Fitzpatrick has qualified for this year's Masters (©GettyImages)
Fitzpatrick has qualified for this year's Masters (©GettyImages).

Masters 2014: A look at the amateurs (1)

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A tradition that the US Masters has upheld since it's creation in 1934 is honouring amateur golf.

Bobby Jones, one of the greatest amateurs of all time, helped create The Masters by inviting 11 amateurs and 50 professionals to the first ever tournament. Since then, The Masters has continued to invite those amateur golfers that have won the most prestigious amateur tournaments around the world. 

Another tradition of the tournament is to allow the current U.S Amateur champion to play in the same group as the defending Masters champion for the first two days. This means that this year, 19-year old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick will be playing with Australia's Adam Scott on Thursday and Friday.

Some of the world's best players first competed in a Masters when they were an amateur. These include the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson.

Although no player has won the Master's as an amateur, many have gone onto become major winners after competing in the tournament as an amateur.

So GMS takes a closer look at this year's six amateur qualifies as they look to use the tournament as a bridge to turning professional and become major winners like those that have gone before them.

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