The Masters Golf Tournament®: Past Winners #MastersMonday

    By Jazzy Morgan

    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.

     

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    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.

    Two-Time Masters Tournament® Winner, Ben Hogan

    Being one of five golfers who have succeeded in winning all four major championships (The U.S. Open, The Masters®, PGA Championship, and The Open Championship), Ben Hogan is known as one of the greatest players in the sports history. His nine career professional championships tie him with Gary Player for fourth best of all-time.

    Hogan dropped out of high school during his senior year to pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer and his early years were tough. It wasn’t until March of 1940, when he won three consecutive tournaments in North Carolina, a decade after starting his career, that he began to be recognized as one of the greats.

    His career was interrupted by World War II and a near-fatal car accident that was career threatening. Doctors said he may never walk again, let alone play golf competitively after the crash. Hogan wasn’t going down without a fight and was ready to get back on the course for the 1950 season.

    The Masters® 1951

    Ben Hogan went on to achieve what may have been the strongest sporting accomplishment in history, 12 more PGA Tour wins, with six of them being majors, before finally retiring. He won The Masters Golf Tournament® in 1951 just two strokes ahead of the runner-up.

    After three rounds, Hogan found himself one stroke behind Skee Riegel and Sam Snead, but pushed forward after shooting a bogey-free final round, putting him on top. This was the first of two wins at The Masters Tournament® and before this victory he had eight top ten finishes and finished twice in second place at Augusta National®.

    The Masters® 1953

    During this year, Ben Hogan knocked The Masters® scoring record out of the park by five strokes with a 274. He shot all four tournament rounds with a 70 or better setting himself up for sure success. Hogan finished the 1953 Masters Tournament five strokes ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver, to win his second Masters title. This unbelievable win was commemorated five years later with a bridge built in his honor over Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th hole. 

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    About the Bloggers

     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.