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1977: Tom Watson holds off Golden Bear for first Masters win

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    Front Page of The Augusta Chronicle after the 1977 Masters Tournament

Not many golfers got the best of Jack Nicklaus in their careers - much less in majors - but Tom Watson seemed to make a habit of it. The trend began in the 1977 Masters, where Watson held off the Golden Bear for his first of his two wins at Augusta National. Nicklaus trailed by three entering the final day, but birdied seven of the first 15 holes to put a scare into the leader.

Watson responded with a 20-foot birdie on the 17th hole for some breathing room, and Nicklaus, playing in the group ahead, made bogey on the final hole to finish two shots behind.

1977 Masters

 PlayerFR1R2R3R4 Earn.
1Tom Watson-1270697067 $40,000
2Jack Nicklaus-1072707066 $30,000
3Tom Kite-870737067 $17,500
3Rik Massengale-870736770 $17,500
5Hale Irwin-670747068 $12,500
6Lou Graham-475716969 $10,500
6David Graham-475677369 $10,500
8Ben Crenshaw-371696976 $5,667
8Ray Floyd-371727171 $5,667
8Hubert Green-367747272 $5,667
8Don January-369767169 $5,667
8Gene Littler-371727369 $5,667
8John Schlee-375736968 $5,667