LOOK: You won’t believe how different Augusta National looked in the 1950’s

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Every golf fan and many general sports fans dream of visiting Augusta National, the house that Bobby Jones built. This is due to the fact that is one of the most beautiful places on earth and hosts one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, the Masters Tournament.


However, what if I told you that Augusta didn’t look as beautiful in the 1950’s? A picture shared by David Poulton on Twiter tells you the tale.



As you can tell, there are no flowers and the rough looks scruffier. The trees are still there, crowding the back side of the green like they always famously do.


The video game, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, has one of the coolest features in video game history where you can play Augusta National in 1934, its first year of existence. The course definitely looked different during that time when you play it in the game, as there were fewer trees and hardly any flowers.

Also, the famous Amen Corner consisted of holes two, three and four instead of 11, 12 and 13 like we know it today. It’s astonishing how much the course has changed and now it is one of the top five golf courses on the planet.


Six years after the above photo was taken, Arnold Palmer would win his first major at the 1958 Masters. This began one of the more dominating stretches of golf in the history of the sport where he’d win seven majors between 1958 and 1964.


Augusta National isn’t as old as a lot of other courses that date back to the 1800’s, but its rich tradition makes it one of golf’s most historic venues. Pictures like this take you back in time and give you a visually deep dive into the ridiculously long lore book about the history of golf.


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Lee Trevino calls Tour pros “gutless” for not standing up to Augusta National



Lee Trevino was never fond of the rules at Augusta National, home of the Masters. “There were too many rules for me” Trevino said according to GolfDigest.com.

Trevino then stated that PGA Tour pros today are “gutless” for not standing up to Augusta’s hierarchy about the high volume of rules.

“If you go there now and try to use a cellphone they will kick you out, even if you are using it in the parking lot or on the driving range. The players can’t even use them on the driving range”, Trevino said.

“Have you heard one of them complain yet? No, because they are gutless. If they went to the U.S. Open and the U.S. Open told them they couldn’t use their cellphones on the driving range they would raise all kinds of hell. They’re scared to death.”

Trevino is a six-time major champion but has never won the Masters, with his best finishes being tied for 10th in 1975 and 1985. He won the U.S. Open twice, the Open Championship twice and the PGA Championship twice with the Masters as his only missing piece for the career grand slam.

And for the record, I happen totally agree with him on the insane rules at Augusta. But, what’s your take? Let me know on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio or on Facebook.com/OfficialGPGolfReport 

Source: GolfDigest.com 

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You won’t believe what this golf fan created using Legos

Photo courtesy of the Augusta Chronicle

There are many iconic works of architecture at Augusta National, from Amen Corner, to Butler Cabin, there are many amazing landmarks but one man decided to create is own slice of Augusta.

Andy Duckett who is a fan of architecture and golf, re-created the legendary Masters leaderboard by using Legos. Yup, and Duckett’s 40 pound sculpture was so impressive, that it is now on display at Augusta.

Duckett is no stranger to Lego golf architecture brilliance as he also has re-created the famous Augusta National clubhouse as well. Take a look at this beauty.

Well played sir, very well played.

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Sources: Golf.com, Augusta Chronicle

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Nascar driver has the greatest golf backyard ever

Kevin Harvick is a star on the racetrack for Nascar but apparently is a star when it comes to backyards too, as this replica of Augusta National’s 12 hole is stunning.

Harvick, who played Augusta a few years back, said that “there’s nothing like this place” and it’s really hard to disagree with him there.

We already saw when someone had a replica of St. Andrews’ legendary “Road Hole” in their backyard, so the Augusta 12th replica is just the icing on the cake for amazing golf yards. And the trees neatly tucked behind the green remind of the towering trees at the 12th.

Picture perfect as they say.

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Masters Preview: Players to look out for, who will rock green?



Well, golf’s Spring time tradition is once again upon us as it should be another exciting Masters tournament. With probably one of the deepest fields we’ll ever see at the Masters, who will take home the Green Jacket?


This year’s Masters is full of stories to keep up with. This is one of those years where almost anyone can come out victorious.


Here are some key players to watch for (And no, I am not a fantasy golf expert. Sorry if I lose you any cash. Also, keep in mind that this list is NOT in order).


Tiger Woods – is back and from what I’ve heard, has had a couple of solid practice rounds. In order for Tiger to have a good shot this year, he’ll have to make sure his sort game is at its best.


Although Augusta National is known as a course for the power hitters, it’s an under rated track for the short game players.Tiger needs to have his short game going, especially on Amen Corner where the 11th hole usually has some tough green speeds and hole 12 where a lot of times, you might miss the green.


Have a solid short game and you can get out of hole 12 with a par. This will be one the most interesting Masters Tiger will have played in a looong time.


Bubba Watson – comes in as the defending Masters champion and winning two out of the last three. He’s quickly started to make a name for himself as a Masters legend and if he could repeat as champion, that would make three Masters victories in four years.


Although he was just voted as the most disliked player on Tour by his peers, Bubba looks to gain some more fans by once again dominating Augusta.


Key thing for Bubba is that he needs to make his putts. He’s proven that he can bomb it off the tee and get out of even Augusta National’s toughest lies, but can he handle the greens?


He should play pretty well if he can get GURs (Greens Under Regulation) on Augusta’s par 5s. Otherwise, he may have to pull some magic with the flatstick.


Jordan Spieth – looks to seek revenge as it looked like the Green Jacket was his until Bubba defeated him and showed why he won the Masters two years prior. Like Bubba, Jordan has proven he has terrific recovery ability, especially around the greens.


Another thing about Jordan is that he tends to sink putts at the right time. It didn’t pan out well for him last year at Augusta but Amen Corner can attack anyone on any given Sunday.


If he can get hot at the right time, which he does oh so often, he has an excellent shot to wear green this year. He’s also terrific even out of Augusta’s tricky bunkers which could do him well if he gets into trouble.


Only player who might be better at bunker recovery is Matt Kuchar, who’s been the best on the planet at doing so for the last couple of years.


Matt Kuchar – Speaking of Matt, I can see him making some noise this year. He was playing well at last year’s Masters but in the end it ended up being a duel between Bubba and Jordan until Bubba finally started to pull away.


Matt, to me, is one, if not the most unique “top player” on the PGA Tour. He’s not a guy who’ll overpower a golf course with his driver or split fairways.


He’s sneaky. He attacks courses with no real strength. As mentioned, Matt is an outstanding recovery player, especially out of the bunker (He’s no.1 in the world in Sand Save Percentage).


Other than that, Matt has nothing that makes himself standout like Phil with his short game, Tiger with his putter or Bubba with the driver. That’s what I love about him.


He finds ways to beat you that other players wouldn’t know about. He’s a classic course management type of golfer and that’s going to do him extremely well at Augusta where the course design challenges your mind arguably better than any other course in the world.


A classic strategic golfer who’s also really good with the putter as well. He’s 17th in the world in Strokes Gained.


With the unique combination of course strategy, bunker recovery and putting, Matt could be a serious threat at this year’s Masters. Only thing missing is if he had just enough power to get by.


He’s 147th in the world in driving distance. If he was at least in the top 100, he would have probably been my lock to win it this year.


Rory Mcilroy – Ahh, yes, the world’s number one player hailing from Holywood, Ireland. Many wonder if the ghost of Augusta past is behind him and if he could get the career grand slam.


What better place to get the career grand slam then at Augusta National? This is going to be a major test for Rory and he needs to be ready if he wants to make it happen.


See, he could’ve already had the career slam had he not collapsed at Augusta a few years ago. With his Open Championship win last year, we could have already been talking about his career slam and his booked ticket to the hall of fame but his famous collapse may haunt him.


What Rory needs to do is get his mind ready. He already has the talent to overpower Augusta and is good at well, pretty much everything else.


It’s just a mental thing for Rory. If he can handle Augusta’s course design and all of its tricks, Rory may have a great shot at completing the career slam.


Dustin Johnson – Like several players this year, DJ’s been on fire ever since returning from his recovery of “cccrrraacckk” addiction. He already won once again and could’ve easily won a couple of times if he didn’t lose in the playoff at Riviera.


Dustin’s back and better than ever. Plus, he’s obviously got the power to conquer Augusta.


He doesn’t have the recovery skills like his power counterpart Bubba Watson, but he splits fairways. He’s also quite consistent which is crucial to winning a major.


The thing is with Dustin, like Rory, his famous penalty at the PGA Championship a few years ago may haunt him. Although that was the PGA and this is the Masters, as good as DJ’s been since coming on Tour, many wonder if he’ll ever win the “big one”.


Probably playing some of the best golf of his career, this is the perfect time for Dustin to get hot. If he drives well and putts well, he’ll be towards the top of the leaderboard.


J.B. Holmes – Who?! Remember J.B.? He was quite a popular player some years ago. I laugh when I sometimes hear that J.B. is this “no name player”.


J.B. was pretty darn popular a good five or six years ago. He was the true Bubba Watson before Bubba became this mainstream success (While Bubba still had a clothing line at Steve & Barry’s. Oh how I miss you S & B!). He was the guy who had this unbelievable amount of power off the tee.


He’s been having a remarkable comeback season after having not one, but two heart surgeries. It would be a truly amazing story if J.B. were to walk out of Augusta with a win.


He has the skill to do it too. He’s still a major threat off the tee but he also has developed impressive touch around the greens, something that wasn’t a strong suit in the past.


The 12th ranked player in the world needs to rely on both his driver and his putter (AKA the “Two most important clubs in the bag”) if he wants a shot on the weekend. His recovery skills is good enough to get him out of tough situations so there’s not much worry there.


It’s all a matter of being consistent off the tee and around the greens for J.B.



Brooks Koepka – Brooks has honestly started to become one of my favorite players on Tour. He’s powerful off the tee, he’s accurate with his irons and doesn’t let pressure faze him.


The Waste Management Phoneix Open champion is on his way to possibly winning Rookie of the Year. This after he had just won Rookie of the Year on the European Tour.


Huh?! An American winning European Tour Rookie of the Year? Yessir, and it was the second time in a row and only the second time ever an American has done so (Peter Uihlein was the other player).


So, he’d become the first American player ever to win European Tour and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year if he can do it. He has proven that he can win, but can he tackle Augusta?


I really doubt he’ll even have a shot, but it’ll be so fun to see how he performs. Augusta is a course that’s perfect for Brooks to play well on.


In the end, the pressure of Green Jackets, pretty flowers, and towering pine trees will spin around his head, causing him to fall to the ground in a daze.


Then we’ll probably see floating flowers around his head. But it’ll be a treat to see him play hole 13.


Jimmy Walker – This man right here is on a mission. He’s by far the hottest golfer on the planet right now.


He already has two wins and the season hasn’t even fully started to take shape yet. Heck, he would’ve had three wins is he didn’t lose the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to Patrick Reed in a playoff.


It’s hard to stop a man that’s on a golf course rampage like J-Walk is. At this rate, I doubt Augusta even fazes the guy.


Plus, he’s extremely dangerous. He’s one of the few all-around players on Tour and could give guys like Rory or Tiger and run for their money.


He can crush the ball a long way, he’s accurate with his irons and he’s a monster on the greens. He’s the third best putter in the entire world.


His only weakness is his driving accuracy as he ranks 176th in the world in that category. He’s hit 303 out 563 fairways this year.


His recovery however, is just good enough to save him from those crooked drives. He’s ranks 84th in scrambling.


The key for Jimmy is staying in the fairway. If he’s hitting straight drives, then the Masters could be over in a hurry.


He’s just that good right now. I think he’s hungry for that major win and there’s arguably no major better to win than the Masters.


The pick to rock green – Although all of the players mentioned are great players and I know I left out some guys, but only one can win the Masters. I’m going with Jimmy Walker.


He’s just too consistent, too much all-around talent and doesn’t have a target on his back. He’s relaxed with no pressure on him and he can overpower Augusta.


A Masters win would also, in my opinion solidify him as the best American player on the PGA Tour. Although Bubba Watson has two Masters in three years, Jimmy Walker has been very consistent.


It’s a major championship missing that’s stopping him from reigning supreme as “Golf King of America”. Please give me an American player better than Jimmy Walker if he does win the Masters.


Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are really the only guys that come to mind. Again, I don’t think he’s THE best American yet but my gosh he’s oh so close.


I tell you what, if he doesn’t win the Masters, he’ll definitely win a major this year. He’s just playing too well not to win a major.


He and Rory Mcilroy were the only two players las year two win three times. Jimmy is on the prowl again but this time, looking to get that first major title.


If he doesn’t win the Masters, he’ll likely be right towards the top of the leaderboard. Again, it’s all a matter of him hitting enough fairways.


That’s the huge key for him. If he can do that, then he’ll get his solid approach shots and he will make his putts.


Using his power off the tee will play a major factor as well.


My close second pick to win it was Jordan Spieth and my 3rd choice was Rory Mcilroy.


So, there you have it! Your 2015 GP Golf Report Masters champion is Jimmy Walker!


By the way, you’re likely reading this story on Thursday or Friday since I wrote so close to the first round. But, that’s OK! Because everyone knows the weekend is where all the juice starts flowing!


Follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! I’m likely keeping up with the Masters all weekend or tweeting to EA Sports for not having Augusta in their new golf game!












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Tiger Woods to Play in Masters Next Week


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Well how about this? With some of the short game woes that plagued Tiger Woods, he took a little time off to work on his game. 

His plane was spotted at an Augusta airport which left many wondering if he was indeed going to playing the Masters. Turns out, he was there practicing,  playing the full 18 hole course.

Now, after several days of speculation, the Tiger has spoken and will indeed play at next week’s Masters. He missed last year’s Masters and is back at it again.

Here’s the tweet from Tiger that nearly broke Twitter (Sorry, I’m on mobile so I can only take a screenshot. Don’t judge me!):


And here’s a link to his announcement on his website:


So with Tiger in the field, Rory going for the career grand slam, Bubba trying to go back to back and Jimmy Walker and Dustin Johnson playing like men on fire, this is likely going to be one of the greatest Masters we’ll ever see.

As for Tiger, will he blossom amongst the flowers of Augusta? Or will the Green Jacket float away from him, flapping its sleeves yet again?

Buckle up your servers y’all! Whe’really in for a heck of ride!

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Tiger Shoots 66 at Medalist, Agent Confirms Augusta Practice

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A few days ago, there were many rumors swirling around that Tiger Woods was seen practicing at Augusta National as his jet was spotted at a Georgia airport. Well, his agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that he did indeed play 18 holes at Augusta according to Bob Harig of ESPN.com.

So, this left many people wondering if he will make his return to Augusta after all after it almost felt like it was a sure thing that he wasn’t going to play this year. Tiger also missed last year’s Masters as well.

But here’s something that could cheer you up if you’re a Tiger fan. At Medalist Golf Club which is his home course, Tiger shot the best round he’s shot in a while, shooting a 66.

Yup yup, Tiger decided to sharpen his claws once again as he tackled the tough Medalist. And Medalist Golf Club isn’t exactly a cake walk.

The course has practically an army of bunkers around most of the greens and on the 18th hole, you have be accurate both off the tee and on the approach shot. If it’s a windy day then good luck!

Despite the low score, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready for The Masters but we’ll have to wait and see. Even if he does, how do you think he’ll play?

If anything, he could have a decent tournament but are fans rushing him too much? Another thing to keep in mind, although he shot that 66 at medalist, Augusta is a different animal every year plus the heat of competition will be on his tracks as the young new predators in the wild are in the hunt for the green jacket.

But again, we shall see. It’s just alarming in a good way if you are a Tiger fan that he shot a 66.

And according to Tim Rosaforte via Twitter, Tiger chipped in for a birdie at Medalist. This was a major flaw in his game recently and was a huge reason why he was shooting such high scores.

I think I’m in the minority though, at least from a fan’s standpoint when I say that golf’s in terrific shape, even without Tiger. I think Tiger makes it a little better, but the young talent that’s out there today is unbelievable.

Now, we have another big hitter off the tee in Phoenix Open champ and rookie Brooks Koepka. Rory Mcilroy is going for the career grand slam.

Bubba Watson, although not the most liked by some fans, is trying to repeat as a Masters champion. The last golfer to do so? None other than Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth is hungry for the green jacket after letting a sleeve of it slip off his arm last year.

Adam Scott, who won it in 2013, has been a favorite choice for a lot of people going into this tournament. Adam is one of the few all-around players going into the tournament.

Dustin Johnson, who after his incident with crrraaackk (You have to shout that), one of the longest hitters in the game has been on fire lately and looks to challenge Augusta with his long tee shots.

Thing is, between Bubba and DJ, both have dominated off the tee. DJ is a bit more accurate than Bubba is yet when Bubba does get into trouble, he’s one of, if not the most dangerous recovery player on Tour.

Oh, and how can we forget Jimmy Walker, who is once again putting on a “Player of the Year” kind of performance has already won two tournaments this season. He without a doubt, could be the hottest player coming into this Masters.

I mentioned this on Twitter, Jimmy is one major away from being the best American player on Tour. I have a hard time beliveing that he won’t win one this year.

If he wins at Augusta, then it’ll be one heck of a way to win your first major. With all due respect to other terrific majors, the Masters is just king. Only the Masters captures the eye of all sports fans around the world.

So, even if Tiger doesn’t play again this year, there will be so many incredible story lines to keep up with at the Masters this year. If he does play, then great, another story to look at.

But it seems like a lot of you are panicking and I’m telling you take a deep breath because golf is in fantastic shape.

Bring on the Masters! Augusta is calling!

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Source for Tiger 66 story: CBSSports.com

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Bubba Watson Wins 2014 Masters For His Second Green Jacket


Bubba Watson won his second Masters in three years by defeating Jordan Spieth by two strokes. It was an amazing battle between Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth through the first 12 holes but Bubba Watson with his incredible power off the tee on the 13th hole led him to a birdie while Jordan had to save par. That’s when the momentum went Bubba’s way. Jonas Blixt and Matt Kuchar put up an impressive fight to try to catch the two red-hot golfers but it the end, it was Bubba Watson winning his second Masters in just three years. Bubba had an unbelievable 10 one putts and that really helped him prevail as he had so so day on the putting greens on Saturday.

Bubba is now tied with Arnold Palmer for least attempts at The Masters to win his second time at six appearances and two wins. Despite Jordan’s red-hot start and despite Jonas and Matt’s impressive outings, Bubba who was hanging in there with Jordan who had a two shot lead at the time and eventually caught up to him with some key second shots and putts. Bubba was also very impressive off the tee hitting several fairways and Jordan was hitting incredible recovery shot after incredible recovery shot. Probably one of the best displays of escape in Masters history by the 20-year-old.

So, Bubba Watson wins his second green jacket in three years and that’s simply incredible. Who would have thought Bubba would come in and win another green jacket? It’s amazing what Bubba can do in this sport. No fear, takes gambles, and executes them very well. With his second Masters win, Bubba becomes only the 17th player in golf history to win The Masters twice.

So, what a battle between Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth, a battle for the ages. What an effort by Jordan. Absolutely phenomenal playing. There’s no doubt he’ll win majors with that incredible skill. Some of the recovery shots were mind-boggling and he was dead on off the tee. So, a great effort by Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, and Jonas Blixt and it was Bubba who came out on top.

Bubba Watson is your 2014 Masters champion!

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GIF: Rickie Fowler Nails The Best Putt of The Masters

Rickie Fowler will not win The Masters this year but he hit by far, the best putt of the tournament. When I saw it, I didn’t even think it was going in, but it did! My jaw was on the floor! Enjoy the gif!


His partner, fan favorite Miguel Angel Jimenez liked the putt as well. Two guys enjoying themselves at Augusta and hey, why not?!


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GIF: Jordan Spieth Hits Impressive Hole Out from Bunker


On the 4th hole at The Masters, Jordan Spieth hit an amazing jaw dropping shot out of the bunker to get a birdie. It looks like the 20-year-old was in big trouble but he nailed one of the better recovery shots we’ve seen at The Masters. The gif speaks for itself.


This is so reminiscent of what he did in Chicago last summer to get his first PGA Tour win. Remember this?

He’s on fire right now so let’s see if he can become the youngest winner in Masters history or if the likes of Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt make a charge. At this point however, it’s Jordan;s tournament to lose.

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