Arguably, the most coveted victory in vaulted levels of professional golf is the presentation of the green jacket to the winner at the Masters Tournament. This year the tournament will be held April 3-9 and, as usually, will be at Augusta National Golf Club in the stunning state of Georgia. It is an occasion that has evolved since its beginning in 1934. The Masters-a vision of golf at its ideal and most competitive-started with Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts and continues these days.
Over the years, the course has undergone improvements and this year is no exception. Changes will be produced on 6 holes. In order to play, a golfer has to meet at least one of 17 needs for participation, which in the end creates a competitive field unmatched by any other golf tournament. This year a total of 99 golfers will participate in the tournament, which contains 57 US and 42 international players. 5 amateurs will be participating. Of the 99 golfers, 14 will be playing the Augusta course for the 1st time.
The usual standouts will be in attendance, even so the Masters frequently characteristics surprise breakthrough performances from these who are lesser recognized. The qualifying rounds are on the 1st 2 days. The top 44 players of the group will go to the final round and soon after it’s all over, the 24 prime finishers are automatically invited back for next year’s competitors.
The Masters is as rich in history as it is in talent. In 1934, when the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament was held at Augusta National Golf Club, Bobby Jones had just finished overseeing the completion of the course with the assist of Dr. Alister Mackenzie as the course architect. It was renamed the Masters Golf Tournament in 1938.
The initial tournament also featured its first playoff, which was won by Horton Smith. In 1935, Gene Serazen and Craig Wood tied and then went on to battle by means of a whopping 36-hole playoff with Serazen winning by five strokes. 1942 saw Byron Nelson earn a one-stroke victory over Ben Hogan in a shorter18-hole playoff. Other great players who have won the tournament contain Henry Picard (1938), Ralph Guldahl (1939), Jimmy Demaret (1940), Herman Keiser (1946), Sam Snead (1949), and Ben Hogan (1951, 1953).
For the duration of WW II, the Augusta grounds were utilized to raise cattle and turkeys for the war work. Arnold Palmer showed up in the 1950’s and started his consecutive run of 50 straight appearances, which ended in 2004. It was then that a new generation rose to replace the guys who had turn into legends, including Palmer (a number of winner), Jack Nicklaus (multiple winner), Gay Brewer (1967), Gary Player (1961, 1974), Billy Casper (1970) and Raymond Floyd (1976).
There have been some exciting golf milestones over the 72-year tradition of the Masters Golf Tournament. In 1936, Horton Smith became the very first two-time winner, and 3 generations later in 1999, Jose Maria Olazubal ended up getting the 14th numerous winner. The 1st 4-time winner was Arnold Palmer, only to be topped by the only six-time winner, Jack Nicklaus, in 1986. At the age of 36, Nicklaus’ final win created him the oldest Masters champion.
A lot more not too long ago, the green jacket went to the youngest man to win the tournament-Tiger Woods, who notched the lowest 72-hole total in the history of the contest even though creating the largest winning margin. Gary Player was the first international player to win the Masters. In 2003, Canadian Mike Weir became the 1st player from his country to prevail at Augusta as nicely as the first left-handed player ever to receive the green jacket. In 2004, Phil Mickelson won the tournament with a birdie on the final hole to join three other champions who had completed the identical.
The green jacket is the trademark of the Masters and its color represents the beauty of rich and healthy turf. It was 1st awarded to Sam Snead right after his victory in 1949. Members truly began wearing them in 1937. They are by no means removed from the club and those members who function on the tournament are referred to as “The Green Jackets.” Also, the men who put on this specific emblem are considered element of golf’s elite, and even although some don’t play as nicely as other folks, they all share their enjoy and dedication for the sport.
Originally, golf was regarded a sport primarily for the wealthy till the middle-class man’s favorite, Dwight D. Eisenhower, became a member in 1948. When he became president, it was transformed into a fantastic pastime for the middle-class. In the previous handful of years, there has been controversy more than the inclusion of ladies in the tournament, which is a topic that still remains open for debate.
Like each and every sport, golf has its superstitions also. The Masters carries the curse of the Par-3 Contest. Sam Snead was the 1st winner of this mini-tournament in 1960. Because the implementation of this competitors, no a single has ever won the Masters and the Par-three contest in the same year. This so-called curse has continued for 45 years.
So what can we count on in 2014? Seven days of golf’s finest players vying for prime honors on a single of golf’s most beautiful and difficult courses. Every single of the elite 99 will be pursuing their person dream of wearing the triumphant and symbolic green jacket of the Masters.