All eyes of the golfing world will be on Augusta National this week and ahead of The Masters here are ten facts you may or may not have known about the tournament.
-Before the tournament at Augusta was called the Masters it was called the Augusta National Invitational Tournament as the co-founder Bobby Jones wanted the name to be less presumptuous.
-The amateurs staying at Augusta have the option of being able to stay in the Crow’s Nest on top of the club house at Augusta National. It can hold up to five players and has an 11 square foot cupola rising from the floor. Previous amateurs who have stayed at Augusta include Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw and Tiger Woods.
-To become a member of Augusta National it is nearly impossible. You have to be invited by someone who is already a member and even then it is unlikely you will be let in unless someone has stepped down or died. The membership costs between $10,000 and $30,000 per year.
-When the Masters was first televised in 1956 all CBS stations within a 200 mile radius of the course were banned from televising the Masters to improve ticket sales. This was called the black out and was lifted in 1969.
-During World War 2 there wasn’t enough money to be able to maintain the course so the owners let 200 cows free on the course in hope they would keep eat the grass to maintain the course.
-Green jackets from Brooks Uniform Co. in New York were first worn by members in the year 1937 to make them recognizable. Sam Snead was the first champion to receive one in 1949.
-Fred Couples has the best scoring average at Augusta averaging 71.94 after playing over 100 rounds.
-Like Jack Nicklaus in his prime, Tiger Woods usually declines to play in the Par 3 contest mindful that nobody has ever won the two in the same year. In 2015, however, he played with his children.
-The holes 11, 12 and 13 were named Amen corner by Herbert Warren Wind in an article on Arnold Palmer’s first Masters victory. It came from a jazz record, “Shouting at Amen Corner”.
-The Masters was the first ever gold tournament to have bleachers, and the first to be on the radio and high definition TV.
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