Only one golfer walks away with the ultimate prize – a green jacket – at a Masters Tournament. But plenty of others don’t go away empty-handed.
From cloth to crystal, there are many ways for a player to make the Masters memorable. The Masters stands alone in tournament golf because no other event provides such an elaborate array of prizes.
It all starts with the green jacket, which has been awarded to the champion since 1949. The lightweight wool jacket is synonymous with winning at Augusta National Golf Club, but that’s not all the champion receives.
He also gets a sterling silver replica of the Masters Trophy (which depicts the clubhouse) and a gold medal.
The runner-up receives a silver medal and a silver salver.
Amateurs who make the cut are eligible to win the silver cup, which goes to the low amateur, and the silver medal that goes to the runner-up.
Beginning in 1954, the Masters started awarding crystal for special feats during the tournament.
The most common way to walk away with a trophy embossed with the Masters logo is to make an eagle. Any player in the field is eligible.
From 1954-62, anyone making an eagle received a crystal highball glass. From 1963-2011, a pair of crystal goblets was awarded. Now, a pair of crystal highball glasses goes to those who card an eagle.
Masters first-timer John Huh was one of 31 players who made the cut in 2013 to walk away with a prize.
“I heard about it during a practice round,” Huh said. “They told me, every time you eagle you get crystal. So that’s what I was looking forward to.”
Huh had a good look at eagle on No. 13 in the final round, but he missed. Two holes later, his putt from the back fringe found the cup for an eagle at No. 15.
“I’m really looking forward to receiving them,” said Huh, who added that was his coolest experience from the tournament.
Crystal is also awarded to players for low round of the day (vase), a hole-in-one (large crystal bowl) and double eagle (large crystal bowl).
With only four double eagles in tournament history, it is the hardest trophy to obtain. When Bruce Devlin made a double eagle in 1967 on No. 8, Masters Chairman Clifford Roberts decided that Devlin should receive a large crystal bowl.
According to the media guide, Roberts first gave a crystal bowl to Gene Sarazen, who made the tournament’s first double eagle, on No. 15 in 1935. The other double eagles in tournament play came from Jeff Maggert on No. 13 in 1994 and Louis Oosthuizen on No. 2 in 2012.
It should come as no surprise that Jack Nicklaus, who has won the most Masters (six), also has the most awards for his career. According to the Masters Journal, Nicklaus picked up 53 prizes between 1959 and 2005.
Raymond Floyd (34) and Tiger Woods (30) are well behind the Golden Bear.
However, it was an amateur who holds the record for most prizes won in a single Masters. Ken Venturi took home seven prizes from the 1956 Masters: silver medal as runner-up; silver-gold cup and gold medal for low amateur; crystal vases for day’s low score in the first and second rounds; and a crystal highball glass for eagles in the first and second rounds.