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2008 Masters Journal
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions at the Masters
1.Q.  Are tickets available for the Masters?
A.  Practice Rounds tickets are limited and sold in advance. Tournament or Series Badges are sold to those on a patron list which is closed. More Masters - ticket information.
2.Q.  Where can I purchase Masters Tournament merchandise?
A.  Masters publications and the official movie can be ordered on Other items are available only at the Masters Tournament.
3.Q.  Can you get housing during the Masters?
A.  Many local residents rent their homes during Masters Week through Masters Housing which is coordinated by the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce (800-244-4709 or 706-821-1315). A hotel/motel reservation service is administered by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau (866-536-6964). Hotels and motels may also be contacted directly for reservations.
4.Q.  When is the Masters televised?
A.  USA Network and CBS-TV will televise the Masters Thursday-Sunday. Link to TV schedule.
5.Q.  I'm making plans for 2008; what are those Tournament dates?
A.  Future dates for the Masters are:
   2008   April 7-13
   2009   April 6-12
   2010   April 5-11
   2011   April 4-10
   2012   April 2-8
6.Q.  Where is Augusta National Golf Club located?
A.  The Club is on the corner of Washington and Berckmans Roads. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. each day, and close at approximately 6:30 p.m. during the practice rounds and 30 minutes after play on Tournament days. Map of surrounding area.
7.Q.  Where can I park?
A.  Free parking is provided on the grounds on a first come, first serve basis during the practice rounds. Free parking is provided for Patrons with proper credentials during Tournament days. When lots are full, alternate parking may be available on sites along Washington and Berckmans Roads.
8.Q.  Was the Tournament always called the Masters?
A.  No. Originally, several Tournament organizers wanted to call it the Masters, but Bob Jones thought it too presumptuous. The name Augusta National Invitation Tournament was adopted in 1934 and used for five years until Jones relented and the name was officially changed. More Masters history.
9.Q.  Has the basic layout of the course remained the same?
A.  No. After the first Tournament was played, the nines were reversed. More Masters history.
10.Q.  How was the tradition of the Green Jacket started?
A.  The Augusta National member's green coat began in 1937. Jackets were purchased from the Brooks Uniform Company, New York City, and members were urged to buy and wear a Jacket during the Masters Tournament so that patrons would be able to identify a reliable source of information. Members were not initially enthusiastic about wearing the warm, green coat. Within several years, a light-weight, made-to-order Jacket was available from the Club's Golf Shop. In 1949 the first Green Jacket was awarded to that year's Masters champion, Sam Snead. The single breasted, single vent Jacket's color is "Masters Green" and is adorned with an Augusta National Golf Club logo on the left chest pocket. The logo also appears on the brass buttons.

Traditionally, the champion takes his Jacket home with him for one year, returning it to the Club when he returns for the Tournament. The Jacket is then stored at the Club and available whenever the champion visits. Near the conclusion of the Masters, several Jackets are selected which could fit the possible winner during the presentation ceremony. The winner will have his measurements taken at the Club's Golf Shop or may provide measurements so that a custom made Green Jacket can be tailored. Typically, a multiple winner will have only one Green Jacket unless his size drastically changes.
11.Q.  Who started the Champions dinner?
A.   Better known as the "Champions dinner", the Masters Club began during the 1952 Tournament when defending champion Ben Hogan gave a dinner for all previous winners. At that time he proposed the formation of the Masters Club with its membership limited to Masters champions. Honorary memberships were also extended to Bob Jones and Clifford Roberts. Bill Lane, Hord Hardin, Jack Stephens, and Hootie Johnson have subsequently been added as honorary members.

Each year the defending champion selects the menu and acts as host for the Tuesday night dinner. As his certificate of membership, he receives an inscribed gold locket in the form of the Club emblem.
12.Q.  How does a player qualify to play in the Masters?
A.  There are 17 specific qualifications for invitation. In addition, the Masters Committee, at its discretion, also invites international players not otherwise qualified. More about qualifications.
13.Q.  Is there a cut at the Masters?
A.  At the end of 36 holes of play, the field will be reduced to the lowest 44 scores and ties, plus those within 10 strokes of the leader.
14.Q.  Has a Masters winner ever won the Par 3 Contest?
A.  Several Masters champions have won the Par 3 Contest in a different year than their Masters wins. More about the Par 3 Contest.
15.Q.  What was the first year of the Par 3 Contest, and who won? When will it be played this year?
A.  The Par 3 Contest was first played in 1960 and won that year by Sam Snead. It will be played Wednesday, April 4 at 1:00 p.m.
16.Q.  What is the name of the music that CBS uses during Masters Tournament coverage?
A.  Dave Loggins wrote the original score for CBS�s coverage of the Masters in 1981. It was re-released by Leeds Music/Patchwork Music ASCAP in 1996 by Don Cherry.
17.Q.  Who designed Augusta National Golf Club?
A.  Bob Jones and architect Alister Mackenzie collaborated on the design of Augusta National Golf Club. More about the Club history.
18.Q.  Did Bob Jones and Alister Mackenzie also design the Par 3 course?
A.  No. Cliff Roberts and architect George Cobb designed the Par 3 course. More about the Par 3 Contest.
19.Q.  Did Bob Jones ever play in the Masters?
A.  Yes. He played 12 times, with his best finish 13th in 1934. More about Bob Jones.
20.Q.  When did Augusta National Golf Club officially open?
A.  Construction on the course began in 1931, and the Club officially opened one year later. More about the Club history.
21.Q.  Was the Masters played during WWII?
A.  No. The Club was closed in 1943-44, and reopened for member play in 1945. The Masters was resumed in 1946. More about significant dates.
22.Q.  Are there really Magnolia trees lining Magnolia Lane?
A.  The 61 Magnolia trees that line Magnolia Lane were planted in approximately 1850. More about Magnolia Lane.
23.Q.  What are the three bridges at Augusta National Golf Club?
A.  The Sarazen Bridge (No. 15), Hogan Bridge (No. 12), and Nelson Bridge (No. 13). More about the bridges.
24.Q.  Was President Eisenhower a member of the Club, and isn't there a cabin on the grounds that bears his name?
A.  The former President became a member in 1948, and the Eisenhower Cabin was built in 1953. The Eisenhower Cabin remains in use for Club members. More about significant dates.
25.Q.  Who won the first Masters, and who was the Tournament's first international winner?
A.  Horton Smith won the first Masters in 1934, and Gary Player was the Masters first international champion, taking the title in 1961.
26.Q.  Speaking of Gary Player, how many Masters did he win?
A.  Player won three Masters, 1961, 1974 and 1978.
27.Q.  How many times have Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer won?
A.  Nicklaus has won six times (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986) and Palmer four (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964). More about Masters Champions.
28.Q.  Has anyone won consecutive Masters?
A.  Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Tiger Woods (2001-2002) are the only ones to accomplish that feat.
29.Q.  How did the phrase Amen Corner originate?
A.  Writer Herbert Warren Wind was searching for an appropriate name for the location where the critical action had taken place in 1958. Wind wrote that Amen Corner was composed of the second half of No. 11, No. 12 and the first half of No. 13. More about Amen Corner.
30.Q.  How many double eagles have been scored at the Masters?
A.  Three. Probably the most famous by Gene Sarazen during the final round in 1935 at hole No. 15. The 235 yard, 4 wood shot allowed Sarazen to tie Craig Wood for the title. Sarazen went on to win the 36 hole playoff the following day.
31.Q.  How are playoffs now conducted if there is a tie after 72 holes?
A.  A sudden death playoff commences at hole No. 18. Hole Nos. 18 and 10 will be played alternately until a champion is decided.
32.Q.  What was the first year a sudden death playoff was used, and who won?
A.  The first sudden death playoff was in 1979, and won by Fuzzy Zoeller.
33.Q.  Have any playoffs been decided on the first hole?
A.  In 1982, Craig Stadler defeated Dan Pohl with a par at No. 10; in 2003 Mike Weir defeated Len Mattiace with a bogey at that hole; and in 2005, Tiger Woods defeated Chris DiMarco on No. 18.
34.Q.  Has any player ever won two Masters playoffs?
A.  Nick Faldo won his consecutive titles in playoffs, defeating Scott Hoch in 1989 and Raymond Floyd in 1990.
35.Q.  Has any golfer ever lost two Masters playoffs?
A.  Although he was a two-time champion (1951, 1953), Ben Hogan lost in 1942 to Byron Nelson and in 1954 to Sam Snead.
36.Q.  Have any first-time competitors won the Masters?
A.  Three. Horton Smith (1934), Gene Sarazen (1935), and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979).
37.Q.  How long was Larry Mize's chip-in to win the 1987 Masters?
A.  One hundred forty feet. Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman joined Mize in the playoff.
38.Q.  What year were the greens at Augusta National changed from Bermuda to bentgrass?
A.  The greens were changed in the Fall of 1980. The first Masters held on bentgrass was in 1981. More about significant dates.
39.Q.  Who holds the 18 hole scoring record at the Masters?
A.  Nick Price (1986) and Greg Norman (1996) share the record 63.
40.Q.  How many records did Tiger Woods set or tie in his 1997 win?
A.  Woods set 20 records and tied six others.
41.Q.  What are some of those records?
A.  Among the records Tiger Woods set are youngest winner (21 years), low 72 hole score (270) and widest victory margin (12 strokes).
42.Q.  How many Masters did Arnold Palmer play?
A.  Arnold Palmer played in his 50th consecutive, and final, Masters in 2004.
43.Q.  Which player has the most top three finishes?
A.  Jack Nicklaus has 12.
44.Q.  Has an amateur ever won the Masters?
A.  No. Frank Stranahan (1947), Ken Venturi (1956), and Charles Coe (1961) all came in second.
45.Q.  How many acres comprise Augusta National Golf Club?
A.  Total is 365 acres.
46.Q.  What is the worst start by a player who still won the Tournament?
A.  In 1982, Craig Stadler opened with a 75, but won in a playoff.
47.Q.  How many wire-to-wire (no ties) champions have there been?
A.  Four. Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), and Raymond Floyd (1976).
48.Q.  Has anyone ever shot four rounds in the 60s in the same Masters?
A.  No. However, 21 players a total of 25 times have shot three rounds in the 60's in the same Masters.
49.Q.  What's the best performance at hole No. 12 during a Tournament?
A.  Scott Verplank birdied Golden Bell everyday during the 2003 Masters.
50.Q.  Did you say Golden Bell?
A.  Yes. At Augusta National each hole is named after a plant or shrub that is evident at the hole. More about naming the holes.
51.Q.  What is the history of the Eisenhower Tree?
A.  The Eisenhower Tree stands left center of the fairway at No. 17, approximately 210 yards from the tee. The former President hit the tree so often he campaigned to have it removed. More about the Eisenhower Tree.