The first week of April is steadily approaching and we are just days away from Augusta National®’s gates opening once again for the historic Masters Tournament. To help you get excited and ready we are counting down our favorite Masters’ fun facts. From the azaleas to the repeat winners… here we go!
20. The first Masters badges were sold for a whopping $2.20. It’s the .20 cents that really got people.
19. Number of qualifications needed for an invitation to The Masters®. (Check out the list here)
18. Tiger Woods (1997) and Jordan Speith (2015) both found Masters wins at 18 under par. Best tournament scores placed during the tournament’s history.
17. Number of repeat winners who have claimed The Green Jacket. (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Phil Mickelson, Horton Smith, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ben Grenshaw, José María Olazábal, Bubba Watson)
16. Best hole to watch during the practice rounds and par-3 tournament is 16, Redbud. Here, golfers are known to attempt to skip balls across the pond, an absolute must see.
15. You will find a bridge on hole 15, Firethorn, named for the famous double eagle by Gene Sarazen in 1935.
14. The number of Non-Americans to win The Masters®, including three-time winner Gary Player.
13. Looking for the much talked about Azaleas? Head to Number 13 for the perfect picturesque moment.
12. How many pimento cheese sandwiches we plan on eating. (To be honest, probably more)
11. Named by then Sports Illustrated writer, Herbert Warren Wind in 1958, hole No. 11 starts the famous “Amen Corner”, where you will find some of the rounds most heated action.
10. 10 out of the last 10 Masters winners were under the age of 40, had played in at least 1 Masters Tournament before their win, were not the defending champion and were not ranked World No. 1.
9. April 9, 2017. Sunday at The Masters®.
8. Augusta National® gates open sharply at 8:00am EDT each day.
7. The number of days you can attend the tournament. Practice Rounds held Monday – Wednesday and Tournament Rounds held Thursday – Sunday.
6. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most wins at Augusta National® with a total of 6 Masters wins.
5. 5 under par was the winning score for Danny Willett in last year’s tournament (2016).
4. The Masters Tournament was established in 1934 and was won by Horton Smith that year.
3. If you should find yourself victorious on Sunday at The Masters® you are automatically invited to play the year’s 3 other majors, the U.S. Open, Open Championship, PGA Championship. (This invite is good for the five years following the win)
2. The final round of The Masters® is always played on the second Sunday in April.
1. The Masters® is the first of the four major championships to be played each year.
There is Still Time to Attend The 2017 Masters
After reading all those fun facts about Augusta National® and The Masters Tournament, how could you not want to attend?
QuintEvents has official Masters badges, with hotel and premium hospitality options for you and your group. Make sure to check out The Tradition, QuintEvents premium hospitality, located just across from the main gates of Augusta National®. It truly is the perfect place to grab a drink, enjoy some gourmet food, relax and/or start your day, to make your trip to The 2017 Masters® a truly all-inclusive experience.