Masters winners by year: List of past champions, payouts, green jacket history

Masters winners by year: List of past champions, payouts, green jacket history

There are four majors on the PGA Tour, but the Masters well may be the most prestigious of all.

The Masters, which began in 1934, has been held at Augusta National Golf Club every year since 1946. The tradition-rich event has one of the most iconic prizes in the sport — the green jacket — and also happens to be one of its most exclusive.

The winners of the Masters include the greatest golfers to ever play. From Jack Nicklaus to Arnold Palmer to Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods, the tournament has helped shape some of the most prolific golf careers of all time.

Which players have won the Masters? Here’s a look at the golfers who are members of the elite green-jacket club as well as why that award is one of the most important ones in all of sports.

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Masters Tournament winners by year

The list of Masters winners over the years is riddled with the names of the greatest golfers to ever play. That said, no golfer has had more Masters success than Jack Nicklaus. The Golden Bear won the tournament six times during his legendary career, with the first coming in 1963 and the last in 1986.

Tiger Woods is just behind Nicklaus with five total wins, the first of which came in 1997 while his most recent came in 2019. Arnold Palmer is the only other golfer with four or more green jackets.

Dustin Johnson holds the scoring record for the Masters. He shot 20-under par during the 2020 tournament and won by five strokes over the rest of the field. Previously, Woods and Jordan Spieth’s mark of 18-under from 1997 and 2015, respectively, had been the best in tournament history.

Below is a full look at the history of the Masters, from the most recent winner, Hideki Matsuyama, to the first champion, Horton Smith in 1934.

Year Winner Score
2022 Scottie Scheffler -10
2021 Hideki Matsuyama -10
2020 Dustin Johnson -20
2019 Tiger Woods -13
2018 Patrick Reed -15
2017 Sergio Garcia -9
2016 Danny Willett -5
2015 Jordan Spieth -18
2014 Bubba Watson -8
2013 Adam Scott -9
2012 Bubba Watson -10
2011 Charl Schwartzel -14
2010 Phil Mickelson -16
2009 Angel Cabrera -12
2008 Trevor Immelman -8
2007 Zach Johnson +1
2006 Phil Mickelson -7
2005 Tiger Woods -12
2004 Phil Mickelson -9
2003 Mike Weir -7
2002 Tiger Woods -12
2001 Tiger Woods -16
2000 Vijay Singh -10
1999 José María Olazábal -8
1998 Mark O’Meara -9
1997 Tiger Woods -18
1996 Nick Faldo -12
1995 Ben Crenshaw -14
1994 José María Olazábal -9
1993 Bernhard Langer -11
1992 Fred Couples -13
1991 Ian Woosnam -11
1990 Nick Faldo -10
1989 Nick Faldo -5
1988 Sandy Lyle -7
1987 Larry Mize -3
1986 Jack Nicklaus -9
1985 Bernhard Langer -6
1984 Ben Crenshaw -11
1983 Seve Ballesteros -8
1982 Craig Stadler -4
1981 Tom Watson -8
1980 Seve Ballesteros -13
1979 Fuzzy Zoeller -8
1978 Gary Player -11
1977 Tom Watson -12
1976 Raymond Floyd -17
1975 Jack Nicklaus -12
1974 Gary Player -10
1973 Tommy Aaron -5
1972 Jack Nicklaus -2
1971 Charles Coody -9
1970 Billy Casper -9
1969 George Archer -7
1968 Bob Goalby -11
1967 Gay Brewer -8
1966 Jack Nicklaus E
1965 Jack Nicklaus -17
1964 Arnold Palmer -12
1963 Jack Nicklaus -2
1962 Arnold Palmer -8
1961 Gary Player -8
1960 Arnold Palmer -6
1959 Art Wall Jr. -4
1958 Arnold Palmer -4
1957 Doug Ford -5
1956 Jack Burke Jr. +1
1955 Cary Middlecoff -9
1954 Sam Snead +1
1953 Ben Hogan -14
1952 Sam Snead -2
1951 Ben Hogan -8
1950 Jimmy Demaret -5
1949 Sam Snead -6
1948 Claude Harmon -9
1947 Jimmy Demaret -7
1946 Herman Keiser -6
1942 Byron Nelson -8
1941 Craig Wood -8
1940 Jimmy Demaret -8
1939 Ralph Guldahl -9
1938 Henry Picard -3
1937 Byron Nelson -5
1936 Horton Smith -3
1935 Gene Sarazen -6
1934 Horton Smith -4

Note: The Masters was canceled from 1943-1945 as a result of World War II.

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How much does the Masters winner make?

The Masters prize pool has stayed the same since 2019. There is an $11.5 million purse for the event and the winner will make $2.07 million. That represents 18 percent of the total purse.

In the first year of the Masters, Horton Smith’s payout was just $1,500. The tournament first awarded a $1 million prize to the first-place finisher when Tiger Woods won in 2001.

Below is a breakdown of how much the Masters winner has made by year, per Golf.com.

Year Payout
1934 $1,500
1935 $1,500
1936 $1,500
1937 $1,500
1938 $1,500
1939 $1,500
1940 $1,500
1941 $1,500
1942 $1,500
1943 No tournament (WWII)
1944 No tournament (WWII)
1945 No tournament (WWII)
1946 $2,500
1947 $2,500
1948 $2,500
1949 $2,750
1950 $2,400
1951 $3,000
1952 $4,000
1953 $4,000
1954 $5,000
1955 $5,000
1956 $6,000
1957 $8,750
1958 $11,250
1959 $15,000
1960 $17,500
1961 $20,000
1962 $20,000
1963 $20,000
1964 $20,000
1965 $20,000
1966 $20,000
1967 $20,000
1968 $20,000
1969 $20,000
1970 $25,000
1971 $25,000
1972 $25,000
1973 $30,000
1974 $35,000
1975 $40,000
1976 $40,000
1977 $40,000
1978 $45,000
1979 $50,000
1980 $55,000
1981 $60,000
1982 $64,000
1983 $90,000
1984 $108,000
1985 $126,000
1986 $144,000
1987 $162,000
1988 $183,800
1989 $200,000
1990 $225,000
1991 $243,000
1992 $270,000
1993 $306,000
1994 $360,000
1995 $396,000
1996 $450,000
1997 $486,000
1998 $576,000
1999 $720,000
2000 $828,000
2001 $1,008,000
2002 $1,008,000
2003 $1,080,000
2004 $1,117,000
2005 $1,260,000
2006 $1,260,000
2007 $1,305,000
2008 $1,350,000
2009 $1,350,000
2010 $1,350,000
2011 $1,440,000
2012 $1,440,000
2013 $1,440,000
2014 $1,620,000
2015 $1,800,000
2016 $1,800,000
2017 $1,980,000
2018 $1,980,000
2019 $2,070,000
2020 $2,070,000
2021 $2,070,000
2022 $2,070,000*

Expected winner’s share for 2022.

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History of the Masters green jacket

Augusta National describes the green jacket as “the ultimate symbol of success at the Masters Tournament.” The unique award has been gifted to winners since 1949, when Sam Snead won it for the first time.

Green jackets first became a part of Augusta’s legacy in 1937. Members of the club began wearing them so they could answer questions from patrons that were less familiar with the course.

The original jackets were made of a heavy woolen material, but they were quickly replaced by a lighter-weight version.

Per tradition, the winner of the previous year’s tournament, Hideki Matsuyama, will present the green jacket to the winner in 2022. In rare circumstances during which a golfer wins the event in back-to-back years, the chairman of Augusta National will award the jacket. The only time this didn’t happen was when Jack Nicklaus won the event in 1966 and was instructed to put the jacket on himself, as he was the previous year’s winner.

Only Augusta National members and tournament winners are allowed to wear green jackets at the club. And the jacket must stay at Augusta National unless it belongs to the tournament’s reigning champion. In the year after winning, the champion is permitted to take the jacket home from the club but must return it the following year.