Horton Smith, a 32-time PGA Tour winner, won the first-ever Masters tournament. Though he took home only $1,500 as prize money, the entire game was filled with the expected Masters’ drama and excitement.
Smith never led more than a shot and had a one-stroke lead with 18 holes remaining. However, Smith secured his win on the 17th hole, taking a much-needed one-stroke lead with his putt. With a final score of four-under 271, Smith made history by winning the very first Master tournament.
Though his first win would remain his most iconic win, Smith has won another Masters. He won again in 1936, just two years after The Masters began in 1934. Furthermore, Smith is a part of a short group of players to have won multiple Masters Tournaments.
1990 marked Smith's induction into the Hall of Fame. While he was one of the best players on tour in the 1930s, his Masters win remains unforgettable. With the tournament remaining prestigious throughout the years, Smith’s win deserves to be celebrated.