playoff format. This tournament is perhaps better-known for the way Ed Sneed lost: he led by three with three holes to play, but bogied all three holes. Zoeller won with a birdie on the second extra hole when both Sneed and Tom Watson parred.


  • Billy Casper, 69
  • Gene Littler, 74

This was the final 18-hole playoff before The Masters switched to the sudden-death format. It paired two lifelong friends who grew up together in San Diego, Calif. It was Billy Casper's second win of a major championship via playoff, and the third of his three majors; it was Gene Littler's first of two playoff losses in majors.


  • Jack Nicklaus, 70
  • Tommy Jacobs, 72
  • Gay Brewer, 78

One year after Jack Nicklaus ran away with the title, he won again, but this time in a 3-way playoff. Nicklaus thus became the first back-to-back winner of The Masters. Gay Brewer could have won in regulation with a par on the 72nd hole, but bogeyed. Brewer returned to win the 1967 Masters, however.


  • Arnold Palmer, 68
  • Gary Player, 71
  • Dow Finsterwald, 77

Arnold Palmer won his third Masters title in the first 3-man playoff in tournament history. It was revenge of a sort for Palmer against Gary Player, who one year earlier caught and passed Palmer on the final green to deny Arnie the win.


  • Sam Snead, 70
  • Ben Hogan, 71

This was Ben Hogan's second loss in a Masters playoff, both losses by one stroke. And it was Sam Snead's third Masters title and his seventh and final victory in a major championship. Hogan remains the only golfer to lose twice in Masters playoffs.


  • Byron Nelson, 69
  • Ben Hogan, 70

In 1927, Byron Nelson, age 15, beat Hogan, age 15, for the caddie championship of Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Fifteen years later, they met in this playoff for a slightly more prestigious title, and Nelson was the winner again. It was the first of Hogan's two playoff losses at The Masters. And it was Nelson's second win of a major via playoff (the 1939 U.S. Open was his first such victory).


  • Gene Sarazen, 71-73--144
  • Craig Wood, 75-74--149

The first playoff at The Masters was also its only 36-hole playoff. It's a playoff that many fans may not even realize happened - because this is the tournament in which Gene Sarazen struck his "Shot Heard 'Round the World." A common misconception is that Sarazen's hole-out for double eagle on the 16th hole won him the tournament. It didn't, it merely helped him get into a playoff against Craig Wood. And in the playoff, Sarazen was never really challenged. Sarazen's win here made him the first golfer to complete what we now call the career grand slam (wins in all four of the professional majors). This was Wood's third loss in extra holes at a major; he eventually became the first golfer to lose in playoffs at all four pro majors (although he did later win two of them, including the 1941 Masters).