With its exclusivity, picturesque southern landscapes, required attire, and, last but not least, the reason for its existence (to find out which golfer is worthy of wearing a coveted green blazer), it’s no secret that the Masters Tournament is the frattest sporting event in the world. The Derby and Carolina Cup are up there, but make no mistake — the Masters is alone at the top.
You may not have noticed, but a decent amount of the dudes who slip on the green jacket on Masters Sunday are able to get that glorious blazer around their arms and over their shoulders a little faster than some others. Why? Because they had a lot of practice, having been active members of fraternities back in their college days. Here is a list of every Masters champion fraternity/Greek fraternity double agent.
1955 Cary Middlecoff – Kappa Alpha Order, University of Tennessee
1963 Jack Nicklaus – Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Ohio State
1965 Jack Nicklaus – Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Ohio State
1966 Jack Nicklaus – Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Ohio State
1971 Charles Coody – Phi Delta Theta, TCU
1972 Jack Nicklaus – Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Ohio State
1973 Tommy Aaron – Kappa Alpha Order, University of Florida
1975 Jack Nicklaus – Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Ohio State
1977 Tom Watson – Alpha Sigma Phi, Stanford
1981 Tom Watson – Alpha Sigma Phi, Stanford
1984 Ben Crenshaw – Kappa Alpha Order, University of Texas
1986 Jack Nicklaus – Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Ohio State
1995 Ben Crenshaw – Kappa Alpha Order, University of Texas
2000 Vijay Singh – Fiji
Intentional omissions: Rumor has it Arnold Palmer was an Alpha Sigma Phi pledge, but he was never initiated. Rumor also has it that Adam Scott was a Sig Chi at UNLV, but we have received word from a UNLV Sig member that this is not the case.
It’s also interesting to note that Robert “Bobby” Jones, Jr., who helped design Augusta National and who cofounded the Masters Tournament, was a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Georgia Tech, and Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National, was a Phi Delt at Georgia.
The six fraternity members who have won the Masters combine for thirteen green jackets. That’s an average of over two per golfer. Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all..
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