In 1960, the Masters introduced a new method of reporting players' scoring, listing their cumulative standing in relation to par rather than their aggregate totals. This system soon became standard for tournaments and television broadcasts of professional golf worldwide. To this day, under-par scores are shown in red numerals, over-par scores in green numerals, and even-par scores by green zeroes.
Leader boards hold a special place at the Masters. Traditionally, tournaments had only one scoreboard, situated near the clubhouse. But Augusta National co-founders Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones decided to station leader boards throughout the property so patrons could be better apprised of the competition. Eleven leader boards are strategically placed around the course, each listing the 10 lowest scorers at a given time.
Because the leader boards are manually operated, there is often a lag between the moment a player holes out and when his score is shown. Anticipation builds, especially on Sunday afternoon, as patrons wait to see how one or more of the leaders have fared on a certain hole. Some of the volunteers who man the leader boards have been known to execute the task with a hint of drama, posting the latest numbers with an ever-so-slight slam.