For the first time since 1945, the golf lovers are deprived of the legendary Masters Tournament in early April. In this day that would mark the final round at Augusta, had it not been for the pandemic, Tiger Woods would have participated in the ceremony of the famous green blazer. In what role ? It will have to wait till November to know the outcome. In the meantime, fanatics can drown their sorrow in that drank of the rich history of the Masters.
1. The old bear still living – 1986
The arms in the air and seeing his ball disappear into the cup on the 17th, Jack Nicklaus has achieved a memorable feat on April 13, 1986 in putting on the sixth green blazer and setting a record with 18 major victories, the perfect figure. This conquest is coming 23 years after its first consecration in April 1963. On the back of a final round exciting and filled with twists and turns, he donned an eagle and two birdies in a row on the 15th to the 17th banner to finally move ahead of Tom Kite and Greg Norman by one stroke with a final card of 65 (-7). 46-year-old and two months, the “Golden Bear” became the oldest champion of the Masters. No doubt, as asserted by the commentator of CBS, Jim Nantz, ” the bear is out of hibernation “. This edition is considered the most great moment in the history of the Masters tournament. It is also expensive to Nicklaus as he was accompanied by his son Jack on the course.
2. The Tiger roars again – 2019
The image of Tiger Woods is roaring up the arms to the sky with his iron right hand on the green sacred of the 18th will not be forgotten anytime soon. It is reminiscent of the back to the top of one of the greatest golfers of history. Woods won last year, his fifth in a suit and a 15th conquest majeure. In a final round as amazing as dramatic, the athlete 43-year-old proved to his rivals that he had not completed his career. On its ground game, the Tiger has been offered an athletic performance history, acclaimed by the entire planet. For the first time, he won a tournament back to back. And to finish, the images of the embrace with his son Charlie were as powerful as those crunchy on the spot his reaction after his last rolled.
3. All-time Record – 1997
Tiger Woods has not made time to rewrite the history of the Masters. On his third visit to Augusta in 1997, he has become not only the youngest champion (21 years), but he established the record for the largest gap with its closest rival, or 12 shots. Finishing with a cumulative score of -18, it has also established the new mark to beat before that Jordan Spieth to join him in 2015. To say that the Tiger had begun his tournament with a score of 40 (+4) during the first nine… He had then begun his work of destruction with a score of 30 on the return. Woods has donned the first of his five jackets green three days later. Among its highlights in the Augusta, impossible to forget this difficult approach cut off from the outside of the green on the par 3 16th hole in the final round of the 2005 edition. A perfect shot that slowly ended his race at the bottom of the cup. An exploit within the lineage of the albatros managed by Gene Sarazen on the par-5 15th in 1935, a move qualified as the best of all time. Woods, in 2005, and Sarazen, in 1935, had won the honors in overtime.
4. A national hero – 2003
A Canadian and a lefty in addition, very few punters would have bet on a victory of Mike Weir, even though he knew a great season in 2003. He did regret it, especially thanks to a flawless final round and nerves of steel in the crucial moments. The Canadian, aged 32 years, was ahead of the poor Len Mattiace in a playoff with his only boguey of the day. It has thus registered a first victory in canada, in the book of the Augusta National to become the first left-hander to don the green blazer. Weir has marked the sports history of the country while it is still the only golfer in canada with a title of Grand Slam in his pocket.
5. The time of the redemption – 2017
Many exploits and conquests well-known of the Masters are worthy of mention since 1934. The battles are perpetual between Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player marked the imaginary in their own way, as the achievements of Seve Ballesteros and Ben Crenshaw, but the conquest of Sergio Garcia in 2017 is a unique stamp. Too long been regarded as one of the best golfers without a major title to his credit, the Spaniard finally put the pot on his moment of glory at age 37. He achieved his feat in the extension of face-to-Justin Rose, on the same day of the anniversary of his idol Ballesteros. Garcia is at the same time become the participant with the most visits to Augusta (19) before finally leaving the property from Washington Road in the winner.