About the US Masters
Year after year The Masters provides golf fans with the most exciting final
day finishes on the golfing calendar, whilst for some 2015 was a little different
as Jordan Spieth maintained his 4 shot lead for the majority of the final round,
the subplots of Rose, Mickelson and even McIlroy at times provided a Masters that
will live long in the memories.
Spieth went on to claim his first Green Jacket which not only saw him claim a record
equalling -18 72 hole total but also claim a number of records along the way including;
• A wire to wire victory which sees him join Craig Wood, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus
and Ray Floyd as the only Masters Champions to do so
• First player ever to reach -19 (his bogey on 18 saw him pegged back to -18 for a
tie with Tiger's scoring record)
• Most birdies scored in a Masters - 28 or 39% of holes played
• Scoring record for 36 holes
• Scoring record for 54 holes
His scores of 64, 66, 70, 70 saw him fight off the likes of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and
pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy. Even the heroics of a resurgent Tiger Woods on Saturday,
who wowed the Patrons with a 6-birdie round of 68, couldn't see Spieth shaken.
Having competed in two Masters Tournaments, Spieth has a record of a tie for 2nd (finishing
3 shots behind Bubba Watson in 2014) and a win, the 21-year old Texan certainly looks like
he'll be adding yet more Green Jackets to his wardrobe during the course of his career.
The Masters, it seems, never fails to deliver and in all likelihood
will be the tournament to watch in 2016.
The US Masters 2016 will take place in the second week of April. The
first practice round will take place on Monday the 4th of April 2014
with the champion being crowned on the evening of Sunday the 10th of
April 2016 when we will hopefully have witnessed something along the
lines of this year's tournament at the finest golfing arena in the
game; Augusta National.
The Masters was started by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, who
designed Augusta National with legendary course architect Alister
MacKenzie, but at first one of the world's most famous and beautiful
golf courses was nothing more than 365 acres of simple farming land.
Due to the foresight of Bob Jones and Clifford Roberts, Fruitlands
Nurseries purchased the land for $70,000 in 1931 and it is now home
to the revered Augusta National Golf Course.
After the course was completed, its creators came up with the idea
of organizing an annual tournament drawing all the best players from
across the world. For the first five years of the tournament, it was
called the Augusta National International Tournament but in 1939,
its name changed to The Masters.
In line with the other majors, winning the Masters gives a golfer
several privileges which make his career more secure. Masters champions
are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (the U.S.
Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship) for the next
five years, and earn a lifetime invitation to the Masters. They also
receive membership on the PGA Tour for the following five seasons and
invitations to The Players Championship for five years. In 2015 the
prize fund was US$10 million.
European players collected eleven victories in twenty years in the
1980s and 1990s, by far the strongest streak they have had in any of
the three majors played in the United States since the early days of
the U.S Open. Jack Nicklaus became the oldest player to win the Masters
in 1986 when he won for the sixth time at age 46. In 1997, headlines
were made around the world when Tiger Woods won the Masters by twelve
shots at age twenty-one. Jose Maria Olazabal was the last European to
win the Masters in 1999.
Like many other courses, Augusta National's championship set-up has
been lengthened in recent years. In 1998, it measured approximately
6,925 yards from the Masters tees but in 2006 it was almost 500 yards
longer at 7,445 yards. As well as the course being extended, the
teeing positions have been altered. Some experts predict that Augusta
may now play as many as three shots more following the changes, which
would be approved by Jones and Roberts, whose vision was to challenge
the best players in the game of golf.