Australian Masters Facts and Quotes

Start the mayhem.

Tiger Woods arrives in Australia this morning to play the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath.

To get the ball rolling, here’s a few facts about the Australian Masters and a few things recent and not so recent quotes.

  • Only five players from the northern hemisphere have ever won the event: Gene Littler (1980), Bernard Langer (1985), Mark O’Meara (1986), Colin Montgomerie 2001) and Justin Rose (2006).
  • Greg Norman has worn the golf jacket six times. Next best is Craig Parry with three wins.
  • Tiger Woods has previously played in the Australian Masters. He played in 1997 where he finished a tie for 8th, seven shots behind winner Peter Lonard.
  • The slogan for the first Australian Masters was “A New Tradition”. It’s been “The Tradition Continues” ever since.

“Oh sweet Jesus.”
Golf fan on online forum after hearing the news Eddie McGuire will be heading the Channel Nine Australian Masters coverage.

“…But all of the courses I’ve seen down there in Melbourne, I’ve always loved the bunkering, some of the best bunkering in the world.”
Tiger Woods

“It’s not like a typical golf course he’s used to playing,…It will have to be a restrained Tiger. If he just cracks driver, he’ll be in trouble.”
Current Australian Masters champ, Rod Pampling.

“I’m going to run a golf tournament and call it the Australian Masters. It will be an unashamed copy of the US Masters at Augusta. We’ll play it at the same venue at the same time every year. We’ll hand out a jacket to the winner.”
David Inglis in 1978, founder of the Australian Masters.

7 thoughts on “Australian Masters Facts and Quotes

  • November 9, 2009 at 01:47

    I’m curious, Michael… is Craig Parry scheduled to compete? I really enjoy watching him play, but he doesn’t play the PGA Tour anymore.

    If he is playing, I can finally see him again on Golf Channel! (They’re carrying the tourney as part of their “Tiger World Tour” promo.)

  • November 9, 2009 at 04:18

    He is Mike. He’s always a chance actually. He’s been playing in Asia a lot more this year after deciding it was closer to home and easier to get back to his family in between tournaments.

  • November 9, 2009 at 08:11

    I hope tiger can perform better than when we had him in NZ for our national open. It would be a shame to get him all the over to our part of the world and then have him not playing his best.

  • November 13, 2009 at 02:26

    Can someone get Eddie McGuire out of the commentary box, he clearly knows nothing about golf and every time I tune in is going on about crowd sizes and scheduling… Keeps palming it off to guests to talk in detail about the next shot, but they’re hardly natural presenters.

  • November 13, 2009 at 03:28

    please ! please ! Get Eddie off the Golf Coverage, I am actually having anxiety yelling attacks at the t. v. as I listen to the rubbish commentary coming from Eddie, Stick to the Footy Ed! He is so annoying !

  • November 15, 2009 at 14:38

    i truly admire tiger woods skills. he is pure genius in golf shots but lately my amusement in watching him play in tournaments is nothing to do with golf anymore. it’s pure entertainment for me now watching him losing his temper, swearing, spitting, throwing his clubs, banging his putter etc. BUT!!!! no commentators have ever commented about his negative behaviour. I know he is golf god but i’m sure they are not in tiger’s payroll. correct me if i am wrong. and by the way… disrespect to anybody who compete in the tournament but tiger won australian masters because all the big guns were competing in hongkong.

  • November 16, 2009 at 10:17

    I didn’t get to see any channel 9 coverage but no doubt would have hated seeing Eddie McGuire running the show.

    Tiger’s club throwing did get a bit of stick about his stick throwing this weekend and you’re right – it wasn’t the best field he’s ever competed against and the few Aussie big guns weren’t firing this week.


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