All About the US Masters

The US Masters is officially known as The Masters Tournament and informally called as The Masters, being one of the four major championships in a golf calendar. The tournament is traditionally held in the first week of April, spanning the entire week and is also the first major championship of golf that is held in a new season. Another unique feature of the tournament is that unlike the other major championships, this one is held annually at the same place – the Augusta National Golf Club, which is a privately owned club in Augusta, Georgia.

The Masters is one of the most traditional tournaments in the world in all of sports and some of the traditions are religiously upheld by the professionals who come to take part in the event every year. The most unique tradition of the US Masters is that the winner of the tournament is awarded a green jacket along with the trophy and the winner must return the jacket to the clubhouse one year to the day he won the jacket. But nowadays, only first time winners take the jacket home with multiple winners opting not to take it on.

In 1952, Ben Hogan started the Champions Dinner is held on the Tuesday before the championship tees off and is open only to previous winners and selected members of the board. Another important tradition of the US Masters is that since 1963, past winners have been asked to tee off on the morning of the event, which traditionally marks the opening of the event.

Although the Masters is enlisted as an official money event for the US PGA Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the European Tour, the field of players in the event is small compared to other because it is an event open by invitation only.