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So, you think you know the Masters? Let’s find out

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The Masters Tournament at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club

Serious fans (yes, they’re called 'patrons' at Augusta National) should ace this round of 18, so test your knowledge

How well do you really know the Masters Tournament?

In advance of the 85th edition on April 8-11, play all 18 of this Masterful Quiz and find out.

Warning: Not intended for casual golf fans. Remember to keep the pimento cheese sandwich crumbs off your keyboard.

1. In Amen Corner, who constructed a wooden bridge across Rae’s Creek to the 13th tee?
a. German POWs formerly in Gen. Erwin Rommel’s Panzer division.
b. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
c. The Fighting Seabees
d. Lawrence Welk and his orchestra

2. Which CBS announcer didn’t help broadcast the 1997 Masters won by Tiger Woods?
a. David Feherty
b. Bobby Clampett
c. Jerry Pate
d. Verne Lundquist

3. Who was the player (and future Golf Channel analyst) who shared the first-round Masters lead in 1999, the only Masters in which he played?
a. Tripp Isenhour
b. Brandel Chamblee
c. Notah Begay
d. Frank Nobilo

4. Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters using an oversized MacGregor Response putter. What were his first words upon viewing the putter?
a. “Don’t let Arnold see this.”
b. “Dow Finsterwald has a Studebaker smaller than that.”
c. “Is this a joke?”
d. “It’s not going to win any beauty contests, that’s for sure.”

5. Which of the following players was not paired with Tiger Woods in the final round in any of his five Masters wins?
a. Phil Mickelson
b. Costantino Rocca
c. Tony Finau
d. Colin Montgomerie

6. Starting in 1957, Masters Week included a parade through downtown Augusta (until 1964) and a Miss Golf beauty pageant. What was the theme of nearby Army post Fort Gordon’s library float in the inaugural Masters parade?
a. A golfer holding a “How to Putt” book while addressing a putt
b. A green featuring a gopher who popped out of the cup with a golf ball on its head
c. Gen. Douglas MacArthur aboard a PT boat made from magnolia blossoms
d. Satan trying to hit a bunker shot

7. Why did Augusta National cut down the 17th hole’s famed Eisenhower Tree in 2014?
a. Tiger Woods complained about it
b. The tree was badly damaged by a rogue ice storm
c. The tree was dying due to cotton root rot, a common loblolly pine disease
d. Butler Cabin was low on firewood, and Jim Nantz felt a little chilly

8. It was always a Masters tradition that the defending champion slipped the green jacket onto the new winner at the awards ceremony. In 1966, when Jack Nicklaus became the first golfer to win back-to-back Masters, who was chosen to help him don the jacket, and why?
a. Bobby Jones (he was the club’s co-founder)
b. Arnold Palmer (as the 1964 champ, he was the most recent winner before Nicklaus)
c. Former President Dwight Eisenhower (he was a beloved club member)
d. No one (Jones and club chairman Cliff Roberts decided that Nicklaus should put it on himself)

9. As defending champion, Scotland’s Sandy Lyle hosted the 1989 Champions Dinner, but his Scottish-flavored fare wasn’t a huge hit. What did Spain’s Seve Ballesteros say about the meal?
a. “I eat, I eat, I eat, I swallow.”
b. “My dinner next year will be better.”
c. “It was free.”
d. “Scotland is very famous for its food, you know.”

10. Who shared the 54-hole lead with Ben Crenshaw at the 1987 Masters, the one that Larry Mize won with a famous chip-in over Greg Norman? (Hint: He also was the 36-hole leader at Turnberry for the Jack Nicklaus-Tom Watson “Duel in the Sun” at the 1977 British Open ... and later worked in TV.)
a. Roger Maltbie
b. Curtis Strange
c. Lanny Wadkins
d. Andy North

11. Why was handsome amateur Frank Stranahan kicked out of the 1948 Masters before it began?
a. He violated tournament policy by playing more than one ball in a practice round
b. He was caught having an affair with a club member’s wife
c. He took a free set of tires from a sponsor, invalidating his amateur status
d. He refused to stay with other amateurs in the clubhouse’s Crow’s Nest

12. Which famed broadcaster never worked a Masters telecast?
a. Jim McKay
b. Frank Gifford
c. Johnny Miller
d. Chris Schenkel

13. What cartoon show curiously aired on the Masters pressroom TV monitor in 1992 when diminutive Ian Woosnam, who went on to win that year, was interviewed after his second round?
a. “Duck Tales”        
b. “The Smurfs”
c. “Rugrats”
d. “The Powerpuff Girls”

14. Jeff Sluman aced the par-3 fourth hole in 1992, and he remains the only Masters competitor to pull off the feat during the tournament. His mother, Doreen, was in his gallery. What did she say to him after the hole?
a. “My view was blocked. Did you make a birdie?”
b. “I’ve got an extra chicken sandwich, if you’re hungry.”
c. “I saw it go in. Give me that ball right away.”
d. “What kind of a car did you win for that shot?”

15. Where are the Masters’ famed green jackets made?
a. Taiwan
b. Romulus, Mich.
c. Cincinnati
d. West Palm Beach, Fla.

16. What did Masters champion Jimmy Demaret think about Augusta National bridges being named in honor of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson (to and from the 12th hole) and Gene Sarazen (15th hole)?
a. “Hey, I won three times and never got an outhouse.”
b. “Knowing Cliff Roberts, those three guys had to pay for the bridges.”
c. “I should get the bar named after me. I did amazing things in that room.”
d. “If Lloyd Mangrum gets a bridge before I do, I’m never going back.”

17. Which tournament record did Tiger Woods set during his 1997 runaway win?
a. Had 26 3s on scorecard over 72 holes
b. Youngest winner, at 21 years, 3 months, 14 days
c. Largest 54-hole lead: nine strokes
d. Played final 63 holes in 22 under par
e. First-nine 40 was worst-ever start by winner
f.  Posted 72-hole score of 270, 18 under par
g. All of the above

18. Phil Mickelson’s 2010 victory featured a Saturday surge in which he erased Lee Westwood’s five-shot lead with consecutive eagles at 13 and 14, then a birdie at 15. After he parred the 16th, Mickelson took the ball out of play. What did he write on it before stashing it in his golf bag?
a. “Eagle-eagle-birdie ball, 5 under in 3 holes”
b. “Happy birthday Amy”
c. “Bobby Jones, this was for you”
d. “Area code 3-2-4”

Answers
1. a – German POWs.
2. d – Verne Lundquist.
3. b – Brandel Chamblee. Sometimes miracles happen.
4. c – “Is this a joke?”
5. d – Colin Montgomerie.
6. d – Satan, believe it or not, courtesy of librarians!
7. b – ice storm.  
8. d – no one.
9. c – “It was free.”
10. a – Roger Maltbie.
11. a – Playing more than one ball (although historical rumors support b, an affair)
12. c – Johnny Miller.
13. b – The Smurfs.
14. c – “Give me the ball.”
15. c – Cincinnati
16. a – “I never got an outhouse.”
17. g – all of the above (This was a gimmie. You’re welcome.)
18. a – “eagle-eagle-birdie ball, 5 under in 3 holes.”

Scoring
18: You’re a regular Jack Nicklaus.
16-17: Good try, but you couldn’t go all 18?
15: This number reserved for Tiger Woods.
12-14: Like the Players Championship, good showing, but you’ll never be a major.
10-11: You know a guy who once got Trevor Immelman’s autograph.
8-9: You’re the Par 3 Contest caddie if the 5-year-old can’t go all nine holes.
5-7: Here’s an unsigned photo of Rod Funseth.
3-5: You can’t believe the Pro Bass Tour doesn’t have its own cable channel.
1-2: Your favorite golfer is Jack Nicholson.
0: You must be from the Big Ten Conference.

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