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Golf Masters 2018

The 2018 Masters Tournament will be the 82nd edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf's four major championships to be held in 2018. It is scheduled for April 5–8 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

The Masters has the smallest field of the four major championships. Officially, the Masters remains an invitation event, but there is a set of qualifying criteria that determines who is included in the field.

Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, with other categories in which he qualified shown in parentheses. Dates when a qualifying category will be completely determined are indicated in italics.

Golfers who qualify solely based on their performance in amateur tournaments (categories 6–10) must remain amateurs on the starting day of the tournament to be eligible to play.


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The Course

Par 4 445 Yards

The slight dogleg right is not the easiest tee shot golfers will face. Carrying the fairway bunker will require a drive of 300 yards, and shorter hitters will face an uphill shot to the undulating green.  It's always interesting when you're betting on this specific hole!

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Hole story

No. 1 was first named Cherokee Rose for Georgia's state flower.

Significant changes since opening

  • Fairway bunker adjusted, 2006
  • Trees added to left side of fairway, 2006
  • Tee moved back 15-20 yards, 2006
  • Back of tee reduced 7 yards and scorecard changed to 445 yards, 2009

About the plant

  • Evergreen, can be pruned into a tree or bush; Tiny white fragrant flowers bloom October to March.
  • Spot it on the course
  • It's to the right of the fairway and rear of the green on No. 1.

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to eastern Asia
  • Grows slowly but can reach 30 feet high and 20 feet wide
  • Full to partial sun -
  • Acidic, well-drained soil
  • Moderately drought tolerant, once established - Propagation by cuttings

 

Hole No. 2 - Pink Dogwood

Par 5 575 yards

A slight draw off the tee sets up a chance to reach the par-5 green in two. Bunkers in front of the green often come into play.

Hole story

Before it was Pink Dogwood, No. 2 was named Woodbine.

Significant changes since opening

  • Fairway bunker shifted to right, 1999
  • Tee moved back 20-25 yards, 1999

About the plant

  • Deciduous, flowering tree
  • Pink, biscuit-shaped blossoms from March to May
  • Red berries in fall are a favorite of songbirds.

Where and how the plant grows

  • Can grow 20 to 40 feet high and wide
  • Shade tolerant
  • Moist to dry, well-drained, acidic soil
  • Moderately drought tolerant
  • Propagation from seeds
  • Sensitive to pests and diseases

 


No. 3 - Flowering Peach

Par 4 350 yards

Most players opt for position off the tee with a long iron or a fairway wood. The small green, which slopes from right to left, is not entirely visible from the fairway.

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Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Fairway bunker complex built, 1982

About the plant

  • Deciduous, flowering tree
  • Single, semidouble and double blooms in late March to early April
  • 11/2-inch flowers in shades of white, pink and red appear before new leaves unfold

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to China
  • Can grow 25 feet high and wide
  • Full sun
  • Well-drained, moist, slightly acidic soil; nitrogen is essential
  • Moderately drought tolerant
  • Susceptible to damage by late spring frosts or extreme winters
  • Propagation by cuttings or grafting

Par 3 240 yards

This tough par-3 requires a long-iron shot to the green, which is guarded by a pair of bunkers.

Hole story

No. 4 once was named Palm.

Significant changes since opening

  • Tee moved back 30-35 yards for 2006

About the plant

  • Deciduous, flowering tree
  • Produces fragrant single and semi double blooms from late March to early April - 3/4- to 1-inch flowers range from light pink to deep rose
  • Colorful 1-inch apples in summer to fall

Where and how the plant grows

  • Can grow 25 to 30 feet tall, depending on variety
  • Very adaptable
  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • Moderately drought tolerant
  • Propagation by seed, cuttings or grafting
  • Varieties produced from hybridizing

Par 4 455 yards

The deep fairway bunkers on the left require a carry of 315 yards around the dogleg. Large humps in the green make it a challenging putting surface.

Native to Southeastern U.S.; state tree of Mississippi; state flower of Louisiana .

Significant changes since opening

  • Fairway bunkers extended about 80 yards toward the green, 2003.

About the plant

  • Evergreen tree with 5- to 8-inch-long leathery oblong leaves
  • Produces fragrant 10-inch white blooms in May and June
  • Flowers are followed by cone-shaped fruit that yields small berries in late summer.

Where and how the plant grows

  • All varieties can grow 60 to 80 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide.
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Slightly acidic, well-drained soil
  • Moderately drought tolerant
  • Propagation by cuttings, grafting or seed

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Par 3 180 yards

This downhill par-3 usually requires no more than a medium iron to the large, undulating green. Put the ball on the wrong part of the green, however, and a three-putt is likely.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Pond filled in at front of green, 1959

About the plant

  • Deciduous, flowering tree
  • Coniferous evergreen shrub or tree
  • Low-maintenance plant with fragrant blue-green to dark green foliage
  • Junipers are dioecious (take on male or female form)
  • In late summer, female trees produce berries and flowers

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to North America
  • Can grow 40 to 50 feet high and 10 to 20 feet wide
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Well-drained, alkaline or acidic soil
  • Little need for water once established
  • Propagation from seeds

Par 4 450 yards

The new tee installed in 2002 puts a driver back into most players hands. The hole features a narrow fairway to an elevated, well-bunkered green.

 Hole story

Before it was Pampas, No. 7 was named Cedar.

Significant changes since opening

  • Green relocated and bunkers added, 1938
  • Tee moved back 35-40 yards, 2006
  • Trees added to both sides of fairway, 2006
  • Green rebuilt for possible right-rear pin position, 2006

About the plant

  • Evergreen ornamental grass with sharply serrated leaves
  • In late summer, yields silver-white plumes that stay until winter

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to Argentina
  • Fast-growing clumps can be 8 to 10 feet high and wide
  • Space 6 to 8 feet apart in mass plantings; grows larger than expected
  • Full sun
  • Clay to sand, alkaline to acidic soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by division

 No. 8 Yellow - Jasmine

Par 5 570 yards

A large fairway bunker makes this par-5 difficult to reach in two shots. A blind uphill shot awaits those who are tempted to go for it in two.

 Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Tee moved back 15-20 yards and shifted 10 yards to golfer's right, 2002
  • Fairway bunker reshaped and nearly doubled in size, 2002

About the plant

  • Flowering semi-evergreen vine
  • Produces 11/2-inch bright yellow trumpet flowers during first warm period in February; can bloom briefly in early fall

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to Southeastern U.S.; state flower of South Carolina
  • Slow-growing; can climb to 20 feet high
  • Sun to partial shade
  • Moist soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by seeds or cuttings
  • "Pride of Augusta" is a double-flowering form

Par 4 460 yards

The severely sloped green makes par a challenge. Accuracy off the tee is required, and approach shots that are short of the target often roll off the green.

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Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Tee moved back 25-30 yards, 2002

About the plant

  • Flowering evergreen tree - Fast-growing, with dense foliage
  • Produces small white to cream flowers in fragrant 2-inch clusters from February to April

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native from North Carolina to Texas
  • Can grow 25 to 40 feet high and 15 to 25 feet wide
  • Shade tolerant
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • High drought tolerance, once established
  • Propagation by seeds or cuttings

 


Par 4 495 yards

Historically the toughest hole at Augusta National, the tee shot requires a hard hook to gain extra distance. Drives that go too far right will leave a long second shot; if they go too far left, trees are a problem.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Green relocated from fairway bottom to current location, 1937
  • Tee moved back 5-10 yards and moved five yards to the golfer's left, 2002

About the plant

  • Flowering evergreen shrub, can be pruned into a tree
  • Yields 2- to 5-inch single to double flowers in white, pink, red and variegated from late fall to spring

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to Asia
  • Needs room to grow; can reach 6 to 15 feet high and 5 to 10 feet wide
  • Partial shade
  • Acidic, moist soil
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Propagation by seeds or cuttings

 


Par 4 505 yards

The start of Amen Corner is the most difficult hole in recent years because of its added length. A slight fade off the tee is necessary to reach the fairway. The greenside pond is more of a factor, because players have longer shots into the green.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Tee relocated and pond left of green built, 1950
  • Green, pond and bunker complex adjusted, 1999
  • Tee moved back 10-15 yards, 2006
  • Trees added to right side of fairway, 2004 and 2006
  • Dogwoods added to wooded area on left, 2006
  • Fairway shifted to left, 2006
  • Several trees removed on right side of fairway and fairway widened, 2008

About the plant

  • Deciduous flowering tree
  • Blooms late March to early April; 3- to 4-inch white flowers with four bracts surrounding tiny yellowish flowers clustered in center
  • In fall, produces red berries and brilliant red leaves

Where and how the plant grows

  • Virginia's state tree; state flower of North Carolina
  • Grows 20 to 40 feet high and 25 to 30 feet wide
  • Shade
  • Rich, acidic, moist to dry soil
  • Moderately drought tolerant
  • Propagation by seeds
  • Planting not recommended in heavy, wet soil, unless it's on a raised bed

 


Par 3 155 yards

The shortest hole is a bear to play because of swirling winds. Its usually a medium- or short-iron shot to a narrow green that is protected by Raes Creek in front and azaleas behind.

Hole story

Before it was Golden Bell, No. 12 was named Three Pines.

Significant changes since opening

  • None

About the plant

  • Deciduous flowering shrub
  • Blooms at first hint of spring with 3/4-inch golden yellow blooms followed by dark green foliage

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to China
  • Grows to 8 feet
  • Sun
  • Moist, well-drained, rich, loose organic soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by cuttings
  • Extremely disease resistant

 


Par 5 510 yards

The classic risk-reward hole became more challenging with a new tee added in 2002. A slight draw is required to get into position for the second shot to the par-5, but a tributary of the creek catches shots that come up short.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Tee moved back 20-25 yards, 2002

About the plant

  • Flowering shrub - Hundreds of varieties (deciduous and evergreen); plant assortment to extend floral display from February to October
  • Colors vary; tubular flowers with long stamens; evergreens are most colorful Spot it on the course

Where and how the plant grows

  • Georgia's native azalea has yellow flowers.
  • Size varies; can grow up to 8 feet high and 10 feet wide
  • Filtered shade, morning sun
  • Acidic, well-drained soil
  • Low drought tolerance - Propagation by seed or cuttings
  • Plant in fall; prune after blooming

Par 4 440 yards

It's the only hole on the course without a bunker, but a severe green provides plenty of problems. Players often have to hit driver instead of a 3-wood, and a sloping fairway kicks shots into trouble on the right. Large undulations on the green make this the trickiest to putt.

Hole story

No. 14 was once named Spanish Dagger.

Significant changes since opening

  • Bunker on right side of fairway landing area removed, 1952
  • Tee moved back 30-35 yards, 2002

About the plant

  • Evergreen tree
  • Fast-growing, exotic tree with bright green, pointed needles
  • Produces ornamental cones - Despite being an evergreen, it sheds some branches in fall

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to China
  • Grows 30 to 75 feet tall and 10 to 30 feet wide
  • Sun to partial shade
  • Acidic, moist, well-drained soil
  • Extremely high drought tolerance
  • Propagation by cuttings

Par 5 530 yards

Changes made in the last decade make reaching this par-5 hole in two shots a challenge, but plenty of birdies will be had. A pond guards the green in front, but those who lay up face a hard shot from a downhill lie.

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Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Pond in front of green enlarged, 1961
  • Tee moved back 25-30 yards, 2006
  • Tee shifted about 20 yards to golfer's left, 2006

About the plant

  • Large, thorny evergreen shrub is a member of the rose family.
  • Creamy white April blooms are small and plain but profuse.
  • Yields thick clusters of orange berries in summer to early winter Spot it on the course.

Where and how the plant grows

  • Grows fast; can reach 8 to 12 feet high
  • Full sun
  • Well-drained soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by cuttings
  • Plant in low-traffic area to avoid contact with thorns.

Par 3 170 yards

This par-3 requires anything from a short- to medium-iron shot. The green is the holes main defense; being below the hole is a must. The back bunker and a pond on the left also pose hazards.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Stream in front of green transformed into a pond, 1947

About the plant

  • Deciduous flowering tree
  • Blooms March to May; clusters of small orchid-pink blooms before new heart-shaped leaves appear; followed by long seed pods
  • Called Judas tree based on myth that Judas Iscariot hanged himself on the related Cercis siliquastrum

Where and how the plant grows

  • Native to Eastern U.S.
  • Grows 20 to 30 feet high and 15 to 25 feet wide
  • Full sun to shade (in Southern zones)
  • Moist, well-drained, fertile soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by seed

Par 4 440 yards

For most players it's a short-iron second shot into a rock-hard green.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Tee moved back 10-15 yards, 2006

About the plant

  • Old-fashioned, tough evergreen shrub with fernlike foliage
  • Blooms April to May; large clusters of small, creamy flowers
  • In winter, yields clusters of brilliant red berries

Where and how the plant grows

  • Grows 6 to 8 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide
  • Sun to shade
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by seed or division

Par 4 465 yards

The closing hole has become a 465-yard challenge with the extension of the tee in 2002. An accurate drive is a must, and an expanded bunker complex requires a clout of 335 yards to carry. Trees to the left of the bunkers prevent a bailout on that side, and the elevated green is guarded by bunkers.

Hole story

Significant changes since opening

  • Double bunker constructed left of fairway landing area, 1967
  • Tee moved back 55-60 yards and moved to the golfer's right five yards, 2002
  • Bunker complex adjusted, 2002

About the plant

  • Deciduous, flowering tree
  • Dioecious evergreen tree with spiny, dull green leaves
  • From March to June, male and female bear inconspicuous green or white flowers.
  • Female yields bright red poisonous berries in winter, if male is also present.

Where and how the plant grows

  • Grows to 35 to 50 feet high and 15 to 25 feet wide
  • Shade tolerant
  • Moist, well-drained, acidic, sandy soil
  • High drought tolerance
  • Propagation by cuttings

Masters History

A look at how The Masters began...

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Newspaper headlines were full of big names in the spring of 1934.

President Roosevelt was busy trying to prevent an auto strike. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler was working on a plan to increase Germany’s population. Clark Gable attended the Academy Awards dinner, but Katherine Hepburn and Charles Laughton declined to attend.

On the sports pages, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were still belting spring training home runs for the New York Yankees.

In Augusta, another big name was dominating the headlines.

Robert T. Jones Jr (Bob to his friends) was making his return to competitive golf. The venue was Augusta National Golf Club, and the setting was the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament.

At 10:35 a.m. on March 22, 1934, Jones struck his tee shot on what is now the 10th hole at Augusta National.

Jones gathered himself and, with playing partner Paul Runyan and their caddies in tow, strode down the fairway.

For Jones, much more was at stake than his return to competition. It was about the club he co-founded, Augusta National, and a tournament, the Masters, that would prove to be his lasting gift to the game.

Jones’ journey from the 11th green at Merion Cricket Club on Sept. 27, 1930 – where he closed out Eugene Homans to win the U.S. Amateur and complete the Grand Slam – to Augusta 3½ years later is an interesting one.

Consider that Jones had not seen Fruitland Nurseries, the site where Augusta National was built, until after his Grand Slam.

Consider that Jones and Clifford Roberts, who shared a vision for a private golf club and an annual tournament that would celebrate Jones and his friends, were trying to raise money for their venture at the height of the Great Depression.

“Most golf courses during the Depression were folding,” said Sid Matthew, an attorney and historian. “What a tremendous challenge it was for them to build. And then to make it popular.”

 

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Jones had been plotting his retirement for some time, but it still came as a shock to the public when he announced it in late 1930. After all, he was only 28.

The pressure of competing in major championship events took a toll on Jones. He was the prohibitive favorite in every event, and he yearned for the day when he could enjoy a game of golf with friends and not be surrounded by thousands of fans.

So he and Roberts set off to build his dream course. But he also had several other projects he was busy with.

Jones went to Hollywood in 1931 and made the highly popular film series How I Play Golf. He also had signed on with sporting goods manufacturer Spalding during this time and, according to Matthew, was partly responsible for such innovations as registering your club specifications and developing a “matched” set of clubs.

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The legendary Bobby Jones in action

Jones went back to California in 1933 to do a follow-up series of instructional films, and he also did quite a bit of writing as an associate editor for The American Golfer, a magazine.

He also spent time following his friends in championship events around the country.

On July 15, 1931, The Augusta Chronicle trumpeted the news that Jones had picked Augusta for his new course.

“Bobby Jones to Build His Ideal Golf Course on Berckmans’ Place” was the large headline that accompanied a story from O.B. Keeler, an Atlanta sportswriter who was Jones’ friend and biographer.

Remarkably, course construction took less than two years. The course opened for limited play in December 1932, and the formal opening was a month later.

Getting members to join was more of a challenge, but Jones and Roberts persevered.

The final step was to stage a tournament. Initially, they wanted to bring the U.S. Open to their course, but that didn’t happen for a number of reasons. So Jones and Roberts decided to hold their own annual event.

When Jones stepped to the tee for the first round in 1934, he was still the man to beat. At least he was in the minds of the press and the public.

“It’s the Field Against Bobby” read a headline in The Chronicle’s edition March 22, 1934.

“It will be a matter of stepping back under heavy pressure for the first time since 1930,” Grantland Rice wrote in a preview of the first tournament for The American Golfer. “No one can say in advance how the nerve strain will affect him, what his mental attitude will be against the keen blades of so many stars, all after his scalp.”

In reality, no one knew what to expect from Jones. He had shot 1-under-par 71 in a practice round, and a few weeks before the tournament he had fired an impressive 65.

Whether Jones would even play was up for debate. According to the club, he wanted to serve as an official and preferred not to play. But the membership prevailed upon him to join the field.

“The final argument that persuaded Bob to agree to play, or so he said, was one I advanced, to the effect that he simply could not invite his golfing friends to play on his course and then decline to play with them,” Roberts wrote in his book, The Story of the Augusta National Golf Club.

Jones drew a crowd – The Chronicle reported that 900 automobiles representing 38 states and Canada passed through the entrance – but he didn’t thrill the gallery with his round of 76. The score left him in the middle of the pack and six shots behind a trio of leaders, including eventual winner Horton Smith.

The culprit, according to Keeler’s account the next day, was Jones’ putting. He required 35 putts, far more than he needed during his prime. His play off the tee and with the longer clubs was fine, according to Keeler.

Jones “smacked a spoon” onto the green at the par-5 fourth (now 13) and two-putted for a birdie. At the 11th (now 2), he “hit a brassie shot like a ruled line to the distant green, seven feet from the pin – and nearly took three putts.”

Short-game woes kept Jones from being a threat. He improved in the second round, shooting 2-over 74, but was eight strokes behind Smith.

Paired with Walter Hagen for the third round, Jones shot even-par 72 but lost the head-to-head battle to Hagen’s 70. The headline in The Chronicle read, “Jones Surrenders Final Chance.”

In the final round, Jones posted another 72 to finish the tournament at 6-over 294, 10 shots behind Smith. The tie for 13th would be his best showing in 12 Masters appearances.

Smith had the banner headline, but the newspapers played up Jones saying he would play in his tournament the next year.

How did Jones view his performance?

“I think in one word: relieved,” said Matthew, the historian. “Another word: proud. That the debut of his course drew what should have been the expected rave reviews from those who knew the difference between an inspiring golf course and one that was challenging to play.”

A tournament was born.

“I think Jones was satisfied he had pulled off what he had intended to pull off,” Matthew said. “And then he could go hide for a while.”


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The 1930s

Bobby Jones builds his dream course, Augusta National Golf Club, and the first Masters is played in 1934. Gene Sarazen helps put the tournament on the map on the map with his double eagle, and playoff win, in 1935.

1931 - Construction Begins

Tournament co-founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts decide to buy the old Fruitland property in Augusta, Ga., for $70,000. Dr. Alister MacKenzie is selected to help Jones design the course, and construction of Augusta National Golf Club begins in the summer.

1934 - The First Masters

The inaugural Augusta National Invitation Tournament (named the Masters Tournament in 1939) is played at Augusta National Golf Club. Horton Smith beats Craig Wood by a stroke, and becomes the first Masters champion. His share of the purse is $1,500.

1935 - Holes Reversed

The holes are reversed before the tournament, making the front nine the "second nine."

1935 - Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Gene Sarazen helps put the tournament on the map with his rare double eagle, known as the “shot heard ‘round the world.” Sarazen wins a 36-hole playoff the next day.

1936 - First Two-Time Champion

Horton Smith edges Craig Wood by a stroke to become the first two-time Masters champion. The rain-delayed tournament started on a Friday and ended on a Monday.

1937 - Lord Byron’s Charge

Byron Nelson became part of Masters lore thanks to his charge in the final round. Nelson trailed Ralph Guldahl but made up six strokes at Nos. 12 and 13 with a birdie and eagle. Guldahl, meanwhile, played the two holes in 5-6, and Nelson cruised to his first major victory.

1938 - Weather Delays Start

Henry Picard had to battle the field and the elements to earn his Masters victory in 1938. Inclement weather pushed the start of the tournament back to Saturday, and 36 holes were played Sunday.

1939 - Guldahl breaks through

Ralph Guldahl didn't want to be a Masters bridesmaid for the third time. Guldahl shot 3-under-par 33 on the final nine holes to win by a stroke, and his total of 279 would not be eclipsed until 1953. The tournament was officially named the Masters.

The 1940s

World War II interrupts play for three years, but not before Byron Nelson wins his second Masters in a memorable duel against Ben Hogan. Sam Snead, in 1949, is the first winner to receive a green coat.

1942 - Nelson's Playoff Win

In a memorable Monday playoff, just the second in the brief history of the tournament, Byron Nelson wins his second Masters. He beats boyhood friend and rival Ben Hogan for the win.

1943-1945 - The War Years

The Masters Tournament is not played during the years 1943, 1944 and 1945 because of World War II. To help with the war effort, turkey and cattle are raised on the Augusta National grounds.

1946 - First Major Upset

The Masters Tournament returns after a three-year hiatus. Herman Keiser gives the tournament its first major upset when he beats Ben Hogan by a stroke.

1947 - First sub-par rounds

Four sub-par rounds earned Jimmy Demaret a spot in the Masters record book as the first golfer to accomplish that feat. This is Demaret's second Masters win.

1948 - Ike Likes Augusta

Dwight D. Eisenhower, war hero and future president, becomes an Augusta National Golf Club member in 1948.

1949 - First Green Jacket Presented

Sam Snead wins the Masters by three strokes and receives a green jacket, starting a tradition that continues to this day. Snead's share of the purse is $2,500.

The 1950s

Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes an influential member, Jimmy Demaret becomes the first three-time champion, tournament TV broadcasts begin and "Amen Corner" is named.

1950 - First Three-Time Winner

Jimmy Demaret becomes the first three-time Masters champion after final-round leader Jim Ferrier bogeyed five of the final six holes.

1953 - Ike's Cabin Built

After Augusta National Golf Club member Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected president in 1952, members build a cabin for the President, his wife, Mamie, and his Secret Service protection. Known as the Eisenhower Cabin, or Ike's Cabin, it is near the 10th tee at Augusta National.

1954 - Snead Garners Third Win

A memorable duel between Sam Snead and Ben Hogan was almost upstaged by amateur Billy Joe Patton. Snead and Hogan wound up tied after 72 holes at 1-over-par 289, and Patton finished one shot behind them. In the playoff the next day, the two men battled but Snead prevailed by one shot, 70-71, for his third and final Masters win.

1956 - First TV Broadcast

CBS broadcasts the third and fourth rounds of the Masters, the first time the tournament is televised. Cameras provide coverage of holes 15 through 18. Jack Burke Jr. rallies from eight shots behind to beat amateur Ken Venturi.

1958 - Amen Corner Named

Herbert Warren Wind, golf writer for Sports Illustrated, uses the term "Amen Corner" to describe the action at golf holes Nos. 11, 12 and 13. The name is now part of Masters history. Arnold Palmer wins his first Masters. His share of the purse is $11,250.

The 1960s

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus each win at Augusta National three times. Along with Gary Player, the first international winner, the "Big Three" dominate professional golf. With the tournament growing in popularity, attendance limitations are instituted for the first time.

1960 - First Par-3 Contest

The first Par-3 Contest is played on the Wednesday before the 1960 Masters. Sam Snead wins the contest, which is played on a short course designed by George Cobb and Clifford Roberts.

1960 - Palmer Wins Second Masters

Arnold Palmer rallies in spectacular fashion with birdies on his final two holes to win his second Masters.

1961 - First Foreign Player Win

South African Gary Player becomes the first foreign player to wear the green coat, defeating Arnold Palmer and amateur Charles Coe. Player's share of the purse is $20,000.

1963 - First Honorary Starters

The tradition of having honorary starters begins this year. Jock Hutchison and Fred McLeod hit their ceremonial shots from the first tee before the first round of the Masters.

1963 - Youngest Masters Winner

Jack Nicklaus, at age 23, is the youngest player to win the Masters.

1964 - First Four-Time Winner

Arnold Palmer, who rallied in spectacular fashion, became the first golfer to win the Masters Tournament four times.

1965 – Nicklaus sets 72-hole record

Jack Nicklaus shattered the 72-hole scoring record with a total of 271 in winning his second green jacket. His score of 64 in the third round ties the course record.

1966 - First Back-To-Back Win

Defending champion Jack Nicklaus becomes the first player to achieve back-to-back wins at the Masters. He receives his third green jacket.

1968 - Scorecard Error

Argentina's Roberto De Vicenzo was poised to battle Bob Goalby in an 18-hole playoff when he got the sad news that he had signed an incorrect scorecard. Goalby is ruled the winner.

 

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The 1970s

With a pair of wins, Jack Nicklaus overtakes Arnold Palmer for most Masters victories with five. Tournament co-founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts pass away. Fuzzy Zoeller wins the first sudden-death playoff in 1979.

1971 - Bobby Jones Dies

Bobby Jones, Masters Tournament co-founder, dies on Dec. 18, 1971. He is buried at Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery where thousands of fans visit his gravesite every year and leave items such as golf balls, clubs and golf tees.

1975 - Nicklaus Makes History

On the 18th hole, Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf had chances to send the tournament to a playoff, but each missed from close range, securing a record fifth green jacket for Jack Nicklaus.

1979 - First Sudden-Death Playoff

Fuzzy Zoeller survives the first sudden-death playoff at the Masters against Ed Sneed and Tom Watson. He joins Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen as the only men to win in their first try at Augusta National.

The 1980s

Seve Ballesteros spearheads the European invasion - five Masters are won by golfers from that continent - but they can’t stave off Jack Nicklaus’ charge in 1986 to become the oldest winner.

1980 - First European Win

Seve Ballesteros, a 23-year-old Spaniard, supplanted Jack Nicklaus as the youngest champion. He also became the second international champion and the first from Europe to don a green jacket.

1981 - Bentgrass Arrives

Augusta National Golf Club switches its greens from bermuda grass to bentgrass. The Par-3 Course made the switch in 1978.

1981 - Watson's Second Jacket

Tom Watson shoots 1-under 71 for a two-shot win over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller for his second Masters win and fifth major title. Watson's share of the purse is $60,000.

1984 - Crenshaw's Consecutive Birdies

Ben Crenshaw's three consecutive birdies, including a memorable 60-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole, takes him to his first green jacket. He tops Tom Watson by two shots for the win.

1986 - One For The Ages

In the final round, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus makes his charge with a 30 on the final nine and becomes the oldest player to win the Masters. He collects his sixth green jacket, also a tournament record. Nicklaus' share of the purse is $144,000.

1987 - Augusta Native Wins

Larry Mize's spectacular 140-foot chip shot, during a sudden-death playoff with Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman, gives the Augusta native the win.

The 1990s

Nick Faldo and other Europeans continue to excel, but the Masters ushers in a new era in 1997 when Tiger Woods becomes the youngest champion. He also breaks numerous records, including the 72-hole scoring record.

1990 - Faldo Defends Title

Nick Faldo of England becomes the second Masters winner to successfully defend his title. Faldo beat Raymond Floyd, the 1976 winner, in a sudden-death playoff. Faldo's share of the purse is $225,000.

1991 - Woosnam Wins

Ian Woosnam, of Wales, got off to a slow start with 72 but roared into contention with a second-round 66. Woosnam, Tom Watson and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal all came to the final hole tied for the lead. Mistakes by Watson and Olazabal allow Woosnam to sink his final putt for the win.

1992 - A Green Jacket For Couples

Final-round leader Fred Couples hit the bank on the far side of Rae’s Creek on the 12th hole but the ball, defying gravity, did not roll back into the water. From there, Couples chipped up close to save par and went on to win by two strokes over close friend and mentor Raymond Floyd. Couples' share of the purse is $270,000.

1993 - Langer's Second Win

Bernhard Langer of Germany wins his second green jacket and becomes the 12th golfer with multiple victories. The trend of foreign dominance at the Masters continues. Five of the six winners from 1988-93 came from outside the United States.

1994 - European Takes Title Back

Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal joined countryman Seve Ballesteros as a Masters champion with his win in 1994, extending Europe's dominance at Augusta National Golf Club.

1995 - Ben's Emotional Win

Famed golf instructor Harvey Penick, who helped Ben Crenshaw when he had swing problems, had died the previous Sunday. With memories of Penick in his head, Crenshaw went out and shot 70-67-69-68, beating Davis Love III by a stroke for his second Masters. Crenshaw's share of the purse is $360,000.

1996 - Faldo's Third Green Jacket

This year is known not only for Nick Faldo's win, but also for Greg Norman's collapse. Faldo was six strokes behind Norman in the final round. Norman's struggles on the back nine allowed Faldo to win by five strokes. Nick Faldo joins Gary Player, Sam Snead and Jimmy Demaret as three-time Masters winners. Faldo's share of the purse is $450,000.

1997 - Tiger's Historic Win

With a record-shattering performance, Tiger Woods becomes the first minority golfer to win the Masters. Woods, 21, is also the youngest champion and earned a tournament record 18-under-par with a record 12-shot victory.

1998 - Lucky 15 for O'Meara

Mark O'Meara birdied the final two holes, something only two other golfers in Masters Tournament history had accomplished, to win by a shot over Fred Couples and David Duval. The win came in his 15th try at the Augusta National. No one had ever played in that many Masters and then won the title. O'Meara's share of the purse is $576,000.

The 2000s

Tiger Woods adds to his resume with three more wins, and also becomes the third back-to-back champion. Chairman Billy Payne ushers in a new era of leadership with a focus on growing the game through technology and creating a new tournament in Asia.

2000 - HDTV Broadcasts Begin

The Masters is the first golf tournament to be broadcast live in HDTV on network television.

2000 - A First For Singh

Vijay Singh of Fiji played 22 holes in three under par Sunday for his victory at Augusta National.

2001 - Woods' Grand Slam

Tiger Woods completed his version of the Grand Slam with a two-stroke Masters victory, his second win at Augusta. He is now the only golfer in history to hold the four major championship titles at the same time. Woods' share of the purse is $1,008,000.

2002 - Woods' Back-To-Back Win

Tiger Woods makes it look easy, winning back-to-back Masters and earns his third green jacket. He joins Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only golfers with consecutive wins at the Masters. Woods' winning share of the purse is $1,080,000.

2003 - First Canadian Champion

Mike Weir became the first Canadian to wear a green jacket, and the first left-hander in 40 years to win a major, after the first sudden-death Masters playoff in 13 years.

2004 - Mickelson Wins A Major

Phil Mickelson, the man known as the best golfer never to win a major, rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt to win the 68th Masters Tournament by a shot. Mickelson had finished second in three major championships and was third in five others, including the past three Masters.

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2005 - Woods Makes It Four

Tiger Woods added a fourth green jacket to his Masters collection, but this one didn't come easy. For the first time in Masters history, the playoff started on No. 18. Woods beat Chris DiMarco by a stroke to tie for second place with Arnold Palmer for most Masters victories; Jack Nicklaus has six. His share of the purse is $1,260,000.

2006 - Another Major Win

Phil Mickelson's second Masters victory is his third major championship in nine starts, and second in a row after August's PGA Championship. He defeated runner-up Tim Clark by two-strokes. Before winning the 2004 Masters, Mickelson had been winless in 46 majors.

2007 - Fifth Toughest Masters

Zach Johnson remained calm to win the highest-scoring Masters Tournament in 51 years. He tied the tournament record for high winning score at 1-over 289. He also set a record for a Masters champion with 16 bogeys. The high winning score was understandable; this was the fifth toughest Masters on record. His share of the purse is $1,305,000.

2008 - Immelman Earns Jacket

Trevor Immelman of South Africa beats Tiger Woods by three shots in the final round. Immelman finishes at 8-under 280, nine shots lower than last year's winning total. At age 28, he is the youngest Masters champion since Woods won his second Masters in 2001 at age 25.

2009 - 52 Consecutive Masters

Three-time Masters champion Gary Player of South Africa competes in his 52nd consecutive and final Masters.

2009 - Cabrera's Sudden-Death Win

Argentina's Angel Cabrera outlasts Kenny Perry, winning the 73rd Masters on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. He is the first Masters champion from South America and the 15th player to win the Masters on Easter Sunday. Cabrera's share of the purse is $1,350,000.

The 2010s

Excitement is plentiful as Phil Mickelson adds his third green jacket, and Charl Schwartzel and Bubba Watson win with memorable finishes. Augusta National admits its first two female members in 2012 with Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore.

2010 - 3-D Broadcast Begins

The Masters and the Par-3 Contest is produced and distributed live in 3-D, on TV and the internet. This is the first time the technology is used for any major sporting event.

2010 - Mickelson's Third Green Jacket

Phil Mickelson captures his third Masters win. Mickelson finishes at 16-under 272. Only Tiger Woods, in 2001, has had a lower winning score in the past 13 years. His share of the purse is $1,350,000.

2011 - Historic Birdies For Charl

Charl Schwartzel, 28, of South Africa, becomes the first Masters champion to birdie his final four holes - two more than any other winner ever had to finish. He also did it in just his second appearance. Schwartzel's share of the purse is $1,440,000.

2012 - Double Eagle And A Hook Shot

The rarest of golf shots - a double eagle - helped Louis Oosthuizen earn a spot in a playoff with Bubba Watson. But it is Watson's amazing hook shot from the trees during the playoff that allowed him to pick up his first major win and a green jacket. His share of the purse is $1,440,000.

2013 - Scott gets first win for Aussies

After decades of frustration and numerous close calls in the Masters Tournament, Australia's dry spell ended when Adam Scott rolled in a playoff birdie. Scott birdied two of his final three holes and beat 2009 winner Angel Cabrera on the second hole of sudden death to become the first winner from Down Under. The win earned him $1,440,000.

2014 - Ike's Tree Damaged, Removed

Golf’s most famous pine tree is no longer guarding the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. The Eisenhower Tree suffered major damage in an ice storm and was removed.

2015 - Spieth goes wire-to-wire

On the 20th anniversary of the last Texan – Ben Crenshaw – to win the Masters, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth closed with 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win by four shots and finish at 18-under-par 270, matching Tiger Woods’ 18-year-old scoring record.

2016 - Willett delivers

On the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest collapses in tournament history, Danny Wil­lett tied for the day’s low round and took advantage of defending champion Jordan Spieth’s back-nine blunders to win the 80th Masters Tour­na­ment.

Historic Leaderboards

  • 2017 - Sergio Garcia
  • 2016 - Danny Willett
  • 2015 - Jordan Spieth
  • 2014 - Bubba Watson
  • 2013 - Adam Scott
  • 2012 - Bubba Watson
  • 2011 - Charl Schwartzel
  • 2010 - Phil Mickelson
  • 2009 - Angel Cabrera
  • 2008 - Trevor Immelman
  • 2007 - Zach Johnson
  • 2006 - Phil Mickelson
  • 2005 - Tiger Woods
  • 2004 - Phil Mickelson
  • 2003 - Mike Weir
  • 2002 - Tiger Woods
  • 2001 - Tiger Woods
  • 2000 - Vijay Singh
  • 1999 - Jose-Maria Olazabal
  • 1998 - Mark O'Meara
  • 1997 - Tiger Woods
  • 1996 - Nick Faldo
  • 1995 - Ben Crenshaw
  • 1994 - Jose-Maria Olazabal
  • 1993 - Bernhard Langer
  • 1992 - Fred Couples
  • 1991 - Ian Woosnam
  • 1990 - Nick Faldo
  • 1989 - Nick Faldo
  • 1988 - Sandy Lyle
  • 1987 - Larry Mize
  • 1986 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1985 - Bernhard Langer
  • 1984 - Ben Crenshaw
  • 1983 - Seve Ballesteros
  • 1982 - Craig Stadler
  • 1981 - Tom Watson
  • 1980 - Seve Ballesteros
  • 1979 - Fuzzy Zoeller
  • 1978 - Gary Player
  • 1977 - Tom Watson
  • 1976 - Ray Floyd
  • 1975 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1974 - Gary Player
  • 1973 - Tommy Aaron
  • 1972 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1971 - Charles Coody
  • 1970 - Billy Casper
  • 1969 - George Archer
  • 1968 - Bob Goalby
  • 1967 - Gay Brewer
  • 1966 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1965 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1964 - Arnold Palmer
  • 1963 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1962 - Arnold Palmer
  • 1961 - Gary Player
  • 1960 - Arnold Palmer
  • 1959 - Art Wall Jr.
  • 1958 - Arnold Palmer
  • 1957 - Doug Ford
  • 1956 - Jack Burke, Jr
  • 1955 - Cary Middlecoff
  • 1954 - Sam Snead
  • 1953 - Ben Hogan
  • 1952 - Sam Snead
  • 1951 - Ben Hogan
  • 1950 - Jimmy Demaret
  • 1949 - Sam Snead
  • 1948 - Claude Harmon
  • 1947 - Jimmy Demaret
  • 1946 - Herman Keiser
  • 1942 - Byron Nelson
  • 1941 - Craig Wood
  • 1940 - Jimmy Demaret
  • 1939 - Ralph Guldahl
  • 1938 - Henry Picard
  • 1937 - Byron Nelson
  • 1936 - Horton Smith
  • 1935 - Gene Sarazen
  • 1934 - Horton Smith

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