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Memorable Facts & Quotes From The Masters

By: Golfshake Editor | Mon 05 Apr 2021 | Comments


Since it was first played almost 90 years ago, the Masters has become an iconic fixture on the sporting calendar, delivering a library of unforgettable moments, legendary champions, and images that golfers can't get enough of revisiting.

We take a look at some key stats and memorable quotes that help to the tell the story of the tournament.

6 - The record number of wins achieved by Jack Nicklaus - 1964, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1986.

7 - The number of shots it took Jordan Spieth to get the ball in the hole on the par-three-12th in the fourth round of the 2016 Masters. That collapse ultimately cost him the tournament.

12 - Woods record winning margin, set in 1997, when he also set the the then record low winning total.

21 - Tiger Woods age when he became the youngest winner in 1997.

46 - Nicklaus age when he became the oldest winner.

52 - The record for the most appearances at the Masters, which is held by Gary Player. The South African – who has three Masters titles to his name – also holds the record for the most consecutive cuts with an impressive 23 between 1959 and 1982.

63 - The lowest score recorded at Augusta.

1934 - The year The Masters was first played.

The Masters

Memorable Quotes...

Byron Nelson

“The prestige one gets from winning The Masters is very great indeed. As for the beauty, the course stands far superior to anything I have ever played.”

Gary Player

“I always said that if they have a golf course like this in heaven, I want to be the head pro.”

Jack Nicklaus

“The Masters isn’t just another golf tournament. It is something really special. I get as much excitement driving down Magnolia Lane now as I did 40 years ago.”

Fuzzy Zoeller

“I’ve never been to heaven and thinking back on my life, I probably won’t get the chance to go. I guess winning The Masters is as close as I’m going to get.”

Bobby Jones

“I shall never forget my first visit to the property which is now Augusta National. The long lane of magnolias through which we approached was beautiful. The old manor house was charming. The rare trees and shrubs of the old nursery were enchanting. But when I walked out on the grass terrace under the big trees behind the house and looked down over the property, the experience was unforgettable. It seemed the land had been lying there for years just waiting for someone to lay a golf course upon it.”

Arnold Palmer

“Like the golf course itself, change at Augusta National takes the shape of a steady and quiet evolution, but the overall effect is one of gracious permanence that always makes coming here feel a little like coming home.”

Nick Faldo

“This is The Masters. It’s got the beauty, it’s got the colour, it’s got the sound and it’s got the breezes. Everything together makes this place special. The course is perfection and it asks perfection.”

Phil Mickelson

“The winner of this tournament doesn’t just win a Major, he becomes part of the history of the game, and that’s what excites me. This tournament creates something that is very special, and year in, year out, history is made here.”

Sam Snead

“I hope I’ll never get too old to want to take part in this event, and I don’t think I will ever age that much.”

Sergio Garcia

“I’m thrilled to be standing here this late on a Sunday evening. It’s been an amazing week and I’m going to enjoy it for the rest of my life."

Ben Hogan

“If The Masters offered no money at all, I would be here trying just as hard.”

Horton Smith

“Augusta National has character, individuality and personality. It is one of the few courses that really presents two games on almost every hole; a game to reach the greens and another to figure out the ever-changing contours after reaching the greens.”

Chi-Chi Rodriguez

“The first time I played The Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life.”


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