When is The Masters 2024? Guide including where to watch and LIV players

Scottie Scheffler /The Masters 2024: dates, TV channel and the LIV golfers who will play
Scottie Scheffler is the big favourite for the first major of the season in Augusta - Reuters/Mike Blake

The first of the year’s four major golf tournaments, the Masters is a fixture of the spring sporting calendar, timed to come to a head when the azaleas are in full bloom in Georgia.

When does the Masters start?

This year’s tournament runs from today, April 11, to Sunday, April 14.

Officially, there are three days of practice and build-up to the opening round. This year, however, Tiger Woods turned up on Sunday as he bids for an unlikely sixth Masters title.

The traditional Par 3 contest was on Wednesday, April 10, featuring the families of some of golf’s top players. There have been 107 holes in one made at the Par 3 contest since it was inaugurated in 1960.

How can I watch the Masters on TV?

In the UK, the Masters is broadcast exclusively on Sky Sports Golf. The coverage starts from 2pm BST today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), although it will be restricted to rolling coverage of featured groups and selected holes before the global broadcast window begins at 8pm.

The four featured groups for round one on Thursday are:

  • Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick, Nick Dunlap (3.30pm)

  • Wyndham Clark, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Smith (3.54pm)

  • Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Max Homa (6.24pm)

  • Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Tommy Fleetwood (7pm)

There will be coverage of all players as they go through Amen Corner (holes 11, 12 and 13) from 3.45pm and holes 15 and 16 from 4.45pm.

Free-to-air coverage is also broadcast on the Masters website, where viewers can watch every individual shot a few minutes after it happen.

Radio coverage of the tournament in the UK will be on Talksport.

In previous years the Masters has been shown on free-to-air television in the UK, either live or as highlights. Last year, however, the BBC cut ties with the tournament completely.

Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return to follow the tournament on our live blog, with commentary and analysis from Augusta National.

Where is the Masters played?

The Masters is the only one of golf’s four majors that is played at the same course each year.

Augusta National Golf Club is in the north east of Georgia, close to the border with South Carolina. Augusta National is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world. There are understood to be only about 300 members, among them Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The only way to play the course is by invitation of a member.

There is a more pernicious side to the club’s exclusivity, though. Augusta did not permit an African American member until 1990, while there were no female members until 2012 when Condoleezza Rice joined.

What is the Masters prize money?

This year’s total purse is expected to be $18 million (£14.2 million), the same as it was last year. The winner takes $3,240,000 (£2.51 million) with incrementally less prize money for each of the top 50 finishers.

The winner also get a replica of the official trophy (which never leaves the club). The champion golfer also receives a gold medal and, most coveted of all, a green jacket.

There are also trophies for finishing second, being the leading amateur golfer, recording the lowest score of the day, hitting a hole in one, hitting an eagle and hitting a double eagle.

How do players qualify for the Masters?

Technically speaking, players receive an invitation to play in the Masters. Unlike the US Open or the Open Championship, there is no ‘open’ qualification process.

There are 20 different ways to make sure an envelope from Augusta drops through your letterbox. The simplest way is to be in the top 50 of the world rankings on January 1.

All previous Masters champions can play, should they choose to take up the invitation, as well as those players who finished in the top 12 of the previous year’s tournament.

Any player who won a fully-sanctioned PGA Tour event the previous season will also book their place for Augusta. The same goes for any player who achieved a top-four finish in any of the previous season’s majors, while major winners secure their Masters berth for five years.

Any player in the world’s top 50 the week before the Masters will also be invited. The Masters also reserves the right to invite wildcard players.

The rest of the field is made up of the winners of the amateur game’s most distinguished events. The Masters is a smaller field than the other three majors, with around 90 players usually in attendance.

At this year’s tournament there will be only five or six British golfers (depending on whether Danny Willett is well enough recovered after shoulder surgery). James Corrigan explains why so few UK players now make it to Augusta.

Will LIV golfers be at the Masters?

Yes, but in lower numbers than last year. The main problem for LIV golfers is that tournaments on the breakaway circuit do not offer world ranking points, which are the route by which most players qualify for the Masters (see above).

The LIV golfers who will be at the 2024 Masters are Bryson DeChambeau (because he won the 2020 US Open), Cam Smith (who won the 2023 Open Championship), Brooks Koepka (who won the PGA Championship in 2019), Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson (who are all previous Masters champions), Tyrrell Hatton and Adrian Meronk (who were in the world’s top 50 earlier this year) and Joaquin Niemann (who received a special invitation).

Will Tiger Woods be playing?

Yep. The five-times champion turned up at Augusta to start practising on Sunday and played an earlier practice round over the Easter weekend.

Woods continues to recover from the 2021 car crash that almost cost his right leg but his withdrawal from the second round of the LA Open in February – his first official event in 10 months – led to doubts he would appear at the season’s first major.

Which are the three toughest holes (according to 2013 champion Adam Scott)?

How do you get tickets for the Masters?

If you want at ticket for this year’s tournament, you’re well out of time. Tickets go on sale the previous year, and the application deadline expires in June. Tickets are allocated by ballot, with applicants told in July whether they have been successful.

A ticket for one of the three days of practice costs $100 (£78.00) . A ticket for one of the tournament days is $140 (£110).

The full list of Masters winners

What are the tee times?

The tee times for rounds one and two have been announced, with the full list here.

For the opening round, the first group, featuring Erik van Rooyen and Jake Knapp, will tee off at 8am local time (1pm UK time) with the final group of Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa and Tommy Fleetwood starting at 2pm (7pm UK time). That means the last finishers will probably be out on course until 7pm (midnight UK time).

What are the latest odds?

  • Scottie Scheffler 9/2

  • Rory McIlroy 11/1

  • Jon Rahm 12/1

  • Xander Schauffele 16/1

  • Brooks Koepka 22/1

  • Jordan Spieth 22/1

  • Ludvig Aberg 33/1

  • Viktor Hovland 35/1

  • Wyndham Clark 35/1

  • Bryson DeChambeau 35/1

  • Tiger Woods 100/1

Selected odds correct to April 11, 2024

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