Golf has been a well known sport throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and other countries/peninsulas since its start in Scotland in the Middle Ages. There are, of course, many anticipated PGA Tour and championship matches to look forward to, but coming up in 2023 is none other than the Masters. So, Event Tickets Center is here to help you prepare!
What is the Masters tournament?
The Masters are an invitational men's golf tournament that have been held annually since 1934. The tournament was started by none other than Bobby Jones, an amateur golf champion, and Clifford Roberts, a New York investment banker. After the former retired from golf in 1930, Jones hoped to fulfill his dream of building a golf course. Jones and Roberts met a few times from the 1920's onwards, and had just a brief conversation about this dream before they decided to pull it into reality. After formally opening the Augusta National Golf Club in 1933, Jones and Roberts wanted to provide a service to golf, and decided to host a tournament in 1934. For the first five years the tournament ran, it was called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, before Jones relented, and the name was changed to its current title, which has been in use since 1940. It was also in 1940 that it was decided to schedule the tournament during the first full week in April.
When is the masters tournament
The Masters are held from Thursday to Sunday during the first full week of April. This tradition, however, has been broken in extreme circumstances, such as with major events like WWII and the Covid-19 pandemic. For 2023, it'll be from Monday April 3rd to Sunday April 9th.
Who won the masters
Some of the more well known players who have won the Masters include Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus (who's won the Masters six times and currently holds the record for most Masters titles), and Phil Mickleson (who's won three masters titles).
In the previous 5 years, the following people have won the Masters:
- 2022-Scottie Scheffler (Runner Up: Rory McIlroy)
- 2021-Hideki Matsuyama (Runner Up: Will Zalatoris)
- 2020-Dustin Johnson (Runner Ups: Sungjae Im & Cameron Smith)
- 2019-Tiger Woods (Runner Ups: Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, & Xander Schauffele)
- 2018-Patrick Reed (Runner Up: Rickie Fowler)
How to watch the masters? (ESPN + and CBS/Paramount + depending on the time and day)
ESPN and CBS are the two channels that will cover the tournament on Cable TV, so be sure to check your local listings and cable services to see if they'll be airing the tournament without having to upgrade your cable package. Both channels also offer their own streaming platforms in ESPN+ and CBS Live TV Stream.
Aside from Cable TV Networks, the following streaming platforms offer ways to watch the Masters digitally:
- DIRECTV STREAM
- Hulu (will likely require their LiveTV package at an additional cost to their regular plan)
- Youtube TV
How do I see the Masters in person?
There are tickets available for the Practice Rounds and Daily Tournaments, albeit limited for the latter. Check out our full selection of tickets here .
Where is the masters played
The Masters are played at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. This golf club, aside from being famous for the Masters, is probably most well known for what's commonly referred to as the Amen Corner. This corner is a set of three holes, numbers 11, 12, and 13, that happen to have a players praying they do well, whether they're religious or not. The 12th hole is supposedly more tedious than the other two, but regardless, this corner can make up 12 holes of a golfer's final score.
Who is playing in the Masters and who is favored?
As of January 2023, there are approximately 80 players who have been invited to play at the 2023 Masters. Since there's a hefty amount of names to the list, here's a smattering of the players invited and how they qualified:
- Fred Couples (Past Masters Champion)
- Jose Maria Olazabal (Past Masters Champion)
- Jordan Spieth (Past Masters Champion)
- Bryson DeChambeau (U.S. Open Champions 2018-2022)
- Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open Champions 2018-2022)
- Francesco Molinari (British Open champions 2018-2022)
- Collin Morikawa (British Open champions 2018-2022)
- Justin Thomas (PGA champions 2018-2022)
- Sam Bennett (2022 U.S. Amateur Champion)
- Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira (2023 Latin America Amateur champion)
- Harrison Crowe (2022 Asia-Pacific Amateur champion)
- Corey Conners (First 12 in the 2022 Masters)
- Cameron Champ (First 12 in the 2022 Masters)
- Tommy Fleetwood (First 4 in 2022 British Open)
- Louis Oosthuizen (Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking)
- Harold Varner III (Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking)
- Adrian Meronk (Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking)
Amongst sites like Vegas Insider and Covers it seems that Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Scottie Scheffler are amongst the top players with the most odds in their favor to win.
Can LIV players play in the masters?
Yes, LIV players can play in the masters. For 2023, for example, there are 16 LIV golfers that will be playing in the Masters, such as Sergio Garcia & Dustin Johnson (who've been past champions), Bryson DeChambeau & Brooks Koepka (who have won a major championship), and Abraham Ancer & Talor Gooch (who are amongst the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking).
How much is the pot for the masters and how much does the winner take home?
The pot for the 2023 Masters will likely be released the week of the event, but if past years are anything to go off of, it will likely be quite high. For 2022, the overall pot was supposedly $15,000,000 USD, and Scottie Scheiffler took home not only a green jacket in honor of winning the event, but $2.7 million in winnings.
With less than 3 months until the Masters, make sure to stay posted for updates on the tournament! And don't forget to check Event Tickets Center for all your golf ticket needs!