In one of the strangest finishes a major United States golf championship ever had, Argentine golfer Roberto DeVicenzo failed to tie for the Masters tournament victory in August, Georgia Sunday (14 April) by a single stroke.
In one of the strangest finishes a major United States golf championship ever had, Argentine golfer Roberto DeVicenzo failed to tie for the Masters tournament victory in August, Georgia Sunday (14 April) by a single stroke. And the stroke was one incorrectly added to his scorecard for the 17th hole. DeVicenzo shot a 1 under-par-three on the hole, but the pro playing with him, Tommy Aaron, absently mindedly entered 4 strokes (which is par). That cheated DeVicenzo of a tie fro the championship. Had the 45-year-old Argentinian won, he would have been the oldest man ever to win the coveted Masters Tournament, and only the second foreign golfer to do that. What made things even worse, it was DeVicenzo's 45th birthday.
United States golf pro Bob Goalby won the tournament with a 277. He thought he was tied with the Argentinian until 20 minutes after coming off the course.
DeVicenzo was in part to blame for the error, since he signed the card (made out by Aaron, his partner) without checking the arithmetic for each hole.
The mistake was monumental from a financial viewpoint. The one-stroke error made Goalby a winner of 20,000 thousand dollars, while DeVicenzo picks up 15,000 for second. However the winner of the prestigious Masters always picks up large amounts of money for testimonials of golf equipment and for public appearances.
In his own words, this is what happened to DeVicenzo: "I'm so unhappy to make five on the last hole I can't think straight. I look at the scorecard three-four times and see nothing. I sign it. Then I go to the television room. Five minutes later they tell me there's some mistake and I go back to the 18th green, then I see it."