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1963 Horton Smith, first winner of the Masters, dies in Detroit, Michigan. Not only did he win the first Masters, but also the third in 1936, both wins coming before the tournament had acquired its current name in 1939 - previously it was called the "Augusta National Invitation Tournament" - and he played in every Masters right up to his death, a total of 27 times. Winner of 32 PGA titles between 1928 and 1941, he also had the distinction of being the only golfer to beat Bobby Jones in 1930, the year of Jones' Grand Slam, at the Savannah Open.
In September 2013 his Green Jacket was sold at auction for $682,229.45, the highest price ever achieved for an item of golfing memorabilia. Smith had not actually been presented with the Jacket at either of his two victories, since the tradition only began in 1949 with Sam Snead's win, but in 1949 Augusta National also retroactively awarded Jackets to the nine previous Champions of 1934-48.

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