For golfers, spring begins with the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Course in Augusta Georgia. The course is already getting ready for the 2009 tournament, to be held April 6-12. To get you in the spirit of the Masters, here are a few facts about the event:
The first event was held in 1934, with Horton Smith winning the tournament.
The Masters was originally called the Augusta National Invitational Tournament.
Horton won $1500; last year’s winner, Zach Johnson took home $1.3 million.
No tournament was held during WWII (1943-1945). Chickens and turkeys were raised on the grounds to support the war effort.
Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters victories (six); Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods both have four.
Jack Nicklaus was the oldest player to win the Masters (his sixth win in 1986); Tiger Woods was the youngest (in 1997).(photo © flickr user: pocketwiley/cc license)