The Masters Tournament® has a long-lived legacy as one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Starting back in 1934 and progressing on today, Augusta National® has seen many champions walk onto its course.
These Green Jacket Champions are nothing short of legendary and as we count down to The Masters 2018, we will uncover the story behind them all.
Byron Nelson – 1937 & 1942
Bryon Nelson still holds the title for one of golf’s greats during his phenomenal professional career from 1935 to 1946. Nelson came close to completing a career grand slam, by winning The Masters®, U.S. Open and PGA Championship, but it most famously known for his 11 consecutive tournaments wins in 1945. Even after his retirement at the age of 34, Nelson would continue to be recognized within the golf world by his many achievements, such as becoming the second recipient of the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (1974), receiving the Bob Jones Award (1974), Old Tom Morris Award (1994), and Congressional Gold Medal (2006), and by becoming the first professional golfer to have a PGA Tour event named after them, the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Many golf commentators, fans and other professional golfers would describe Nelson’s two Masters Tournament® wins in 1937 and 1942 as a highlight of his outstanding career.
In 1937, the fourth Masters Tournament® at Augusta National®, Nelson opened with a low, six-under, 66 to maintain the lead during the first and second rounds. Saturday seemed to bring him little luck and dropped him four strokes back from the lead, leading into the final Sunday round. Catching up and defeating the leader, Ralph Guldahl, on the back nine, Nelson claimed his first of five major titles and a Green Jacket in 1937.
Adding a second Green Jacket to his closet was no easy task in 1942. Competing against one of golf’s greats at the time, Ben Hogan, Nelson found himself in a 18-hole playoff on Monday by finishing his Sunday round with a bogey on 17 and missing a putt on 18. Although many thought he would be shaken by his Sunday finish, Nelson played the final 14 play-off holes 5-under par to claim his second Masters Tournament® win. This was the last time The Masters® was played until 1946 due to World War II.
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