2022 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta: Dates, Players, Location

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The 2022 Masters in Augusta is almost here. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The 2022 Masters in Augusta is almost here. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 2022 Masters tees off on Thursday, April 6. Let’s get you prepared with everything you need to know.

When is the 2022 Masters?

The 2022 Masters takes place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, during the week of April 4. The tournament itself begins on Thursday, April 7, and continues until Sunday, April 10.

How can I watch the Masters?

ESPN and CBS will carry the Masters. ESPN will broadcast on Thursday and Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. CBS will broadcast on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Masters’ website, masters.com, will have much more live coverage.

Who won the 2021 Masters?

Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters, finishing at -10. Will Zalatoris was second at -9, and Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele tied for third at -7.

Who has played in the most Masters?

Gary Player competed in 52 Masters from 1957 to 2009, missing only one due to injury. Player continues to serve as one of the honorary starters, along with Jack Nicklaus, beginning the tournament early Thursday morning with a tee shot at the first hole.

Who has won the most Masters?

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for Masters tournament wins with six, most recently in 1986. Tiger Woods has won five, most recently in 2019.

Where do they play the Masters?

The Masters takes place every year at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It's regarded as one of the finest golf courses in the world, and the tournament is one of the most prestigious events in all of sports.

Who won the first Masters?

Horton Smith won the first "Augusta National Invitation Tournament," as the event was then known, in 1934. The tournament adopted the name "The Masters" in 1939. The tournament was set in April in part as a way to capture the attention of sportswriters returning home from covering baseball's spring training. The strategy worked better than the club and tournament's founders could have possibly imagined.

What are the prizes for the Masters?

There's money, of course, but more important than that — there's the green jacket, the highly coveted attire worn only by winners of the Masters and Augusta National members. Winners are permitted to take the jacket off the grounds for one year after they win, at which point they must return it to the club. They can wear it whenever they're on the grounds, but otherwise the green jacket remains in Augusta.

Tiger Woods has won the Masters five times, most recently in 2019. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
Tiger Woods has won the Masters five times, most recently in 2019. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

What is the purse for the Masters?

Augusta National releases the purse and distribution of winnings during the tournament. For 2021, the total purse was $11.5 million, with the winner receiving $2.07 million. Second place received $1.242 million, and third place received $782,000. Specific payouts depend on order of finish, but the 50th-place finisher, for instance, received $28,980.

How do you qualify for the Masters?

The Masters does not have any qualifying tournaments; it is an invitation-only tournament. The top 50 in the world receive an invitation, as do players who meet a variety of other categories. Recent winners of golf’s other majors – the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship – receive invitations, as do the Olympic gold medalist and winners of a range of other professional and amateur tournaments. PGA Tour winners from the current season also receive an invitation. Past champions have a lifetime invitation.

How do you get tickets for the Masters?

Win the lottery. Literally. Each year, Augusta National holds a lottery for the prized tickets, with the deadline to enter coming around May to June. Since Augusta National doesn’t release attendance numbers or percentages of lottery winners, it’s impossible to know your chances. Some have won the lottery on their first attempt; others have been trying for years without success. Of course, if you don’t win the lottery, there is another way in … but it will cost you.

How much is a ticket to the Masters?

Around $75 to $125 … if you win the lottery. But that was last summer, so if you didn’t win that, you’re going to have to dig deep and pony up hundreds or thousands of dollars to a secondary-market dealer. (Which Augusta National frowns on, by the way.) It’s a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list trip, and it’ll cost you a once-in-a-lifetime price, too.