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® 2019 we will uncover the story behind them all.
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Most victories at The Masters® are tales of triumph with the winner gaining all the attention from the unthinkable accomplishment. But the 1985 edition of the tournament took a different narrative.
The 1985 Masters is a story as much about the man who lost than it is about the man who won.
Lets start with the man who lost the Green Jacket that he was already getting fitted for. Curtis Strange approached the 10th hole of Augusta National® on Sunday with a four-shot lead. All signs were pointing to the Virginian claiming his first major championship in his first chance to contend for a major.
He shot for bogey on 10, his first bogey in 26 holes, to commence the landslide.
Strange stumbled into the 13th hole, but still maintained a three-shot advantage with six holes left until glory. The 13th hole was a 465-yard Par-5, and Strange decided to take his ball for a swim by hitting the ball right into Rae's Creek.
His fate remained the same on the 15th hole as he shot for bogey once again after hitting water to relinquish his lead.
Now to the man who actually reigned victorious at the 1985 Masters.
Bernhard Langer, a German international who is as unconventional as they come in the sport, watched as Strange continued to stumble on the back nine. Instead of getting overeager at the impending collapse, Langer stayed calm and steady, mounting his comeback hole by hole.
A birdie by Langer on 15 tied him with Strange, and another birdie on 16 gave him a two-stroke lead heading into the final hole of the weekend. A bogey on 18 for Langer opened the door for Strange to charge back, but alas the American was not able to claw back after fumbling away his lead.
Langer had earned his first Green Jacket, but somehow was still an afterthought of the entire tournament.
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