The Masters is one and the first of the four Majors in the golf season with the other three Majors being the US Open Championship, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. It is played in the first full week in April and unlike all of the other Majors, it is held in the same place every year at Augusta National Golf Club. The winner of the Masters gets to take away with them a green jacket as a prize, along with the $1,305,000 they shall receive.
The course was designed by British golf course architect, Alister MacKenzie and it includes some of the toughest holes in the golf season. The course was lengthened from 6,985 yards to 7,445 yards in 2006. However in 2009, the first hole was shortened by 10 metres leaving the length of the course at 7,435 yards, which is the current length today.
Let’s get some number statistics:
6 – The amount of Green Jackets won by Jack Nicklaus
12 – Tiger Woods’s margin of victory in the 1997 win which is still the best finish in Masters’ history
14 – The amount of times Phil Mickelson has reached the top 10 out of 20 appearances (3 victories)
39 – The amount of countries that have had players compete in the Masters
47 – The total amount of players who have won the Masters since it first began in 1934
50 – The amount of consecutive years Arnold Palmer took part in the Masters
63 – The lowest 18-hole score by Nick Price and Greg Norman
163 – Career rounds at Augusta National by Jack Nicklaus
Here are some of the best recent finishes by our Brits:
Lee Westwood – 3rd in 2012, 2nd 2010, 6th 1999
Luke Donald – 4th 2011, 10th 2007, 3rd 2005
Ian Poulter – 7th 2012, 10th 2010
Justin Rose – 8th 2012, 5th 2007
Paul Casey – 10th 2007, 6th 2004
Darren Clarke – Joint 8th, 1998
Colin Montgomerie – Joint 8th, 1998.
Author Daniel Foster.
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