The Green Jacket. The azaleas. Amen Corner.
It's touted as a "tradition unlike any other," and in the golf world, The Masters is exactly that.
To get you ready for the field at Augusta in this, the tournament's 78th edition, we thought we'd take a stroll through a full course's worth of Masters-related records. The competition begins Thursday, as 97 entrants aim to find their way to the iconic clubhouse for a jacket fitting. Use this trivia wisely as you and your friends kill time between Sergio Garcia putts.
Time to tee off.
1.) YOUNGEST GOLFER AT THE MASTERS
You've got some nerves to shake off here as you prepare to attack the course. Your entire game is still ahead of you, and that was the case for Guan Tianlang (China, b. 25 October 1998), who was 14 years 169 days old when he competed at last year's competition, making him the youngest ever to play the Masters...
2.) YOUNGEST PLAYER TO MAKE THE CUT AT THE MASTERS
...and to also make the cut! Just two days later, Tianlang made more history before he could even drive a car. He carded a 300 for the entire tournament (73-75-77-75).
3.) LARGEST GATHERING OF TOP-FLIGHT SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS AT A SINGLE VENUE
No. 3 has one of the more unique names of all the holes at Augusta National - Flowering Peach (each hole is named after the nearby plants associated with it). And for that we give it the most unique record on the list. For its 70th anniversary in 2007, the Spanish sports publication Diario MARCA gathered a collection of 1,217 top-level championships at a celebration ceremony. This included 36 Olympic medals, nine Tour de France titles, and, yes, two Masters championships.
4.) LONGEST MASTERS HOLE-IN-ONE
Here at Flowering Crab Apple (not a bad golf hole name itself) in 1992, Jeff Sluman (USA) carded an ace on what was then a 213-yard par-3. He remains the only golfer of the 23 to ever hit a hole-in-one during the Masters to have done so on the fourth.
5.) MOST CONSECUTIVE GOLF MAJORS WON
Five is one shy of what Tiger Woods achieved in 2000-01. At the height of his powers, Woods (who we'll hear more from below) won the U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA Championship of 2000, before completing the "Tiger Slam" at the 2001 Masters. It would be the second of Woods' four career Masters victories.
6.) MOST TOURNAMENTS IN A GOLF VIDEO GAME
Not surprisingly, Woods parlayed his iconic results on the course to some pretty sweet successes off of it. This includes his popular Tigers Woods PGA Tour video game series. No surprise, then, that it was under the banner of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 that a golf videogame featured all four majors as playable courses for the first time ever.
7.) MOST-WATCHED MASTERS
Whether for good reasons on the course or negative reasons off it, Tiger still draws the most eyeballs. Thanks to his legendary 1997 performance (again, more to follow), that year's weekend TV ratings in the U.S. averaged 15.8 million viewers, the most-watched edition in the tournament's history.
8.) LOWEST MASTERS SCORE, 36 HOLES
As we approach the midway point, it's easy to start thinking about your score. And a good start can really help. Just ask Ray Floyd. His 131 from 1976 remains the lowest-ever 36-hole score at the Masters. He went on to card a weekend 140 to win the second of his four career majors.
9.) LOWEST SINGLE-ROUND SCORE AT THE MASTERS
Alright, through the front nine. How's your scorecard looking? Do you have any shot at this record? It's shared at 63 by Nick Price and Greg Norman. Price carded his low round at the 1986 Masters; Norman in 1996. Of course, that sadly set Norman up to have to give interviews like this the rest of his life.
10.) HIGHEST SCORE TO WIN THE MASTERS
The tenth hole at Augusta is often viewed as the most difficult. "Camellia" is a 495-yard par-4 with an insanely steep slope approaching the green. It goes to show that winning the Masters is not meant to be easy. In fact, three times has a golfer won with a score of just 289: Sam Snead in 1954, Jack Burke, Jr., in 1956, and Zach Johnson in 2007.
11.) MOST BIRDIES RECORDED IN A SINGLE MASTERS ROUND
Ask Anthony Kim what the No. 11 means to him and he'll take you right here: t he most birdies scored by a golfer in a single round at the Masters was indeed 11 by Kim in the American's second round in 2009.
12.) LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY IN A MASTERS
On No. 12, we salute Tiger Woods and one of the most singular performances in golf history. He won the 1997 Masters by a record 12 strokes, finishing a magnificent 18-under. The performance was so dominant, in fact, that...
13.) LOWEST TOTAL SCORE IN MASTERS HISTORY
...his total score of 270 (70-66-65-69) from that same year remains the lowest aggregate score across all four rounds. His nearest competitor that year was Tom Kite, who finished with a 6-under 282.
14.) YOUNGEST WINNER OF THE MASTERS
What, you thought we were done with Tiger's once-in-a-lifetime 1997 run? Don't forget, that tournament made him the youngest-ever player to win at Augusta, at the precocious age of 21 years 104 days. He would go on to have a decent career.
15.) MOST MAJORS WON BY A LEFTHANDED GOLFER
We slot Phil "Lefty" Mickelson here because of his amazing shot in the 2012 competition at this very hole. Having won the Masters three times alone, Mickelson added a PGA Championship in 2005 and a win at The Open last year for a total of five career majors for the southpaw.
16.) FIRST EVER MASTERS HOLE-IN-ONE
It happened right on 16, which today is known as the 170-yard, par 3 "Redbud." It remains the second-shortest hole on the course and at the 1934 Masters, Canadian Ross Somerville aced it to make early tournament history.
17.) OLDEST GOLFER TO WIN THE MASTERS
This, of course, is Jack Nicklaus, who won the 1986 Masters aged 46 years 82 days. If you've followed golf at all in the last half century, you're pretty familiar with why we're talking about this record on 17.
18.) MOST CAREER MASTERS WINS
And how could we not end with the Golden Bear again? The most impressive record of all: the most career wins of the Masters is six, by Jack Nicklaus. He took home the jacket in 1963, 1965-66, 1972, 1975, and most famously in '86. Even Kermit never looked so good in green.
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