Billy Casper, aged 73 and the 1970 Masters Champion, invokes his right as a past Champion to play, and runs up a score of 106 (34 over par) in the first round, unofficially the worst round in Masters history by 11 shots. It included a 14 on the par 3 16th, with five balls in the water. Casper did not hand in his card and as a result was disqualified, so the round does not stand in the official tournament statistics. Following his round, Casper said: "I was only going to play 18 holes - I just had to get it out of my system. I wanted to do it again. A lot of my grandchildren were here." Following Casper's debacle, the Masters reviewed its policy of automatically allowing past champions to take part.
Gene Sarazen hits the 'shot heard around the world', at Augusta National's 485 yard par 5 15th in the final round of the Masters of 1935. Three off the lead with four holes to go, he holed out from 235 yards with a 4-wood over water for an albatross or double-eagle 2, making up his entire deficit in one stroke and enabling him to tie Craig Wood, who was already in the clubhouse, after regulation play. The two would go into a 36-hole playoff the next day, which Sarazen won comfortably by five shots.
It emerged later that Sarazen's caddie - a man known as 'Stovepipe' because of the hat he always wore - didn't want him to go for the carry over the pond, as the lie was "none too good". "He wanted me to play it safe," Sarazen would say. "He was a minister in town. He told me the money bag was very short (at church), so I should play conservative."