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Masters Countdown: Why isn't every scorecard like this?

February 29, 2016

Augusta National's scorecard is different from every scorecard I've ever seen (I think). Can you spot the unique feature?

ANGC Scorecard.jpg

It's the yardages: they're all in multiples of five. The reason is that Clifford Roberts -- the club's co-founder, and the chairman of the Masters from the beginning until his death, in 1977 -- thought it was ridiculous to suggest that a golf hole could be measured with more precision than that, especially since the tee markers and hole locations changed from day to day. (Hey, why not give feet and inches, too?) It's not a big deal -- but it's a glimpse into the mind of the person most responsible for creating the world's last surviving un-screwed-up major sporting event.