The Tournament
Herbert Warren Wind

Amen Corner

The famous stretch of golf holes -- Nos. 11, 12 and 13 at Augusta National Golf Club -- had been in existence for 25 years. But a catchy nickname for the three holes didn't exist until Herbert Warren Wind, the golf writer for Sports Illustrated , came up with the term to describe the action in 1958. The three holes where Rae's Creek meets the National played a vital role in the early years of the Masters. The Nelson Bridge commemorates Nelson's charge of a birdie at No. 12 and an eagle at No. 13 to win in 1937. The Hogan Bridge honors Hogan's score of 274 in 1953, then the lowest 72-hole score in Masters history. The 1958 tournament proved to be equally important. After playing two balls on the 12th hole amid a rules controversy and making eagle on the par-5 13th during the final round, Palmer claimed the first of four Masters wins by one shot over Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins. Wind, a veteran golf writer who also was a jazz buff, decided to combine his interests to describe the Sunday action.