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.
Jack Burke Jr.
Starting his career at the early age of seven, Jack Burke Jr. had the game of golf running through his veins, with his father, Jack Burke, being the runner-up at the 1920 U.S. Open. Burke turned professional at the age of 17 but put his golf career on hold to join the Marines during World War II. After the war, Burke picked up where he left off and was mentored by Claude Hermon in New Jersey.
The Masters® 1956
Burke won 16 PGA Tour events throughout his career including The Masters Golf Tournament® in 1956. He came from eight strokes behind in the final round and overtook Ken Venturi, who was an amateur at the time, finishing at one-under 71. Burke recalls, “I was standing on the putting green beside Doug Ford and I said, ‘Doug, I’ll take a 77 and take my shoes off.” The wind was blowing at 50mph and it was raining but Burke somehow defied the elements to pull off the victory.
Burke is currently the second oldest living holder of the Green Jacket and claims he does not plan on making the trip back to Augusta National® again, stating that the exclusivity of the course isn’t for him. However, he does share a permanent locker at the golf course with Tiger Woods.
Witness History at The Masters® 2018
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