Us Masters History

US Masters Golf History

US Masters Golf BettingThe idea for the Augusta National Golf Club was the idea of the United States top amateur golfer, Bobby Jones, who had a burning ambition to build a golf course of stature after his retirement from the game. With advice gleaned from Clifford Roberts, later to become Club Chairman they found the ideal land in Augusta, Georgia and quickly hired leading golf course architect, Alister MacKenzie to design the course. It opened for play in 1933. The first tournament was played the following year, under the name Augusta National Invitational and was won by Horton Smith. It took five years for the tournament to be renamed the Augusta Masters, a title suggested some years earlier by Roberts. For media and spectator purposes, Jones agreed to play in the event but in the twelve times of playing his best position was 13th achieved in the first tournament.

The second tournament is remembered famously for the ‘shot that was heard around the world’ after Gene Sarazen hit a double eagle from the fairway on the par five 15th hole. It helped salvage a tie with the leader, Craig Wood. Sarazen then went on to win the 36 hole play off by five strokes. In the sixties and through to 1978, the tournament was dominated by the ‘big three’, Nicklaus, Palmer and Player, the three of them winning the tournament eleven times in that period. Nicklaus was not finished even then, coming back in 1986 to win the tournament for a record sixth time. See US Masters Roll of Honour.

US Masters HistoryThe eighties saw the emergence of the Europeans as a force at the Masters, firstly with Severiano Ballesteros, who won twice, he was followed by German, Bernhard Langer, who also won twice, Sandy Lyle won in 1988, then Nick Faldo won three times in 1989,1990 and 1996. Other European wins have come from Jose Maria Olazabal (twice) and Ian Woosnam. The more recent years however have been dominated by one man, Tiger Woods, who has so far won it four times and is anxious to equal the record held currently by Nicklaus. Tiger is favourite in the US Masters betting to do that this year, but we must not forget two time winner Phil Mickelson, who certainly one man who could stop him.

The US Masters and the Augusta National Golf Club are famed for upholding the highest standards possible in golf. They have created a huge desire for aplayer to win, the Green Jacket is a good instance of this. The US Masters trophies and other awards are seriously sought after prizes and thee tournament itself is probably the one that most players would want to win.