In 1934, the year that the first Masters was played, golf was an Anglo-American game, and rare was the professional who competed outside of his own country. But the air age has taken the sport to six continents, and today a good golfer is as likely to come from Tokyo or Johannesburg as from Columbus or Latrobe. The first tournament to recognize this and truly welcome outlanders was the Masters. For the past 20 years Bobby Jones has woven foreigners into the very fabric of his event, enhancing not only the tournament itself but the image of world golf as well. Now the invited foreigners make an annual pilgrimage to Georgia, lending zest, flavor and fractured English to the Augusta scene. Sometimes they add even more: in 1961 South Africa's Gary Player won, the only visitor ever to do so, and others have finished surprisingly well. On the following pages, photographed in their native habitat, are seven distinguished foreigners of the 23 who will compete in this year's Masters.
New Zealand's left-handed Bob Charles, here framed by the carved entrance gate of the Maori village at Whakarewarewa, is the first of his countrymen to attain international stature as a professional golfer.
The tranquillity of a Japanese garden suits Hideyo Sugimoto's background but not his style of play. A husky slugger, he is in his first Masters after a second-place finish at the 1966 Canada Cup.
Kangaroos play on the Anglesea Golf Course near Melbourne, Australia, and so does Bruce Devlin, who in 1964 finished fourth at Augusta. He now ranks second only to Player among foreign golfers.
April 10, 1967
The pro at the Royal Golf Club in this, his home town of Santander, Spain, Ramon Sota is as revered as a matador by compatriots. He says finishing fifth in the 1965 Masters was his "finest triumph."
England's Peter Butler (below) stands on the moors of the Dudley Golf Club with slag heaps of his native Birmingham behind him. A good wind player, he led 1966 Masters after two stormy days.
From China via Formosa, Chen Ching-po (left) is now a teaching pro in Tokyo. He has played in the Masters since 1963, when he threatened the leaders after three days and finished extremely well.
Argentina's Roberto de Vicenzo, smiling before the fare of an outdoor restaurant near Buenos Aires, has dominated pro golf in Latin America for years and has won more than 120 tournaments.