The Nelson Bridge at Augusta National

The Nelson Bridge commemorates one of the most dramatic fightbacks in Masters history

Nelson Bridge

The Nelson Bridge commemorates one of the most dramatic fightbacks in Masters history

The Nelson Bridge at Augusta National

The Nelson Bridge at Augusta National, home of the US Masters, is made of stone and crosses Rae's Creek just upstream from the Hogan Bridge.

The Nelson Bridge takes golfers from Augusta's 13th tee towards the fairway. The Hogan Bridge takes golfers to the 12th green.

These two bridges in Amen Corner were dedicated on the same day - April 2, 1958 – and thereby became the second and third dedicated bridges at Augusta National.

The Sarazen Bridge had been dedicated on April 6, 1955.

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There is a plaque in the ground that players pass as they are about to cross the Nelson Bridge. It reads:

“This bridge was dedicated April 2, 1958, to commemorate Byron Nelson's spectacular play on these two holes (12-13) when he scored 2-3 to pick up six strokes on Ralph Guldahl and win the 1937 Masters Tournament. In recognition also to Guldahl, who came back with an eagle 3 on 13 to gain winning position in 1939.”

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That Masters win in 1937 was the first of Nelson’s six Major titles. He had gone into the final round four shots behind Guldahl. Nelson had led after the first two rounds, after scores of 66 and 72, but faltered in the third round with a 75 to Guldahl’s 68.

In the final round Nelson made a long putt on 12 for a birdie, and then on 13 chipped in from off the green for an eagle.

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It may be slightly ungallant to mention it, but Nelson would not have won the tournament on these holes had Guldhal not had a nightmare on the 12th with a triple bogey 6, and then followed it up with a bogey on 13. Nelson may have made 3 shots up on par, but Guldahl lost four.

This gap proved too large to, ahem, ‘bridge’ and Nelson finished the tournament two shots better than runner-up Guldhal. Ralph Guldahl was to win his only Masters title in 1939.

Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6