AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Although opinions vary, a couple of contenders this weekend at Augusta National are trying to make Masters history.
According to Augusta National tournament officials, the last player to have made the Masters his first professional tour victory was in 1948, when Claude Harmon, a club pro and father of Butch Harmon, won the tournament.
However, research by the Augusta Chronicle indicates that Harmon previously won events at what eventually became the Westchester tour stop on the PGA Tour. Even the event's many European winners over the years all had won previously on that tour.
By any standard, the road to a maiden tour win for players like Rickie Fowler and Ricky Barnes, two players in the top 10 after 36 holes, is going to be a difficult one. Neither player has won a professional event on the Nationwide or PGA circuits.