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.
Horton Smith – 1934 & 1936
Starting his career before the creation of the PGA Tour, Smith began in 1926 and didn’t look back. He went on to win his first tournament in 1928 and then added eight titles before the era of the PGA Tour. As the PGA Tour was organized and founded in 1934, Smith began as one of the early leading players and topped the money list in 1936. Over his PGA Tour career, he acquired 32 titles in total, two of his most memorable being, winning the 1934 and 1936 Masters Tournament®.
The first Masters Tournament®, also known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament at the time, brought together golf’s elite in Augusta, Georgia. Being at the top of his game, many professionals and fans alike had their eyes on Horton Smith from the start. He would claim victory Sunday, March 25th, 1934 with a birdie putt on the 17th hole, today the 8th, to go one stroke ahead of Craig Wood. He claimed the title, made his mark in the history books, and walked away with $1,500 that March weekend.
There are not many professional golfers that can say they have won The Masters Tournament®, let alone won it more than once. By 1936, The Masters® had claimed its spot on the schedule in April and many vied at their chance to play at Augusta National®.
Due to weather conditions and heavy rain, the tournament, which traditionally starts on Monday, was postponed until Friday. Furthermore, pushing both the third and fourth rounds to be played on Monday. Harry Copper lead the first three rounds, followed by both Smith and Gene Sarazen. During the final round on Monday afternoon, Smith capitalized on Cooper’s fall apart and claimed victory with a birdie on the 14th and 15th holes, and parred the rest of the way in to win the title of Masters champion once again!
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