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The Masters in the 1950s

Taking a deep, decade-by-decade look back at The Masters, starting with the 1950s and Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Ken Venturi, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.

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Bobby Jones (right) presents the silver cup trophy to Billy Joe Patton, the low amateur in the 1954 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Patton, who died Jan. 1 at age 88, finished one stroke out of a playoff between Ben Hogan (second from left) and champion Sam Snead (background).

Published on January 2, 2011

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Tony Holquin, left, Mexico's Open champion, and Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentina's Open champion, watch Ben Hogan

Published on March 28, 2011

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Jimmy Demaret, two-time Masters Tournament champion, sends his ball out of the sand trap on the edge of the second green during the Masters in Augusta, Ga., April 7, 1950.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Charlie Coe makes a splash as he drives his ball from the mud at the edge of a lake bordering the 15th green, during second round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, Ga., April 6, 1951.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Ben Hogan, of Ft. Worth, Texas, chips out of the crowd to the 7th green after his approach shot rolled from the green and stopped five feet into the spectators in third round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 7, 1951.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Golfer Bobby Jones, left, congratulates Doug Ford after he won the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 7, 1951.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Sam Snead kicks out one foot and leaps for joy as his putt drops in for a par four on the sixth hole during the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 5, 1952.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Jack Burke Jr. hits from second tee in third round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 5, 1952.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Ben Hogan, Palm Springs, Ca., holds his putter straight up as he watches his ball roll for the cup on the 15th green at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1953. Hogan entered the 3rd round of The Masters golf tournament with a low 139.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr., president of the Augusta National Golf Club, congratulates Master winner Ben Hogan, left, and runner-up Ed "Porky" Oliver, both of Palm Springs, Ca., at the Master Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 12, 1953. Hogan shot a record-breaking 274 for the 72 holes and Oliver had a 279.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Billy Joe Patton searches for his ball in the creek at hole No. 13 in the final round of the 1954 Masters.

Published on January 7, 2011

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Robert Sweeny putts on second green, during third round of 1950 Masters Tournament, on April 8, 1950 in Augusta, Ga.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Cary Middlecoff puts his all into a shot from the 15th fairway during second round of Masters Golf Tournament April 8, 1955.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Golfer Charlie Coe drives from second tee at Augusta, Ga., during the Masters Tournament, April 9, 1955.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Sam Snead, left, and Ben Hogan stroll down the fairway on the eve of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 6, 1955.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Ken Venturi drives off from 14h tee during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta, Ga., on April 6, 1956.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Cliff Roberts and Bobby Jones pose on the fairway during the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Apr. 7, 1956.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Jack Burke Jr., left, is congratulated by Bobby Jones after winning the 20th Masters Golf Tournament by one stroke at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Ga., April 8, 1956.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Gary Player of Johannesburg, South Africa drives from the 9th tee during the third round of the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga. on April 6, 1957.

Published on March 16, 2011

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Masters Tournament golf champ Doug Ford, left, gets assistance from Jack Burke Jr., as he slips into the traditional green jacket worn only by tournament winners, Augusta, Ga., April 8, 1957.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Arnold Palmer, center standing, argues a rules point at the 12th hole after his ball became embedded in the mud during final round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in August, Ga., April 6, 1958. The final ruling gave the 28-year-old Palmer, of Latrobe, Pa., a three on the hole and a 73 round for a 284 total.

Published on March 28, 2011

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Arnold Palmer, left, and Sam Snead rehash their third round play in the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in August, Ga., April 5, 1958. Palmer and Snead wound up in a tie for the lead with a 54 hole total of 211.

Published on March 7, 2011

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Arnold Palmer and his wife, Winnie, after he won the Masters in 1958. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)

Published on September 9, 2009

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Art Wall Jr. throws down club and leaps over to retrieve ball from cup on 18th green after putting out in the final round of Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, Ga., April 5, 1959. He fired a 66 for a total 284 to win the tournament.

Published on March 28, 2011