Original article published 17 October 2022
One of the most iconic events in the global sporting calendar, the US Masters is the type of tournament that not only transcends golf, but sport itself.
Always played on the luxurious turf of Augusta National, the vibrant shades of green encompassed in the tees, fairways, rough and greens are contrasted by the fabulous foliage and flowers.
Originally designed by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie, subtle tweaks have been made to the course since the first US Masters in 1933 but it retains its allure and remains as challenging today as it did back then.
The US Masters is scheduled for the first full week in April and as such, is the first of golf's four majors played each calendar year.
The 2022 tournament, the 86th edition, starts on Thursday 7th April and will conclude on Sunday 10th April.
The Green Jacket is the garment awarded to the winner of the US Masters since 1949.
Winning the US Masters gives a player honorary membership of Augusta National and the Green Jacket is worn by all members while on the grounds.
Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest player of all time, holds the record for most US Masters titles with six.
The 'Golden Bear' was awarded the Green Jacket in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986.
Fellow American Tiger Woods is second on the all-time list with five titles, taking the honours in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019.
Arnold Palmer also won the tournament four times, while the leading overseas players are Gary Player and Nick Faldo, who each won the competition on three occasions.
Dustin Johnson holds the record winning score at the US Masters. The American signed for rounds of 65-70-65-68 to total 268. His score of 20-under helped him win by five shots from Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith.
Woods previously held the benchmark with 270, recorded in 1997, when he also became the youngest winner of the tournament at 21 years 104 days old. He also set the record for the largest winning margin of 12 strokes.
The par-three tournament is played the day before the start of the US Masters and is known for its relaxed atmosphere, with stars from the past often featuring and the big names often having family members caddying for them.
Intriguingly, no player has won both the par-three tournament and the US Masters in the same year.