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The Tour Report

April 7 2011

11:32 AM

Happy anniversaries, Ben and Carl

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Carl Jackson and Ben Crenshaw have been together at Augusta National for 36 Masters.

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

AUGUSTA, GA. -- Can it really be 40 years since Ben Crenshaw started playing here? Since Clifford Roberts greeted him in the parking lot and reminded him there was a barbershop in the clubhouse?

How fast time flies. When Crenshaw teed off Thursday morning, he celebrated 40th Masters as a competitor.
His caddie Carl Jackson? This was his 50th.
There was no fanfare when the duo -- Ben and Carl as they're known at Augusta -- stepped to the first tee Thursday with first-off honors to celebrate their 36th Masters together. They won twice -- in 1984 and 1995 -- and finished in the top three four other times, including a runner-up finish in 1976, their first collaboration.
They were put together by Augusta National member John Griffith, who knew Crenshaw from Texas and Jackson, who started caddying at Augusta National as a teenager.
The only Masters they haven't been together was in 2001 when Jackson was undergoing cancer treatments.