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US Masters, The History

by | Dec 12, 2019 | Sport Events | 0 comments

The first major championship of the 2020 season is four months away as the Masters will tee off at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.  A unique distinction of this major event is that the location never changes, unlike that of the US Open, PGA Championship and British Open.

The tournaments origins go back to 1930 when Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie co-designed Augusta National and the first tournament was played in 1934. While the field always consists of the very best players in the world, The Masters field is determined by invitation by the Augusta National Golf Club.

One way a player guarantees a spot in the event is by winning, which is the same as for all the majors. Other invites go to the best amateurs in the world, with the reigning US Amateur winner teeing it up with the reigning Masters champion. Added perks for winning the Masters is exemption to the other majors for the next half-decade, as well as to The Players Championship and PGA Tour membership.  Winning the Masters is much more than just getting a major tournament victory on the resume.

For the past 60 years, the winner of the event has received a green jacket. Since 1952 a champions dinner is held two days before the start of the tournament which includes many of the past winners. Another popular tradition that the fans can witness is the honorary tee shot from legendary golfers to start the event. This began in 1963 with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player currently doing the honors.

A unique event which pairs legendary with current players is the Par-3 contest, which began in 1960. The 9-hole, par-27 course has seen nearly 100 holes-in-one since play began in the event. The event, which is normally caddied by the children of the players, takes place the Wednesday before the opening round.

Jack Nicklaus holds the most wins in the event with six, followed by five for Tigers Woods and four for Arnold Palmer. Phil Mickelson, Gary Player, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, and Nick Faldo have each won three times.

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