"Masters is history, dreams and stories rolled into one"

Wed 05 Apr 2017

"Masters is history, dreams and stories rolled into one"

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By V Krishnaswamy in Augusta
Augusta, US, April 4: The year’s first Major and one of the most famous golf tournaments begins on Thursday. The 81st edition of the Masters will be played from April 6-9, 2017.
The youngest of the four Majors, the Masters began in 1934 and has since gained in stature and is now considered the most sought-after tournament.
In the first edition, since the death of the legendary Arnold Palmer, who won it four times, event also marks the 20th anniversary of Tiger Wood’s first and famous Masters win by 12 shots in 1997. Woods won four Masters.
Things you need to know about Masters:
THE FIELD IN 2017
• The current field size is 94. Of those 94. For the reference, other Majors have a field size of 156. Masters has its own qualification criteria
• The field this year has 52 non-Americans.
• There are 22 different countries represented at Augusta this year.
• Of the 21 non-American countries, England have the most players with 11.
• There is no Indian in the field – Anirban Lahiri played in 2015 and 2016
THE JINX
• No reigning World Number 1 has won the Masters, since Tiger Woods in 2005
• No player with three wins in a row prior to Masters has won since Jimmy Demaret in 1940. This year Dustin Johnson comes to Augusta with wins in three previous starts.
HISTORY
• The Augusta National course first opened in 1933
• The tournament was started in 1934
• The first winner in 1934 was American Horton Smith.
• Jack Nicklaus won a record six Green Jackets
• Since 1949, champions have received a Green Jacket
• Gary Player became the first non-American winner  in 1961
• Seve Ballesteros became the first European winner in 1980
• In 1997, Tiger Woods set new records for the lowest score to par and highest margin of victory, 18 under par and 12 strokes respectively
• Mark O’Meara, oldest in the field at 60 makes his 33rd appearance.
• Sandy Lyle has played every year since 1985.
• Ian Woosnam, the 1991 champion, join list of players to make 30 Masters’ appearances this year. He is the third European after Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer.
• There are 18 Masters Champions competing. Between them they have won a total of 23 Green Jackets.