10 - 13 April


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Arnold Palmer in action

Arnold Palmer in action

The 1960s started much like the 1950s ended - with Arnold Palmer winning a second title and more of the now-great Masters traditions being introduced.

60's Moments

1960 Laser invented
1961 Berlin Wall built
1962 Cuban Missile crisis
1963 JFK assassinated
1964 Cassius Clay wins word title
1965 UK abolish death penalty
1966 England win World Cup
1967 First Super Bowl
1968 Martin Luther King assassinated
1969 Concorde's first flight

After Palmer's win in 1960 he conducted the first telecast interview with Clifford Roberts and earlier in the week the club had witnessed the first-ever par-three tournament, which saw the legendary Sam Snead take the honours.

In 1961 Roberts talked to the event's first ever international winner, the diminutive South African Gary Player who profited from Arnold Palmer's double-bogey six on the 72nd hole.

Twelve months later the roles were reversed with Player finishing second and Palmer winning a third Green Jacket after the tournament's first-ever three-way play-off (Don Finsterwald was the other runner-up).

Palmer would win again in 1964, his 12-under-par total giving him a six shot advantage over the rest of the field and making him the first four-time winner of the Masters. He celebrated with an interview in the then newly-built, and now revered, Butler Cabin.

That seemed like a monumental winning margin and yet one year later it was smashed by man who had won his first Green Jacket in 1963 - the young powerhouse Jack Nicklaus.

Thought of by many as something of a brute in the early 1960s, Nicklaus' nine shot win in 1965 has been bettered by only Tiger Woods in Masters history.

Nicklaus needed a play-off to win in 1966, but in doing so he became the first champion to successfully defend his title.

Television's importance continued to grow. The 60s came to life at Augusta just as it did throughout the western world - 1966 witnessed the first colour broadcast, revealing the majestic kaleidoscope of colours on every hole.

The decade ended with three relatively anonymous winners - Gay Brewer, Bob Goalby, George Archer - and one celebrated runner-up.

The Argentine Roberto Di Vicenzo errantly signed his card after the final round, overlooking that his playing partner Tommy Aaron had marked a par instead of a birdie on the penultimate hole.

It cost him a place in a play-off but his sardonic response ("What a stupid I am") earned him the love of the galleries and golf fans across the world.


One of the greatest players in history, 'The King' kick-started the emergence of golf as worldwide and television sport. Charismatic on and off the course, he charmed the galleries who became better known as 'Arnie's Army'. The Masters tournament and Palmer were a perfect match - both celebrating excellence, loving glamour, played on a course that suited Palmer's attacking style. From 1958, he enjoyed 10 years of success at Augusta - he won for the first time in 1958, added another three wins, and only once finished outside the top five (when ninth in 1963). Towards the end of the 1960s Jack Nicklaus usurped him as the best player in the world, but Palmer never lost the adoration of his Army and remains one of golf's best-loved characters.

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