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1973 Tommy Aaron Wins the Masters


Watch highlights from the final round broadcast of the 1973 Masters and the Green Jacket presentation in Butler Cabin.

Tommy Aaron comes from four strokes behind after three rounds to win the 1973 Masters.

The 1973 Masters Tournament, the 37th edition of this prestigious event, held golf fans attention from April 5th to April 9th.

Hosted at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club, this tournament had its fair share of surprises, historic moments, and a poignant farewell to legends.

Tommy Aaron’s Triumph

At the age of 36, Tommy Aaron etched his name in the annals of golf history by clinching his first and only major title.

He secured a narrow one-stroke victory over the runner-up, J. C. Snead, in a gripping final round.

What makes Aaron’s victory even more intriguing is his connection to a pivotal moment in Masters history.

In 1968, he played a crucial role in rectifying Roberto De Vicenzo’s incorrect scorecard.

However, five years later, in a twist of fate, Johnny Miller, Aaron’s final round playing partner in 1973, recorded a higher score when keeping Aaron’s card.

It was Aaron himself who spotted the mistake, adding an ironic twist to his journey to victory.

This triumph marked Aaron’s third and final victory on the PGA Tour, with his best subsequent major result being a tie for 28th at the 1979 Masters.

Gary Player’s Unprecedented Streak

One of the most remarkable aspects of the 1973 Masters was the absence of the legendary Gary Player.

A fixture at Augusta since 1957, had participated in an astounding 52 consecutive Masters Tournaments.

However, he missed this particular one due to the need for leg and abdominal surgery.

Player’s absence was a significant break in a record-breaking streak that would soon see him return in 1974 to claim his second of three coveted green jackets.

Gay Brewer’s Par 3 Triumph

The Par 3 contest held on the Wednesday preceding the Masters witnessed a spectacular performance by Gay Brewer.

The 1967 Masters champion scorched the course with an impressive seven-under 20.

This was a fitting comeback for Brewer, who had faced an unfortunate setback during the previous Masters when he was hospitalized for ulcers on Wednesday night, causing him to miss the tournament.

Farewell to Legends

The 1973 Masters also marked a poignant moment in golf history as it bid farewell to two former champions: Gene Sarazen and Ralph Guldahl.

Sarazen, the 1935 Masters champion, and Guldahl, who clinched the title in 1939, competed in their final Masters Tournament.

Their enduring legacies and contributions to the sport would forever be remembered by the golfing world.

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