The Masters tournament is one of four major Championships in professional golf and will return to our screens this April.
The first edition of this tournament took place nearly 90 years ago and since then there have been 85 tournaments.
Unlike some of the other tournaments on the PGA tour, the Masters is an invitational event therefore meaning the pool of players is smaller than the majority of other events.
The Golf Masters also include a number of traditions. One of which includes the Champion being awarded a green jacket who then must return it one year after their victory.
Starting in 1963, past champions have hit an honorary tee shot on the morning of the first round to commence play. Players such as Fred McLeod, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Elder have taken part in this tradition.
Nicklaus is also the player to have the most Masters wins. Between 1963 and 1986 the American won the tournament six times.
Tiger Woods has won the event five times between 1997 and 2019 and he has also sparked rumours that he may make a 2022 return to the event.
The 46-year-old has been recovering from leg injuries after he was involved in a car crash 14 months ago. Reports from Social media have since suggested that Woods arrived at the Augusta Regional Airport on Tuesday morning before making the short journey to the course.
He walked the 18 holes with his son and PGA tour pro Justin Thomas.
While his name had been among the 91 participants to take part, it had been thought the hilly course would be too much for the recovering 15-time major champion.
With the anticipation of Woods potentially returning to the Sport, here is all you need to know ahead of the Golf Masters…
When is the tournament?
The tournament will commence on Thursday 7 April 2022 and will conclude on Sunday 10 April 2022.
Where is the tournament being held?
The Masters takes place in Augusta, Georgia and the Augusta National Golf Club. Play is set to begin at 2pm BST on the opening two days and 4pm BST on the weekend.
How to watch the Golf Masters
The golf Masters will be available to watch on Sky Sports for UK viewers while BBC is also set to broadcast nightly highlights of the event.
Those with Sky Sports subscriptions can also live stream the event through SkyGo. Subscriptions for Sky Sport start at around £40/month.
Who will compete in Golf Masters?
There are strict invitational rules for the Masters and the course infamously didn’t accept Black people until 1990 and Women until 2013.
Qualifications for the tournament include, but are not limited to:
- Masters tournament Champion (lifetime)
- US Open Champion (honorary)
- The Open Championships (honorary)
- PGA Championships (honorary)
- Winners of the Players Championship (for three years)
- Current Olympic Gold Medallist
- Current US Amateur Champion and runner-up (honorary)
- Current Amateur Champion (honorary)
- Current Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion
- First 12 players, including ties, in previous year’s Masters Tournament
- First four players, including ties, in previous year’s US Open
The Masters committee also reserves the right to invite any international players who didn’t otherwise qualify.
The field so far includes 18 former winners for the 2022 competition. These include the 2021 winner Hideki Matsuyama and the 1985 Champion Bernhard Langer.