The Masters stories in the SI Vault

The Master On The Masters By Robert T. Jones Jr., April 6, 1959 The greatest golfer of them all writes a special hole-by-hole description of the course and gives his own strategy for mastering it.

The Key To The Masters By Jack Nicklaus, April 06, 1964 The defending champion, himself one of golf's great power hitters (see cover), analyzes the Augusta National Golf Club course and presents indisputable proof that the Masters gives the long driver a remarkable advantage over the rest of the field -- a conclusion supported by the results in recent years.

Wee Gary Springs His Trap By Dan Jenkins, April 22, 1974 While Jack Nicklaus and the young lions of pro golf were keeping a wary eye on each other last week, Gary Player went blasting past them to capture his second Masters.

Fuzzy Came In Loud And Clear By Dan Jenkins, April 23, 1979 No one got a better reception from the gallery at Augusta than amiable Frank Urban Zoeller, who sank a birdie putt on the second extra sudden-death hole to win the first Masters he was ever in.

Day Of Glory For A Golden Oldie By Rick Reilly, April 21, 1986 At 46, Jack Nicklaus won his sixth and most dramatic Masters with a final-round 65 that had all of America cheering for him.

Bank Shot By Rick Reilly, April 20, 1992 This unslippery slope gave Fred Couples the cushion he needed to win the Masters and establish himself as golf's top player.

Strokes Of Genius By Rick Reilly, April 21, 1997 Overpowering a storied course and a stellar field, Tiger Woods heralded a new era in golf with an awesome 12-shot victory in the Masters.

Amen By Alan Shipnuck, April 19, 2004 With a stirring Sunday charge, a heady, steady Phil Mickelson won the Masters -- and served notice that this long-awaited major victory may be the first of many.

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