Horton Smith Wins The First Annual Masters
Horton Smith sank a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 17 (now No. 8) for a victory over Craig Wood in the inaugural Augusta National Invitation Tournament. Smith remains one of three players to win in his first start at Augusta National Golf Club.
Horton Smith was born in Springfield, Mo., and, as he grew up and improved at golf, later worked as an assistant pro at Springfield Country Club. Today, a municipal golf course in Springfield is named in Smith's honor.
Horton Smith is considered one of the best putters in golf history. The World Golf Hall of Fame writes: "Byron Nelson rated Smith the finest putter and chipper of his era, and long after he won his final tournament in 1941, Smith was much sought after by other players for putting advice."
The 1934 Masters Tournament was contested from March 22 to March 25 at Augusta National Golf Club. It was the first Masters Tournament. Horton Smith won the event. Smith sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole (now the 8th hole) for a victory over Craig Wood. The purse was $5,000.