The Masters: How many countries have won the green jacket?


Taking a look at past winners of the green jacket and which countries they call home.

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentleman, the time of year that everyone and their mother pretends to care about golf. I’m obviously joking, but The Masters is the only time of year where it seems like everyone you speak to has an interest in the sport.

Such is the majesty of The Masters that veterans and novices alike can get excited about the four day competition. It truly is a magical time of year, and it’s a great time to be a fan of golf.

The competition was founded in 1934, with Horton Smith being the first winner of the coveted green jacket. Since then there have been 79 competitions played (1943, ’44 and ’45 weren’t held due to World War II) and more often that not an American has won it. In fact, it wasn’t until 1961 that a foreign player took home the top prize. That man of course was the great Gary Player from South Africa.

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Here is a look at every nationality to win The Masters since it’s inception in 1934.

  • America
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • England
  • Germany
  • Argentina
  • Fiji
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Scotland
  • Wales

There you have it folks, there have only been 11 different nationalities lucky and talented enough to win the green jacket. Obviously America are miles ahead of every other nation in terms of quantity of wins, they have a total of 58. To put that in to context for you, the nation in second place is South Africa, and they only have five wins.

There is a strong chance that the list could be added to this year, as Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is the odds on favorite to take home the green jacket. That’s according to the bookies, though they are often wrong.

Only time will tell if a different nationality will be added to the above list but one thing is for certain, it will be a long time before anyone breaks the United States record.

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