The Masters Tournament Exciting Finishes and Memories

Well the 2011 Masters Tournament came to end on Sunday. The Masters Tournament proved to be very exciting and unpredictable. This is nothing new, seeing as how the Masters Tournament seems to always be a little more exciting than golf’s other major tournaments. The beautiful setting of Augusta, Georgia always paints a picturesque picture in the eyes of the viewers and participants with its abundant spring colors and beautiful scenery. If you listen closely to the television broadcast, you can always hear songbirds chirping away throughout the 4 day event.

Several players battled it out to try and win the Green Jacket presented by Augusta National Golf Club. Towards the end of the day, a handful of golfers were tied at 10 under for the lead. Tiger Woods was among these, as he had his best finish in a major championship since last year’s events we’ve all already read to much about. The final results for the 2011 Masters Tournament are as follows.

1.Charl Schwartzel -14
T2.Jason Day -12
T2.Adam Scott -12
T4.Tiger Woods – 10
T4. Geoff Ogilvy -10
T4. Luke Donald -10
7. Angel Cabrera -9
T8. Bo Van Pelt -8
T8. K.J. Choy -8
10. Ryan Palmer -6

The exciting day of golf and the spectacularly close finish got me interested in some other historic moments in the Masters Tournament. In 1935, the second year of the Masters, Gene Sarazen holed out with a four-wood for a double eagle at the par-five 15th. This 3 under par shot is famously known in golf as “shot heard round the world”. It also helped to set up a playoff victory over fellow American Craig Wood after a 36 hole playoff the following day. Ben Hogan (Masters Champion in 1951 and 1953) had an amazing 3rd round day in 1967, at the age of 55. Hogan had birdies on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, and 18th holes for a -6 on the back nine. He sunk a very tricky downhill put of around 25 feet for the birdie at the 18th. Arnold Palmer battled for the lead that year along with Ben Hogan, but they both lost out to Gay Brewers. Despite falling to 10th place and 9 shots behind winner Gay Brewer, Hogan was still remarkable on the back nine of the 3rd round.

Most golf fans would argue that maybe the best Masters Tournament ever was 25 years ago this weekend. Five times Masters Champion Jack Nicklaus trailed Australian Greg Norman by 4 strokes entering the final round of the 1986 Masters Tournament. After seven holes on the final day, Nicklaus found himself even further behind Norman. Despite dropping a shot at the short par 3, 12th, Jack Nicklaus rallied. He finished the final six holes: birdie, par, eagle, birdie, birdie, par with relentless pursuit. He finished with an amazing 30 on the back nine and a final round of 65 to go 9 shots under par and defeat Greg Norman and Tom Kite who tied for second. Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, captured his sixth and final Masters Tournament win that year. It is still the most wins at The Masters.
Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win the title in 1997. He also set the record winning by a stunning 12 strokes over Tom Kite is his second Masters appearance. Woods made history again in 2001 when he became first professional to hold all four majors at the same time. This became the 2nd Masters win and 6th overall career major tournament victory for the 25 year old Woods. These are just a few of the many memories The Masters Tournament has provided us over the years. Visit Masters.com for all the official information of The Masters Tournament. Also check out great specials online of historic golfing memorabilia. There are all kinds of special pieces out there that can help bring a classic golfing memory to life.

Updated: April 11, 2011 — 2:47 am

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