Past Winners of The Masters Golf Tournament®: Tom Watson

    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.Blog Post-2

    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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    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson is one of golf’s most iconic players. Throughout his career he clinched eight major championships including five victories at The Open, two wins at The Masters® and one of the most dramatic U.S. Open victories in the tournament's history. Watson is well known for his longevity and consistency -- 26 years after his last major championship win, he led the second and third rounds at The Open Championship in 2009 but lost in a four-hole playoff. The result didn’t matter, though, for it was his talent and drive that stuck with the world.

    Watson is regarded as one of the greatest links players of all time, which he lives up to with his five wins at The Open Championship. He was named PGA Player of the year six times, trailing only Tiger Woods, who has been named this prestigious honor 11 times. Watson was inducted in to the Golf Hall of Fame in 1988.

    The Masters®, 1981

    The 1981 edition of The Masters Golf Tournament® was a brand new look at Augusta National®. Gone were the days of the bermuda grass that covered the course, and in its place was brand new bentgrass. While a change of grass could seem insignificant to a novice of the game, it changed the way the course was played from there on out. Some suffered as a result of the change, but Tom Watson, already with a green jacket hanging in his closet, took advantage of the modification. 

    Watson battled with the same man he sparred with his first time winning The Masters, Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus led the pack through the first two rounds, but Watson never trailed far behind. When Nicklaus stumbled in round three, Watson jumped ahead by the time Sunday rolled around. On the final day of the tournament, Watson wrestled with Johnny Miller atop the leader board, but secured his second victory at Augusta National with a two-shot win over Miller and Nicklaus. 

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     Victoria Barnett

    QE-2016_Headshot-Victoria-Barnett.pngVictoria Barnett is originally from High Point, NC. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and minors in Business and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys watching baseball, baking and hanging out with her golden retriever, Kaaya. She loves to travel to Florida and is a die-hard Miami Hurricanes fan. 

     

    Darragh Farrelly

    410-Blogger-Darragh-Farrelly-48eb94555a7e887e43b7859670f8fa79Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Darragh made the move to North Carolina a little over three years ago. An avid sports fan, he earned his BA in Journalism from Griffith College Dublin, which led him to various roles covering sports in Ireland. When he's not watching the New England Patriots win, Darragh enjoys going to concerts and following the English Premier League.

    Kristen Doolan

    Kristen Doolan was born and raised a Florida State Seminole. Making her way from Florida to North Carolina, Kristen achieved her B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is an avid traveler, college football addict, beach bum and loves spending time with her family and friends. 

    Jazzy Morgan

    Jazzy Morgan is originally from London, England. She grew up in Connecticut and made the move down south in 2011. She attended Winthrop University where she received her B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences and a minor in Marketing. Jazzy enjoys traveling, working out, reading Vogue & Cosmo, keeping up with fashion trends and watching her favorite soccer team, Manchester United.

     

    Evan Chronis

    Evan Chronis was born in Omaha, Nebraska but has made his home in south Charlotte for almost two decades. A Tar Heel born and bred, Evan received his B.A in Media and Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is an avid Boston sports fan thanks to his family’s New England roots, and a fanboy of Wes Anderson films.