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2012 Masters: Ranking the Top 25 Masters Tournaments of All-Time
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Since 1934 (with a brief interruption due to World War II), the Masters has been producing high-quality champions.

At the famed Augusta National, the tournament has provided a great deal of drama over the years. In fact, a common phrase is that "the Masters doesn't start until the back nine on Sunday," and for most years, this has certainly been true.

Shots have been holed, putts have been drained and adversaries have battled down the closing holes to secure the green jacket. Little else can touch the atmosphere that surrounds Augusta on a Masters Sunday.

The 76th edition of the tournament will be soon be upon us. The date is fast approaching, and it seems as prudent a time as ever to mark some of the greatest Masters that have ever been played.

Of the 75 Masters already completed, here are the 25 best. While the Masters seems to come down to the wire every year, in truth, it doesn't. There are years of great excitement, but plenty of instances of less-than-thrilling finishes (see 2008).

Nonetheless, it is still a tough list to compile. There have been so many great Masters in the tournament's history that 25 is too small a number to make everyone happy.

Here is my best attempt, though; from 25 to 1, these are the best Masters in history.

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