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Which Golfers Have Won The Masters On Debut?

Which Golfers Have Won The Masters On Debut?

Since The Masters began in 1934, there have been 87 editions of the Major, with 56 champions. However, only three have won it at the first attempt – and it’s been decades since it was last achieved.

Here are the stories of how the players in that elite group managed what so many others couldn’t.

Horton Smith – 1934

Horton Smith takes a shot at the 1934 Masters

Horton Smith won the first-ever Masters

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The American makes the list by virtue of being the winner of the first-ever Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. Smith, who was 25 at the time, had already won 17 professional tournaments before the inaugural Masters came around, and he didn’t take long to demonstrate his ability. He shared the lead with two others after the first round before opening up a one-shot advantage after the second. 


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