1984 Masters: Ben Crenshaw wins his 1st Masters title

1984 Masters

1984 Masters: Ben Crenshaw breaks through

On this day, Ben Crenshaw broke through and won his first major at the 1984 Masters in Augusta, GA.  The tournament which is normally scheduled to conclude on the second Sunday of April, this Masters was held a week later.  During the first round of play Crenshaw turned in the low number of the field with a -5 under par, 67.  The leader after 36 holes was Masters rookie Mark Lye at 135 (−9), three strokes ahead of Tom Kite. Play was halted near the end of the third round due to thunderstorms and the final groups completed it on Sunday morning.

In which was a shootout among Harvey Penick students, Kite led after three rounds by shooting a -3 under, 69.  Crenshaw was only two back going into the final day and prevailed by shooting a four under par, 68 to get the green jacket.  Unfortunately Tom Kite fluttered out to a 75 to take him out of contention.

Fact:  At the time of the win in 1984, Ben Crenshaw was still playing with the same putter since he was 15 years old. He received it as a birthday present from his father, who nicknamed it ”Little Ben.” It’s a Wilson 8820, a mallet-head putter.

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