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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 140 - The Masters
B Y THE time the leaders reached the back nine of Augusta on Sunday afternoon it was clear that the winner would come from the trio of Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf – three of the best players in the world at the time. Nicklaus fended off challenges from Weiskopf and a charging Miller to win his fifth Masters by one stroke with a 40-foot birdie putt at the 16th proving to be the difference. THE 1975 SHOOTOUT 17 T HERE have been 16 playoffs in the Masters, but arguably one of the best was back in 1942 when Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson went head-to-head for 18 holes after finishing three strokes ahead of the field. Nelson carded a 69, beating Hogan by a stroke. It was a case of history repeating as 15 years earlier, when the pair was 14, Nelson had beaten Hogan in a nine-hole playoff to win the Glen Garden Caddie Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. NELSON v HOGAN, 1942 14 S EVERIANO Ballesteros dominated the Masters in 1980, with rounds of 66, 69 and 68 to take a seven-shot lead into the final round. He was 10 strokes clear with nine to play but a charging Jack Newton and some nonchalant golf from the Spaniard had reduced the deficit to just three strokes with five holes to play. “I had to wake up,” Seve said later. He did and won by four to become the first European player to win the Masters and its youngest ever champion, at that stage, at 24 years. SEVE'S FIRST VICTORY, 1980 16 A PART from the inaugural 1934 winner Horton Smith, only two men have won the Masters at their first attempt: Gene Sarazen in 1935, and Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, both of them after playoffs. Zoeller birdied the second extra hole to defeat Ed Sneed and Tom Watson in the Masters' first sudden-death playoff. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Sneed who had a three shot lead on the 16th tee and missed par putts of three, five and six feet over the final three holes. THE DEBUTANTE WINNER, 1979 15
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