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SI's Coverage of the Masters


Since 1955, Sports Illustrated has been on the scene at the Masters. Here is a look back at 54 years of golf's greatest tournament:

• Trevor's Time (Trevor Immelman, 2008)By Damon Hack, April 21, 2008A medical scare behind him, and inspired by a phone call from countryman Gary Player, South Africa's Trevor Immelman won the Masters with a brilliant display of ball striking.

• Master Of The Moments (Zach Johnson, 2007)By Alan Shipnuck, April 16, 2007Overcoming brutal course conditions, harsh weather and the game's preeminent player, Zach Johnson emerged as the unlikely winner of the Masters with a magnificent final round.

• Master Craftsman (Phil Mickelson, 2006)By Alan Shipnuck, April 17, 2006With skillful and disciplined play, Phil Mickelson dominated the field at Augusta, winning his second straight major and suggesting that the best may be yet to come.

• Perfect Pitch (Tiger Woods, 2005)By Alan Shipnuck, April 18, 2005With a monumental chip shot that highlighted a Sunday charge, Tiger Woods fought off Chris DiMarco to win his fourth Masters and prove -- again -- he is No. 1.

• Amen (Phil Mickelson, 2004)By Alan Shipnuck, April 19, 2004With 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.

• Weir And Wonderful (Mike Weir, 2003)By S.L. Price, April 21, 2003Undaunted by the tumult or the pressure of sudden death, Mike Weir showed his steel in winning the Masters.

• Killer Instinct (Tiger Woods, 2002)By Rick Reilly, April 22, 2002With a second straight Masters title in his sights, Tiger Woods showed no mercy as he rolled to his seventh major championship.

• Four-Gone Conclusion (Tiger Woods, 2001)By Richard Hoffer, April 16, 2001With seeming inevitability, Tiger Woods rolled over the Masters field to complete art unprecedented feat -- holding all four major titles at once.

• Vijay Day (Vijay Singh, 2000)By Alan Shipnuck, April 17, 2000With a decisive victory in some of the toughest conditions ever at the Masters, Vijay Singh earned his second major title -- and perhaps a new measure of respect.

• Back On Top (Jose Maria Olazabal, 1999)By Alan Shipnuck, April 19, 1999With the winner, four others in the top 14 and the low amateur, Europeans again dominated Augusta.

• Out Of The Woods (Mark O'Meara, 1998)By Steve Rushin, April 20, 1998Young lions and Tiger and a Golden Bear: Mark O'Meara slipped past a menagerie of rivals to win the Masters.

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

• Master Strokes (Nick Faldo, 1996)By Rick Reilly, April 22, 1996Nick Faldo won a third green jacket, but only after Greg Norman suffered the worst collapse in major tournament history.

• For You, Harvey (Ben Crenshaw, 1995)By Rick Reilly, April 17, 1995Ben Crenshaw's second Masters win was a memorial to his mentor.

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• Olé! Olé! (Jose Maria Olazabal, 1994)By Rick Reilly, April 18, 1994José María Olazábal of Spain reigned at the Masters to become the sixth European winner in seven years.

• Meisterful! (Bernhard Langer, 1993)By Rick Reilly, April 19, 1993Germany's Bernhard Langer put on a gutsy show to maintain Europe's stranglehold on the Masters.

• Bank Shot (Fred Couples, 1991)By Rick Reilly, April 20, 1992This unslippery slope gave Fred Couples the cushion he needed to win the Masters and establish himself as golf's top player.

• Fight To The Finish (Ian Woosnam)By John Garrity, April 22, 1991Feisty little Ian Woosnam outlasted a wave of challengers and won over hostile Masters gallery.

• True Brit (Nick Faldo,1990)By Rick Reilly, April 16, 1990With a gritty run in the homestretch that began with this bunker shot at the 12th, England's Nick Faldo overtook Raymond Floyd, forced a playoff and won his second consecutive Masters.

• Jolly Good Show (Nick Faldo, 1989)By E.M. Swift, April 17, 1989Nick Faldo overcame weather redolent of his native England and, in a sudden-death playoff, Scott Hoch to win the Masters.

• Masterful (Sandy Lyle, 1988)By Rick Reilly, April 18, 1988With a dramatic birdie on 18, Sandy Lyle won the Masters by one stroke -- and the green jacket, bestowed by 1987 champ Larry Mize.

• My, Oh Mize (Larry Mize, 1987)By Sarah Ballard, April 20, 1987Augusta's own Larry Mize sank this 140-foot chip shot to win a Masters playoff over the snakebit Greg Norman.

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

• Der Meisterswinger (Bernhard Langer, 1985)By Barry McDermott, April 22, 1985Bernhard Langer, the finest golfer Germany has ever produced, came on strong to win the Masters when Curtis Strange faltered.

• A Breakthrough For The Heartbreak Kid (Ben Crenshaw, 1984)By Dan Jenkins, April 16, 1984Ben Crenshaw, after a decade full of high promise and low fulfillment, won the 48th Masters, his first major championship.

• Another Green Jacket For Seve (Seve Ballesteros, 1983)By Dan Jenkins, April 18, 1983An explosive start on the final day put Seve Ballesteros in position to breeze on to his second Masters title.

• Up To Par When He Had To Be (Craig Stadler, 1982)By Dan Jenkins, April 19, 1982The Masters' last holes had worked their devilment on Craig Stadler's six-shot lead. But in sudden death he got down in regulation and Dan Pohl did not.

• True Grit (Tom Watson, 1981)By Dan Jenkins, April 20, 1981At Augusta Tom Watson had his troubles -- notably with the trap at the 17th hole -- but when it counted, he clung grimly to a slim lead and held off Jack Nicklaus to win his second Masters.

• The Reign Of Spain (Save Ballesteros, 1980)By Dan Jenkins, April 21, 1980Except for one jittery hour, 23-year-old Severiano Ballesteros ruled the Masters with an iron hand, humbling our finest

• Fuzzy Came In Loud And Clear (Fuzzy Zoeller, 1979)By Dan Jenkins, April 23, 1978No 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.

• And Then There Was One (Gary Player, 1978)By Dan Jenkins, April 17, 1978And that was Gary Player, who won his third Masters by shooting a splendid final-round 64 and then watched as, one by one, his challengers came up short.

• What A Beauty Of A Masters (Tom Watson, 1977)By Dan Jenkins, April 18, 1977Tom Watson might well have reflected on his notorious final-round collapses as he gazed across Augusta's serene waters and saw just ahead Jack Nicklaus, bent on birdies, but Watson silenced doubters with his plucky win.

• It Was Ray All The Way (Ray Floyd, 1976)By Dan Jenkins, April 19, 1976Going on a birdie binge that put him on top from the start, Ray Floyd mastered the Masters, proving his number was up.

• You're All Right, Jack (Jack Nicklaus,1975)By Dan Jenkins, April 21, 1975Sweeping aside stiff challenges from Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus won the Masters for the fifth time.

• Wee Gary Springs His Trap (Gary Player, 1974)By Dan Jenkins, April 22, 1974While 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.

• Jack Fell Down And Lost His Crown (Tommy Aaron, 1973)By Dan Jenkins, April 16, 1973When Nicklaus shot an unregal 77 to open the gates to the working class, that familiar runner-up, Tommy Aaron, shrugged off his bridesmaid costume and stepped into the green jacket of a Masters champion.

• Poa Jack Beats Himself (Jack Nicklaus, 1972)By Dan Jenkins, April 16, 1972In winning his fourth Masters, Jack Nicklaus had only two problems -- Jack Nicklaus and an annoying infestation of blotchy weed.

• There Went The Slam (Charles Coody, 1971)By Dan Jenkins, April 19, 1971A tall Texan named Charles Coody refused to bow to pressure, fame or youth at the Masters tournament and came away with a glittering victory that ended Jack Nicklaus' hopes of sweeping golf's major titles.

• All Yours, Billy Boy (Billy Casper)By Dan Jenkins, April 12, 1970A pair of quiet, well-grooved Californians named Littler and Casper shook off the charge of a dogged foreigner in Augusta last week, then played off to see which of them could scrape it the goodliest.

• Sorry, Billy (George Archer, 1969)By Dan Jenkins, April 21, 1969Grateful George Archer had the Masters' green coat and the last word when an anguished leader, Billy Casper, and his pursuers lost their way in the Augusta pines.

• Golf's Craziest Drama (Bob Goalby, 1968)By Alfred Wright, April 22, 1968A cruel technicality destroyed the popular Roberto de Vicenzo and also awarded the Masters to Bob Goalby, but before that happened a number of colorful players contributed to the sport's most suspenseful theater in years.

• A Glory Day For Gay (Gay Brewer, 1967)By Dan Jenkins, April 17, 1967It happened a year later than it might have, and only after spectacular displays by others had made the tournament unforgettable, but in the end persevering Gay Brewer won a Masters he richly deserved.

• Three Was A Crowd (Jack Nicklaus, 1966)By Alfred Wright, April 18, 1966But the crowd, which had been more of a mob through four high-scoring, hectic days, finally was reduced to just one man. In a three-way playoff Jack Nicklaus proved again that he is master of the Masters.

• All Alone At The Top (Jack Nicklaus)By Alfred Wright, April 19, 1965By going on a record-smashing spree at the Masters, Jack Nicklaus proves himself a golfer without peer. Suddenly and dramatically he has the galleries behind him and an unlimited future ahead of him.

• A Master to Top Them All (Arnold Palmer, 1964)By Alfred Wright, April 20, 1964He said it was his greatest triumph, and when he achieved it late last Sunday afternoon, becoming the first man ever to win the Masters championship four times, there was no reason to doubt Arnold Palmer's assessment of his feat.

• Young Jack The Mighty Master (Jack Nicklaus, 1963)By Alfred Wright, April 15, 1963The old men challenged sharply at Augusta but, in the end, strength and youth conquered as big Jack Nicklaus used his huge drives and near-flawless tactics to become the youngest Masters champion ever. Only one stroke behind Nicklaus was Champagne Tony Lema, a newcomer to the Masters and a bubbly threat to pro golf's best.

• Arnold Palmer Gets a Big Revenge (Arnold Palmer, 1962) By Alfred Wright, April 16, 1962The golf duel of the year was settled in an extraordinary playoff of a three-way tie on Monday as indomitable Arnold Palmer, performing in that high-tension, high-rolling fashion that electrifies (one could almost say electrocutes) his galleries, won his third Masters championship in five years.

• A Duel Golfers Will Never Forget (Gary Player, 1961)By Alfred Wright, April 17, 1961Through five days of brilliant competition the lead seesawed between Gary Player and Arnold Palmer. In the end, the little South African became the first foreigner ever to win the Masters.

• Gasps For A Fabulous Finish (Arnold Palmer, 1960)By Herbert Warren Wind, April 18, 1960From a wild climax such as the Masters contrives with magical regularity, Arnold Palmer emerged an authentic and unforgettable hero.

• Historic Masters (Art Wall, 1959)By Herbert Warren Wind, April 20, 1959Huge crowds at Augusta ushered in a new era in golf, and a new high in stretch drives was set by Art Wall with five birdies.

• The Fateful Corner (Arnold Palmer, 1958)By Herbert Warren Wind, April 21, 1958A reflective look-back at the Masters confirms history's affinity for the 12th and 13th.

• Two Shots That Won The Masters (Doug Ford, 1957)By SI Staff, April 15, 1957'No good at playing it safe' and covering the course like a man in a hurry, Doug Ford shot a last-round 66 to rescue the Masters from galling inconclusiveness.

• And Then -- Jackie Burke Took Charge (Jack Burke Jr., 1956)By Jack Warren Wind, April 16, 1956That was the story of the last day at Augusta in what will also go down as the Masters Ken Venturi almost won

• The Doc Shows The Masters (Cary Middlecoff, 1955)By Herbert Warren Wind, April 18, 1955How The Sneads, Hogans and Burkes drew the early crowds during the 19th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta. Then Cary Middlecoff got hot, and the onetime Memphis dentist -- fidgeting and frowning -- ran clean away from all the others.