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.
Doug Ford, 1957 Masters Champion
Ford is a Connecticut native who served in the Coast Guard Air Division. He became a professional golfer in 1949 but did not win his first tournament until 1952 at the Jacksonville open. It wasn’t until 1955 that Ford won his first major at the PGA Championship and became the 1955 PGA Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 1972 and the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Golf wasn’t the only sport that Ford showed promise in. He received an offer letter from the New York Yankees to play baseball and when his dad asked him how long he’d play baseball, Ford said he’d play for about ten years and his dad responded with, “Why don’t you stay with the golf. You’ll last forever.” Ford still regularly played casual golf at the ripe age of 88,, so it sounds like his dad was right!
The Masters®, 1957
This was the first time The Masters Golf Tournament® was played on a 36-hole cut, meaning after three rounds of 18 holes, players would be cut from the tournament. After 54 holes Sam Snead was leading the pack and Ford was three strokes back. He came into Sunday full force and was bogey free all day. On the final hole, he holed out from the bunker for birdie and finished the tournament on top and was now the proud owner of a brand new Green Jacket. This would be Ford’s second and final major title in his professional golf career.
Be There for All the Action During the Tournament Rounds at The Masters® 2018
Saturday at The Masters®: This Day is a true testament to the game of golf. It is the day that separates the good from the great and gives you the best idea of who’s in it to win it after the first round of cuts have been made. The Masters® cut rule states that the top 50 players and those tied with the 50th will make it through to the weekend. This makes Saturday especially exciting because you now bear witness as the best of the best go head to head for some hefty competition.
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