10 Fascinating Facts About The Masters You Never Knew

10 Fascinating Facts About The Masters You Never Knew

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The Masters Tournament, one of golf’s most prestigious events, has captivated fans for decades with its rich history and iconic moments.

From the lush topography of Augusta National Golf Club to the legendary players who have donned the green jacket, The Masters is steeped in tradition and lore.

However, behind the well-known stories lie fascinating facts that even the most ardent fans may have overlooked.

In this article, we delve into ten intriguing aspects of The Masters that will enhance your appreciation for this timeless tournament.

Invitation-Only Tournament

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The Masters is an invitation-only event, and players cannot qualify solely based on their world ranking. This makes it unique among major golf championships.

Green Jacket Tradition

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A tradition that started in 1949, the winner of The Masters receives a coveted Green Jacket. The jacket is presented to the champion by the previous year’s winner.

Augusta National’s Membership Policy

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Augusta National Golf Club, where The Masters is held, has a historically exclusive membership policy. Women were not admitted as members until 2013 when Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore were the first females admitted.

No Sponsorship Names In The Title

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The tournament is always referred to simply as “The Masters” and does not include a sponsor’s name in its title, unlike many other sporting events. However, there are six official sponsors for the Masters: AT&T, Delta, IBM, Rolex, UPS, and Mercedes-Benz.

Honorary Starters

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Since 1963, The Masters has featured honorary starters who tee off the first round. Golf legends like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player have served in this role.

The Crow’s Nest

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Amateur participants at The Masters have the option to stay in the Crow’s Nest, a small living area located on the second floor of the Augusta National clubhouse, located above the Library.

Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

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A beloved tradition at The Masters is the availability of affordable and delicious pimento cheese sandwiches, which have become iconic among fans. Fun fact, since it’s early days, these sandwiches have always sold for just $1.50, unless you add chips!

The Eisenhower Tree

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Named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who frequently hit into it, the Eisenhower Tree was a famous landmark on the 17th hole of Augusta National until it was damaged in a storm and removed in 2014. Eisenhower lobbied to have it removed in 1969 but was overruled by then August Chairman Clifford Roberts.

Butler Cabin Ceremony

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The presentation of the Green Jacket takes place in Butler Cabin, a historic structure near the 18th green, immediately following the conclusion of the tournament. After signing the winning scorecard, the winner is rushed over to the cabin for a quick interview and the Green Jacket ceremony.

Limited Commercial Interruptions

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The Masters has limited commercial interruptions during its television broadcast, allowing viewers to enjoy the golf action without constant advertising breaks. In 2003 and 2004 there were no commercials shown during the broadcast of The Masters.