A – ARGENTINA
The 2009 US Masters saw the first South American winner of the Green Jacket in the form of Argentinian Angel Carbrera. Up until Cabrera edged out Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in a play-off last year, the Green Jacket had been to the USA, Europe, North America, Africa and the Oceania continent, but never to South America. Cabrera opened with a pair of 68s, before a 69 and a 70 over the weekend proved good enough to enter the play-off where he added a second Major to his 2007 US Open title.
B – BURK
Martha Burk, a Texan feminist was responsible for one of the biggest rifts in Masters history when, in the period 2002-03, she began a campaign against the Augusta National – a male only club. Burk wished to see the introduction of female members to Augusta and to raise the profile of what she saw as a sexist organisation. In 2008 she reflected on that campaign, saying: “I don’t think you’ll find many people defending the club. However, their actions are still being tolerated by the membership.”
C – CROW’S NEST
The Crow’s Nest is a famously small accommodation facility hosting amateur players participating in the Masters. The Crow’s Nest is a 30 by 40 foot room, which can hold up to five guests. Perhaps the most famous section of the facility is the 11-foot square cupola, which can only be reached by a thin ladder. The Crow’s Nest is crammed with golf books, photos and sketches – items that have inspired previous amateur guests such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
D – DOUBLE EAGLE
In 1967, Bruce Devlin made a double eagle on the 8th hole during his first round – the first double eagle since Gene Sarazen‘s on the 15th hole during the 1935 Masters. Sarazen, who was also known as ‘The Squire’ due to his upstate New York farm, produced a double eagle that quickly became labelled as ‘The Shot Heard Round the World’. He went on to become the first player to win all four Major championships.
E – EISENHOWER TREE
Located on the left-centre of Augusta‘s 17th fairway is the loblolly Eisenhower pine tree, which measures around 65 feet in height. So big in fact is the tree, that the former US President Dwight D Eisenhower wanted it removed as it regularly blocked the flight of his ball. Eisenhower put forward his proposal in 1956 at a Club’s governors meeting, but, for many reasons – including the fact that the tree was 50 to 75 years old even then – the proposal was unanimously blocked.
F – FRUITLANDS NURSERIES
In 1931, Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts bought the Fruitlands Nurseries land plot for a total of $70,000. The two men turned what was 365 acres of pure farming land into a golfing facility fit to stage a tournament hosting the best players from across the globe. This was initially called the ‘Augusta National Invitation Tournament’ because Jones felt calling it ‘The Masters‘ was “preposterous”.
G – GULDAHL
After finishing runner-up in the 1937 and 1938 Masters, American Ralph Guldahl clinched his first Green Jacket – and third Major championship – by finishing on nine-under-par, beating Sam Snead by one shot. Despite his success, Guldahl won only one more individual title and went into retirement as a touring professional soon afterwards. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.
H – HOLLY
‘Holly‘, the 18th hole at Augusta, is one of the toughest finishing holes known to golf. Playing around 465 yards, the uphill par-4 has been host to no fewer than six closing quadruple bogeys in Masters history. At an overall Masters scoring average of 4.23, ‘Holly‘ is sure to continue to provide a fantastic finale for the prestigious Green Jacket.
I – IKE’S POND
During General Eisenhower’s second visit to Augusta, he walked through the eastern part of the club’s grounds and informed the then Masters Chairman, Clifford Roberts, that he had found the ideal area to build a dam – should the club decide on introducing a fish pond to its premises. The pond was constructed and named after the former President’s affectionate name ‘Ike’. Ike’s Pond stands today, covering some three acres of land.