For many golfers, the Masters is the most anticipated tournament in all of golf. Year after year, we tune in to witness the best in the world face the challenge of Augusta. We have come to know the courses treacherous intricacies, its valued traditions, and its legendary history.
This year, with 25 TaylorMade drivers in play, here are 25 little-known Masters facts to help you prove your knowledge as you watch this weekend.
1. The Masters was the first professional golf tournament to ever host a 72-hole competition over four days.
2. The tradition of Augusta’s members wearing green jackets began in 1937 so that patrons could easily recognize them and ask them for information.
3. The original layout at Augusta had the 9’s switched. The reason they switched is because holes 10-12 are the lowest point on the course, which is more susceptible to frost. This allowed the club to start tee times earlier in the day.
4. World #1 Jason Day’s best finish at the Masters is T2 in 2011, followed by a solo 3rd in 2013.
5. Justin Rose has the 3rd most birdies ever in a single Masters tournament with 24 in 2015.
6. En route to his T2 finish in 2015, Justin Rose was 3rd in total GIR for the week, hitting 75% of greens.
7. Augusta National developed the first on-course live scoreboard.
8. Rae’s creek was named after John Rae. Rae’s house kept residents safe during Native American attacks, as it was the furthest fortress up the Savannah River.
9. An original membership share in Augusta National was only $350 (approximately $4,300 today).
10. The Masters originally began on the first weekend of April because news reporters would be at Spring Training for MLB in Florida, and this was their best chance to receive media coverage of the tournament.
11. Although, the previous year’s Masters winner gets to pick the menu for the Champions Dinner, past champions can decide to order from the clubhouse menu if they so choose.
12. Every single hole at Augusta National is named after a unique plant or flower that blossoms in Georgia each year.
13. Dustin Johnson eagled holes 13 and 14 in 2015 to tie him with 2 others as the only players to have eagles on consecutive holes in Masters’ history.
14. The first Masters tournament was held on March 22, 1934. However, it was called the Augusta National Invitational for the first 5 years before changing to the Masters.
15. Dustin Johnson led the field in driving distance at the 2015 Masters, averaging 315 yards, leading to the best finish of his career (T6).
16. When Mike Weir won the Masters in 2003, he was the first lefty to win a major in over 40 years.
17. Augusta National’s course architect, Alister MacKenzie, passed away before the grass was planted. He never saw or played the course in its finished form.
18. The Masters was the first professional golf tournament to use bleachers and implement roped-off galleries.
19. The original layout was planned to have a 19th hole so golfers would have the chance to win their money back after the 18th hole.
20. The Masters was the first professional golf tournament to be broadcasted on the radio.
21. Since 1948, the PGA of America has handed out 61 Player of the Year Awards. Of those 61, that year’s Masters champion won 18 awards.
22. Magnolia Lane consists of 61 magnolia trees that date back to the late 1850’s.
23. 2015 PGA Rookie of the Year, Daniel Berger, will be playing in his first Masters Tournament on the day of his 23rd birthday.
24. Augusta built the Record Fountain to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Masters and is located left of the 17th green. It displays both course and Masters records.
25. The development of Augusta National almost never happened, and it remained an economic burden through World War II. Founded at the beginning of the Great Depression, the original business plan called for 1,800 members, but when the first Masters was held in 1934, the club only had 76 paying members. The club couldn’t afford to pay the first winner, so 17 members chipped in for the purse. In 1946, the delivery of the winner’s plaque was delayed to give time for the club and its members to pay for the silver.