More Than a Game: Masters Moments That Transcended the Course 

Mark your calendars for April 11-14 golf fans, it’s time for the Masters! With spring comes the eagerly anticipated tee off of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course. The Masters speaks to tradition and excellence, gathering the best in the sport to vie for the coveted prize—the illustrious green jacket. Let’s hit the greens and learn more about the storied Masters Tournament. 

A Brief History of the Masters

The Masters is the first major tournament of the golf season, held annually in April in Augusta, Georgia. Founded by golfing legend Bobby Jones and investment banker Clifford Roberts in 1934, the Masters is golf’s most prestigious major tournament and has witnessed some of the sport’s most iconic moments. The tournament’s invitation-only policy reinforces the reverence for Augusta’s lush fairways and challenging pins, welcoming a select field from all over the world. The Masters carries with it an aura of tradition, including the Champions Dinner, the Par 3 Contest, and the ceremonial tee shots.

Heart-Stopping Moments and the Unexpected

The Masters is synonymous with the unexpected. Unpredictable turns of the game have seen unfavored amateurs make the cut and witnessed some of golf’s most improbable victories played out on the 18th green. Weather and course conditions add to the excitement each year, influencing club choices and shot selections for even the most seasoned of golfers. Each player must bring their personal blend of skill and determination to the tees and greens of Augusta every year and then watch the rounds unfold.

Historical Masters Facts

The Masters didn’t officially become the Masters Tournament until 1939.

Sam Snead was the first Masters champion to receive a green jacket—now one of the most coveted icons in sport—in 1949. As he was playing in his first Masters in 1937, the sports coat itself debuted at the event when Augusta National Golf Club co-founder Clifford Roberts asked members to wear sport coats in a distinct shade of green so patrons could go to them for reliable information.

Called the “shot heard round the world” in golf lore, Gene Sarazen holed a 235-yard double eagle (or albatross) on the 15th hole of the 1935 Masters. He remains the only golfer to double eagle hole 15. He went on to win the tournament in a 36-hole playoff. In 1955, Augusta National built the Sarazen Bridge by the 15th green where it remains today. He’s still just one of four men to hole out on an Augusta par 5 in two strokes.  

Amen Corner regularly plays a starring role in players’ fortunes—both triumphant and haunting. Named by writer and Yale alumnus Herbert Warren Wind, the three-hole masterpiece is often labeled the “most mysterious three-hole stretch in all of golf” and encompasses the par-4 11th hole, the par-3 12th, and the par-5 13th.

Along with the green jacket and prize money (and many other benefits), the Masters Champion gets to pick the menu at the Champions Dinner the following year—held the Tuesday before the tournament begins. 

The Foundation of Tradition and Legacy

The Masters remains anchored in tradition, from the ceremonial tee shots by honorary starters to the $18 million prize purse. The very aura of the tournament fuels the undying spirit of golf enthusiasts and the lore of the tournament connects generations of golfers and viewers, united across continents.

Watch as the Masters Tees Off

The 2024 Masters Tournament promises to captivate audiences across the world as they all focus on Augusta National. We invite you to pull up a chair at your favorite Bout Time as the Masters gets underway and enjoy your own Champions dinner from our scratch-made menu. 

Masters Tournament Facts, Trivia, and Predictions for This Year

The Masters Tournament is one of the year’s most highly anticipated golf events. It takes place annually at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and attracts top golfers worldwide. 

If you can’t make it out to Georgia, there are many ways to watch the Masters tournament. All the major sports channels will cover the tournament, and we’ll have it playing at Bout Time Pub

Interesting Facts about Past Tournaments and Winners

The Masters Golf Tournament has a rich history from its inception in 1934. Here are some interesting facts about past tournaments and winners:

The youngest winner of the Masters was Tiger Woods in 1997 at the age of 21. He won by a record-breaking 12 strokes and became the first African-American to win the tournament. He went on to win the tournament five times – and his career isn’t over yet! 

The oldest winner of the Masters was Jack Nicklaus in 1986 at 46. He won his sixth green jacket, which is the award given to the tournament winner.

Predictions for Top Contenders in 2023

While it’s always tricky to predict who will come out on top at the Masters, a few golfers will likely be top contenders in 2023. Here are our predictions:

  • Jon Rahm: Rahm is currently ranked as the number-one golfer globally and has consistently been one of the top golfers on the PGA Tour.
  • Collin Morikawa: Morikawa is a rising star in the golf world and has already won two major championships, including the 2020 PGA Championship.
  • Bryson DeChambeau: DeChambeau has become known for his unique approach to the game and has already won a major championship at the 2020 U.S. Open.
  • Jordan Spieth: Spieth has had a bit of a slump in recent years, but he’s still a top golfer with three major championships under his belt. He also won the Masters once before, in 2015.

Iconic Masters Moments

The Masters Tournament has produced many memorable moments over the years. 

Tiger Woods’ comeback win in 2019: After several years of injury and personal struggles, Woods made an incredible comeback to win the 2019 Masters. It was his fifth win at the tournament and his first major championship in 11 years.

Next, Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory in 1986: At 46, Nicklaus became the oldest winner of the Masters with his sixth green jacket. He also made a landmark charge on the back nine, making birdies on five of the last nine holes.

Finally, Phil Mickelson’s approach shot on the 13th hole in 2010: Mickelson hit an incredible approach shot on the 13th hole in the final round of the 2010 Masters. The shot was so good that it’s now known as “The Shot” and helped Mickelson win his third green jacket.

Tips for Watching the Masters Tournament

For fans who can’t make it to Augusta National, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the Masters from home. Head to Bout Time Pub for full Masters Tournament coverage, great food, and quality drinks. 

Don’t have a week to watch golf? Come see us for the Masters final 4. We’ll have all the TV’s tuned to this iconic tournament. See you soon!