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The Masters' Record Holders: Augusta National and Green Jackets

The Masters' Record Holders: Augusta National and Green Jackets

As golf enthusiasts worldwide gear up for the prestigious event at Augusta National Golf Club, The Masters, anticipation and excitement reach a fever pitch. Steeped in tradition and prestige, The Masters is not just another golf tournament; it's a storied chapter in the annals of sports history. As we approach this year's edition, let's take a moment to delve into the record books and uncover some of the most remarkable feats witnessed on the hallowed grounds of Augusta.

Best Front Nine: A Lightning Start

The front nine at Augusta National has seen some blistering performances over the years. Setting the pace with a scintillating 30 strokes are legendary names like Johnny Miller (1975), Greg Norman (1988), K.J Choi (2004), Phil Mickelson (2009), Gary Woodland (2014), Tony Finau (2019), and Min Woo Lee (2022). These golfing maestros displayed unparalleled skill and composure to conquer Augusta's front nine with precision and finesse.

Best Back Nine: A Spectacular Finish

Not to be outdone, the back nine has witnessed its fair share of magic. Mark Calcavecchia (1992) and David Toms (1998) etched their names into Masters history by navigating Augusta's challenging terrain in an astonishing 29 strokes. Their flawless execution and steely resolve serve as a testament to the resilience required to succeed at golf's grandest stage.

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Best Round: A Symphony of Perfection

In the quest for golfing perfection, few accomplishments rival the feat of carding a 63 at Augusta National. Nick Price (1986) and former World No. 1 ranked Greg Norman (1996) achieved this rare milestone, delivering masterful performances that left spectators in awe. Their sublime display of skill and strategy serves as a timeless reminder of the beauty inherent in the game of golf.

Best 36-Hole Score: Setting the Pace

Jordan Spieth's scintillating performance in 2015 saw him establish a new benchmark for excellence, posting a remarkable 130 strokes over the first two rounds. Spieth's breathtaking display of dominance showcased his ability to thrive under pressure, setting the stage for a memorable Masters weekend.

Best Finish from a Debutant: Making History

In the storied history of The Masters, few achievements resonate as strongly as winning on debut. Fuzzy Zoeller's triumph in 1979 marked a watershed moment in golfing lore, as he became only the third golfer to clinch the green jacket in his inaugural appearance at Augusta. Joining the ranks of legends like Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen, Zoeller's historic victory embodies the essence of golfing glory.

Best Winning 72-Hole Scores: Masters of Consistency

Dustin Johnson's record-setting performance in 2020, played in November due to COVID19, and with a winning score of 268 strokes, exemplified the epitome of excellence and resilience. However, stalwarts like Tiger Woods (1997, April) and Jordan Spieth (2015, April) aren't far behind, with their stellar performances cementing their status as Masters royalty in the traditional Spring tournament.

Worst First Round Front Nine to Triumph: Overcoming Adversity

Tiger Woods' rocky start in 1997, with a front-nine score of 40 strokes, seemed like a mere hiccup in the face of his eventual triumph. Woods' ability to rebound from adversity and emerge victorious underscores the unwavering resolve and determination synonymous with Masters champions.

Oldest and Youngest Champions: Defying Age and Expectations

Jack Nicklaus' timeless victory in 1986 made him the oldest champion in Masters history at 46 years and 82 days old, while Tiger Woods' meteoric rise saw him claim the green jacket at just 21 years and 104 days old in 1997. These contrasting tales of age and youth highlight the diverse narratives woven into the fabric of The Masters.


Nick Slade
Chief Content Officer

Nick Slade, with nearly two decades of experience as a sports and betting expert, serves as the Chief Content Officer at Cipher Sports Technology Group, where he steers the editorial and digital content strategy for leading platforms like Dimers.com, Stats Insider and Gambling Today. Specializing in soccer, Nick brings a global perspective to his coverage of the sport, including detailed analyses of MLS games. He also contributes to NHL content through game previews, best bets, and props, and lends his expertise to crafting NBA first basket betting content. 

With a robust background as a journalist and broadcaster, Nick has been a trusted voice on major networks and channels such as Fox Sports, WCBV-TV Boston, ESPN, ABC, and others. His profound understanding of sports and betting dynamics has made him a sought-after authority in the wagering and gambling industries.

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