From Demaret to Nicklaus to Woods’ Masters Anniversary

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A look at some of the anniversaries at this year’s Masters:

75 years ago (1947)

In his most recent major championship appearance, Jimmy Dermet suffered a 10 and 9 loss to Ben Hogan in the semifinals of the PGA Championship. He made up for it at the 1947 Masters, becoming the first player to equalize in all four rounds at the Augusta Nationals. Demaret started with 69 and shared the lead with Byron Nelson, who had retired a year earlier. He shared a 36-hole lead with Carey Middlecoff, and then Demaret had a 70 in the third round and took a three-shot lead. Nelson reached the turn within a shot until the ninth and tenth bogeyed, and Demeret was on his way. After winning in 1940, he joined Nelson and Horton Smith as the only two-time Masters champion.

50 years ago (1972)

Jack Nicklaus debuts his boldest attempt at a Grand Slam. After a runner-up finish at the Augusta National a year before Charles Cuddy, Nicklaus started with a 69 and became only the third player to go wire-to-wire, and the first since Arnold Palmer in 1960. Nicklaus took a one-shot lead over Sunday’s departing Jim Jamieson and extended his lead to five shots at the turn. No one came close, and three bogeys by Nicklaus in the last eight holes only kept the margin from getting worse. He won by three shots and leveled Palmer with his fourth Masters win. It was the first Masters without co-founder Bobby Jones, who died last November. For Nicklaus, it was his 10th major, one short of the records held by Walter Hagen (professional majors) and Jones (which included US and British amateur titles).

25 years ago (1997)

No other Masters was more historic than Tiger Woods, truly introducing himself to the world of golf. He became the youngest ever Masters champion at age 21, the first player from Black Heritage to wear a green jacket and set 20 records along the way. Woods won by 12 shots, a record that still stands. In his first major as a professional, Woods started with 40 on the front nine and played his next 63 holes at 22-under par. His power was unlike anything Golf had ever seen. He was hitting the pitching nail in a few par 5s. With a three-shot lead over Colin Montgomery through 36 holes, Woods scored 65 to build a nine-shot lead and sailed for the win. This put golf on notice, and Woods won five green jackets out of his 15 majors. The 1997 Masters was watched by a record 44 million Americans and was the catalyst for a major spike in TV ratings and eventually more prize money.

20 years ago (2002)

The super-sized era of Augusta National began when the club tried to counter the technology by adding nine of the 18 holes to 285 yards. Some called it “tiger-proofing,” but it wasn’t nearly enough to prevent Tiger Woods from becoming the third player to repeat as Masters champion. In a rain-stricken tournament, Woods scored his last hole for 66 runs on Saturday to share the lead with Retif Goosen. He got the lead in the opening round of birdies in the final round, and no one came close to two shots the rest of the way. Woods scored 71 for a three-shot win over Goosein. At that point, he had won six of the last 10.

10 years ago (2012)

The final round of the Masters began with the rarest shot in golf when Louis Osthuizen struck out with a 4-iron for the first albatross on the par-5 second hole. It ended with a shot that felt equally rare. Bubba Watson, from deep into the right pines of the 10th fairway in the playoffs, slammed a 155 yard to 10 foot gap wedge from the pine needles for a par to defeat Osthuizen on the second hole of a playoff. Watson closed with a 68. Phil Mickelson was in the final pairing with 54-hole leader Peter Hanson. Mickelson, going for the green jacket fourth, took a triple bogey on a par-3 fourth and was never a factor.

5 years ago (2017)

Sergio García played 70 big roles as a pro before he was finally redeemed by winning the Masters in a playoff over Justin Rose. No one waited that long to win the Major, and the joy was evident in the Spaniard’s reaction when he swung into a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the playoffs. Rose appeared in control with a two-shot lead when Garcia hooked his drive into the trees on the left side of the par-5 13th fairway. He somehow escaped with a par, birdied on the 14th and his 8th iron took his eyes off the flag and raised an eagle on the par-5 15th to tie. Rose made the 16th birdie and the 17th bogey, and they reached the playoffs. Rose hit 18th in the playoffs, and García had two puts to win. He only needed one. García joined Seve Ballesteros and Jose María Olazabal as the Spaniards to win the Masters.


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