It’s that time of year again! The Masters will host its 82nd prestigious golf tournament that will last a total of four days. Here’s everything you need to know about the Masters Tournament 2018 and how to follow along some of the world’s best golfers.
WHEN & WHERE IS THE 2018 MASTERS TOURNAMENT?
The 2018 Masters Tournament will be held in Augusta, Georgia at the renowned Augusta National Golf Club. Of the four majors, the Masters is the only one that does not rotate venues, while also having the smallest course of 7,435 yards.
The tournament always occurs during the first full week of April. In 2018, the tournament will take place from Thursday, April 5th through Sunday, April 8th.
WHO IS PARTICIPATING?
The Masters Tournament is always an invite-only event. Players are invited to participate after meeting multiple criteria and achievements. All past winners of the Masters Tournament, as well as the past five winners of the U.S. Open Championship, British Open Championship and PGA Championships are all invited.
The last three winners of the Players Championship, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, and Kim Si-woo are also invited. Harry Ellis will be there as well. Additional players may be added at a later date.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
The Masters Tournament is infamously known as “the toughest tickets in sports.” Don’t let that discourage you – Augusta National offers a small amount of tickets online. There is also a lottery you can enter to win tickets.
Your other option is to go the resale route and rely on outlets such as StubHub, VividSeats and SeatGeek. This option tends to be very expensive, but you can continue to monitor for pricing that fits your budget.
PRACTICE AND TOURNAMENT VIEWER TIPS
- During all practice days, arrive early and stand near the clubhouse. The best players will get to the course on the earlier side to avoid the crowds.
- Don’t bring your phone to the practice days or tournament days. Phones are strictly forbidden, and you will be removed from the course if caught with one.
- Cameras are only allowed on practice days, so get all photos in before the competition begins. A great spot for a photo-up is the “Amen Corner.”
- Buy all your merchandise on the first practice day (Monday), because it will likely sell out quickly.
- On Wednesday, head over to the par-3 Executive Course by 1 PM to watch the Par-3 Contest. This is a great opportunity to get close to the players.
- No cameras are allowed during competition days.
- Competition starts on Thursday. The day will start with the Ceremonial First Tee Shot.
- By Saturday, only the top 50 golfers are still playing. This day will determine who will make it to the final pairing which happens on Sunday.
- Championship Sunday determines the winner of the tournament and the famous green jacket.
HOW TO WATCH AT HOME
Round one (Thursday) and round two (Friday) are broadcast on ESPN. The final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday will be shown on CBS.
One of the major storylines this year is, of course, Tiger Woods. After multiple scandals and injuries, we are starting to see Woods play better than he has in years. In recent tournaments, like the Honda Classic and PGA National, Woods has proven himself to be a major contender for the 2018 green jacket. However, he’s not a shoe-in. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day are all fierce competition, making the Masters Tournament 2018 a must-see.