Should Masters Change Its Name?


Should Augusta National Golf Club change the name of the Masters Tournament?

That was a question answered definitively by Rob Parker last week in an article on

The commentary might have been lost amongst all the other COVID-19 news at the PGA TOUR’s Travelers Championship. So, I thought that I would pose the question now to our golf audience while acknowledging that I am not qualified to answer it.

In 1934, when the first professional tournament was held at Augusta National in Georgia, the event was titled the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. The name remained for five years.

Clifford Roberts, who with the legendary Bobby Jones co-founded Augusta National, thought that the tournament name should be changed to reflect the quality of the field, generally regarded as the best in professional golf every year. Roberts proposed the name Masters, as in the “masters of golf."

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