Augusta Masters 2024 and the main favorites

The Masters Tournament at Augusta is more than just a golf event; it's a tradition, marking the beginning of the Major season

by Andrea Gussoni
Augusta Masters 2024 and the main favorites
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The Masters Tournament at Augusta is more than just a golf event; it's a tradition, marking the beginning of the Major season. This tournament, held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club, is one of the four Majors in professional golf and is famous for its Green Jacket, an icon in the world of golf and sports, a coveted prize awarded to the winner.

Masters, schedule

The Masters at Augusta is known for its challenging course and unique atmosphere. Its significance in the golf circuit is undeniable, often considered a barometer of players' performance in the Major season.

Dates for the 2024 Masters Tournament The 2024 Masters Tournament will take place from Thursday, April 11th, to Sunday, April 14th. As usual, the tournament will be held at the Augusta National Golf Club. Where to Watch the 2024 Masters Tournament The 2024 Masters Tournament can be watched in Spain on television, online, and via streaming through Movistar +1.

Television coverage will begin on the first three days at 9:00 PM Spanish time and on the last day at 8:00 PM. Additionally, you can follow the tournament live and get the highlights of each day's action on Highlighted Participants of the 2024 Masters Tournament Among the standout participants of the 2024 Masters Tournament, we find Jon Rahm, the defending champion, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, and Will Zalatoris, among others.

Jon Rahm and the LIV Golf Despite joining the LIV Golf, Jon Rahm can participate in the 2024 Masters Tournament. This is because previous Masters champions receive a lifelong invitation to compete in the tournament, regardless of their affiliation with other golf circuits.

The tournament was established in 1934 as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament by Bobby Jones, who also designed the course along with Alister Mackenzie, and Clifford Roberts, a New York investor. In 1939, the tournament changed its name to the current one, and since 1940, it has been held annually in the first full week of April.

The event attracts the best professionals from around the world as well as amateurs who hold the titles of champion of the United States and Britain. The selection criteria are very strict, even more so than other majors. This results in around 100 participants, compared to about 160 in other major tournaments.

Past winners of the Masters are admitted, as well as winners of the last five editions of other majors, the last three editions of the Players Championship, the top four finishers in each major of the previous year (but the top 12 from the last Masters), the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking from the previous year and the current year (as of the week before the tournament), qualifiers for the previous year's Tour Championship, and champions of amateur tournaments.

Among the multiple winners of this tournament are Jack Nicklaus, who won it 6 times (the last in 1986 at the age of 46), and Tiger Woods, who won it 5 times (the first in 1997 at the age of 21 years and 3 months, making him the first player of color and the youngest to win in the tournament's history).

In 2017, Sergio García, after participating in 73 majors without a win, managed to win the Masters by defeating Englishman Justin Rose in a playoff.