The Masters: Frequently Asked Questions


When is the 2018 Masters? 

The 2018 Masters takes place from April 5-8, at Augusta National GC. 

Where is the 2018 Masters played?

The Masters is played each year at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It's the only one of the four men's major championships that is played on the same course every year.

Who won the 2017 Masters?

Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose on the first play-off in 2017 to win his first major tournament in 2018, at the 74th time of asking. Since winning, Garcia has had his first child with wife Angela, and named his daughter Azalea after the flowers that famously grace Augusta National.

What is the 2018 Masters Prize Money?

The official purse is announced during Masters week, but the prize money was set at $11 million, with $1.9 million going to the winner on Sunday

Who should I bet on for the 2018 Masters? 

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Who is playing in the 2018 Masters?

 The field is currently made up of 87 players, with Ian Poulter claiming the final spot with his victory at the Houston Open. Tiger Woods will be playing in his first Masters for three years. Find the full list of competitors here...

What's the par at Augusta National?

Augusta National is a par 72, and it plays at 7,435 yards for the Masters.

What is the Par 3 Contest?

The Par 3 contest is an annual competition that takes place on the Wednesday before play starts, replacing the traditional pro-am in other tournaments. Family members or sometimes celebrities don the traditional Masters white jumpsuits to act as the players caddies in this event. In 2017 weather forced the contest to be cancelled for the first time in its history.

What was the Masters originally called?

The Masters was originally called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament when it was first played in 1934. Despite initial opposition from co-founder Bobby Jones of changing the name, it was formally changed to 'The Masters' in 1939.

When was the first Masters played? Who won the first Masters?

The first Masters was played in 1934, and Horton Smith won by two strokes with a score of four-under-par 284.

Why do they award a green jacket at the Masters?

The Green Jacket became a symbol of membership at the ultra-exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in 1937, but players didn't receive a green jacket until 1949 - with winners all becoming members of the Champions Club at Augusta. Sam Snead was the first person to be awarded a green jacket. 

Do Masters champions get to keep their green jacket? 

Yes, and no. For the first year after his victory, the current Masters champion is allowed to take his jacket away with him, and several players have used the opportunity to take photos in places like Wimbledon or the Eiffel Tower. However, once the defending champ returns his Green Jacket to the clubhouse after a year, he can no longer take it away from the Augusta National premises.

Who has won the most Masters? 

Jack Nicklaus has six Masters titles, which he won in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986. He was 46 when he won his final Masters, and is the oldets player to ever have won a green jacket. His closest rivals are Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, who both have four major titles.

How many play-offs have their been at The Masters? 

There have been 17 sudden-death play-offs in the the history of The Masters. The last one was in 2017 between Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, with Garcia making a birdie 3 to win his first major title. 

What is the course record at The Masters? 

The lowest 18 hole score at The Masters is 63, and is held by both Greg Norman and Nick Price.

What is the scoring record at The Masters?

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth share the lowest 72-hole score in Masters history, which is 18-under (270). Woods did it in 1997, and Spieth in 2015.

What is the largest margin of victory at the Masters?

In 1997 Tiger Woods won by 12 shots, which remains the largest margin of victory in Masters history.

Who is the youngest player to have won the Masters?

Tiger Woods. He was 21 years, 3 months and 14 days old when he won in 1997. Jordan Spieth is a close second, and was 21 years, 9 months and 17 days when he won in 2015.

How many play offs have their been at The Masters?

There have been 11 sudden-death playoffs in Masters history, and none of them have ever advanced past two holes. Last year, Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose on the first play-off hole. 

Has anyone won the Masters twice in a row?

Yes, three players have defended their title at the Masters, Jack Nicklaus (1965-1966), Nick Faldo (1989-1990) and Tiger Woods (2001-2002).

How many cabins are there at Augusta National? 

There are 10 cabins on the grounds of Augusta National. The most famous is Butler Cabin, where the winner of The Masters is first presented his green jacket, and is interviewed for the first time as that year's Masters Champion

What are the three bridges called at Augusta National?

Hogan Bridge: Dedicated to Ben Hogan on April 2, 1958, the Hogan Bridge crosses over Rae's Creek on to the 12th green at Amen Corner. 

Nelson Bridge: Dedicated to Byron Nelson on April 2, 1958, the Nelson Bridge also crosses Rae's Creek around Amen Corner, but this time crosses from the 13th tee to 13th fairway.

Sarazen Bridge: Dedicated to Gene Sarazen on April 6, 1955, Sarazen Bridge was the first bridge to be dedicated to a player. It crosses on to the 15th green.

What is Magnolia Lane?

Magnolia Lane is the main driveway leading from Washington Road to Augusta National's clubhouse, which is lined by Magnolia trees on each side all the way to the clubhouse.

What is Amen Corner?

Amen Corner is the three-hole stretch of the 11th - 13th. The 11th is a par-4, the 12th is a par-3 and the 13th is a par-5. It was first called Amen Corner by Herbert Warren Wind in a 1958 Sports Illustrated article, and originally referred specifically to the approach to 11, the entire 12th hole and the tee shot on 13. 

What is Rae's Creek?

Rae's Creek is a creek that flows around the back of the 11th green, front of the 12th green and ahead of the 13th tee. There is a large turtle that lives in Rae's creek which is nicknamed Byron by members because he is always beside Nelson's bridge.

Who founded Augusta National?

Augusta National was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. The course was designed by Alister MacKenzie.

What is the Champions Dinner at the Masters? 

The Champions Dinner is held on the Tuesday night of Masters week, and is only open to previous Masters Champions. It was started in 1952 by Ben Hogan, and tradition dictates that each champion sets the menu for the first Champions Dinner after their win. Sergio Garcia has yet to confirm the meal he'll be serving in 2018. You can find a full list of Champions Dinners from the last 26 years here... 

Who is the youngest player to ever play in the Masters?

The youngest player to ever play in the Masters is China's Tianlang Guan, who competed in the event in 2013 at the age of 14, having qualified by winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. He's also the youngest player to ever make the cut in a major championship.