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Event: The Masters Tournament
League: PGA Tour
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Course: Augusta National Golf Club
The Masters is one of the most prestigious tournaments in men’s professional golf and the world of sports in general. It constitutes one of four major championships in the golf pantheon, along with the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship. The history of the tournament dates back to the 1930s when professional golfer Bobby Jones and his partner Clifford Roberts founded the Augusta National Golf Club. In the ensuing decades, Augusta would become one of the most popular and exclusive courses in the world, featuring all-time greats. Jack Nicklaus is the record-holder for the most all-time Masters wins with six. Only three players ever, Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo, have repeated as Masters champions. In 1997, Augusta was the site of the infamous Tiger Woods victory in which he set a record score of 18 under par and a 12-stroke margin. Jordan Spieth tied this 18 under par scoring record in 2015. Experience the rich heritage of Augusta and purchase Masters tickets at StubHub.
Unlike the British Open or the US Open, the Masters does not feature an actual qualifying play-in tournament. In order to be invited by Augusta, players must fulfill 1 of 19 possible criteria, which include past championships at the Masters or a spot in the top 50 season-ending rankings. Exemptions are rarely given out, though they do occur. Approximately 90 to 100 players qualify for the tournament each year. Over each of the four days, the players must complete 18 holes, which add up to a 72-hole par. After the first two days, players must be in the top 50 or within 10 strokes of the lead to make the cut and continue playing. Anyone below this mark is eliminated. The player with the lowest score at the end of the event is the winner. In the event of a tie, the winner is determined by a sudden-death playoff on the 18th hole. If a second hole is needed, then they'll play on the 10th. The winner of the tournament receives the Masters trophy, a gold medal and the iconic green jacket. The remaining players receive cash prizes.
The Masters always takes place in early April. It is the first major golf championship of the calendar year. The 2021 Masters will take place on April 8-11th. The 2020 Masters was canceled due to coronavirus and the tournament will resume as usual this year.
Tiger Woods was the winner of the 2019 Masters with a score of 13 under par. It was his fifth Masters win in total, which is the second-most all-time win. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele all tied for second place at 12 under par
The Masters schedule opens with a slate of pre-tournament events and practice sessions between the Monday and Wednesday before the tournament. These events generally feature a laid-back atmosphere, including a fun par-3 contest on Wednesday involving players in the tournament. They may be some of the best days to experience the ambiance and beauty of the course itself on your own time. They are also the only days in which cameras are allowed on the course. Once the tournament officially begins on Thursday, the atmosphere becomes more serious. Attendees are expected to follow the usual golf etiquette with extreme precision, including absolute silence during strokes and shots. Attendees are given leeway to walk around the course or remain at a specific hole as they wish. From the first hole to Amen Corner to the famous grandstands, the Augusta golf course stretches for more than 7,700 yards.
If you enjoy PGA Tour golf, then you can check out similar events around the area, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, FL, or the Tour Championship in Atlanta, GA. The Tour Championship has historically been one of the final events of the PGA season.