The Masters is the most iconic tournament in golf’s history. It’s storied tradition has seen the best crumble, the dark horses rise. In full Spring bloom, the Georgia golf course at Augusta is just something everyone who loves golf plans at least once in a lifetime. It is the first of professional golf’s four major championships to be played each year, and signals that the golf season is officially open.
Here’s a selection of some of the most memorable quotes from the tournament.
Bobby Jones at the opening of Augusta National in 1933.
“Aim at the Augusta National has been to provide a golf course of considerable natural beauty, enjoyable for the average golfer and at the same time testing for the expert player striving to better par.”
Sir Nick Faldo.
“The course is perfection and it asks perfection.”
Arnold Palmer after winning the 1964 Masters.
“Some people think of me as just plain lucky. I would like to say, however, that a man might be walking around lucky and not know it unless he tries.”
Chi Chi Rodriguez.
“The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life.”
“You get the feeling that Bobby Jones is standing out there with you.”
“At my first Masters, I got the feeling that if I didn’t play well, I wouldn’t go to heaven.”
“If the Masters offered no money at all, I would be here trying just as hard.” Ben Hogan.