These are players who played the most number of times at the Masters before winning the tournament for the first time. To date, 46 different players have won the Masters. Due to multiple winners, there are only 46 players who can make this list.
The Masters is my favorite golf tournament, and the favorite of many big time golf fans like myself. To me, a golfer and golf fan living in New Jersey, seeing the flowers and trees blooming at Augusta every first weekend in April reminds me that the golf season is on the way.
1. Mark O'Meara - 15
Mark O'Meara holds the record for playing the most number of Masters before winning the tournament. O'Meara won the Masters on his 15th attempt in 1998 in dramatic fashion, sinking a 20 foot birdie putt on the final hole for the win.
Mark O'Meara was 41 years old when he won his only Masters in 1998, which was a great year for O'Meara. He also won the British Open that year for his second and last major. Mark O'Meara has won 16 PGA Tour events in his career, and has also won many tournaments overseas.
2. Billy Casper - 14
Billy Casper won the Masters for the only time in 1970 on his 14th attempt at the tournament. Casper's win was notable because he won the Masters in a 18 hole playoff vs Gene Littler in the last 18 hole playoff at the Masters. The tournament switched to a sudden death playoff format in 1979.
Billy Casper also won the U.S. Open twice for three majors in his career. Casper was a prolific winner, as he won 51 PGA Tour events in his career.
3. Ben Crenshaw - 13
Ben Crenshaw won his first Masters in 1984 by two strokes over Tom Watson in his 13th attempt. Crenshaw came back 11 years later in 1995 and won the Masters again in his 24th try at the tournament. That is the most number of attempts for a player to win his second Masters.
His two Masters wins are the only majors in Ben Crenshaw's career. He won 19 times on the PGA Tour.
T-4. Phil Mickelson - 12
Even though he is as talented a golfer as I have ever seen, it took Phil Mickelson 12 attempts before he won his first Masters in 2004 at the age of 33. Phil won by one stroke over Ernie Els by sinking a birdie putt on the final hole. He liked winning so much he has come back to Augusta and won the Masters two more times to date, in 2006 and 2010.
Phil Mickelson is a big threat to win the 2012 Masters. He's already won this season at Pebble Beach in dramatic fashion, and just missed winning the Northern Trust Open, losing in a three-way sudden death playoff.
T-4. Raymond Floyd - 12
Raymond Floyd won his first and only Masters in 1976 at the age of 33 in his 12th attempt. He did it in style too, winning wire-to-wire with a -17 under score, which was eight strokes ahead of Ben Crenshaw in second place.
For his career, Ray Floyd also won the U.S. Open once, and the PGA Championship twice for four majors in his career. Floyd won 22 times on the PGA Tour in his career.
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