AUGUSTA, Georgia — The calm music that plays throughout the Masters Competition telecasts on ESPN and CBS has a history, lyrics, and was written expressly for this tournament, like so many other aspects of the tournament.
The original score for CBS’s broadcast of the Masters in 1981 was written by Dave Loggins.
Don Cherry re-released it in 1996 for Leeds Music/Patchwork Music ASCAP. “Augusta” is the title of the piece.
The origins of the song
A trip to the Masters inspired Loggins, and he was pals with a CBS executive. The song was written and recorded in Nashville, and it has since been featured on numerous television shows.
Loggins told PGA.com that he’s never made a lot of money off the song and was surprised that it lasted more than one event now that it’s in its fourth decade as part of the tournament programming.
In 2001, Loggins modified a line in the lyrics to honor Tiger Woods.
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