Masters Tournament Timeline

By Chris LewisApril 3, 2009, 4:00 pm
In 1934, the first Masters Tournament, known then as the Augusta National Invitational Tournament, was contested. Horton Smith defeated Craig Wood by a stroke to win the first of his two Masters titles. Here's some Masters history since that first event, 75 years ago.


1935: Seven-time major champion Gene Sarazen hits the shot heard round the world as he holes his approach from the fairway on the par-5 15th for double eagle. Sarazen would then defeat Craig Wood in a 36-hole playoff the following day.
1942: Byron Nelson defeats rival Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff to obtain his second Masters victory.
1943-45: No tournament is played due to World War II.
1949: Sam Snead wins his first of three Masters titles by three strokes over Johnny Bulla and Lloyd Mangrum. This is also the first year in which the famous green jacket is awarded to the champion.
1951: While continuing his comeback from an automobile accident just two years prior, Hogan wins his first of two Masters titles.
1956: Jackie Burke Jr. rallies from a tournament record eight shots back to defeat amateur Ken Venturi by one stroke after Venturi shoots a final-round 80.
Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus
Player, Palmer and Nicklaus combined to win 13 Masters titles. (Getty Images)
1958: Arnold Palmer wins his first of four Masters while Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind first uses the term Amen Corner to describe holes 11 through 13.
1961: Gary Player becomes the Masters first international champion as he defeats Palmer and amateur Charles Coe by one shot after Palmer makes double bogey-6 on the 72nd hole.
1963: Jack Nicklaus wins his first Masters title by defeating 1964 British Open champion Tony Lema by one shot.
1964: Palmer wins his fourth and final Masters by six shots over Nicklaus and Dave Marr. The victory would also be the final major championship win of Palmers career.
1965: Nicklaus sets a tournament scoring record of 271 (17 under par) for a nine-stroke victory over rivals Palmer and Player.
1966: Nicklaus becomes the first to successfully defend the Masters after he defeats Tommy Jacobs and 1967 champion Gay Brewer in an 18-hole playoff.
1970: Billy Casper captures his third and final major championship in an 18-hole playoff against 1961 U.S. Open champion Gene Littler.
1975: In a heated battle, Nicklaus defeats Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller by one shot after he holes a 38-foot putt on the par-3 16th. The putt leads to Nicklaus fifth Masters title and 13th major championship victory overall.
1976: Raymond Floyd wins his first and only green jacket in historical fashion as he ties Jack Nicklaus overall score of 271 en route to an eight-shot victory over future two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.
1978: Player wins his third and final Masters Tournament after firing a final-round 64, which includes a back-nine score of 30. This would also be the ninth and final major championship victory of Players career.
1979: Fuzzy Zoeller becomes the first golfer since Gene Sarazen to win the Masters in his first appearance, 44 years after Sarazens shot heard round the world. Zoeller defeats Ed Sneed and two-time champion Tom Watson on the second hole of the first sudden-death playoff in Masters history.
1985: After starting with an 80, Curtis Strange shoots 65 during the second round to make the cut and to contend in the tournament. Stranges good play continues until the final round as Bernard Langer shoots 68 to surpass him and win his first Masters by two shots.
1986: In perhaps the most memorable and emotional Masters of all time, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus wins his sixth and final Masters Tournament for his 18th professional major championship victory, with his son Jackie as his caddie. Nicklaus shoots a final-round 65, which includes a back nine of 30 to defeat Greg Norman and Tom Kite by one shot.
Larry Mize
Larry Mize reacts to his miracle chip-in to win his hometown major. (Getty Images)
1987: During one of Greg Normans heartbreaking losses at the Masters, Augusta, Ga., native Larry Mize chips in from 140 feet to defeat Norman on the second hole of sudden death. Mizes shot will be forever remembered as one of the most miraculous shots in golf history.
1990: Nick Faldo becomes only the second golfer in Masters history to successfully defend his title after he defeats Floyd on the second sudden-death playoff hole. Faldo won his first Masters a year earlier after defeating Scott Hoch on the second sudden-death playoff hole as well. Hoch had missed a 36-inch putt on the first extra hole to win.
1992: Fred Couples wins his first and only major championship by two strokes over Floyd. The championship is remembered primarily for Couples big break on the par-3 12th, in which his ball stopped inches from the Rae's Creek. Couples was able to get up and down for par.
1995: During an emotional week, Ben Crenshaw defeats Davis Love III by one stroke for his second Masters victory, only days after the death of his mentor, Harvey Penick. Upon holing his putt for the win, Crenshaw pours out his emotions as he begins to cry while his caddie, Carl Jackson, offers support.
1996: During one of the largest collapses in major championship history, Greg Norman loses his 54-hole six-shot lead to Nick Faldo. Faldo ultimately defeats Norman by five shots after shooting a final-round 67 for his third Masters and sixth major championship victory.
1997: At just 21, Tiger Woods sets the all-time tournament scoring record of 270 (18 under par). Woods wins his first major championship by 12 strokes over Tom Kite.
2002: Woods becomes only the third golfer to successfully defend the Masters as he defeats two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen by three shots.
2004: Phil Mickelson finally ends his losing streak in the majors by making an 18-foot putt on the 72nd hole for a one-stroke victory over Ernie Els. Upon making the putt, Mickelson leaps in the air and then embraces his family members with pure joy. Phil then follows the win with two more major championship victories over the next two years.
2005: In a duel with Chris DiMarco, Woods wins his fourth Masters on the first sudden-death playoff hole. During the final round, Woods makes one the most memorable hole-outs in Masters history. On the 16th hole, from left of the green, Woods chipped well left of the hole and then watched as it started to track towards the cup. His ball stopped for a brief moment, and then fell in for a dramatic birdie.
2008: Trevor Immelman defeats Tiger Woods by three shots for his first major championship victory, becoming the first winner since Floyd in 1976 to hold the lead at the end of each of the four days of play.
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.