What Is The Butler Cabin At Augusta National?

The Butler Cabin is probably one of the most important properties at Augusta National, but what exactly is it?

What is the Butler Cabin?
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Those who watch The Masters year after year will be familiar with the Butler Cabin, but what actually is it?

Well, the Butler Cabin is one of the most historic properties at Augusta National and is a place Masters champions remember with great fondness.

Immediately after signing the winning card, the new Masters champion will be swiftly escorted to the Butler Cabin, where he will be interviewed for the first time by Jim Nantz, the lead commentator for US network CBS Sports. The victor will also be presented with the Green Jacket by the tournament's defending champion. 

Over the years, this tradition has given us some interesting moments.

In 2006, Tiger Woods helped arch rival Phil Mickelson into his second Green Jacket, while, more awkward still, after blowing a five-shot lead with nine to play in 2016, defending champion Jordan Spieth had to present Danny Willett with a jacket he'll still feel should have been his.

The Butler Cabin

The Butler Cabin at Augusta National, pictured here in 2009

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If any of the amateurs make the cut, the player who finishes the highest will also be in attendance and will be awarded with the trophy for low amateur - one of many trophies awarded at The Masters.

The Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, currently Fred Ridley, presides over the ceremony. 

The cabin is also home to American TV broadcasters who broadcast their coverage from the property. Aside from the attention the cabin gets during Masters week, for the rest of the year it can be used as a place to stay for members and their guests.

The Butler Cabin ceremony 1989

Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Hord Hardin and Jim Nantz pose for pictures inside the Butler Cabin after the 1989 Masters 

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The cabin was constructed in 1964 and was named after Thomas Butler, who was a member at Augusta at the time. It is one of 12 cabins on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club and is one of the most well-known, alongside the famous Eisenhower Cabin (opens in new tab) of course.

At the start of the Masters, every player in the field has the ambition to achieve entry into the Butler Cabin come Sunday. But only a few play well enough to realise their dream. 

Who will step foot inside the famous building this year?

Sam Tremlett
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A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

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