Masters playoff format: What you need to know

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With fierce competition and lofty stakes, the Masters tournament sometimes ends in a tense and action-packed playoff.

Masters playoff format: What you need to know

With fierce competition and lofty stakes, the Masters tournament sometimes ends in a tense and action-packed playoff.

With fierce competition and lofty stakes, the Masters tournament sometimes ends in a tense and action-packed playoff. The tournament has a unique (among majors) method of formatting a playoff. Here's everything you need to know:

1. The Masters employs a sudden death playoff, maximizing the drama.

2. The playoff begins on the 18th hole and then moves to the 10th if a second hole is necessary. It alternates between these holes until a winner emerges.

3. The sudden death format ensures that the tournament wraps up quickly. No sudden death playoff has lasted more than two holes.

Read more about the history of playoffs at the Masters here.

This article was originally published on Golf.com

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