The 2017 Masters is 72 hours in the books, but the events that comprised it are still being turned over and investigated by the powers that be in golf. Here’s a look at some of the top trivia and takeaways from last weekend at Augusta National.
- An anonymous online gambler celebrated almost as much as Sergio Garcia did on his tournament-winning playoff putt Sunday. The gambler used the website Bovada to bet $60 on a parlay of Rickie Fowler winning the Honda Classic and Garcia winning The Masters. His payout? $41,773.92.
- A green jacket from the club issued in the 1950s was found in a thrift store in Toronto and purchased for $5. This past weekend it sold at auction for $139,000.
- The original price of membership at Augusta National was $350. That’s about $6,558.54 in today’s US dollars. The club does not release its numbers currently, but membership is estimated to be between $10,000 – $30,000 with annual dues of less than $10,000.
- Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind coined the phrase “Amen Corner” in 1958.
- Eleven different architects contributed to the look of the course when it opened.
- The course shut down entirely from 1943 to 1944 at the suggestion of Bobby Jones. To support the war effort, 200 head of cattle and 1,000 turkeys were brought in and “mowed the grass.”