Watch the complete final round broadcast of the 1995 Masters.
Ben Crenshaw wins his second Tournament in emotional fashion, paying tribute to his late mentor Harvey Penick. Davis Love III finished one stroke back.
A Heartfelt Triumph and Tiger’s Debut: The 1995 Masters Tournament
The Masters Tournament, one of golf’s most prestigious events, has a storied history filled with remarkable moments and legendary champions.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 1995 Masters Tournament, where emotions ran high and a young Tiger Woods made his major championship debut.
This event, the 59th in its history, took place from April 6 to April 9 at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
Let’s dive into the unforgettable moments that defined this tournament.
Ben Crenshaw’s Emotional Victory
The 1995 Masters will forever be remembered as a deeply emotional event for Ben Crenshaw, who claimed his second Masters championship.
Just days before the tournament, Crenshaw’s mentor and close friend, Harvey Penick, had passed away.
This tragic loss cast a shadow over the tournament for Crenshaw and his fellow golfer Tom Kite, who also shared a special bond with Penick.
The two friends attended Penick’s funeral in Texas on Wednesday, just before the tournament was set to begin.
They returned to Augusta National on the eve of the first round, carrying the weight of their emotions into the competition.
Despite the grief that hung in the air, Crenshaw summoned his inner strength and resilience.
With incredible focus and determination, he clinched the victory by a narrow margin, finishing just one stroke ahead of the runner-up, Davis Love III.
Crenshaw’s triumph was a testament to his character and unwavering spirit, making it one of the most heartwarming moments in Masters history.
Tiger Woods’ Grand Debut
The 1995 Masters Tournament also witnessed the emergence of a young and immensely talented golfer who would soon become a household name: Tiger Woods.
At just 19 years old and a college freshman at Stanford University, Woods qualified for the tournament as the 1994 U.S. Amateur champion.
This marked his debut in a major championship, and the golfing world was eager to see what this prodigious talent could achieve on the grand stage of Augusta National.
Woods didn’t disappoint.
He not only made the cut but also finished tied for 41st place, an impressive feat for a teenager competing against some of the world’s best professional golfers.
What made his performance even more remarkable was his average driving distance, which happened to be the longest in the entire tournament.
Tiger’s prodigious power off the tee was already turning heads and hinting at the incredible career that lay ahead.