The US Masters, also known as the Masters Tournament or The Masters, is one of the most prestigious golfing events in the world. The youngest of all the men’s major golfing championships, the inaugural Masters tournament, held in 1934 at Augusta National Golf Club, was the brain child of Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, two entrepreneurs who had a passion for golf. While the other majors (US Open, The Open Championship & the PGA Championship) all have qualifying tournaments, the Masters is an invitational event, conducted by the Augusta Golf Club.
Augusta was designed and financed by Bobby Jones back in the early 1930’s, with the sole purpose of being the home to the biggest golfing event of the year. The first tournament, known back then as the Augusta National Invitational, was held on March 22, 1934, and won by former American professional golfer, Horton Smith. Given that you could only get a spot in field through invitation, the first few years were comprised of relatively low profile golfers who were associates of Jones. But in 1939, the same year it officially changed its name to the Masters Tournament, the event had gained prominence, and more of the top golfers from around the world started taking note.
Along with the $9 million prize money, the green jacket has become an icon in professional golf. In 1949, the famous green jacket was first introduced, with Sam Snead the first to don it. After the jacket is awarded to the winner, it must be returned to the clubhouse one year later. In most cases, the green jacket is only removed from the clubhouse by a first-time champion. A golfer who wins the event multiple times uses the same green jacket he received for his initial win.
Many greats have donned the coveted jacket over the years, from Jack Nicklaus who dominated in the mid 60’s, to Nick Faldo who captured his last Masters title in 1996. And who can forget Eldrick Tont Woods. Tiger Woods not only dominated golf in the early 2000s, but he continually destroyed his opposition at Augusta in early April.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||MARGIN OF VICTORY|
|2015||JORDAN SPIETH||PHIL MICKELSON & JUSTIN ROSE||4 STROKES|
|2014||BUBBA WATSON||JORDAN SPIETH & JONAS BLIXT||3 STROKES|
|2013||ADAM SCOTT||ANGEL CABRERA||PLAYOFF|
|2012||BUBBA WATSON||LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN||PLAYOFF|
|2011||CHARL SCHWARTZEL||JASON DAY & ADAM SCOTT||2 STROKES|
|2010||PHIL MICKELSON||LEE WESTWOOD||3 STROKES|
|2009||ANGEL CABRERA||KENNY PERRY & CHAD CAMPBELL||PLAYOFF|
|2008||TREVER IMMELMAN||TIGER WOODS||3 STROKES|
|2007||ZACH JOHNSON||RORY SABBATINI & TIGER WOODS||2 STROKES|
|2006||PHIL MICKELSON||TIM CLARK||2 STROKES|