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The Masters - Did You Know?

The lesser-known history of this very special golf tournament.

Posted Mar 22, 2010 by Iestyn George

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AMEN TO THAT:  the second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th, and the tee shot at the 13th hole is famously known as Amen Corner, a term coined by writer Grantland Rice in 1958. He wrote that the name was inspired by a jazz song called Shouting In That Amen Corner by Mezz Mezzrow. Jazz buffs discovered the song doesn't actually exist, suggesting Rice must have been referring to the track written by Andy Razaf and recorded by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra.

PAR FOR THE COURSE: It's a little-known fact that the under-par/over-par scoring terminology was devised by founding chairman Clifford Roberts for the benefit of TV coverage.

TALE OF THE LONESOME PINE: a loblolly pine located 210 yards from the Master's tee on the 17th hole is more famously known as the Eisenhower Pine, as Augusta member and US President Dwight D Eisenhower struck it so many times with his tee shot.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: The lurid green jacket presented to the winner of The Masters and worn by every member, was not produced by Brooks Brothers as many people think, but the Brooks Uniform Company, who also made swords and other military paraphernalia.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: there have only been seven people who have had the role of  honourary starters for The Masters at Augusta. They are Jock Hutchinson, Fred McLeod, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi, Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer (pictured).  

JONES THE GOLF: revered course architect Alister Mackenzie was responsible for Augusta National, but he did so with arguably the most over-qualified apprentice, Bobby Jones, in tow. The amateur golfing legend and co-founder of Augusta National hit countless shots for Mackenzie, so that the designer could map out the length of the course to perfection.

WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: French fries were not included on the menu at Augusta National for 43 years. Clifford Roberts considered them too unhealthy to be served at the club.  

A THAI FOR FIRST: Lee Elder was the first black golfer to be invited to enter The Masters in 1975, but he wasn't the first non-white golfer to compete for The Green Jacket. Sukree Onsham of Thailand played in 1970 and '71.

BODY TALK: Clifford Roberts took his own life overlooking the lake on Augusta's par-3 course with a single shot from a pistol, in September 1977. Aged 83, his health was worsening after suffering a stroke and his ashes are buried in a secret location on the grounds of the club.

GUN AMNESTY: the weapon Clifford Roberts used to end his life changed hands on several occasions and its appearance on the open market led to the people who originally sold it, chief of security Charlie Young and club photographer Frank Christian Jr to be sacked by the club, even though they did so with the club's knowledge. They were subsequently re-hired.

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