10 Interesting Facts About The Masters

10 interesting facts about the masters

During that special week in April, The Masters brings friends and families together to witness golf history, and reminisce about history already made. The Masters instills a sense of tradition in all of us, and the drama and excitement it produces is unprecedented.

To help fuel your Masters hysteria, here are 10 interesting facts about The Masters.

10. Masters champions receive lifetime exemption

Most of you may know this, but it’s a cool tradition worth noting. Those who win The Masters receive a lifetime exemption into the tournament. No matter how old they are, or what state their golf games are in, they can tee it up in The Masters tournament anytime they want.

9. Champions dinner

On the Tuesday evening before the tournament, there is a Champions Dinner for those who have won a Masters Tournament. The dinner is hosted by the defending champion, who has the privilege of setting the menu for the evening. After a 21 year old Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters, he famously put cheeseburgers and fries on the Champions Dinner menu the following year.

8. Everybody gets a prize

If you tee it up in The Masters and miss the cut, it’s not a total loss. Not only did you get to play two rounds at famed Augusta National, but you still earned some money. Those who missed the cut in 2015 Masters received $10,000. Not bad for two rounds of golf.

7. Naming of the holes

Every hole at Augusta National is named after a plant or shrub. For example, the 2nd hole is named “Pink Dogwood”.

6. The Green Jacket

10 interesting facts about the masters

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The green jacket originated in 1937. The original idea was for patrons of The Masters to easily spot members wearing the jacket to ask them for information.

The Green Jacket was first awarded to a Masters champion in 1949, as a symbol that winners would become honorary members. The Green Jacket is only to be worn at Augusta National, except for the reigning champion, who is allowed to take the jacket off the grounds until he returns to defend his title the following year.

5. Augusta National Invitational

For the first five years of the tournament (1934 – 1938), The Masters was actually called the “Augusta National Invitational”. I’m not sure about you, but I think “The Masters” has a much nicer ring to it.

4. The Masters hiatus 

The Masters tournament was not played during the years 1943, 1944 and 1945 because of World War II. To help with the war effort, turkey and cattle were raised on the Augusta National Grounds.

3. Amen Corner 

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Amen Corner refers to holes No. 11, 12 and 13. A Sports Illustrated writer, Herbert Warren Wind, named the second half of hole No. 11, hole No. 12 and the first half of hole No. 13 Amen Corner in 1958. That is where the critical action took place that year. He borrowed the name from an old jazz recording called “Shouting at Amen Corner.” Amen Corner continues to be a pivotal and exciting stretch of holes.

2. Over/Under Scoring

The over/under scoring system used in tournaments today to show where a player stands relative to par was devised by Augusta National co-founder, Clifford Roberts, for the 1960 Masters.

1.The Crow’s Nest

The Crow’s Nest is located atop the clubhouse at Augusta National, and provides lodging for up to five amateurs to stay during The Masters. The cozy space, with one bathroom, is accessed through an unsuspecting door in the clubhouse’s telephone hallway. Notable players who have stayed in the Crow’s Nest as amateurs include Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.

by Josh StrukoffOffcourse contributor and owner of http://golfismentalblog.com/