Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and the 10 Youngest and 10 Oldest Golfers to Win The Masters

Jordan Spieth Has A Shot At Becoming The Youngest Masters Winner

Jordan Spieth Has A Shot At Becoming The Youngest Masters Winner

Heading into the Final Round of the 2014 Masters, Augusta rookie – and 20-year old – Jordan Spieth is tied with 2012 winner Bubba Watson at the top of the leaderboard at -5.

If Spieth wins, he’ll become the youngest Masters winner in history, unseating Tiger Woods who was 21 when he won in 1997 (with the biggest blowout and best score ever, at that).

Take a look at the 10 youngest golfers to win a Green Jacket, below. Seven of them are Jack Nicklaus (3), Tiger Woods (2) and Seve Ballesteros (2).

And the flip side?

Jack. 1986. 46-years old. One of the greatest moments in American sports history. Take a look:

Only five other players won the Masters over the age of 40. Check out today’s second list – the 10 oldest to win the Masters. Jimmy Demaret (May 24) and Sam Snead (May 27) were exactly the same age when both won theirs at the age of 39. It so happens that the 1950 Masters was held on April 3rd and the 1952 Masters on April 6th.

Nicklaus and Gary Player make both lists. Will Tiger?

10 Youngest Masters Winners

  GOLFER YEAR AGE TO PAR COUNTRY
1. Tiger Woods 1997 21   -18 USA
2. Seve Ballesteros 1980 23 0 mos. -13 Spain
3. Jack Nicklaus 1963 23 2 mos. -2 USA
4. Byron Nelson 1937 25 2 mos. -5 USA
5. Jack Nicklaus 1965 25 2 mos. -17 USA
6. Tiger Woods 2001 25 3 mos. -16 USA
7. Gary Player 1961 25 5 mos. -8 South Africa
8. Horton Smith 1934 25 10 mos. -4 USA
9. Seve Ballesteros 1983 26 0 mos. -8 Spain
10. Jack Nicklaus (Playoff) 1966 26 2 mos. E (-2) USA

10 Oldest Masters Winners

  GOLFER YEAR AGE TO PAR COUNTRY
1. Jack Nicklaus 1986 46   -9 USA
2. Ben Crenshaw 1995 43   -14 USA
3. Gary Player 1978 42   -11 South Africa
4. Sam Snead (Playoff) 1954 41 10 mos. 1 (-2) USA
5. Mark O’Meara 1998 41 2 mos. -9 USA
6. Ben Hogan 1953 40   -14 USA
7. Jimmy Demaret 1950 39 10 mos. -5 USA
7. Sam Snead 1952 39 10 mos. -2 USA
9. Phil Mickelson 2010 39 10 mos. -16 USA
10. Ángel Cabrera (Playoff) 2009 39 7 mos. -12 (E) Argentina

Photo: Getty via golf.com

PGA: The 10 Biggest Wins (Largest Margins of Victory) in Masters History

A Big Green Jacket For 21-Year Old Tiger Woods' Big Masters Victory In 1997 - The Biggest Ever

A Big Green Jacket For 21-Year Old Tiger Woods’ Big Masters Victory In 1997 – The Biggest Ever

Here’s a list a bit different than the 10 best scores in Masters history, but the dude at the top is still the same. Tiger Woods‘ blowout of the field in 1997 – with the best Masters score of all time at -18 – saw him win by 12 shots, the only double-digit margin of victory at Augusta.

Jack Nicklaus came close in 1965, winning by nine – but that was over two of the greatest golfers ever in Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Quite a feat.

In general, though, The Masters is not home to many beatdowns by any stretch. In its 76 years as a golf major (not including 2014), only 13 times has the winner taken the Green Jacket by a margin of four or more.

In fact, the last time someone won by more than four was 17 years ago – yup, Woods in ’97 again.

One of the many reasons every true golfer and golf fan loves the Masters: competition at the top straight into Sunday.

Seve Ballesteros appears twice. How nice.

  MARGIN OF VICTORY MASTERS WINNER YEAR TO PAR RUNNER(S)-UP
1. 12 Tiger Woods 1997 -18 Tom Kite
2. 9 Jack Nicklaus 1965 -17 Arnold Palmer, Gary Player
3. 8 Raymond Floyd 1976 -17 Ben Crenshaw
4. 7 Cary Middlecoff 1955 -9 Ben Hogan
5. 6 Arnold Palmer 1964 -12 Jack Nicklaus, Dave Marr
6. 5 Claude Harmon 1948 -9 Cary Middlecoff
6. 5 Ben Hogan 1953 -14 Ed Oliver
6. 5 Nick Faldo 1996 -12 Greg Norman
9. 4 Jimmy Demaret 1940 -8 Lloyd Mangrum
9. 4 Sam Snead 1952 -2 Jack Burke, Jr.
9. 4 Seve Ballesteros 1980 -13 Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
9. 4 Seve Ballesteros 1983 -8 Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite
9. 4 Bernhard Langer 1993 -11 Chip Beck

Photo: augusta.com

PGA: Who’s Next? The 24 Rookies at the 2014 Masters

Kevin Stadler Is In It After Day One At His First Masters

Kevin Stadler Is In It After Day One At His First Masters

Tiger‘s out with a bad back. Phil‘s 43.

Who’s next?

Maybe one of these guys – the 24 rookies playing The Masters this week.

They range in age from 19 to 51.

They rank from 13th to 168th (not counting the six amateurs) and represent 10 different countries.

And who’s the best performer after day one?

Jonas Blixt, Jimmy Walker and the Walrus‘ son, Kevin Stadler, are all two under, two strokes off the pace (Bill Haas is at -4).

GOLFER WORLD RANK COUNTRY AGE PGA TOUR WINS TOURNAMENT (YEAR, TO PAR)
Jordan Spieth 13 USA 20 1 John Deere Classic (2013, -19)
           
Victor Dubuisson 21 France 23 0 None
           
Patrick Reed 23 USA 23 3 Wyndham Championship (2013, -14)
          Humana Challenge (2014, -28)
          WGC-Cadillac Championship (2014, -4)
           
Jimmy Walker 24 USA 35 3 Frys.com Open (2013, -17)
          Sony Open (2014, -17)
          AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (2014, -11)
           
Graham DeLaet 30 Canada 32 0 None
           
Harris English 36 USA 24 2 Fed Ex St. Jude Classic (2013, -12)
          OHL Classic at Mayakoba (2013, -21)
           
Stephen Gallacher 38 Scotland 39 0 None
           
Matt Jones 41 Australia 33 1 Shell Houston Open (2014, -15)
           
Matt Every 42 USA 30 1 Arnold Palmer Invitational (2014, -13)
           
Joost Luiten 45 Netherlands 28 0 None
           
Billy Horschel 49 USA 27 1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (2013, -20)
           
Chris Kirk 53 USA 28 2 Viking Classic (2011, -22)
          McGladrey Classic (2013, -14)
           
Jonas Blixt 56 Sweden 29 2 Frys.com Open (2012, -16)
          Greenbrier Classic (2013, -13)
           
Kevin Stadler 60 USA 34 1 Waste Management Phoenix Open (2014, -16)
           
Brendon de Jonge 80 Zimbabwe 33 0 None
           
Roberto Castro 87 USA 28 0 None
           
Steven Bowditch 131 Australia 30 1 Valero Texas Open (2014, -8)
           
Derek Ernst 168 USA 23 1 Wells Fargo Championship (2013, -8)
           
Matthew Fitzpatrick A England 19 0 None
Oliver Goss A Australia 19 0 None
Chang-woo Lee A South Korea 20 0 None
Michael McCoy A USA 51 0 None
Jordan Niebrugge A USA 20 0 None
Garrick Porteous A England 24 0 None

Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images via pgatour.com

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