The US Masters Tournament

That is also called The masters for short. It belongs to the group of major championships in golf for professional players. The timing of the tournament is the first full week in the month of April. The invariable venue for it is the Augusta National Golf Club, which is a private course located in Augusta, Georgia.

The field for the US Masters

Compared to the other three major championshops, the US Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship, the Masters has the smallest field. The reason is that it is an invitational tournament.

There is a set of 18 criteria used for qualifying, to determine the players that will be included in the field. The events which are used for qualifying comprise a host of championships, including amateur tournaments. The classifying is performed according to the first category by which a player has qualified; but the other categories in which that player has qualified are also indicated, in parentheses.

For players who qualify on the basis of their achievements in amateur tournaments only have to be still amateurs on the event's first day, in order to be eligible for playing in The Masters.

The format of the US Masters

The format of the tournament involves four rounds, at 18 holes for each of the rounds. The days when the playing is done are from Thursday to Sunday.

In the first two rounds, 36 holes, the playing is done in groups of three players. Another peculiarity is that the field is not split, to start on the first tee and on the tenth tee.

Then, according to the last change in rules made in 2013, the following is implemented. The score is calculated which is used to reduce the field size for the weekend rounds. The players in them must have got to the top 50 places, or they have to be within 10 strokes away from the score that the leader has achieved.

So there are 36 more holes which are played during the remaining two days. If after the final round there is no winner, the rule of a sudden death playoff is applied to all the players who have tied for the lead.

The playing starts on the 18th hole, then the 10th, and is repeated, until one player remains, the winner.

The awards

The awards presented to the winner comprise a gold medal and a green jacket.

The name of the winner is also engraved on a Masters trophy, made of silver and depicting the clubhouse. The trophy remains with Augusta National.

The runner up receives a silver medal.

There is even an award for the player who scored the lowest: it is termed the Silver Cup.

For the lowest score on a day, the award is a crystal vase, for a scorer of a hole in one or a double eagle, the award is a crystal bowl, and for an eagle the award is a pair of crystal goblets.

The traditional green jacket award

The champion is awarded a green jacket, a tradition going back to 1949. The jacket is the attire for the club members, to be worn on its grounds. The requirement for the champion is to return the jacket to the club following a year of his victory. Then the jacket is stored in a collection of jackets, in a special cloakroom.

In the event there is a multiple winner, he uses the same jacket.

The Augusta National course

The ground used to be a plant nursery, but the course was built and opened in 1933. The course belongs to the group of greatest courses worldwide.

Each of the holes on the Augusta National course bears the name of a tree, or of a shrub, with which it has come to be associated. There are a total of 18 holes. There are 72 par, which is the typical number for championship courses.

The Augusta National has not been rated, which is a difference from the majority of other US golf courses, private or public. Nevertheless, an unofficial rating was given in 1990, and then a reevaluation in 2009 gave the course the rating of 78.1.

The Augusta National has undergone a number of modifications, such as reshaping of the greens, building of new tee boxes, planting of more trees, installing some mounds, etc.

One of the crucial changes involved the current 10th hole. It used to be the opening hole at the inauguration of the course in 1933, and was a par 4; from an elevated tee, it did not need much effort to approach. In 1937, the green was moved to where it is presently located, 50 yards away from its former site, on top of a hill, and it became the toughest hole in the tournament.

Another change involved the installation of a short rough around the fairways, for the tournament in 1999. It is also termed “the second cut”. That rough is much shorter compared to the primary rough found on other courses. Its mean length is 1.625 inches. The purpose of the rough is to limit the player's ability for controlling of the ball coming out, and enabling better accuracy in the driving on to the fairway.

The 2018 US masters

This tournament is to be held from 5 April to 8 April. It is to be the 82nd edition of the US Masters.

The broadcasting of the US Masters

For the United Kingdom, BBC broadcasts the tournament, and live commentaries are offered on the radio, on Radio Five Live. There is HD broadcasting on BBC HD. Since 2011, Sky Sports has broadcast the event, in HD and in 3D. For Ireland, the broadcasting has been implemented by Eir Sport since 2017.

Online betting on The US Masters

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