The Masters Tournament has a one of the most storied history’s of any golf tournament ever played. The memories and the roars are incomparable to any other experience in golf. Each Masters Champion is special in their own way and here are the last 10 years in a couple sentences.
The 2021 Masters Tournament did not disappoint in its return from a rare November tournament following the global pandemic. Augusta National crowned its first champion from Japan, Hideki Matsuyama who edged out up and coming star Will Zalatoris and 2015 Masters Champion Jordan Spieth. Attendance was limited to a small select group of patrons.
Amid a global pandemic, the April classic was rescheduled to November for the 2020 Masters Tournament. Patrons were not allowed to attend the tournament for the first time in the tournament’s history. Despite the social chaos, Dustin Johnson was able to take advantage of lush conditions and capture the green jacket 5-strokes ahead of 2nd place finishers Cameron Smith and Sunjae Im.
Many thought he would never win another major. Some thought he may not even play golf again after all his back surgery, but Tiger Woods does what Tiger Woods does…he wins. Tiger captures his 5th green jacket and his 15th major win after beating out DJ, Brooks and Schauffele.
Patrick Reed went down in Augusta National history securing his first, and only green jacket by holding off a surging Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth on Sunday of the tournament. Reed kept his cool and locked down the one shot victory over Rickie to become a Masters Champion
One of golf’s most recognizable names, without a major, earned his keep at the 2017 Masters Tournament. Sporting only a PLAYERS Championship win in 2008 atop his resume, Sergio Garcia fought hard through Sunday at Augusta National to force a playoff with Justin Rose, who he ultimately beat in sudden death.
One of the most gut wrenching collapses in Masters Tournament history was in 2016 when Jordan Spieth was in the driver’s seat on Sunday, set to win back-to-back green jackets when it all fell apart on the back nine and he yielded his lead to Danny Willett, who won the tournament.
The year of Jordan Spieth. Golf fans had not seen such command and domination on the golf course since Tiger Woods. Spieth was performing like an absolute superstar when he won his green jacket. Stepped over three-time Masters Champion Phil Mickelson and major champion Justin Rose by four strokes.
The 2014 Masters Tournament must have been like a dream for Bubba Watson, when on Sunday he was putting on his second green jacket in just three years. Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth gave Bubba something to think about, but nothing to worry about as he cruised to a three shot victory to again become a Masters Champion.
Many instructors over the years have argued about who has the best swing in golf and the fella who put on the green jack at the end of the 2013 Masters Tournament is surely in the conversation. Watching Adam Scott strike a golf ball is quite possibly one of the purest sights, and he had his swing on display as he won in a playoff against Angel Cabrera to win golf’s most coveted tournament.
Growing up as a kid, Bubba Watson always dreamed about playing Augusta National and in the Masters Tournament. That first became true when he was playing in college for the University of Georgia, when he double bogeyed the first hole, but finished even par. In 2012, he won the tournament to secure his first green jacket.
The 2011 Masters Tournament was a year of epic demise for one of golf’s most iconic names of the last decade plus, Rory McIlrory. Rory, a four-time major champion, has had trouble with Augusta National most of his career and is the elusive trophy keeping him from the career grand slam. This was probably his best shot, with a four stroke lead going into Sunday, a quick meltdown later and Charl Schwartzel is the winner and wearing your green jacket.