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10 Things About the Masters You Should Know

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 23:26 Monday, 06 April 2015 23:20

Tiger Woods 1997 MastersCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Ten historical nuggets worth knowing to know about the Masters and Augusta National Golf Club:

WHAT’S THE SCORE: Clifford Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National, devised a scoring system for the 1960 Masters that he called the “over-and-under” method. Scores were shown on a cumulative basis on how a player stood with respect to par, such as 10-under par or 3-over par. That has become the standard for scoring at golf tournaments around the world.

MEASURING HOLES: The Masters is the only major golf tournament in which the yardage of each hole is rounded off to end in “5” or “0.” Roberts felt that an exact yardage was not relevant because the movement of tee markers and pin positions for each round changed the distance. The course is listed at 7,435 yards. And no one can be sure it ever plays to that length.

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Masters By the Numbers

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 08:50 Monday, 06 April 2015 08:46

altCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) — A look at the Masters and Augusta National by the numbers:

0 — Bunkers on the 14th hole.

1 — Number of years it took Fuzzy Zoeller to win the Masters.

$1.50 — Cost of a pimiento cheese sandwich.

2 — Gene Sarazen’s score on the par-5 15th hole in the 1935 Masters.

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By the Numbers: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Masters

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:50 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:40

altAUGUSTA, Georgia (Jamie Kennedy and Will Pearson/EuropeanTour.com) — With little more than a week left before the 2015 Masters Tournament kicks off, EuropeanTour.com uncovers some facts and figures about Augusta National and the year’s first Major that will leave you amazed.

1) There was once a Presidential hostage situation.
In 1983, then-United States President Ronald Reagan played Augusta National as a guest of his Secretary of State, George Schultz. An Augusta native, Charles Harris, interrupted their round by crashing his truck through the gates of the club, demanding to see the President. Harris then held hostages at gunpoint in the pro shop for two hours before US Secret Service agents eventually subdued him.

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Top 10 Rory McIlroy Shots on the PGA Tour

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 19:36 Sunday, 01 March 2015 19:29

Rory McIlroyHere’s a look at some of Rory McIlroy’s best shots on the PGA Tour (excluding majors) courtesy of the PGA Tour.

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By the Numbers: 2014 USGA Open Championships

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 02:23 Wednesday, 31 December 2014 02:16

Matthew Fitzpatrick

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The 2014 USGA Open championships included the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in June at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., and the 35th U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, in Edmond, Okla. Here are some of the notable occurrences and accomplishments from the three USGA Open championships of 2014:

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