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1934: Horton Smith
The very first Masters was won by Horton Smith, a smooth putter with a sturdy all around game. He finished the tournament -4 and he won $1500 for his troubles. The tournament back then was called “The Augusta National Invitation Tournament”. Another interesting fact about this tournament is that the nines were reversed. The current front nine was played as the back nine. This was changed to the tournament’s current setup the next year.
1935: Gene Sarazen
Known for the famous “shot heard ‘round the World” by Sarazen in the final round of the tournament. He holed his second shot with a 4-wood from 235 yards on number 15 for a double eagle. This helped him force a playoff, which back then was a 36-hole playoff the next day, instead of sudden death like it would be today.
1936: Horton Smith
Horton Smith won his second green jacket in 1936, coming from behind in the final round. He chipped in for birdie at the 14th hole and also birdied the 15th hole in the final round on his way to victory.
1937: Byron Nelson
Lord Byron Nelson won his first major championship in the 1937 “Augusta National Invitation Tournament”. He came from behind and defeated Ralph Guldahl in the final round to capture his first of 5 major titles. He won $1500 for the win.
1938: Henry Picard
Henry Picard won his only Masters and first of two majors. He won $1500 for the win. Picard helped a struggling young pro named Ben Hogan financially when he was not winning any money playing golf. He also famously gave Hogan a golf lesson when he was struggling with his hook. Picard weakened his grip and told him to try to slice the ball. After that, Hogan started striping the ball perfectly straight. He won the 1940 North and South at Pinehurst soon after this lesson and never looked back.
1939: Ralph Guldahl
Ralph Guldahl shot a tournament record -9 under par in 1939. The record stood until 1953 when Ben Hogan shot -14. This was the 3rd and final major win of Guldahl’s career. He won $1500 for the win.
1940: Jimmy Demaret
The flamboyant Jimmy Demaret won the first of his three Masters by shooting -8 under par and beating Lloyd Mangrum by 4 shots. Jimmy Demaret was an extremely flashy dresser for his day, but was also one of the best ball strikers and could really go low.
1941: Craig Wood
Craig Wood became the first wire-to-wire winner of the Masters in 1941. He finished 3 shots ahead of Byron Nelson at -8 under par. Wood would then go on to win the very next major at the US Open later than year. There have now only been 5 wire to wire winners of the Masters, the most recent being 2015 when Jordan Spieth went wire to wire for the win.
1942: Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson won his second Masters in a playoff over Ben Hogan. Back then the playoff was an 18 hole match played on Monday. Nelson won by 1 shot over Hogan. Nelson and Hogan had a long history together, as they grew up and learned the game in the same town and caddied at the same course.
1946: Herman Keiser
The first Masters tournament after World War II was won by Herman Keiser. Ben Hogan finished second by 1 stroke for the second time in a row, three putting the 18th green from 15 feet to lose. The tournament purse doubled this year and the winners share was $2500.
1947: Jimmy Demaret
Jimmy Demaret won his second green jacket in 1947, finishing just ahead of Byron Nelson. He became the first player to shoot under par in every round.
1948: Claude Harmon
Claude Harmon, father of the famous teaching pro Harmon brothers, slipped on the green jacket in 1948 by tying the tournament scoring record of -9 under par. His 5 shot victory was the largest margin of victory up to that point.
1949: Sam Snead
Slammin’ Sammy Snead won his first Masters in 1949 with a score of -6 under par, winning by 3 strokes. This was the first year that they awarded the green jacket immediately after the tournament. The previous years winners got their retroactively. Prize money went up this year and the winner received $2750, which would be the same as about $35,000 today. MUCH different than the $2 MILLION+ the winner gets today.
1950: Jimmy Demaret
Jimmy Demaret won for the third time in the 1950 edition of the Masters. He shot -5 under par and beat Jim Ferrier by 2 shots. Demaret played the par five 13th hole in -6 under par for the week with two eagles and two birdies.
1951: Ben Hogan
In 1951 Ben Hogan won his first Masters by shooting a final round 68. He was 38 years old at the time. He shot -8 for the week and won $3000 in prize money, about the same as $35,000 today. That’s still a lot of money in today’s terms for only one week of work, but nothing even remotely close to the 2 million+ winner’s prize today.
1952: Sam Snead
The 1952 Masters was won by Sam Snead, shooting -2 under par for the week. This was Snead’s second Masters win. 1952 was the first year that the Champions dinner was held, hosted by the previous year’s winner Ben Hogan.
1953: Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan took home his second green jacket in 1953, breaking the scoring record by 5 shots by shooting -14 under par. He was the first Masters winner over the age of 40. Hogan won every major that he played in 1953, going 3 for 3. He did not compete in the PGA Championship because the PGA and the Open Championship were conflicting events in those times.
1954: Sam Snead
Sam Snead won by 1 stroke in an 18 hole Monday playoff over Ben Hogan in the 1954 edition of the Masters. Hogan and Snead traded green jackets from 1951 thru 1954. Snead became the oldest Masters winner ever at 41 years old.
1955: Cary Middlecoff
Cary Middlecoff won the 1955 Masters by a record 7 shots over second place finisher Ben Hogan. It was the second of Middlecoff’s three major wins. He won $5000 for the win, which is about the same as $55,000 today.
1956: Jackie Burke Jr.
CBS began TV coverage of the tournament for the first time in 1956. Jackie Burke Jr. triumphed over amateur Ken Venturi to win by 1 stroke. For the win, Burke won $6,000, which is about the same as $65,000 today.
1957: Doug Ford
Doug Ford won his only Masters in 1957. This was the first year the tournament had a 36 hole cut. 101 players started the tournament and they cut it to 40 players after the first two rounds. His winning share was $8,750 which is about the same as $94,000 today.
1958: Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer blitzed onto the scene at the 1958 Masters, winning by 1 shot over Doug Ford, the 1957 winner. Palmer took home $11,250 for the win, which was the first time in a major that the winner’s purse was 5 figures. $11,250 in 1958 was about the same as $117,000 today.
1959: Art Wall Jr.
Art Wall Jr. started the final round of the 1959 Masters 6 shots out of the lead, but shot -6 under par 66 and birdied 5 of the last 6 holes to take home the victory. Cary Middlecoff, the 1955 winner, finished second. The prize money continued to go up this year. Wall took home $15,000 which is about the same as $154,000 today.
1960: Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer won his second Masters in 1960, winning by 1 shot over Ken Venturi. Again the prize money went up this year and Palmer took home $17,500 which is about the same as $177,000 today. Palmer became only the second Masters wire to wire winner, leading after every round.
1961: Gary Player
Gary Player became the first international player to win the Masters in 1961. He won by a shot over Arnold Palmer, who double bogeyed the 18th hole to lose the tournament. The purse for the tournament continued to climb as Player won $20,000 which is about the same as $200,000 today.
1962: Arnold Palmer
In 1962, Arnold Palmer won an 18-hole playoff against the previous year’s champion Gary Player and another major champion Down Finsterwald. This was Palmer’s third Masters title and easily could have been his fifth in a row, with narrow defeats in 1959 and 1961.
1963: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus won the first of his six Masters in 1963 at the age of 23. He won by a shot of Tony Lema by shooting -2 under par. He won $20,000. An interesting tidbit about this edition is that Gene Sarazen made the cut at 61 years old.
1964: Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer won his fourth and final Masters in 1964, winning by 6 shots over Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus. He became the first four-time winner of the tournament. This would be the last major Palmer would ever win, at the age of 34. He won 7 total majors.
1965: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear, dominated the 1965 Masters tournament. He crushed the competition with a -17 under par score and won by a whopping 9 shots – both were records at the time. He was hitting short irons into almost every green, making it look easy. Bobby Jones said afterword, “He plays a game with which I am not familiar.”
1966: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus became the first back-to-back winner of the Masters in 1966, shooting only even par, as conditions were very tough for the week.
1967: Gay Brewer
Gay Brewer won the 1967 Masters by a stroke over Bobby Nichols after losing in a playoff to Jack Nicklaus the year before. He won $20,000, which was about the same as $178,000 today.
1968: Bob Goalby
Bob Goalby famously won this edition of the Masters over Roberto De Vicenzo due to a scoring error. De Vicenzo’s playing partner marked him down for a 4 on a hole that he actually made a 3, and De Vicenzo did not correct it before he signed his card. By rule, he had to take the higher score and he lost the tournament by that 1 stroke. Golf can be a brutal game…
1969: George Archer
The relatively unknown George Archer won the Masters in 1969, edging out Tom Weiskopf, Billy Casper, and George Knudson by a shot. The winning purse stayed at $20,000.
1970: Billy Casper
Billy Casper beat Gene Littler in an 18-hole playoff for the Green Jacket in 1970. This would be the last time for an 18-hole Monday finish, changing to sudden-death after this year. The winner’s prize money was boosted to $25,000 this year, which was about the same as $191,000 today.
1971: Charles Coody
Charles Coody edged out the great Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller by two shots to win his only major championship in 1971. It was his third and final PGA Tour victory. He won $25,000 for the win.
1972: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus lead wire-to-wire and won the 1972 Masters with a score of -2 under par. He became only the 3rd wire-to-wire winner of the Masters, following Craig Wood in 1941 and Arnold Palmer in 1960. He won $25,000 in prize money.
1973: Tommy Aaron
The unheralded Tommy Aaron won the 1973 Masters with a score of -5. He won $30,000 for the win. This was the third and final PGA Tour victory and only major win of his career.
1974: Gary Player
Gary Player won the second of his three Green Jackets by shooting -10 under par in the 1974 Masters. He won $35,000 which is about the same as $212,000 today.
1975: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus shot a final round 68 to win his 5th Green Jacket in 1975. He narrowly beat Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf by 1 stroke. This Masters is considered one of the greatest tournaments in golf history. Nicklaus took home $40,000 for the win.
1976: Raymond Floyd
Raymond Floyd won the 1976 Masters by 8 shots over Ben Crenshaw. He shot -17 under par and lead the Masters wire to wire for the week. He took home $40,000 in prize money for his wire-to-wire victory.
1977: Tom Watson
Tom Watson won his first Masters in 1977 by shooting -12. Jack Nicklaus finished in second, only 2 strokes back. Watson won $40,000 for the victory.
1978: Gary Player
Gary Player won the 1978 Masters at the age of 42 by shooting -11 under par. The previous year’s champion, Tom Watson, came in second. Player won $45,000 for the win.
1979: Fuzzy Zoeller
Fuzzy Zoeller won the 1979 Masters in a playoff over Tom Watson and Ed Sneed. He took home $50,000 in prize money for the win.
1980: Seve Ballesteros
Seve Ballesteros won his first Masters in 1980 with a score of -13 under par. He won $55,000 in prize money which is about the same as $200,000 today.
1981: Tom Watson
Tom Watson won the Masters in 1981 for the second time. He won by 2 strokes over Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus and took home $60,000.
1982: Craig Stadler
Craig “The Walrus” Stadler won the 1982 Masters in a playoff over Dan Pohl. He won $64,000 in prize money.
1983: Seve Ballesteros
Seve Ballesteros won his second Green Jacket in the 1983 Masters by shooting -8 under par. He won by 4 shots over Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite. The prize money went up drastically in 1983 to $90,000 for the winner which is about the same as $270,000 today.
1984: Ben Crenshaw
Ben Crenshaw won the 1984 Masters with a score of -11. The prize money again went up this year. Crenshaw won $108,000 for his troubles.
1985: Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer won the 1985 Masters with a score of -6 over Seve Ballesteros, Curtis Strange, and Raymond Floyd. He won $126,000 in prize money.
1986: Jack Nicklaus
The Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, famously won the 1986 Masters with an epic 65 on Sunday. He shot -6 under par 30 on the back nine to take home the Green Jacket. Nicklaus was 46 years old when he won and took home $144,000 in prize money.
1987: Larry Mize
Larry Mize won the 1987 Masters in a playoff over Greg Norman. Mize won on the second playoff hole by chipping in for birdie on the 11th green. This was one of Norman’s infamous heartbreaking defeats in Majors. Mize won $162,000 in prize money for the win.
1988: Sandy Lyle
Sandy Lyle birdied the final hole on Sunday to win the 1988 Masters with a score of -7 under par. Lyle won $183,800 in prize money for the win.
1989: Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo won the first of his three Masters with a final round 65 and a total score of -5 under par for the tournament. He made $200,000 for the win.
1990: Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo won the 1990 Masters, going back-to-back and winning his second Green Jacket in a playoff over Raymond Floyd. He made $225,000 for win, which is about the same as $480,000 today.
1991: Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam won the 1991 Masters with a score of -11 and took home $243,000 for the victory.
1992: Fred Couples
Fred Couples won the 1992 Masters with a score of -13 over second place finisher Raymond Floyd. Couples won $270,000 in prize money for the win.
1993: Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer won the 1993 Masters with a score of -11 under par. He took home $306,000 for the victory.
1994: Jose Maria Olazabal
Jose Maria Olazabal won the 1994 Masters by 2 strokes over Tom Lehman and a score of -9 under par. He won $360,000 in prize money for the win.
1995: Ben Crenshaw
Ben Crenshaw won the 1995 Masters with a score of -14 under par over Davis Love III. This was a very emotional win for Crenshaw because his long time coach and mentor, Harvey Penick, passed away the week before the tournament. Crenshaw won $396,000 in prize money.
1996: Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo won the 1996 Masters thanks to an epic collapse by Greg Norman in the final round. Faldo shot -12 under par and won $450,000 for the win.
1997: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods famously won the 1997 Masters with a record-breaking score of -18 under par. His 12 shot margin of victory is still the record. This win ignited a massive boom in the golf world for next two decades. Prize money in golf went up exponentially after Tiger came onto the scene. Tiger won $486,000 in prize money for the win.
1998: Mark O’Meara
Mark O’Meara won the 1998 Masters with a score of -9 under par over David Duvall and Fred Couples. He holed a putt for birdie on 18 to win the Green Jacket and the prize money of $576,000.
1999: Jose Maria Olazabal
Jose Maria Olazabal won the 1999 Masters with a score of -8 under par. This was Olazabal’s second Masters win. He took home $720,000 for the win.
2000: Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh won the 2000 Masters with a score of -10 under par, three strokes ahead of Ernie Els. For the win, Singh took home $828,000.
2001: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters. This completed the “Tiger Slam”, meaning this was his 4th Major victory in a row, which had never been done before. Woods shot -16 under par and won $1,008,000.
2002: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods won the 2002 Masters, taking home back-to-back Green Jackets. He shot -12 under par and took home $1,008,000.
2003: Mike Weir
Mike Weir won the 2003 Masters, becoming the first Canadian to win the Masters. He shot -7 under par and won in a playoff over Len Mattiace. He won $1,080,000 for the week.
2004: Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson won the 2004 Masters by one shot over Ernie Els for his first major championship win. Before this win Mickelson had the label of “best to never win a major” so this was a huge win for him. He shot -9 under par and won $1,170,000.
2005: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods won the 2005 Masters in a playoff over Chris DiMarco. This was Tiger’s 4th Green Jacket. He shot -12 under par and won $1,260,000. This was a resurgence of sorts for Woods, winning his first major since 2002 after making a swing change with coach Hank Haney.
2006: Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson won the 2006 Masters with a score of -7 under par, winning by 2 strokes over Tim Clark. This was Mickelson’s second Masters win. He won $1,260,000 for the tournament.
2007: Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters with a score of +1 over par which was tied for the highest winning score ever. Johnson edged out Tiger Woods by two shots. He won $,305,000.
2008: Trevor Immelman
Trevor Immelman won the 2008 Masters by three shots over Tiger Woods with a score of -8 under par. Prize money was $1,350,000.
2009: Angel Cabrera
Angel Cabrera won the 2009 Masters with a score of -12 under par in a playoff over Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry. He won $1,350,000 in prize money.
2010: Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson won his third Green Jacket in the 2010 Masters with a score of -16 under par. He took home $1,350,000 for the win.
2011: Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters with a score of -14 under par. He clipped Adam Scott and Jason Day by two strokes to take home $1,440,000.
2012: Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson won the 2012 Masters with a score of -10 in a playoff over Louis Oosthuizen with an incredible recovery shot with a wedge out of the trees on the first playoff hole. Watson won $1,440,000.
2013: Adam Scott
Adam Scott won the 2013 Masters with a score of -9 under par in a playoff over 2009 Masters champ Angel Cabrera. Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters. Prize money was $1,440,000.
2014: Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson won the 2014 Masters with a score of -8 under par and slipped on his second Green Jacket. He took home $1,620,000 in prize money.
2015: Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters, leading wire-to-wire with a score of -18 under par. He was 21 years old and took the golf world by storm with the win. He would go on to win the U.S. Open in the year’s next major and came in 2nd in both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship in 2015. His wire to wire victory was the first at the Masters since Raymond Floyd did it in 1976. Spieth won $1,800,000 for the Masters victory.
2016: Danny Willett
Danny Willett won the 2016 Masters with a score of -5 under par, thanks in large part because of a collapse by 2015 champ Jordan Spieth in the final round. Willett took home $1,800,000 in prize money.
2017: Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia won the 2017 Masters with a score of -9 under par in a playoff over Justin Rose. Garcia became the third Spaniard to win the Masters after Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal. He won $1,980,000 in prize money.
2018: Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed won the 2018 Masters with a score of -15 under par over second place finisher Rickie Fowler. Reed took home $1,980,000 in prize money.
2019: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters with a score of -13 under par to claim his 5th Green Jacket in epic fashion. Woods won by a shot over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele. Tiger completed his amazing comeback after not winning a major for 11 years with the win. He won $2,070,000.
2020: Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson won the 2020 Masters with a record score of -20 under par. This edition of the Masters was held in November instead of the traditional April because of a delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Johnson won $2,070,000 for the victory.
2021: Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters with a score of -10 under par to become the first Japanese player to win a major. He won by a shot over Will Zalatoris and took home $2,070,000 in prize money.
2022: Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler won the 2022 Masters with a score of -10 under par, clipping Rory McIlroy by three shots. Scheffler took home $2,700,000 in prize money for the win.
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