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'The Augusta National Invitational' was first played in 1934, with players personally invited by Robert Tyre (Bobby) Jones Jnr. The name was finally changed to 'The Masters Tournament' - originally proposed by co-founder Clifford Roberts in 1934, but rejected by Jones as pretentious - in 1939. The most recently created, it is the traditional first major Championship of each golfing year.

Most victories:
Jack Nicklaus - 6 (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)
Arnold Palmer - 4 (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964)
Tiger Woods - 4 (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
Jimmy Demaret - 3 (1940, 1947, 1950)
Sam Snead - 3 (1949, 1952, 1954)
Gary Player - 3 (1961, 1974, 1978)
Nick Faldo - 3 (1989, 1990, 1996)
Phil Mickelson - 3 (2004, 2006, 2010)
Horton Smith - 2 (1934, 1936)
Byron Nelson - 2 (1937, 1942)
Ben Hogan - 2 (1951, 1953)
Tom Watson - 2 (1977, 1981)
Seve Ballesteros - 2 (1980, 1983)
Bernhard Langer - 2 (1985, 1993)
Ben Crenshaw - 2 (1984, 1995)
Jose Maria Olazabal - 2 (1994, 1999)
Bubba Watson - 2 (2012, 2014)

Widest margin of victory:
Tiger Woods - 1997 - 12 shots

Oldest Champion:
Jack Nicklaus - 1986 at 46 years, 2 months, 23 days

Youngest Champion:
Tiger Woods - 1997 at 21 years, 3 months, 14 days
Jordan Spieth - 2015 at 21 years, 8 months

Consecutive victories:
Jack Nicklaus - 1965 & 1966
Nick Faldo - 1989 & 1990
Tiger Woods - 2001 & 2002

Wire-to-wire winners:
Craig Wood - 1941
Arnold Palmer - 1960
Jack Nicklaus - 1972
Raymond Floyd -1976
Jordan Spieth - 2015

Left-handed winners:
Bubba Watson - 2012 & 2014
Phil Mickelson - 2004, 2006 & 2010
Mike Weir - 2003

Lowest winning score:
Tiger Woods - 1997, 70-66-65-69 = 270 (-18)
Jack Nicklaus - 1965, 67-71-64-69 = 271 (-17)

Highest winning score:
Sam Snead - 1954, 74-73-70-72 = 289 (+1)
Jack Burke Jnr - 1956, 72-71-75-71 = 289
Zach Johnson - 2007, 71-73-76-69 = 289

First time champions:
Horton Smith - 1934
Gene Sarazen - 1935
Fuzzy Zoeller - 1979

Number of attempts before a first victory at the Masters:
19 - Sergio Garcia 2017
15 - Mark O'Meara 1998
14 - Billy Casper 1970
13 - Ben Crenshaw 1984
12 - Adam Scott 2013, Phil Mickelson 2004, Raymond Floyd 1976
11 - Tommy Aaron 1973
10 - Cary Middlecoff 1955, Ben Hogan 1951, Sam Snead 1949
9 - Angel Cabrera 2009, Fred Couples 1992, Bob Goalby 1968
8 - Jose Maria Olazabal 1994, Graig Wood 1941
7 - Vijay Singh 2000, Sandy Lyle 1988, Jack Burke 1956
6 - Trevor Immelman 2008, Nick Faldo 1989, Graig Stadler 1982, Charles Coody 1971, Gay Brewer 1967
5 - Jack Nicklaus 1963, Gary Player 1961, Doug Ford 1957, Henry Picard 1938
4 - Mike Weir 2003, Ian Woosnam 1991, Larry Mize 1987, Seve Ballesteros 1980, Tom Watson 1977, Art Wall 1959, Arnold Palmer 1958
3 - Bubba Watson 2012, Zach Johnson 2007, Tiger Woods 1997, Bernhard Langer 1985, George Archer 1969, Claude Harmon 1948, Ralph Guldahl 1939, Byron Nelson 1937
2 - Danny Willett 2016, Jordan Spieth 2015, Charl Schwartzel 2011, Herman Keiser 1946, Jimmy Demaret 1940
1 - Fuzzy Zoeller 1979, Gene Sarazen 1935, Horton Smith 1934

Biggest gap between first and last victory:
Jack Nicklaus - 23 years (1963 and 1986)
Gary Player - 17 years (1961 and 1978)

Most top 5s:
Jack Nicklaus - 15

Most top 10s:
Jack Nicklaus - 22

Most top 25s:
Jack Nicklaus - 29

Most consecutive appearances:
50, Arnold Palmer, 1955-2004
46, Doug Ford, 1956-2001
45, Raymond Floyd, 1965-2008
44, Ben Crenshaw, 1972-2015
40, Jack Nicklaus, 1959-1998
43, Tom Watson, 1975-2016
36, Gary Player, 1974-2009
35, Billy Casper, 1957-1991

The 36 hole 'cut' was introduced in 1957; before then, every player played four rounds.
Highest cut:
154 in 1982

Lowest cut:
145 in 1979, 1992, 1995, 2001

Most cuts made:
Jack Nicklaus - 37 in 45 appearances

Most consecutive cuts made:
Fred Couples - 23 (1983 to 2007)
Gary Player - 23 (1959 to 1982)

Birdied the 72nd hole to win:
Art Wall - 1959
Arnold Palmer - 1960
Gary Player - 1978
Sandy Lyle - 1988
Mark O'Meara - 1998
Phil Mickelson - 2004

Lowest front nine score:
30 by Johnny Miller, 3rd round, 1975
30 by Greg Norman, 4th round, 1988
30 by K.J. Choi, 2nd round, 2004

Low back nine score:
29 by Mark Calcavecchia, 4th round, 1992
29 by David Toms, 4th round, 1998

Lowest 18 hole score:
63 (33-30) by Nick Price, 3rd round, 1986
63 (33-30) by Greg Norman, 1st round, 1996

Lowest first round score:
63 (33-30) by Greg Norman, 1996

Lowest first 36 hole score:
130 (64-66) by Jordan Spieth, 2015
131 (65-66) by Raymond Floyd, 1976

Lowest first 54 hole score:
200 (64-66-70) by Jordan Spieth, 2015
201 (65-66-70) by Raymond Floyd, 1976
201 (70-66-65) by Tiger Woods, 1997

Holes in One:
From 1934 to 2007, there were 18 holes in one.
1 at the 4th
4 at the 6th
3 at the 12th (Amen Corner)
10 at the 16th

Largest comeback victory: Jack Burke, 1956, 8 strokes

Most prize money:
Phil Mickelson $7,801,762/25 starts
Tiger Woods $7,360,473/20 starts
Jordan Spieth $3,705,200/4 starts

Albatrosses (double-eagles):
Louis Oosthuizen - 2012, at the 2nd in the final round (4-iron, 253 yards)
Bruce Devlin -1967, at the 8th in the first round (4-wood, 248 yards)
Jeff Maggert - 1994, at the 13th in the fourth round (3-iron, 222 yards)
Gene Sarazen - 1935, at the 15th in the fourth round (4-wood, 235 yards). This was the famous "shot heard around the world ", as he was three behind leader Craig Wood at that point, but went on to tie after 72 holes and then win the tournament in a playoff. In the process, he also became the first of only five men to win the professional 'Grand Slam' (the others being Hogan, Nicklaus, Player and Woods).

Most career birdies:
Jack Nicklaus - 506

Most career eagles:
Jack Nicklaus - 24 (3 on par 4s, 21 on par 5s)

Most birdies in one tournament:
Phil Mickelson - 25, in 2001

Most eagles in one tournament:
Bruce Crampton - 4, in 174

Most birdies in one round:
Nick Price, 10 in 1986

Most consecutive birdies:
Steve Pate - 7, in 1999, from the 7th to the 13th
Tiger Woods - 7 in 2005, from the 7th to the 13th

Playoffs and close finishes:
There have been 13 playoffs from 1934 to 2007, comprising:
- 7 by sudden death (1979, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1990, 2003, 2005)
- 5 over 18 holes (1942, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1970)
- 1 over 36 holes (1935)
The tournament has been won by a single shot on 23 occasions in the 70 playings from 1934 to 2007.

Most rounds under par in one tournament:
178 in 1992

Most starts in Masters history: Gary Player (52)

Since 1934, most major starts without a victory:
Jay Haas 87
Lee Westwood 79
Colin Montgomerie 72
Miguel Angel Jimenez 71
Steve Stricker 71
Scott Hoch 70
Brad Faxon 68
Robert Allenby 65
Scott Verplank 65
John Cook 62

Fewest rounds under par in one tournament:
32 in 1956

Worst scores ever recorded on a single hole:
There have been eight double-digit scores (plus one unofficial) in the history of the tournament:

- 14, by Billy Casper in 2005 at the par 3 16th (but see below under 'Worst Ever Score' - this is not official)
- 13, by Tsuneyuki 'Tommy' Nakajima in 1978 at the par 5 13th
- 13, by Tom Weiskopf in 1980 at the par 3 12th
- 11 by Herman Barron in 1950 at the par 3 16th
- 11, by Masahi 'Jumbo' Ozaki in 1987 at the par 5 15th
- 11 by Ben Crenshaw in 1997 at the par 5 15th
- 11 by Ignacio Garrido in 1998 at the par 5 15th
- 10 by Sam Byrd in 1948 at the par 5 2nd
- 10 by David Duval in 2006 at the par 5 2nd

Worst ever score:
Although it is unofficial, this was a 106 (34 over par) by 1970 Masters Champion and then 73 year old Billy Casper, in the first round of the 2005 tournament. His round included a 14 (also an unofficial worst score) on the par 3 16th, with five balls in the water. Casper did not hand in his card and as a result was disqualified, so the round does not stand in the official tournament statistics. Following his round, Casper said: "I was only going to play 18 holes - I just had to get it out of my system. I wanted to do it again. A lot of my grandchildren were here."
Among 'returned' scores, we understand this to be a 95 by Charles Kunkle in the final round of the 1956 Championhsip, but the organisers are very discreet about such things. There have also been two rounds of 94. Rounds in the mid- to high-80s are however a fairly regular occurrence.

Since the Masters began in 1934, not a single player has shot four rounds in the 60s during a Masters tournament

 





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