US Masters youngest champions . Who are the youngest golfers who’ve won The Masters? On this page we’ll tell you who the record-holder is, run down the list of the 10 youngest Masters winners, plus show you the progression of record-holders over time.
US MASTERS YOUNGEST CHAMPION
Tiger Woods is the US Masters youngest champion of all time. Woods won the 1997 Masters at the age of 21 years, 3 months and 14 days old. Jordan Spieth later came within five months of bettering Woods’ record, and Woods and Spieth are the only golfers younger than 22 who’ve won this major.
Tiger Woods’ 1997 victory was a smashing one, literally, as he broke or tied all kinds of tournament records. He became the youngest winner, lowering the record previously held by Spanish legend Severiano Ballesteros. He also tied or broke multiple scoring records, including setting a new margin-of-victory record when he won by 12 strokes.
It was first win in a major championship for Tiger Woods and his fourth overall PGA Tour victory since turning pro less than one year earlier.
THE LIST OF THE YOUNGEST US MASTERS WINNERS
These are the 10 youngest golfers who’ve won The Masters.
Tiger Woods: Woods – 21 years, 3 months and 14 days old when he won the 1997 Masters.
Jordan Spieth: Spieth – 21 years, 8 months old when he won the 2015 Masters. He led wire-to-wire and tied Woods’ 72-hole scoring record at 18-under 270.
Seve Ballesteros – 23 years and 4 days old when he won the 1980 Masters. It was Seve’s second major and his 11th European Tour victory.
Jack Nicklaus – 23 years, 2 months and 17 days old when he won the 1963 Masters. It was Nicklaus’ second win in a major and his fifth PGA Tour victory.
The four golfers above are the only ones to date to win The Masters before turning 25. The following golfers round out the Top 10 youngest Masters champions.
Byron Nelson: – 25 years, 2 months, 0 days old when he won the 1937 Masters.
Jack Nicklaus: – 25 years, 2 months, 21 days old when he won the 1965 Masters.
Tiger Woods: – 25 years, 3 months, 9 days old when he won the 2001 Masters.
Gary Player: – 25 years, 5 months, 9 days old when he won the 1961 Masters.
Horton Smith: – 25 years, 10 months, 3 days old when he won the 1934 Masters. (The tournament’s very first winner still makes this list)
Seve Ballesteros: – 26 years, 2 days old when he won the 1983 Masters.
Woods, Ballesteros and Nicklaus all make the Top 10 twice.
PROGRESSION OF THE RECORD FOR YOUNGEST US MASTERS WINNERS
The first Masters champ was, obviously, also the youngest Masters champ at that point. So let’s see how this record has progressed through the years, listing each golfer who’s held this record until reaching the current record-holder, Woods:
Horton Smith, winner of the 1934 Masters, was 25 years, 10 months and 3 days old.
Byron Nelson lowered the record at the 1937 Masters, winning at age 25 years and 2 months.
Nobody beat Nelson’s mark until Nicklaus at the 1963 Masters, at age 23.
Ballesteros lowered the record to 23 years and 4 days in 1980.
And Woods broke that record in 1997.
THE OLDEST MASTERS WINNERS
The oldest US Masters Champions to date.
Jack Nicklaus, 1986 – 46 years, 2 months, 23 days
Ben Crenshaw, 1995 – 43 years, 2 months, 29 days
Gary Player, 1978 – 42 years, 5 months, 8 days
Sam Snead, 1954 – 41 years, 10 months, 16 day
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player show up on both lists – youngest and oldest Masters winners.
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