Lorenzo Gagli at the Masters but as a caddy

For the first time in many years, the upcoming 2024 edition of The Masters will not feature any Italian golfers on the course, including Francesco Molinari

by Andrea Gussoni
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Lorenzo Gagli at the Masters but as a caddy
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For the first time in many years, the upcoming 2024 edition of The Masters will not feature any Italian golfers on the course, including Francesco Molinari, who came tantalizingly close to a career-defining victory in 2019, only to see his hopes dashed in the closing holes during Tiger Woods' fifth triumph.

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However, from April 11th to 14th in Augusta, Georgia, Italy will still have a representative. Lorenzo Gagli, who recently announced his retirement from competitive play, will serve as the caddie for José María Olazábal.

Olazábal is no ordinary player; he's a timeless champion who has claimed victory at The Masters twice: in 1994 and 1999. Already having captained the European team at the 2012 Ryder Cup and served as a vice captain at the 2023 event in Rome, Olazábal will have Gagli, a 38-year-old from Florence with three wins on the Alps Tour and one on the Challenge Tour, by his side.

The Masters, also known as the Masters Tournament, is one of the four annual major championships in men's professional golf worldwide (alongside the US Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship). Traditionally held during the second week of April, it is the first of the four majors of the year.

Unlike the other three majors, it is always held at the same location: the Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in Augusta, Georgia, United States. The tournament was created by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, with Jones being the architect alongside Alister MacKenzie.

It is officially listed on the schedules of three tours: the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour. The number of participants is more limited than other major tournaments because they must be invited by the Augusta National Golf Club.

The Masters features several traditions, including the symbolic "green jacket" that the previous year's winner presents to the new champion at the end of the tournament, and the Champions Dinner, where only former winners and select club members are invited, and the menu is chosen by the defending champion.

Tickets for the tournament are perennial, meaning they are passed down from year to year to the same individuals (or their families and guests), and there is no general sale of tickets. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most Masters victories, winning it six times between 1963 and 1986, followed by Tiger Woods with five wins. The first non-American to win the Masters was Gary Player, from South Africa, in 1961.

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