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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: Phil Mickelson’s Career Masters Record and Results

Phil Mickelson Won The Masters In 2004, 2006 and 2010 (Top To Bottom)

Phil Mickelson Won The Masters In 2004, 2006 and 2010 (Top To Bottom)

Here’s a sure sign of spring, and the best part too – the beginning. It’s the Masters.

For the first time since his first appearance back in 1995, Tiger Woods will not be playing thanks to recent back surgery.

Lefty, though, will be. It will be Phil Mickelson‘s 22nd trip to Augusta in 2014. Below are all of his Masters’ results (check out Woods’ here).

Mickelson first hit the tour as an amateur in 1988. He won the U.S. Amateur title in 1990. His first Masters in 1991 was also as an amateur – still a student at Arizona State.

Of his 22 Masters, Mickelson (like Woods) missed the cut just once. Remarkable.

He finished third four times before winning his first (and first of five majors) in 2004, at the age of 33.

Now Mickelson’s got three Green Jackets, but uh-oh, the 43-year old had his worst four-day finish yet last year, finishing tied for 54th.

We’ll see tomorrow if things are looking up this time around.

YEAR AGE FINISH TO PAR MASTERS WINNER
1991 20 T46 +2 Ian Woosnam
1993 22 T34 +3 Fred Couples
1995 24 T7 -8 Ben Crenshaw
1996 25 3 -6 Nick Faldo
1997 26 CUT +6 Tiger Woods
1998 27 T12 -2 Mark O’Meara
1999 28 T6 -3 Jose Olazabal
2000 29 T7 -2 Vijay Singh
2001 30 3 -13 Tiger Woods
2002 31 3 -8 Tiger Woods
2003 32 3 -5 Mike Weir
2004 33 1 -9 Phil Mickelson
2005 34 10 -3 Tiger Woods
2006 35 1 -7 Phil Mickelson
2007 36 T24 +11 Zach Johnson
2008 37 T5 -2 Trevor Immelman
2009 38 5 -9 Angel Cabrera
2010 39 1 -16 Phil Mickelson
2011 40 T27 -1 Charl Schwartzel
2012 41 T3 -8 Bubba Watson
2013 42 T54 +9 Adam Scott

Photo: realclearsports.com / golfweek.com / Harry How via about.com

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