2018 Masters Tournament
The Masters is one of the premier events in sports, with a history that dates back to 1934. Played the first week of April every year at Augusta National Golf Club, it is one of the four major golf tournaments along with the US Open, the Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. The Masters' rich history spurred announcer Jim Nantz to call the tournament "A tradition unlike any other," a slogan that has stuck as one of the most famous golf phrases ever.
Some of the all-time golf greats have played The Masters tournament, and Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters wins, with six titles between 1963 and 1986. Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods have four titles each.
The 2018 Masters tournament should be a competitive one, and a great way to kick off the spring and summer golf season. Early favorites to win the green jacket this year include Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy.
Masters Ticket Prices
Masters ticket prices can range quite a bit depending on the day of the pass. A weekly badge can resell for thousands of dollars, while individual day passes are more affordable. For those on a budget, tickets to the practice rounds may be a good alternative.
2017 Master's in Review: Monkey Removed From Garcia's Back
Sergio Garcia defeated Justin Rose in a playoff to win the 2017 Master's Tournament, forever changing how he will be remembered by golf enthusiasts. Up until winning this year’s biggest tournament on the PGA tour, Garcia was known as perhaps “The best golfer to never win a major”. He will never qualify for that dubious distinction again.
Garcia and Rose came into the final round tied for the lead, but with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth (perhaps the best golfer in the world period) lurking, Garcia winning his first major was anything but a safe bet. We had seen Garcia fail to close in a major before and there was little reason to believe this would be any different.
But both Fowler and Spieth had rough rounds on Sunday. Fowler shot a 76 and Spieth a 75 to both end at 287 some eight shots off the pace. That left Rose and Garcia to battle it out for the green jacket. Both shot a very good final round of 69 to end up tied for the lead. Garcia had a tough stretch beginning the back nine when he bogeyed both 10 and 11. He looked to be heading for another one on 13 after he hit his tee shot into an unplayable lie behind an azalea bush. But he managed to save a par on that hole and it seemed to get him going.
Garcia birdied 14 and then eagled 15 to get back into a tie with Rose who birdied 15 himself. Rose birdied 16 to back up one with two holes to play. Would this be another major that slipped out of Garcia's grasp at the end?
Not so fast. Rose bogeyed 17 to put Garcia back to a even with only the 18th to go. Both Rose and Garcia missed birdie putts and so it would go into overtime.
They started the overtime by going back to 18. Rose lost his drive to the right, putting him in immediate trouble. When he bogeyed the hole, Garcia needed to two putt for the win. He needed only one.
When he rolled in the birdie putt, Garcia became the player with the most major appearances with 70, before getting his first win.
Garcia's green jacket felt much better in his back then that monkey he had perched up there every time one of the majors came around on the schedule. No longer will the phrase “but he can't win the big one” be uttered when talking about Sergio Garcia. In 2017, he won the biggest of them all.