Vintage Photo of the Day: First Masters Winner 1934

The Masters celebrates its 80th anniversary this year and our Photo of the Day takes you back to the inaugural event and the world famous tournament’s first winner.

Horton Smith photo cutline 19341934 Masters winner Horton SmithThis 6×8” photograph shows Horton Smith smiling for the camera as he checks his scorecard following his final round at Augusta in March, 1934.

The back of the photo retains the original cut line from the Acme News Service.

Smith was clearly happy to birdie the 71st hole, earning a one-stroke victory over Craig Wood but he likely had no idea how historic his victory would be.  Smith won the tournament by one stroke again in 1936.  He won 32 PGA Tour titles in total and remarkably, he participated in every Masters until he died in 1963.  He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.

The photo of Smith offered by RMY Auctions is in good shape with the exception of a small corner crease.

Bidding for the Smith image and more than 400 vintage news photographs ends Saturday.  To participate click here.