US Masters – 3rd to 9th April 2017
The Masters Tournament, also known as the US Masters, is the first and most prestigious major tournament in the golf calendar. Now in its 80th year it has always been held at the challenging Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, and is actually one of only a handful of golf events that never moves venue. The tournament has several of traditions including the green jacket awarded to the Champion for the whole year, since 1949, and the champions dinner held the Tuesday before the tournament for winners only, since 1952.
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2017 Masters Schedule
|Monday 3rd April||13:00-23:30||Practice 1||–|
|Tuesday 4th April||13:00-23:30||Practice 2||–|
|Wednesday 5th April||13:00-23:30||Practice 3 / Par 3 Comp||–|
|Thursday 6th April||12:25-End of Play||Round 1||Sky Sports 1|
|Friday 7th April||12:30-End of Play||Round 2||Sky Sports 1|
|Saturday 8th April||13:00-End of Play||Round 3||Sky Sports 1|
|Sunday 9th April||13:00-End of Play||Round 4||Sky Sports 1|
Augusta Golf Course Hole Layout
Originally before golf began at Augusta the current course was as a nursery for plants, therefore holes are named after the plants they have become associated with. In total for the 18 holes the Par is 72 over a total of 7435 yards (6800m).
|4||Flowering Crab Apple||240||3|
The US Masters Format
This is the first major golf tournament of the year acting as a money event for all three major tours (PGA, Japanese and European). In it’s history since 1934 the tournament has almost entirely been played in the first week of April with the final round always played on the second Sunday in April.
As a major golf event the tournament consists of four rounds in total with 18 holes each, i.e. 72 holes maximum. The field size for the masters is actually smaller when compared to some other tournaments and this allows the first two rounds to be played in groups of three. Unless there are delays the field is generally not split between the 1st and 10th hole as seen in other events. The first two rounds (36 holes) are played on Thursday and Friday after which the field is cut, this is known as ‘making the cut. To make the cut you must be in the top 50 players including ties or within 10 stokes of the leader, this has been the case since 2013.
Any player making the cut can then advance to the final two rounds (36 holes) played on Saturday and Sunday. If at the end of the 4th round there is no clear winner then all tied players are entered into a sudden death style play-off. The play off starts at the 18th hole followed by the 10th hole. This repeats until one winner remains. The playoff system began in 1976, used for the first time in 1979, originally the play off started at hole 10 and repeated the final 9 holes, this was changed in 2004 to the current system. There have been 10 sudden death play offs so far but none have gone past the second hole. Prior to 1979 if players were tied they played an additional round the following day.
Previous Masters Winners
The Masters was first won in 1934 by American Horton Smith, he won it again in 1936. In 2015 the Masters was won by Jordan Spieth for the first time with the joint highest under par total of -18 winning by 4 strokes. Spieth shares this with Tiger Woods who achieved the same par score in 1997 winning by 12 strokes. The table below shows all players who have won the Masters three times or more.
|Player||Nationality||Number Wins||Last Won|
|Gary Player||South Africa||3||1978|
History of The Masters
Augusta National Golf Club
From 1857 to 1934 the land on which the current Augusta golf club is now built was a indigo plantation and nursery of plants, trees and shrubs or various kinds. The successful 1930’s golf player, Bobby Jones, decided he wanted to create a new golf course following retiring from the game. In combination with Cliff Roberts (later chairman) they discovered the Augusta plantation famously saying “think this ground has been lying here all these years waiting for someone to come along and lay a golf course”. Development of the course began in 1931 and the course was opened in 1933.
Pre World War II
The first ever masters began on the 22nd of March 1934, won by US National Horton Smith. In the first year the course was reverses to what we know in the modern day holes 10-18 being the first 9 holes and holes 1-9 being the last 9, this switched permanently to the current layout in 1935. The name, The Masters, was not adopted until 1939. The Masters was suspended from 1943 to 1945 following Americas entry into the second world war when the course was used for rearing livestock.
1946 to 1980
From the end of the second world war the tournament continued to be dominated by Americans, with Jimmy Demaret becoming the first player to win the tournament three times in 1950. Sam Snead followed this feat in 1954.
The late 50’s and 1960’s were dominated by three players. American Arnold Plamer won his first of four masters in 1958 by one stroke, he won by one stroke again in 1960 and again in 1962 and 1964. Gary Palmer became the first non-US National to win the Masters, the South African won his first US Masters in 1961 beating Palmer into second, he won it again in 1974 and for a third time at the age of 42 in 1978. It was however Jack Nicklaus who owned this era and still remains the greatest Masters golfer to this day. Nicklaus first won a masters in 1963 winning by a single stroke, he beat the then course record with a -17 under par win in 1965. He became the first player to win in consecutive years claiming the title in 1966. He then went on to win in 1972 and again in 1975.
1980 to 2016
Following years of American domination the tables began to turn, between 1980 and 2000 11 out of 20 winners were of non-USA nationality. Steve Ballesteros became the first European to win the event in 1980.
Following an 11 year gap Jack Nicklaus claimed his final scalp in 1986 taking him to a still unbeaten record of 6 Masters titles, he was also the oldest player to win the tournament at 46 years of age.
Grey Norman probably remains the unluckiest Masters golfer. Norman came second to Nicklaus in 1986, he lost a playoff to Larry Mize in 1987 and in 1996, following a joint record opening round of 63, he lead Nick Faldo by 6 stokes going into he final round only to lose by 5 strokes.
Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997 by 12 strokes, he was just 21 at the time. In 2001 Woods won his fourth major in a row by winning the Masters and he went on to win it again the following year. He won his last of 4 titles in 2005 beating Chris DiMarco in a playoff.
In 2003 Mike Weir became not only the first Canadian golfer to win the event but also the first left-hander. Funnily enough this was followed by another left hander, Phil Mickelson who won the Masters in 2004, his first of 3 (2006 and 2010). Bubba Watson, another left hander, won in 2012 and against in 2014. Well you know what they say about buses. Prior to 2003 no left hander had ever won the event and between 2003 and 2014 it was won 6/11 times by lefties.
In 2013 Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters and in 2015 Jordan Spieth became the second youngest ever winner, winning the masters at just his second attempt. He also collected the highest prize money yet at $1.8 million dollars.
Jordan Speith seemed to be on his way to making it two in two years in 2016 only for a final round collapse that saw Briton Danny Willett claim the green jacket. Speith went into the final day 5 shots up only to end up one over par by dropping 6 shots in just three holes, meanwhile Willett played a superb 5 under to complete one of the most unexpected wins in recent memory. David Willett became the first Englishman to win the event since 1996 and only the second ever after Nick Faldo.