Originally created 01/01/00

Clifford Roberts



The New York financier, along with golf legend Bobby Jones of Atlanta, put Augusta on the map in the world of golf. He and golf great Bobby Jones had a dream, and they formed a partnership with noted golf course designer Dr. Alistair Mackenzie to plan the Augusta National Golf Club and to establish the Master Golf Tournament. Since 1934, of course, the Masters has developed into an event that some say now overshadows the U.S. Open in prestige.

Until 1976, Clifford Roberts was the chairman of the club and tournament. In the early years, he and Jones personally extended invitations to the tournament. Moreover, his friendship with America's 34th president led Dwight Eisenhower to make Augusta -- and specifically the Augusta National -- his retreat during the 1950s.