US Masters A-Z: J for Jones
We take an in-depth look at some of the more interesting facts relating to one of golf's most historic tournaments
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J - JONES As co-designer, Bobby Jones entered every Masters tournament from its debut year in 1934 until 1948 when poor health restricted his playing involvement. Jones, along with co-host Clifford Roberts, was key to introducing organisational elements to the Masters, which are still commonly found amongst all professional golf tournaments today. These included the use of ropes to control spectators, week-long viewing passes and multiple score boards with red or green numbers to represent under or over par scores. K - KUNKLE In 1956 Charles Kunkle made history for all the wrong reasons when, in the fourth round, he shot the highest round in Masters records - a 95. Kunkle's 23-over-par one-round total included a front nine score of 49, which is also the joint highest record for nine holes in the tournament's history. L - LEMA Tony Lema lost by one shot to Jack Nicklaus in the 1963 Masters, having already endured the death of his father - when aged only three - and then four years serving the United States Marine Corps in countries such as Korea. Tragically, Lema, who had 12 career wins including one Open Championship, died at the age of 32 with his wife when flying to the Buick Championship in Illinois.
M - MAGNOLIA LANE Magnolia Lane is the main piece of road connecting Washington Road to the Augusta National Club's clubhouse. The lane contains no fewer than 61 large magnolia trees which are around 150 years old and which trace both sides of the driveway. At around 330 yards in length, the now-paved Magnolia Lane extends from the entrance gate to the Augusta Clubhouse.
N - NICKLAUS No memories surrounding the US Masters would be complete without the inclusion of the record Green Jacket winner, Jack Nicklaus. With six Augusta triumphs, including his 1986 victory at the age of 46, the Golden Bear started his Masters love affair with his first victory at the age of 23 years, 2 months and 17 days. Only Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods have won the event at a younger age. Nicklaus also holds the record for the most 72-hole finishes at the Masters, with 37 completed championships. O - O'MEARA In 1998 Augusta welcomed one of the oldest champions into the historic Clubhouse as Mark O'Meara, aged 41, claimed victory by one shot over fellow Americans David Duval and Fred Couples. The victory signalled O'Meara's first Major victory in his career - some 18 years after he turned professional. He went on to win the Open Championship that year at Royal Birkdale, seeing off Brian Watts in a play-off.
P - PLAYER From 1934 to 1978, there were only ever three Masters championships won from outside the United States - all of them attributable to South African Gary Player. His maiden Green Jacket came in 1961 when he disrupted a run of 24 Masters tournaments won by a home player. However Player's Masters highlight is likely to be his third win, in 1978, when he fired a final-round 64 to come from seven shots behind and win by a single stroke.
Q - QUIROS With three victories on the European Tour and billed as one of Golf Monthly's ‘Players to watch in 2010', Spanish big-hitting sensation Alvaro Quiros will be looking to make an impact in only his fifth start in a Major. The 27-year old made his Augusta debut in 2009, but rounds of 78 and 75 resulted in him missing the cut. R - REIGNING CHAMPION DINNER In 1952 Ben Hogan, the defending champion, started a Masters tradition by hosting a reigning champion dinner for ten other men. With the previous winner deciding precisely what makes the menu, there have been some more than interesting dishes served up since Hogan's dinner. Sandy Lyle went for the Scottish cuisine of ‘haggis, neeps and tatties', where as Jose Maria Olazabal elected for paella and tapas. In 1998, the young Tiger Woods chose a traditional American favourite of cheeseburgers, french fries and milshakes. This year Angel Cabrera is going for Argentinian wine, meat and a sauce made by the champion himself.
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