Last Updated on August 2, 2018
Everything you need to know about the Masters Tournament hitting Augusta, Georgia this April.
Also known as The Masters or The US Masters, the Masters Tournament is one of the four annual major championships in professional men’s golf. Returning to Augusta, Georgia in the first full week of April, this tournament is the first major golfing event of the year.
2018 will mark the 82nd Masters Tournament since it was founded in 1934, and unlike other golfing events, is held at the same location each year – the Augusta National Golf Club.
Noted amateur golfing champion Bobby Jones started the Masters Tournament with investment banker Clifford Richards. Jones acquired a plant nursery soon after his 1930 grand slam win, and with the help of architect Alister MacKenzie, he curated and co-designed what is now the Augusta National Golf Club.
Dates: 5-8 April 2018
Location: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
The defending champ: Sergio Garcia, who defeated Justin Rose in 2017.
Competitors must be invited to play at the Masters Tournament, and there are 18 ways to qualify, which include being a former winner of The Masters, winners of the last five US Opens, winners of the last five British Opens and winner of the last British Amateur Championship. The Masters Committee can also choose to invite players who do not meet any of the 18 qualifications at their discretion. You can find a full list of invitees on the Masters official website.
Guide to Augusta
Of course, there’s more than just golf in this Georgia city, located near the South Carolina border. Get a dose of quintessential southern charm as you wander through tree-lined streets and enjoy Southern cuisine, like peach cobbler, fried chicken and sweet potato casserole. Start off with the Riverwalk, which winds along the Savannah River. The Japanese Gardens are also along this walk and make an excellent photo stop.
Next, check out the Augusta Museum of History, founded in 1937, for a dose of local history and exhibitions, before hitting up many of the hike and bike trails in the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Step back in time to the Augusta Historic Downtown District, where you’ll find incredible architecture styles dating back the the 19th century, then indulge in the Augusta foodie scene with handcrafted cocktails, southern cuisine and fine-dining.
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