The celebrations of The Masters Golf Tournament is still in the air!
This year, Sergio Garcia of Spain won his first major at the Masters, playing like an absolute champion in the final few holes, making brilliant shots down the homestretch and in the playoff against Justin Rose.
The Masters is a tournament that is in a league of its own. It is the first major of the year and is played under very pristine conditions. Over four days and 72 holes, the golfers competes for a place in Masters history. The Green jacket is something all pro golfers desire to wear, but only the master (winner) acquires.
Here is a list of some interesting facts about the most cherished tournament of golfers:
- Course architect, Alister McKenzie of Scotland, never saw his famous course completed. He died, just 2 months before the Inaugural Masters Tournament.
- In January 1933, the Augusta National Golf Club formally opens in Augusta, Georgia, after being founded by golfer Bobby Jones and investment banker Clifford Roberts.
- In 1939, the tournament is officially named The Masters.
- Horton Smith won the first Masters tournament, played in 1934.Smith toured Augusta National in 4-under par 284, one stroke better than runner-up Craig Wood.
- Jack Nicklaus has won six Masters tournaments (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986), more than any other golfer. Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods are second with four Masters wins each.
- Three players have won consecutive Masters titles: Jack Nicklaus (1965, 1966), Nick Faldo (1989, 1990) and Tiger Woods (2001, 2002).
- The first non-American golfer to win The Masters was Gary Player of South Africa. And that first win by an international happened at the 1961 Masters.
- Tiger Woods is the youngest player ever to win the Masters. (21 years, 3 months and 14 days old)
- The winner is presented with a ‘’Green Jacket’’. The color of the famous jacket has changed over the years from forest green to hunter green.
- Augusta National Golf Club had never had any female members until two women were finally given membership in August of 2012.
- Condoleezza Rice: Former United States National Security Advisor and Secretary of State; president of Stanford University.
- Darla Moore: Banking industry bigwig and political mover in the state of South Carolina.
The Masters is one of the most unusual events in sports and has been home to some of golf’s greatest moments.
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