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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WATCH: Is this the greatest ace in Masters history?

While Jordan Spieth suffered a horrible collapse and Danny Willett took advantage of the opportunity to win the 2016 Masters, Louis Oosthuizen may have hit the best hole-in-one in Masters history.

The 2010 Open Championship winner, Oosthuizen hit his tee shot on the 16th at Augusta, that landed on the green, hit the other ball, then rolled into the cup. Oosthuizen is one of the longest hitters in golf but proved to be one of the most accurate with that shot on the par-3.

Don’t expect too many aces at Oakmont which has some of the trickiest par-3’s in the world. As a whole, the U.S. Open course can be an absolute pain, so good luck Louis and friends.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! With the Masters completed, it’s time to start talking some U.S. Open!

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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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WATCH: Ernie Els hits seven putts on Augusta’s first hole

Ernie Els is one of the greatest golfers of all-time. Yet, lately he has seemed to be battling the “yips” aka, terrible putting issues.

Well, Thursday at the Masters was probably the worst case of the “Ernie Yips” yet. It took him SEVEN putts to complete the first hole at Augusta National.

The scary thing was that they were all in tap-in range. Fortunately for Els, he has four majors to his credit (two U.S. Opens and two Open Championships) and is in the Hall of Fame so maybe he can afford to get away with it this time.

One thing that Els’ first hole performance did was give all of us hackers some hope. Guarantee you that you probably saw this live on TV and thought “Wait a second, I’m not the only who seven putts?!”.

No you are not my friend. Today is your lucky day, and let the Big Easy’s not so easy finish at the first, be a reminder, that there’s still a chance at glory.

But then, you turn to watch the likes of Jordan Spieth, Danny Lee, Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy (All towards th top of the leaderboard) as your golfing soul gets drained.

But, even Rickie Fowler was having some major trouble early on. He finished tied for 81st place and no, that is not a joke.

So, with two great golfers getting swallowed up by the Augusta Monster, use this as inspiration to win your first Mini-Golf Masters. Just watch out for those yips.

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Nick Faldo’s putt at the Masters was just insane

Sir Nick Faldo is probably a very good mini golfer. #SCtop10

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Nick Faldo is a hall of famer and is a three time Masters champion. He decided to flex the ol’ putting muscles by hitting this incredible putt while doing an awesome celebration.

Faldo is famous for his comeback against Greg Norman at the 1996 Masters. He’s also arguably the most popular golf broadcaster in the world, as he surpassed Johnny Miller as top golf TV analyst.

While Faldo was having fun, Ernie Els, another hall of famer wasn’t having such a great time. Incredibly, Els had seven putts on the first hole at Augusta National, marking it as the worst start in Masters history.

Rickie Fowler also got attacked by the “Augusta Monster” as he finished tied for 83th after the first round. Just shows you that, Thursday at the Masters is a rollercoaster.

We’ll see who’s reeling in the fish like Faldo when the weekend comes.

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WATCH: You won’t believe this Masters par-3 contest record

A historic feat occurred at the popular par-3 contest at the Masters where there were nine holes-in-ones recorded. Two of those were right behind each other with Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler going back-to-back (Place Drake’s “Back-to-back” song here).

Gary Player also scored an ace. Among others, 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson hit one that was near the edge of the green and rolled all the way back to land in the cup.

Jimmy Walker, who also had an ace, would go on to win the par-3 contest in record fashion. He finished with an incredible -8 to win it by three shots.

Let’s see how many aces occur over the weekend. Good luck acing the 12th, you’ll need it.

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Jordan Spieth gets dissed by Nick Faldo, makes epic comeback


According to GolfDigest.com, Jordan Spieth and Nick Faldo pulled up next to each other in Augusta and the reported exchange was hilarious.

Spieth: “Hey, you know, I’m the defending champion.”

Faldo: “Three to one” (Faldo referring to his three Masters wins over Spieth’s one)

Spieth: “I haven’t even played in three.”

Nice comeback Jordan.

Speaking of Faldo, this year marks the 20th anniversary of his comeback against Greg Norman at the 1996 Masters. Many consider the loss by Norman as one the biggest collapses in golf history.

The 1996 Masters victory by Faldo was his sixth and final major title.

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Source: GolfDigest.com 

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Augusta National Green Jacket sold at thrift store


Yup, you heard that right. A store called The Guild Shop located in Houston, came across one of sports’ iconic trophies, the Masters Green Jacket.


The jacket was donated to the store and was sold just a few weeks later to a buyer in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Although there is no information on how much the jacket was sold for due to the Guild Shop’s policy, it was enough money to help their mission which is to serve the elderly in Houston, which they have done since 1962.


Through the Hamilton Tailoring Company which has been making the Jackets since 1967, the Guild Shop was able to authenticate and it is indeed an official Augusta Green Jacket.


“The Green Jacket is an iconic sports thing,” said Gaye Jackson, executive director of the store. “There are certain things that make a green jacket a green jacket. This had all of those.”


The anonymous Pennsylvania buyer has the chance of making some good coin if he or she decided to re-sell it. According to Bob Zafien of GreenJacketAuctions, the jacket could be sold for $50,000.


It’s green for a reason after all.


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Source: Golf.com 

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Tiger Woods Drops F-Bomb After Poor Tee Shot at Masters

On Saturday’s round, although Jordan Spieth was still on fire, the leaderboard was packed with big time names. One of them? None other than Tiger Woods who played very well on Saturday.

However, he also a bad tee shot on Augusta’s famed and tricky 13th hole. This lead to some strong language from the golf legend.

Here’s a Vine of the tee shot:

Now, here’s the Vine of the swearing, if you have children present, tell them that bad words are about to be spoken and have them scurry to their rooms:

Now, this next Vine is of vintage Tiger Woods. Remember the world famous fist pump? Well, here it is again:

Although Tiger played well on Saturday, I still think he has zero chance to win this thing unless Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson or Charley Hoffman collapse. Among the other monster names on the leaderboard include the aforementioned Phil Mickelson, Rory Mcilroy, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey Justin Rose and Kevin Streelman.

None of these gentlemen have a legitimate chance except for Phil and Charley but what a fun Saturday it was with so many players playing so well.

This should be a historic Masters Sunday and I know you’re just as excited as I am.

Now, speaking of a happy Tiger, do you remember those Gatorade Tiger drinks with a fist pumping Tiger on it? Yeah, those were really good.

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Tiger Woods to take leave of absence, will he be back to form?

On a day that was considered “National Golf Writers Dayoff Day”, Tiger Woods made a statement on his website that he is yet again taking a leave of absence from golf. At first he makes it seem like he’ll be gone for a while and then he comes out and says he might be at the Honda Classic which is only a couple of weeks away.


With anticipation, many fans are hoping to see the golf legend play at The Masters. However, this is also the same Masters tournament that many are curious to see how Rory Mcilroy will fare, who is going for the career grand slam at only the age of 26.


Others that fans will keep an eye on include 2-time Masters champion, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth who nearly pulled it off last year against Watson and Jason Day who’s no stranger from having great performances at the majors, especially at Augusta.


But here’s Tiger’s statement below via his website on what he plans to do moving forward:


The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw. Unfortunately, lately injuries have made that happen too often.

This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.

Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back. Next week I will practice at Medalist and at home getting ready for the rest of the year. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I’d like to play The Honda Classic — it’s a tournament in my hometown and it’s important to me — but I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready. That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.

I want to thank the fans in Phoenix and San Diego. They were amazing. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.

I tell you what man (or lady), when The Masters does roll around, it’ll be the most interesting one in a long, long, long time. But, as I’ve said before, even if we have seen the best of Tiger and Phil Mickelson, I wouldn’t trip. There are too many great young players out there to watch.

In other words, not trying to be a jerk or anything but while you cry into your beer about how the PGA Tour is dying without Tiger and Phil, I’ll be paying attention to the historic slew of young talent coming through with some experienced vets playing in their prime like Hnerik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, etc.

One guy I’ve become a big fan of is Tony Finau (Cousin of NBA rookie and Chicago native Jabari Parker) because he just booms tee shots down the fairway. It’s a thing of beauty.

Fans want to see Tiger and Phil dominate yet when Martin Kaymer destroyed the field at the U.S. Open, nobody cared. I mentioned this in another piece I wrote.

So, with that said, to put things simply, if you need Tiger and Phil or Ernie Els for that matter, to watch golf then you simply aren’t a golf fan.

Opinion, done!

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