The success of the Golf Betting Expert in recent months (over £7,500 profit since January 2016) has seen golf become an ever-increasingly popular sport at Betting Gods therefore, with The US Masters (April 6-9) less than a week away, we thought we’d entertain you, and maybe educate you, with 20 interesting facts you may or may not know about the world’s most picturesque golf tournament.
1# As the US Masters is the only one of golf’s four major tournaments to be annually hosted by the same venue, The Augusta National has enjoyed 83-years of wonderful tradition and history.
2# Winners win a coveted Green-Jacket, which entitles them to lifetime membership of the Augusta National.
3# The winner of the Par-3 Tournament, traditionally held on the day before the tournament begins, has yet to go on and win the main event in the same year.
4# What makes the Masters even more prestigious, is the invited-field is always the smallest of all the fields for the majors, with between 90 and 100 players receiving their invite for achieving one or more of the required criteria.
5# The holes are all named after the beautiful flowers that can be found around the golf course: Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Flowering Peach, Crab Apple, Magnolia, Juniper, Pampas, Jasmine, Carolina Cherry, Camellia, White Dogwood, Golden Bell, Azalea, Chinese Fir, Firethorn, Redbud, Nandina, and Holly.
6# Hole 10 is traditionally the hardest hole, whilst 15 is the easiest.
7# Jack Nicklaus won the tournament a record 6-times between 1963 and 1986.
8# Five Players have won wire-to-wire: Craig Wood, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Jordan Spieth.
9# Tiger Woods holds the record for the biggest margin of victory, which was 12-shots in 1997.
10# Greg Norman and Nick Price jointly hold the record for the tournament’s lowest-round of 63.
11# Only three players have ever successfully defended a Masters Title, Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
12# Jordan Spieth solely holds the records for the lowest 36-hole total (130) and the lowest 54-hole total (200) total, and jointly holds the record for the lowest 72-hole total (270) with Tiger Woods.
13# Three players share the record for the highest winning total of 289 (1-over par), Zach Johnson, Jack Burke and Sam Snead.
14# Only Fuzzy Zoeller, Gene Sarazen and Horton Smith have won the Masters on their Augusta Debut, with Smith winning the inaugural event.
15# Ken Venturi holds the record for the lowest amateur round of 66.
16# Charles Coe holds the record for the lowest 4-round total by any amateur of 281.
17# Greg Norman lost the biggest 54-hole lead of 6-shots when beaten by Nick Faldo in 1996.
18# Tom Weiskoph and Tsuneyuki Nakajima hold the record for the highest score on any hole at the Masters, respectively scoring 13 on the 12th and 13th holes.
19# 16 Masters Tournaments have been decided in a play-off.
20# There have been 27 holes-in-one at the US Masters, 18 of which have been scored on the 16th hole. Meanwhile, there has been one on the 4th, five on the sixth, and three on the 12th.