During most of the four days at Augusta, weather and skill joined to satisfy the most particular golfing appetites. Sunlight playing through the tall pines wove patterns of light and shadow across the rolling landscape of Bob Jones's dream course. Dr. Cary Middlecoff received a congratulatory buss from pretty Mrs. Frank Clement, wife of the governor of Tennessee, who stood generously aside. He played a safe and sane game from the start, yet on his second round the birdies began to fall, and Middlecoff's resulting 65 became the second lowest score in Masters history. From then on he was never threatened, and he finished with a comfortable seven-stroke lead over runner-up Ben Hogan (see following two pages). For the more than 30,000 fans and 78 golfers, the Masters proved, as usual, to be the highlight of the winter's golf. For a running account of the play by HERBERT WARREN WIND, a short word sketch of Master Middlecoff and more pictures of the new champion, turn to page 58.
LAME, WEARY AND FOUR STROKES OFF THE PACE, BEN HOGAN LEANS ON HIS PUTTER AND WATCHES LLOYD MANGRUM CHIP AT 16th AS SHADOWS FROM THE TALL PINES FALL ON THE AGING CHAMP