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.
|Where||Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia, USA|
|When||Thursday 11th April - Sunday 14th April 2024|
|How to Watch||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
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 2024 tournament, the 88th edition, starts on Thursday 11th April and will conclude on Sunday 14th 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 in 2020. 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.
Jon Rahm clinched his first Green Jacket in 2023 when recording a four-shot victory over Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson.
The Spanish carded a three-under-par 69 for his final round to finish on -12, becoming the fourth Spanish player to win the tournament.
He joins Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia in triumphing at Augusta National.
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, both previous US Masters champions, and Russell Henley were a further shot back from Rahm on -7.
Rahm will be highly fancied to follow up his 2023 victory and become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to successfully defend the title.
Although failing to complete Grand Slam glory for another year, Rory McIlroy will be towards the top end of the market as he bids to end his long wait for a Green Jacket.
Scottie Scheffler is also expected to be in the mix, while the likes of Viktor Hovland and Cameron Young are also players to watch out for.
Five-time champion Woods' mobility has been seriously affected by the injuries he sustained in a car crash in February 2021, but the 82-time PGA Tour winner did play in the 2023 edition and he made a record-equalling 23rd consecutive cut.
Unfortunately, the American was forced to withdraw ahead of the resumption of round three after reaggravating a foot injury and it is unclear how long he will be out of competitive action for.
Woods already has a reduced playing schedule, choosing mostly to play in the Majors and a few other events here and there, so it remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to compete at Augusta National in 2024.
As a former champion, Woods has a lifetime invitation to the tournament and along with his five US Masters wins, he has also finished in the top five in 12 of his 25 appearances.
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 featuring and the big names often having family members caddying for them.
American Tom Hoge won the 2023 edition, ending up on -6, but he failed to make the cut in the main tournament.
Ireland's Seamus Power had a sensational end to his par-3 outing, making back-to-back hole-in-ones at the 8th and 9th holes.
Intriguingly, no player has won both the par-three tournament and the US Masters in the same year.