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The Masters Trivia Quiz

As the only one of golf’s four major championships to return each year to the same venue, the Masters at Augusta is unique in creating a wealth of history and
providing the background to some of the greatest story lines in professional golf. But how much do you really know about the course, the origins of the championship and the characters that have been involved since the very first ‘Invitational’ in 19...(oops, that would be telling). Michael Flannery sets the first major examination paper of the season with 100 questions to set the pulse racing (Watch out for a handful of trick questions! Where multiple answers apply, you need to identify them all to score a point.)

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1. The idea of creating the Augusta National golf course was a brainchild of the recently-retired Robert (Bobby) Tyre Jones Jr and:
a. Montgomery Cliff
b. Clark M. Clifford
c. Clifford Roberts

2. Georgia-native Jones had achieved fame in 1930:
a. Wing walking on the Spirit of St. Louis flown by Charles Lindberg
b. Playing the banjo accompaniment on Chaliapin's US concert tour
c. Winning golf's 'Grand Slam', (a.k.a. 'The Impregnable Quadrilateral`)

3. The course was formally opened in 1933, but the architect died just months before the first Augusta Invitational was played. Who was he?
a. Harry Vardon
b. Harry Colt
c. Alister Mackenzie

4.Which statement about the genial Scot is correct? He had:
a. Served in the Boer and 'Great' War, as an Army major
b. Been a camouflage specialist as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers
c. Qualified as a doctor in medicine

5. The 'Course Doctor' – who also designed Royal Melbourne and Cypress Point – was especially known for his:
a. Abundance of blind holes
b. Reliance on heavy rough to trap off-line drives
c. Brilliant bunker placement

6. Jones and Mackenzie decided to construct the 'world's wonder inland course' incorporating holes copied from St Andrews (2), Cypress Point (2), and North Berwick. They did not copy a hole from one of the following courses:
a. Muirfield
b. Prestwick
c. Alwoodly (Leeds)

7. The original Masters Tournament was played for the first five years as the Augusta National Invitational. In which year was this first held?:
a. 1924
b. 1934
c. 1944

8.Who won it?
a. Sam Snead
b. Horton Smith
c. Ben Hogan

9. The winner finished birdie, par, to edge which future champion by one stroke:
a. Byron Nelson
b. Craig Wood
c. Gene Sarazen

10. Victory was worth:
a. $100
b. $1,000
c. $10,000

11. When Jones and Roberts decided to hold their inaugural tournament, they differed on what to call it. Roberts preferred the:
a. Bobby Jones Invitational
b. The Southern Open
c. Masters Championship

12. The original name was changed to the Masters Championship in:
a. 1949
b. 1939
c. 1929

13. Until the Augusta National Golf Club was built, the pre-eminent local links was the:
a. Aiken Country Club
b. Augusta Country Club
c. Goshen Plantation Golf Club

14. The Augusta Country Club and the Augusta National Golf Course are separated by:
a. The Okefenokee Swamp
b. Washington Road
c. Rae's Creek

15. The three-story Augusta National Club House, with 18-inch thick walls, is believed to be the first concrete house built in the South.Who did Bobby Jones bring in to modernise it?
a. Frank Lloyd Wright
b. Corbusier
c. Willis Irvin

16. Tradition dictates that the winners of the British and US Amateur Championships are invited to stay in an apartment in the clubhouse for the duration of the tournament. It's known as:
a. The Crow's Nest
b. The Magnolia Suite
c. The Tiger's Den

17.While green jackets have been member's uniforms at Augusta for over 70 years, the presentation of a green jacket to the new champion originated in 1949 – who was the first player to receive one?:
a. Sam Snead
b. Ben Hogan
c. Charles Coody

18. Of all the trees at Augusta, none is more famous than the Eisenhower pine. The former US president and member hit it so often he proposed it be cut down, but Augusta Chairman Clifford Roberts overruled him. At which hole is the tree a feature?:
a. 14th
b. 17th
c. 7th

19. How many players have won the Masters at their first attempt?:
a. One
b. Three
c. Five

20. How many players have broken 70 in all four rounds of the tournament?:
a. Seven
b. None
c. Two

21. The first sudden-death playoff in Masters history took place in 1979 and was won by Fuzzy Zoeller. It was a three-way playoff featuring Tom Watson and which other player?:
a. David Graham
b. Ed Sneed
c. Seve Ballesteros

22. The winner and runner-up have their names engraved on the original clubhouse trophy, which is made up of how many separate pieces of sterling silver?:
a. 9
b. 90
c. 900

23. Fifteen separate prizes of silver or crystal are available in the Masters. What is an eagle worth in the regular tournament?:
a. A pair of crystal goblets
b. A crystal decanter
c. Silver epaulets of an honorary Confederate army colonel

24. The first player to win two consecutive Masters was?:
a. Tiger Woods
b. Sam Snead
c. Jack Nicklaus

25. How many players have successfully defended their title?:
a. Three
b. Two
c. Four

26.Who was Bobby Jones talking about in 1965 when he said: [He was] playing a game “with which I am not familiar.”
a. Sam Snead
b. Ben Hogan
c. Jack Nicklaus

27. The 'Golden Bear' had been the youngest and in 1986 became the oldest player to win the title (at 46 years and 82 days), shooting six birdies and an eagle in the final 10 holes. How many Masters victories has he harvested?:
a. 4
b. 5
c. 6

28.Whom did Jack Nicklaus play with in the final round in '86 when he won with that brilliant 65?:
a. Ben Crenshaw
b. Sandy Lyle
c. Seve Ballesteros

29. Can you identify the two players who finished joint runner-up to Nicklaus in '86, one shot back?:
a. Greg Norman
b. Seve Ballesteros
c. Tom Kite

30. The alphabetic list of Masters champions begins with A(aron) and runs through Z(oeller).Which of the following 'B's does not belong?
a. Jack Burke, Jr.
b. Julius Boros
c. Gay Brewer, Jr.

31.Who is the only player to complete a career Grand Slam at the Masters?:
a. Ben Hogan
b. Gene Sarazen
c. Gary Player

32. In 1968, Roberto de Vicenzo lost a chance to be in a playoff because he signed for a wrong score (a 4 on the 17th where he had made a birdie 3).Who was de Vicenzo's equally distraught playing partner that year?:
a. Tommy Aaron
b. Billy Casper
c. Bert Yancy

33.Who was the ultimate benefactor of this costly clerical error?:
a. Bruce Devlin
b. Jack Nicklaus
c. Bob Goalby

34. Each of the holes at Augusta is named after a tree or plant – but which of the following is not found on the card?:
a. Chinese Fir
b. Pampas
c. Dutch Elm

35.Who was leading the 1960 Masters until Arnold Palmer birdied the last two holes?:
a. Ken Venturi
b. Art Wall Jnr
c. Tommy Bolt

36.Who finished last in the final round of 1960 and won in 1961?:
a. Julius Boros
b. Jack Nicklaus
c. Gary Player

37. Can you name the amateur who finished joint runner-up alongside Arnold Palmer in 1961?:
a. Jack Nicklaus
b. Charles Coe
c. Dave Marr

38. Name the only player to lose the Masters twice in a playoff?:
a. Ben Hogan
b. Seve Ballesteros
c. Johnny Miller

39. The first foreign player to win at Augusta [in 1961] was:
a. Bruce Devlin
b. Ken Nagle
c. Gary Player

40.Who has finished second at the Masters the most times without ever winning?:
a. Ernie Els
b. Greg Norman
c. Tom Weiskopf

41.What's the name of the bridge players take to reach the green at the par-three 12th hole?:
a. The Ben Hogan Bridge
b. Bobby Jones' Blvd
c. Augusta Alley

42. Since the turn of the century, How many golfers have won the Masters with a birdie on the 72nd green?:
a. Three
b. One
c. None

43. Slick greens have become a key feature of Augusta, but can you identify the year in which the club switched to bent, from the slower Bermuda, grass greens?:
a. 1981
b. 1978
c. 1984

44. From 1988 to 1991, three British golfers won four successive Masters.Whch one of them won again in 1996?:
a. Ian Woosnam
b. Nick Faldo
c. Sandy Lyle

45. Sandy Lyle's superb 7-iron from the fairway bunker on the final hole in 1988 inspired the following statement: 'The greatest God-given talent in history. If everyone in the world was playing their best, Sandy would win and I'd come second.”Who said it?:
a. Nick Faldo
b. David Feherty
c. Seve Ballesteros

46. Local hero Larry Mize stunned Greg Norman with an outrageous chip-in from well right of the 11th green in a three-way playoff in 1987 – but who had already been eliminated on the first hole of that playoff?:
a. Seve Ballesteros
b. Curtis Strange
c. Ernie Els

47. In 1991, a pumped up Ian Woosnam carried the left-hand traps with his drive at the 18th hole on his way to a winning total of 11 under par – a stroke ahead of whom?:
a. Seve Ballesteros
b. José María Olazábal
c. Fred Couples

48.Who played in the most Masters before finally winning?:
a. Mark O'Meara
b. Ben Crenshaw
c. Vijay Singh

49. A cabin in the grounds of Augusta National is used as a TV studio for the duration of the tournament. This traditional began in 1965 – what's the name of the cabin?:
a. Eisenhower's Retreat
b. The Roberts Cabin
c. Butler Cabin

50. The youngest player in the history of the Masters teed off in 2010. Who was he?:
a. Matteo Manassero,
b. Edoardo Molinari
c. Guido Panzini

51. The course record of 63 is held by two men – neither of whom have won a green jacket. Can you identify the players?:
a. Nick Price
b. Retief Goosen
c. Greg Norman

52.Who was the first French player to win at Augusta?:
a. Henry Picard
b. Louis Tellier
c. Eugene Lafitte

53. The first German winner of the Masters was was:
a. Leo Diegel
b. Herman Keiser
c. Bernhard Langer

54. Two successive years, left-handers won the Masters. This happened in:
a. 1963/1964
b. 1983/1984
c. 2003/2004

55. One of the following countries is not home to either of these winners?:
a. USA
b. Canada
c. Australia

56.Which of the two lefties won again to claim his second green jacket in 2006?:
a. Bob Charles
b. Mike Weir
c. Phil Mickelson

57. Among the most picturesque features of the Augusta National grounds are ancient trees planted from Berckmann's original seed, which line the driveway. They are:
a. Magnolias
b. Azaleas
c. Dogwoods

58. One of the following Masters champions convinced Sam Snead to turn pro, bankrolled Ben Hogan and taught Beth Daniels:
a. Byron Nelson
b. Ralph Guldahl
c. Henry Picard

59. Often a bridesmaid, the 1941 Masters winner had lost the 1933 [British] Open Championship following a 36-hole playoff with Denismore Shute. He was:
a. Ben Hogan
b. Sam Snead
c. Craig Wood

60. In 1948 a teaching professional who eventually had four US presidents as students won the Masters and began a teaching dynasty. His name was:
a. Billy Burke
b. Harry Cooper
c. Claude Harmon

61. Tiger's chip-in at the 16th in the final round in 2005 was a sponsors' dream as his ball teetered on the edge of the cup before dropping in – who did he beat in the ensuing playoff?:
a. Chris DiMarco
b. Nick Faldo
c. Paul Azinger

62. The 1976 champion won by eight strokes, on the way setting records for Low 18, Low 36 and Low 54 hole totals before tying the then-record for 72 holes at 271. That player was?:
a. Ray Floyd
b. Tom Watson
c. Tom Weiskopf

63. The largest pond at Augusta is found on the Par-3 Course and named after a former US President. It's known as:
a. Abe's Lagoon
b. Ike's Pond
c. Cool Cal's Puddle

64. In 1969, a three-time Masters winner caught a record large mouth bass there.Who was he?:
a. Jimmy Demaret
b. Sam Snead
c. Gary Player

65. The last player to win the US Open wearing a tie – also the 1939 Masters champion – was considered to have the strongest nerves in golf. His name was?:
a. Porky Oliver
b. Jimmy Demaret
c. Ralph Guldahl

66. The 1935 championship witnessed one of the greatest shots in golf history, a:
a. 240-yard hole-in-one on 'Flowering Crab Apple' (#4)
b. 117-yard pitch into the cup on the 72nd hole, the 460-yard 'Holly'
c. 235-yard double-eagle four wood from the fairway on 'Firethorn' (#15)

67. It moved the player into a tie with the leader, and a win in the playoff the following day. The press referred to the sensational stroke as:
a. When Stars Shot and Fell
b. The Deuce at Amen Corner
c. The Shot heard 'Round the World

68.Who made the historic shot?:
a. Gene Kelly
b. Gene Littler
c. Gene Sarazen

69. In 1936,Walter Hagen had his best result in the Masters:
a. Runner-up
b. Tied for 11th
c. Won

70. 'The Haig' was known as golf's greatest scrambler, often aided by:
a. Bottles of hooch strategically stashed in the woods
b. Years of experience as a Seminole Park guide
c. Having been a switch-hitter and pitcher in semi-professional baseball

71. The first three-time winner of the Masters was:
a. Jim Turnesa
b. Jim Ferrier
c. Jimmy Demaret

72.Which Masters champion in 1940 played the back nine of the first round in 30 strokes, and in 1950,made up 7 strokes on the leader in the last 6 holes to win?
a. Hermann Keiser
b. Craig Wood
c. Jimmy Demaret

73.Writing for Sports Illustrated, this eminent American golf writer coined the expression 'Amen Corner ' to describe holes 11, 12 and 13 (a phrase he himself had borrowed from a jazz recording Shouting at Amen Corner). Who was he?:
a. Tennessee Williams
b. Bernard Darwin
c. Herbert Warren Wind

74. In 1942, the Masters witnessed the first 18-hole playoff. The winner gained five strokes on Ben Hogan over a stretch of 11 holes, even though Ben played them one under par.Who was he?:
a. Leo Diegel
b. Cary Middlecoff
c. Byron Nelson

75. In 1946, Harvey Penick was hustled by Titanic Thompson and the reigning Masters champion, a US Navy Veteran.Who was he?:
a. Willy Goggin
b. Felix Serafin
c. Herman Keiser

76. Although allowed for in Alister Mackenzie's original plans, due to the Depression, the par-27 short course was postponed and not built until:
a. 1938
b. 1948
c. 1958

77. The first winner of the Par-3 competition was:
a. Byron Nelson
b. Ben Hogan
c. Sam Snead

78.Which of these statements about the game's greatest-ever amateur, Bobby Jones, is correct?:
a. The only player to win the 'Grand Slam' ( a.k. a. the 'Impregnable Quadrilateral ' in a single year
b. Held degrees in engineering, literature and law
c. Retired at the age of 28

79. In 1997, Tiger Woods played in his first Masters as a pro. After a faltering start – he shot 40 on the opening nine holes – which of the following records did he incredibly go on to set along the way to his first major victory?:
a. The widest margin (12 strokes)
b. Lowest winning score, with 270 (–18).
c. Youngest winner (21 yrs, 104 days)

80. In 1952, Ben Hogan introduced the idea of a Champions Dinner, in which the current champion is the host and decides the menu (and picks up the tab!). This is held on:
a. Robert E. Lee's birthday
b. The evening of the final day of the tournament
c. On the Tuesday evening of the tournament week

81.Which of the following menus did Tiger offer in 1998?:
a. Seafood tom kah, chicken panang curry, baked sea scallops with garlic sauce, rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce, baked filet Chilean sea bass chilli sauce, lychee sorbet.
b. Haggis, mashed potatoes, mashed turnips.
c. Cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, milkshakes

82. Between 1958 and 1978, the Masters was dominated by Palmer, Player and Nicklaus who, together, won how many titles?:
a. 9
b. 11
c. 13

83. Arnold Palmer played in every Masters from 1955 to 2004. On his 50th appearance he was 74 years old and missed the cut.Who won that year?:
a. Phil Mickelson
b. Payne Stewart
c. Vijay Singh

84. The first South American player to win the Masters was:
a. Roberto de Vicenzo
b. Chi-Chi Rodriguez
c. Angel Cabrera

85. Two players share the record for the most consecutive cuts made in the Masters – 23. One of these is the redoubtable Gary Player – who is the other?:
a. Jack Nicklaus
b. Arnold Palmer
c. Fred Couples

86. “One of the greatest rounds in the history of the game,” is how Peter Alliss once described the 64 shot by this British Ryder Cup player in the third round in 1974:
a. Peter Butler
b. Tony Jacklin
c. Maurice Bembridge

87. Britain's Peter Oosterhuis led by three going into the final round in 1973, but faded to a 74 and joint third.Who won that year?:
a. Tommy Aaron
b. Tom Weiskopf
c. Lee Trevino

88. How many shots ahead of his rival Nick Faldo was Australia's Greg Norman heading in to the final round on Sunday in 1996?:
a. 6
b. 7
c. 3

89. In one of the greatest turnarounds in Masters history, by how many shots did Faldo end up beating the 'Shark' to claim his third – and final – green jacket?:
a. 3
b. 5
c. 1

90. In 1989, Faldo blitzed the final round with a 65 to earn a place in a playoff – name the American who ultimately let Nick off the hook when he missed a two footer for victory at the first playoff hole?:
a. Ray Floyd
b. Scott Hoch
c. Mark Calcavecchia

91. Two years after (wrongly) being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, who won his second Masters title in 1999?:
a. José Maria Olazábal
b. Fuzzy Zoeller
c. Bernhard Langer

92.Who was the last player to win the Masters during the 1990s using a persimmon headed driver?:
a. José Maria Olazábal
b. Ian Woosnam
c. Bernhard Langer

93.Who was the first golfer to win the Masters using a metal driver?:
a. José Maria Olazábal
b. Ian Woosnam
c. Ben Crenshaw

94. In 1985, one of the world's finest ball strikers became only the third foreign player to win the Masters – joining Seve Ballesteros and Gary Player in that exclusive club. He was:
a. Bernhard Langer
b. David Graham
c. Chi Chi Rodriguez

95.Which of the following was not involved in the three-way playoff for the 2009 title?:
a. Kenny Perry
b. Angel Cabrera
c. Phil Mickelson
d. Chad Campbell

96. No winner of the Par-3 Tournament has ever gone on to win the main event that year – who continued this jinx in 2009?:
a. Tim Clark
b. José Maria Olazábal
c. Greg Norman

97. America's Anthony Kim set a record for the most birdies in a round in 2009 when he went ballistic on day two – how many birdies did he reel off?:
a. 9
b. 10
c. 11

98. Skipping a ball across the pond and holding the green at the 16th hole has become a practice round tradition. But who managed the incredible feat of holing out for an ace doing this on Tuesday in 2009?
a. Rory McIlroy
b. Vijay Singh
c. Greg Norman

99. The 2008 champion Trevor Immelman shares with Arnold Palmer the somewhat dubious honour of having shot the highest last round score to win. It was:
a. 75
b. 74
c. 73

100. Joining forces for the first time, the 2010 Honorary starters for the Masters were:
a. Ray Floyd & Butch Harmon
b. Gary Player & Arnold Palmer
c. Arnold Palmer & Jack Nicklaus

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