20 Facts About Masters Tournament


Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf.

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Masters Tournament was started by amateur champion Bobby Jones and investment banker Clifford Roberts.

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Masters Tournament sought advice from Clifford Roberts, who later became the chairman of the club.

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In 1975, Lee Elder became the first African American to play in the Masters Tournament, doing so 15 years before Augusta National admitted its first black member, Ron Townsend, as a result of the Shoal Creek Controversy.

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Masters Tournament won again the following year, making him only the third player in history to win the tournament in consecutive years, as well as in 2005 when he defeated Chris DiMarco in a playoff for his first major championship win in almost three years.

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In 1952, the Masters Tournament began presenting an award, known as the Silver Cup, to the lowest scoring amateur to make the cut.

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Masters Tournament was only the second to do so, and the first in 32 years, following Gene Sarazen on hole 15 in 1932.

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Masters Tournament was invited to join them as he was the first African-American to take part in the Masters in 1975.

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Frequently, Masters Tournament champions have served cuisine from their home regions prepared by the Masters Tournament chef.

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Until 1983, all players in the Masters Tournament were required to use the services of an Augusta National Club caddie, who by club tradition was always an African-American man.

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Masters Tournament requires caddies to wear a uniform consisting of a white jumpsuit, a green Masters Tournament cap, and white tennis shoes.

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The Masters has a relatively small field of contenders when compared with other golf tournaments, so the competitors play in groups of three for the first two rounds and the field is not split to start on the 1st and 10th tees unless weather shortens the available playing time.

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Originally, the Masters was the only tournament to use two-man pairings during the first two rounds.

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The 2015 Masters added the winner of the newly established Latin America Amateur Championship, which effectively replaced the exemption for the U S Amateur Public Links, which ended after the 2014 tournament.

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The player with the most Masters Tournament victories is Jack Nicklaus, who won six times between 1963 and 1986.

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In 1952 the Masters Tournament began presenting an award, known as the Silver Cup, to the lowest-scoring amateur to make the cut.

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In 2011, "Masters Tournament Extra" was dropped after officials gave ESPN an extra hour each day on Thursday and Friday.

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In Canada, broadcast rights to the Masters Tournament are held by Bell Media, with coverage divided between TSN, which carries live simulcasts and primetime encores of CBS and ESPN coverage for all four rounds, CTV, which simulcasts CBS's coverage of the weekend rounds, and RDS, which carries French-language coverage.

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In 2008, the Masters began allowing children to enter on tournament days free if they are accompanied by the patron who is the owner of his or her badge.

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Difficulty in acquiring Masters badges has made the tournament one of the largest events on the secondary ticket market.

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