The Masters Golf Tournament

 

One of golf's famed Majors, The Masters is a unique golf tournament. Golfers can only get into the Masters by meeting one of 17 requirements, or by special invitation. The famed Green Jackets first were given to the winner in 1949, with Sam Snead being the first recipient.

Golf's other majors include the British Open, the US Open and the PGA Championship.

 

The Masters Previous Winners

Year

Winner

Score

Runner-up

Score

2011

Charl Schwartzel

274

Adam Scott
Jason Day

276

2010

Phil Mickelson

272

Lee Westwood

275

2009

Ángel Cabrera

276

Kenny Perry
Chad Campbell

276

2008

Trevor Immelman

280

T. Woods

283

2007

Zach Johnson

289

R. Sabbatini
R. Goosen
T. Woods

289

2006

Phil Mickelson

281

Tim Clark

283

2005

Tiger Woods

276

Chris DiMarco

276

2004

Phil Mickelson

279

Ernie Els

280

2003

Mike Weir

281

Len Mattiace

281

2002

Tiger Woods

276

Retief Goosen

279

2001

Tiger Woods

272

David Duval

274

2000

Vijay Singh

278

Ernie Els

281

1999

Jose Maria Olazabal

280

Davis Love III

282

1998

Mark O'Meara

279

Fred Couples
David Duval

280

1997

Tiger Woods

270

Tom Kite

282

1996

Nick Faldo

276

Greg Norman

281

1995

Ben Crenshaw

274

Davis Love III

275

1994

Jose Maria Olazabal

279

Tom Lehman

281

1993

Bernhard Langer

277

Chip Beck

281

1992

Fred Couples

275

Raymond Floyd

277

1991

Ian Woosnam

277

Jose Maria Olazabal

278

1990

Nick Faldo

278

Raymond Floyd

278

1989

Nick Faldo

283

Scott Hoch

283

1988

Sandy Lyle

281

Mark Calcavecchia

282

1987

Larry Mize

285

Seve Ballesteros
Greg Norman

285

1986

Jack Nicklaus

279

Tom Kite
Greg Norman

280

1985

Bernhard Langer

282

Seve Ballesteros
Raymond Floyd
Curtis Strange

284

1984

Ben Crenshaw

277

Tom Watson

279

1983

Seve Ballesteros

280

Ben Crenshaw
Tom Kite

284

1982

Craig Stadler

284

Dan Pohl

284

1981

Tom Watson

280

Johnny Miller
Jack Nicklaus

282

1980

Seve Ballesteros

275

Gibby Gilbert
Jack Newton

279

1979

Fuzzy Zoeller

280

Ed Sneed
Tom Watson

280

1978

Gary Player

277

Rod Funseth
Hubert Green
Tom Watson

278

1977

Tom Watson

276

Jack Nicklaus

278

1976

Raymond Floyd

271

Ben Crenshaw

279

1975

Jack Nicklaus

276

Johnny Miller
Tom Weiskopf

277

1974

Gary Player

278

Dave Stockton
Tom Weiskopf

280

1973

Tommy Aaron

283

J.C. Snead

284

1972

Jack Nicklaus

286

Bruce Crampton
Bobby Mitchell
Tom Weiskopf

289

1971

Charles Coody

279

Johnny Miller
Jack Nicklaus

281

1970

Billy Casper

279

Gene Littler

279

1969

George Archer

281

Billy Casper
George Knudson
Tom Weiskopf

282

1968

Bob Goalby

277

Robert De Vicenzo

278

1967

Gay Brewer Jr.

280

Bobby Nichols

281

1966

Jack Nicklaus

288

Gay Brewer Jr.
Tommy Jacobs

288

1965

Jack Nicklaus

271

Arnold Palmer
Gary Player

280

1964

Arnold Palmer

276

Dave Marr
Jack Nicklaus

282

1963

Jack Nicklaus

286

Tony Lema

287

1962

Arnold Palmer

280

Dow Finsterwald
Gary Player

280

1961

Gary Player

280

Charles Coe
Arnold Palmer

281

1960

Arnold Palmer

282

Ken Venturi

283

1959

Art Wall Jr.

284

Cary Middlecoff

285

1958

Arnold Palmer

284

Doug Ford
Fred Hawkins

285

1957

Doug Ford

282

Sam Snead

286

1956

Jack Burke Jr.

289

Ken Venturi

290

1955

Cary Middlecoff

279

Ben Hogan

286

1954

Sam Snead

289

Ben Hogan

289

1953

Ben Hogan

274

Ed Oliver Jr.

279

1952

Sam Snead

286

Jack Burke Jr.

290

1951

Ben Hogan

280

Skee Riegel

282

1950

Jimmy Demaret

283

Jim Ferrier

285

1949

Sam Snead

282

Johnny Bulla
Lloyd Mangrum

285

1948

Claude Harmon

279

Cary Middlecoff

284

1947

Jimmy Demaret

281

Byron Nelson
Frank Stranahan

283

1946

Herman Keiser

282

Ben Hogan

283

1945

No tournament

 

 

 

1944

No tournament

 

 

 

1943

No tournament

 

 

 

1942

Byron Nelson

280

Ben Hogan

280

1941

Craig Wood

280

Byron Nelson

283

1940

Jimmy Demaret

280

Lloyd Mangrum

284

1939

Ralph Guldahl

279

Sam Snead

280

1938

Henry Picard

285

Harry Cooper
Ralph Guldahl

287

1937

Byron Nelson

283

Ralph Guldahl

285

1936

Horton Smith

285

Harry Cooper

286

1935

Gene Sarazen

282

Craig Wood

282

1934

Horton Smith

284

Craig Wood

285

 

The Masters - History

The tournament began in 1934 and has always been played at Augusta National Golf Club . The course had just been built by Bobby Jones, when Jones and Clifford Roberts decided to host a golf tournament. The Masters was born. The course has been modified over the years, changing the length of various fairways.

The tournament made its debut as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. An investor suggested that the event be called The Masters, but Jones felt that it was an overly pretentious title for the inauspicious event. He would relent in 1938, and the event's name would be officially changed.

In 1935 Gene Sarazen hit "the shot heard 'round the world," scoring a double eagle on the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National. In 1953 the tournament scoring record of 279 that had stood for 14 years, was obliterated when Ben Hogan finished at 274.

Arnold Palmer's Masters legacy began in 1958, as he won his first green jacket.. In 1966 Nicklaus was the first player to ever defend his title successfully at Augusta National.

At 46, Jack Nicklaus became the oldest winner in the tournament's history in 1986. He also became the first, and only, player to win the event six times. In 1997 at the age of 21. Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters champion.

The curse of the par-3 contest is well known. The contest, and its tale, began in 1960, when Sam Snead won the inaugural event. The curse doesn't mean the winner can never win a Masters, simply that he can not win it the same year. No one ever has.