The Masters FAQ: Digging Into the Major Details

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about The Masters Golf Tournament

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You have questions about The Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club, and this Masters FAQ has answers.

The entries below cover topics relating the tournament, to the golf course and to the club: history, trivia, records, people.

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Start with a lot of money, then add a little bit of luck.

Golfers must meet one of these criteria to receive an invitation to play The Masters.

Are there hard-and-fast rules followed in making the pairings and setting tee times? Who decides?

Here's an explanation of the current cut rule, plus how it's changed over time.

Winners of The Masters are presented with the famous Green Jacket. But is it theirs to keep?

Only a handful of golfers in their early 20s have won The Masters. Here's the list.

All the holes on Augusta National's course are named after flowering or aromatic shrubs and trees.

The name Amen Corner is applied to a certain series of holes at Augusta National.

Who came up with the name, and when?

Here are all the golfers who've ever hit a ceremonial opening drive at The Masters and the years they served.

Ball-skipping at the 16th during practice rounds is one of the most fun Masters traditions.

Who started it? Has anyone skipped a ball to a hole-in-one?

Just how expensive is it to be a member at Augusta National? And can you apply for membership?

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Now, let's give a few quick answers right here on the page:

Who was the first Masters champion?
Horton Smith won the first Masters tournament, played in 1934. Smith toured Augusta National in 4-under par 284, one stroke better than runner-up Craig Wood.

Who was the first golfer to win The Masters twice?
Horton Smith again. Smith won the inaugural Masters in 1934. After finishing in a tie for 19th in 1935, he came back in 1936 with another victory. Just like in 1934, Smith's second win was by a single stroke.

He shot 72 on Sunday to finish at 3-under par, besting "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper by one.

Who was the first to win The Masters three times?
Jimmy Demaret. Demaret's three Masters victories happened in 1940, 1947 and 1950.

Who was the first 4-time Masters champion?
Arnold Palmer. Arnie's first major championship victory came at Augusta National in 1958. He won The Masters again in 1960, 1962 and 1964.

Who was the first 5-time Masters champion?
Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus won The Masters six times total, the first time in 1963 and the last time in 1986. No one else has won more than four Masters championships. .

Who was the first international (non-American) winner of The Masters?
The first non-American golfer to win The Masters was Gary Player of South Africa. And that first win by an international happened at the 1961 Masters.

How many golfers have birdied the final hole of The Masters to win?
The answer is five. What we're referring to here are golfers whose winning birdie putt was the last putt made (by anyone) in the tournament. They didn't just birdie their own final hole, but made birdie with the last putt taken by anyone in that Masters Tournament. The five who've done that are:

  • Adam Scott, 2013
  • •Phil Mickelson, 2004
  • •Mark O'Meara, 1998
  • •Sandy Lyle, 1988
  • •Arnold Palmer, 1960

How many double eagles have happened in The Masters?
Just four:

  • Gene Sarazen, 15th hole, 1935, 235 yards using a 4-wood
  • Bruce Devlin, 8th hole, 1967, 248 yards using a 4-wood
  • Jeff Maggert, 13th hole, 1994, 222 yards using a 3-iron
  • Louis Oosthuizen, 2nd hole, 2012, 253 yards using a 4-iron

Who were the first women members at Augusta National?
Augusta National Golf Club had never had any female members until two women were finally given membership in August of 2012. Those two women who joined the club in 2012 were:

  • Condoleezza Rice: Former United States National Security Advisor and Secretary of State; president of Stanford University.
  • Darla Moore: Banking industry bigwig and political mover in the state of South Carolina.

    What (and where) was the Eisenhower Tree?
    The Eisenhower Tree was a big ol' pine tree that was left of Augusta's 17th fairway, 210 yards off the tee. It was named after U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, and Augusta Member who hit into the tree's branches so often he tried to persuade the club to cut it down. The club refused. Alas, the tree was finally felled by an ice storm in February 2014.

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