By T. Spencer
It seems like when we look back on The Masters each and every year can be called significant and historic. The 1963 Masters can be classified as both for a few reasons.
In ’63 with The Masters becoming so very popular the Augusta National Members first limited the amount of patrons admitted. It was in ’63 that the wonderful tradition of Honorary Starters was introduced. Jock Hutchison and Freddie McLeod shared the spotlight as The Masters inaugural honorary starters.
It was also in 1963 that saw a fifty year old Sam Snead challenge the youngsters for his fourth Masters. But Snead was denied as youth was served when a 23 year old Jack Nicklaus claimed the first of his record six Masters titles. Arnold Palmer presented Jack with his green jacket and it was part of a streak that saw Arnie and Jack win The Masters five years straight. In addition to 63, Nicklaus went on to capture green jackets in 65, 66, 72, 75 and his magical win in 86.