The Masters

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The Masters is widely regarded as the best of golf’s four majors. Here are ten fun facts about the spectacular event at the beautiful Augusta National in Georgia.

1. Bob Jones and Clifford Roberts were the masterminds behind the event, which was first staged in 1934. It was called the Augusta National Invitational for the first five years.

2. Each hole is named after a plant or shrub. For example, No.4 is called Flowering Crab Apple, No.5 is Magnolia, No.8 is Yellow Jasmine, No.13 is Azalea and No.15 is Firethorn.

The Masters: Top ten facts about golf's biggest major
Fans watch play at Amen Corner at Augusta National (Picture: Getty Images)

3. Avid golfer Dwight ‘Ike’ Eisenhower is the only US president to have been a club member. Ike’s Pond occupies three acres near hole No.9 on the par-three course and is the site of the traditional par-three contest on Wednesday of Masters week.

4. It is not possible to apply for membership to Augusta National – it’s an invite-only affair. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and former amateur star and now Senior PGA Tour player John Harris are the only pro golfers who are members.

5. No one has ever won the par-three tournament and The Masters tournament in the same year and no amateur has won The Masters either.

6. There are ten cabins located on the grounds of Augusta National which provide lodging for members and their guests. One of them is named the Eisenhower Cabin because the club built it for the former US president and his wife for their visits to Augusta National.

7. The Champions Dinner is attended by previous Masters winners and is hosted by the defending champion, who chooses the menu, on the Tuesday of Masters week. Previous dinners have included Zach Johnson’s 2008 offering of Iowa beef and Florida shrimp, while the year before Phil Mickelson served up barbecued ribs, chicken, sausage and pulled pork, with coleslaw. In 1998 Tiger Woods gave his guests cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries and milkshakes. Nick Faldo’s 1997 menu was tomato soup followed by fish and chips.

8. Magnolia Lane extends from the entrance gate to the clubhouse with 61 large magnolia trees lining both sides of the 330-yard road. The trees were planted in the late 1850s.

9. Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters wins, with six. In 1986 he became the oldest player to win the tournament at the age of 46, two months and 23 days.

The Masters: Top ten facts about golf's biggest major
Adam Scott celebrates sinking the winning putt at last year’s Masters (Picture: Getty Images)

10. Last year’s winner Adam Scott was the first Australian to triumph at The Masters. It was his first major victory, having gone close in 2012 when he was second at The Open after finishing third at the US PGA in 2006.

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