Jack Burke Jr. wins the 20th Masters Tournament
Jack Burke scored a final round 71, one of only two subpar rounds Sunday, to rally from a Tournament record eight shots back and defeat amateur Ken Venturi.
Burke's 289, along with Sam Snead in 1954, remains the highest winning total in Masters history.
Has an amateur ever won The Masters? No, although three times an amateur finished solo second or tied for second. The 1956 Masters is one of those times, and is the best-known, because the amateur who finished second was Ken Venturi.
Venturi opened the tournament with a 66, held the lead at the midway point, and, despite a third-round 75, took a four-stroke lead into the final round. The final round was played in very windy, tough conditions, and only two golfers broke par that day. Venturi wasn't one of them.
But Jack Burke Jr. was. Burke, who began the final round eight strokes behind Venturi, shot a 71, while Venturi struggled to an 80. That 9-stroke difference turned out to be the difference in the tournament, as Burke won by one over Venturi.