US Masters History

It took the vision of gentlemen Jones and Roberts, seventy thousand US dollars and the most workable land in the state of Georgia. Today, we owe the Augusta National Golf Club and the US Masters history to the foresight of these two dreamers.

Early US Masters History

Bob Jones and Clifford Roberts purchased the Fruitlands Nurseries in 1931, and with the help of golf architect ‘supremo’, Alister Mackenzie, turned the turf into one of the finest and most traditional golf courses in the world.
They set to inviting all the top American golfers of the era to an inaugural tournament in 1934, and since then the Augusta National Golf Club has played host to one of the most illustrious events on the international golf calendar.

US Masters Champions

The US Masters Golf Tournament is the first of the four major golf tournaments to be played each year, and the final round is always scheduled for the second Sunday in April.
Although dominated by American golfers initially, South African legend Gary Player broke the international duck by grabbing the US Masters title in 1961. Prior to that American giant, Arnold Palmer, had made the course and title his own.
Then it was the time of the ‘Golden Bear’ Jack Nicklaus to have his name etched in the History of the US Masters golf tournament. The young Ohio state golfer entered the fray, and made Augusta National his private playground. He has lifted the Green Jacket on no less than five occasions!
For a time the European golfers nudged out their local rivals and the likes of champions Seve Ballesteros, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo took the honours.
In 1977, the Augusta golf course was hit by the ‘Tiger phenomenon’. A young man named Tiger Woods played in, and won his first US Masters title. He not only claimed the title, but he set new course records by finishing 12 shots 18-under 270. He also became the youngest man, at 21, to don the Green Jacket, and since then has sent US Masters records tumbling.

Tiger Woods US Masters Golf Tournament

Tiger Woods has won the title four times, one behind Jack Nicklaus, and has no intention of stopping soon! The Augusta golf course was also the venue for his ‘Tiger Slam’ in 2001, when he became the first golfer, ever, to hold all four major titles at one time.
The course management has gone to unusual lengths to make the course more challenging for the young genius. They have lengthened the course by 520 yards and changed the grass on the greens to eliminate grain. The likes of Jones and Roberts would have approved of testing the best in golf with the most challenging of courses!