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2009 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 9–12, 2009
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Length7,435 yards (6,799 m)
Field96 players, 50 after cut
Cut145 (+1)
Prize fund$7,500,000
Winner's share$1,350,000
Argentina Ángel Cabrera
276 (–12), playoff
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2009 Masters Tournament
Tournament information
DatesApril 9–12, 2009
LocationAugusta, Georgia
Course(s)Augusta National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Length7,435 yards (6,799 m)
Field96 players, 50 after cut
Cut145 (+1)
Prize fund$7,500,000
Winner's share$1,350,000
Argentina Ángel Cabrera
276 (–12), playoff

The 2009 Masters Tournament was the 73rd Masters Tournament, held April 9–12 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Ángel Cabrera, age 39, won his second major title in playoff over Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry. Cabrera became the first Masters champion from Argentina and South America.[1]


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The Masters has the smallest field of the major championships, and officially remains an invitation event, but there is now a qualification process. In theory, the club could simply decline to invite a qualified player. This is the list of all 96 players who qualified to play in the 2009 Masters Tournament.[2]

Qualification categories[edit]

  1. Past Masters Champions (Past champions that did not play: Tommy Aaron, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Burke, Jr., Billy Casper, Charles Coody, Nick Faldo, Doug Ford, Bob Goalby, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer)
  2. Last five U.S. Open Champions
  3. Last five British Open Champions
  4. Last five PGA Champions
  5. Last two of The Players Champions[3]
  6. Top two finishers in the 2008 U.S. Amateur
  7. Winner of the 2008 Amateur Championship
  8. Winner of the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links
  9. Winner of the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur
  10. Top 16 finishers (including ties) in the 2008 Masters Tournament
  11. Top 8 finishers (including ties) in the 2008 U.S. Open
  12. Top 4 finishers (including ties) in the 2008 British Open Championship
  13. Top 4 finishers (including ties) in the 2008 PGA Championship
  14. Top 30 leaders on the 2008 PGA Tour official money earnings list
  15. Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation[4] for the season-ending Tour Championship, between the 2008 Masters Tournament and the 2009 Masters Tournament
  16. All 30 players qualifying for the 2008 edition of The Tour Championship
  17. Top 50 on the final 2008 Official World Golf Rankings list (Week 52 Ranking as of December 31, 2008)
  18. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings list going into the tournament (Week 13 Ranking as of March 29, 2009)


PlayerCategory (see above)
Robert Allenby#11#18#27#30
Stephen Ames#27#37#45
Stuart ApplebyT-#14#22#20#38
Aaron Baddeley#36
Briny Baird#24
Ángel Cabrera2007#42
Chad Campbell#24#30
Michael Campbell2005
Paul CaseyT-#11#41#12
K. J. Choi#16#8#18#21
Stewart CinkT-#3#9#15#16#18
Tim Clark#23#28#37
Fred Couples1992
Ben Crenshaw1984, 1995
Ben CurtisT-#2#17#10#24#36
Luke Donald#31#33
PlayerCategory (see above)
Ken Duke#28#22
Ernie Els#20#21#9#16
Ross Fisher#29#32
Steve FleschT-#5
Raymond Floyd1976
Jim Furyk#12#4#13#15
Sergio García2008T-#2#4#3#2#3
Mathew Goggin#49
Retief Goosen2004#45#22
Todd Hamilton2004
Søren Hansen#47
Pádraig Harrington2007, 20082008T-#5#1#1#8#4#5
Dudley Hart#29#14
Ryuji Imada#132008 AT&T Classic#26
Trevor Immelman2008#1#19#19#20#34
Ryo IshikawaSpecial Invitation[5]
PlayerCategory (see above)
Miguel Ángel JiménezT-#8T-#6#22#31
Dustin Johnson#40
Zach Johnson2007#46#27
Robert KarlssonT-#8T-#4#6#7
Shingo Katayama#32#43
Martin Kaymer#25#20
Anthony Kim#6#6#11#13
Drew Kittleson#2
Søren Kjeldsen#50#42
Bernhard Langer1985, 1993
Danny Lee#1
Justin Leonard#10#7#23#26
Sandy Lyle1988
Hunter Mahan#30#16#44
Prayad Marksaeng#47
Billy Mayfair#28
PlayerCategory (see above)
Graeme McDowell#33#44
Rory McIlroy#39#17
Rocco Mediate#2
John MerrickT-#6
Phil Mickelson2004, 200620052007T-#5#3#9#3#2
Larry Mize1987
Jack Newman#1
Greg NormanT-#3
Geoff Ogilvy2006#15#12#4
Sean O'HairT-#14#28
José María Olazábal1994, 1999
Mark O'Meara1998
Louis Oosthuizen#50
Pat Perez#48
Kenny Perry#5#13#14#9
Carl PetterssonT-#6#21#17
PlayerCategory (see above)
Gary Player1961, 1974,
Ian Poulter#2#26#38
Álvaro Quirós#25
Chez Reavie
Andrés RomeroT-#8#27#30#41
Justin Rose#19#24
Rory Sabbatini#34#46
Reinier Saxton#1
Adam Scott#17#23
Jeev Milkha Singh#35#29
Vijay Singh20002004T-#14#1#1#5#6
Brandt SnedekerT-#3
Craig Stadler1982
Henrik StensonT-#3T-#4#8#10
Richard Sterne#43
Steve Stricker#23#12#15#11
PlayerCategory (see above)
Kevin Sutherland#18#11
D. J. TrahanT-#4#26#25
Camilo VillegasT-#4#7#2#7#8
Nick WatneyT-#11#35
Bubba Watson#29
Tom Watson1977, 1981
Boo Weekley#25#48
Mike Weir2003#14#5#21#19
Lin Wen-tang#49
Lee WestwoodT-#11#3#10#14
Oliver Wilson#40#39
Steve Wilson#1
Tiger Woods1997, 2001,
2002, 2005
20082005, 20062006, 2007#2#1#2#1#1
Ian Woosnam1991
Yang Yong-eun
Fuzzy Zoeller1979

Greg Norman,[6] Gary Player,[7] and Fuzzy Zoeller were playing their final Masters event. Ryo Ishikawa, aged 17, became the youngest professional ever to appear in the Masters.

Par 3 contest[edit]

The annual par 3 contest was held on Wednesday, April 8. Tim Clark won with a score of -5 (22), two shots better than José María Olazábal and Jack Newman. Three players shot a hole-in-one: John Merrick on the second hole, Greg Norman on the sixth, and Clark on the ninth.[8][9]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

PlayerCountryYear(s) wonR1R2R3R4TotalTo parFinish
Phil Mickelson United States2004, 200673687167279–95
Tiger Woods United States1997, 2001,
2002, 2005
Trevor Immelman South Africa200871747269286–2T20
Sandy Lyle Scotland198872707371286–2T20
Larry Mize United States198767767272287–1T30
Vijay Singh Fiji200071707274287–1T30
Mike Weir Canada200368757972294+6T46

Missed the cut[edit]

PlayerCountryYear(s) wonR1R2TotalTo par
Fred Couples United States19927373146+2
José María Olazábal Spain1994, 19997175146+2
Ian Woosnam Wales19917475149+5
Zach Johnson United States20077080150+6
Bernhard Langer Germany1985, 19937080150+6
Mark O'Meara United States19987576151+7
Craig Stadler United States19827774151+7
Fuzzy Zoeller United States19797976155+11
Ben Crenshaw United States1984, 19957383156+12
Tom Watson United States1977, 19817481157+13
Raymond Floyd United States19767979158+14
Gary Player South Africa1961, 1974,

Round summaries[edit]

The Masters Tournament is played over four days with an 18-hole round being played each day, for a total of 72 holes plus practice rounds and a par-three contest on the neighboring par-three course. Everyone outside the top 44 and ties or outside ten strokes of the leader was "cut" after two rounds.

First round[edit]

The first round weather conditions were sunny and calm. Chad Campbell, scored a 7 under par 65, which included five straight birdies in the first five holes. Campbell finished the day with a one stroke lead over Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan. Larry Mize shot a five under par 67 to be two strokes behind. Mahan led the field in total birdies with 9 in the first round.

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
1Chad Campbell United States65–7
T2Jim Furyk United States66–6
Hunter Mahan United States
T4Shingo Katayama Japan67–5
Larry Mize United States
T6Aaron Baddeley Australia68–4
Ángel Cabrera Argentina
Tim Clark South Africa
Todd Hamilton United States
John Merrick United States
Sean O'Hair United States
Kenny Perry United States
Mike Weir Canada

Second round[edit]

Campbell continued his strong play with a 2 under par 70 to remain in the lead at 135 (–9) with Kenny Perry, who shot a bogey-free 67. Fuzzy Zoeller, 1979 champion, and three-time winner Gary Player completed their final rounds at Augusta. Anthony Kim shot the day's low round with a 65, which included a new record for most birdies in a round with eleven.

The cut, the top 44 players and ties, was at 145 (+1), and fifty players advanced to the weekend. In all, 25 players shot sub-par rounds for the day and the scoring average was 73.74. For the tournament, 32 players were under par, and the scoring average was 72.99.

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
T1Chad Campbell United States65-70=135–9
Kenny Perry United States68-67=135
3Ángel Cabrera Argentina68-68=136–8
4Todd Hamilton United States68-70=138–6
5Tim Clark South Africa68-71=139–5
T6Jim Furyk United States66-74=140–4
Sergio García Spain73-67=140
Shingo Katayama Japan67-73=140
Anthony Kim United States75-65=140
Rory Sabbatini South Africa73-67=140

Amateurs: Saxton (+3), Newman (+4), Kittleson (+6), Wilson (+10), Lee (+11).

Third round[edit]

Third round conditions were sunny, but with gusty winds that made scoring a bit tougher than the previous two days. Perry shot a two-under par 70 to remain in the lead at 205 (-11), with Ángel Cabrera who shot a 69. Campbell led for most of the day until a double bogey on the 16th hole and carded 72, two strokes back at 207. Jim Furyk finished another stroke back of Campbell. Five players shot the day's low round of 4 under par 68. Those players were: Jim Furyk -8, Steve Stricker -7, Sean O'Hair -4, Ian Poulter -4, and Steve Flesch -3.

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
T1Ángel Cabrera Argentina68-68-69=205–11
Kenny Perry United States68-67-70=205
3Chad Campbell United States65-70-72=207–9
4Jim Furyk United States66-74-68=208–8
5Steve Stricker United States72-69-68=209–7
T6Todd Hamilton United States68-70-72=210–6
Shingo Katayama Japan67-73-70=210
Rory Sabbatini South Africa73-67-70=210
9Tim Clark South Africa68-71-72=211–5
T10Stephen Ames Canada73-68-71=212–4
Anthony Kim United States75-65-72=212
Hunter Mahan United States66-75-71=212
Phil Mickelson United States73-68-71=212
Sean O'Hair United States68-76-68=212
Ian Poulter England71-73-68=212
Lee Westwood England70-72-70=212
Tiger Woods United States70-72-70=212

Final round[edit]

Phil Mickelson birdied six holes on the front nine to score 30, tying a tournament record held by Johnny Miller, Greg Norman, and K. J. Choi. Third round co-leader Perry, age 48, led for most of the day; after birdies at 15 and 16, he disappointingly finished with bogeys at 17 and 18. He fell into a three-way tie at 276 (–12) with Ángel Cabrera and Campbell, leading to a sudden-death playoff.[1]

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
T1Ángel Cabrera Argentina68-68-69-71=276–12Playoff
Chad Campbell United States65-70-72-69=276
Kenny Perry United States68-67-70-71=276
4Shingo Katayama Japan67-73-70-68=278–10360,000
5Phil Mickelson United States73-68-71-67=279–9300,000
T6John Merrick United States68-72-74-66=280–8242,813
Steve Flesch United States71-74-68-67=280
Tiger Woods United States70-72-70-68=280
Steve Stricker United States72-69-68-71=280
T10Hunter Mahan United States66-75-71-69=281–7187,500
Sean O'Hair United States68-76-68-69=281
Jim Furyk United States66-74-68-73=281


Final round

Hole 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 101112131415161718
Argentina Cabrera–11–11–12–11–10–10–10–10–10–9–9–9–10–10–11–12–12–12
United States Perry–11–11–11–11–11–11–11–11–11–11–12–12–12–12–13–14–13–12
United States Campbell–9–9–10–10–10–10–10–11–10–10–9–10–11–11–12–12–12–12

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


The playoff began on the 18th hole and Campbell was eliminated after failing to get up and down from the right greenside bunker. Perry was just off the green to the right, chipped close, and tapped in for par. Cabrera scrambled after an errant tee shot and a recovery shot that ricocheted off a tree, fortuitously into the fairway. His third shot from 114 yards (104 m) ended 6 feet (1.8 m) away and he holed the putt to extend the playoff.[1] The next hole was the 10th, and Perry failed to get up and down from left of the green; Cabrera two-putted from 15 feet (4.6 m) for par to become the first Argentinian to win the Masters.[1][11]

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
1Ángel Cabrera Argentina4-4=8E1,350,000
T2Kenny Perry United States4-5=9+1660,000
Chad Campbell United States5+1



Hole 18  10 
Argentina CabreraEE
United States PerryE+1
United States Campbell+1

Cumulative sudden-death playoff scores, relative to par


Rory McIlroy was involved in a controversial incident during the second round. In sixth place on the leaderboard with three holes left to play, McIlroy had double-bogeyed the 16th hole before hitting his approach shot into a bunker on the 18th hole. He failed with his first attempt to get the ball out of the bunker and kicked out at the sand, which is an offense because it is deemed to be testing the condition of the hazard.[12] He finished his round at 4:15 p.m. local time and at 8:40 p.m. was called to the clubhouse to view footage of the incident. He was later cleared of any wrongdoing, as a player is allowed to smooth over the sand provided that it does nothing to improve the position of the ball with regard to the next shot.[13]

Also during the second round, while putting for birdie on the 15th green, Pádraig Harrington had stepped up to his ball and addressed it, but a gust of wind caused him to step away. The ball then moved, but since he had grounded his club previously, he was deemed to have caused it to move and was penalized one stroke. He completed the hole with a par 5.[14]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Shipnuck, Alan (April 20, 2009). "Last man standing". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Players - 2009 Tournament Invitees". masters.org. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  3. ^ Winners of the Players Championship get three years of Masters invitations. With the Players having moved from March to May, beginning 2007, there were only two such champions in the Masters field in 2009. In 2010 and after, there will once again be three Players champions in the field.
  4. ^ PGA Tour events that do not award a full-point allocation for The Tour Championship are Fall Series events and alternate events. The Players Championship, the three World Golf Championships events that existed at the time (the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until later in 2009, and is also scheduled after The Tour Championship), and the other three majors all award enhanced point allocations for The Tour Championship. The previous year's winners of The Players and the other majors are already eligible by other criteria. Winners of the WGC events held during the PGA Tour regular season theoretically earn invitations if they are not exempt by other means; however, this situation is very unlikely to occur in practice, as the vast majority of the entrants are already in the world's top 50, and even a winner who was outside the top 50 before the tournament would be very likely to enter the top 50 as a result of the win.
  5. ^ "Masters Special Invitation Announced". Archived from the original on 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Norman set for emotional farewell". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Player to make final Augusta bow". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 April 2009. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  8. ^ Though technically not a hole in one, Gary Player hit into the water on the ninth tee, and then holed it for a score of three from the tee box.Clark aces Par-Three Tournament
  9. ^ Leaderboard - Par 3 Contest
  10. ^ "Leaderboard: 2009 Masters". Yahoo! Sports. April 12, 2009. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Report". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 11 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  12. ^ Svrluga, Barry (10 April 2009). "Tragedy leads Kim to seize the day". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2009-07-30. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "McIlroy avoids Masters punishment". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 10 April 2009. Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  14. ^ "Harrington rues bad luck". Sky Sports. 11 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 

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Preceded by
2008 PGA Championship
Major ChampionshipsSucceeded by
2009 U.S. Open

Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 82°01′12″W / 33.503°N 82.020°W / 33.503; -82.020