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 6th April - Sunday 9th April 2023|
|How to Watch||Sky Sports Golf & Main Event|
|Odds||Jon Rahm 15/2, Scottie Scheffler 15/2, Rory McIlroy 8/1|
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 2023 tournament, the 87th edition, starts on Thursday 6th April and will conclude on Sunday 9th 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.
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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.
Scottie Scheffler won his first Green Jacket as he claimed his fourth tournament success of 2022 with a three-shot victory.
The American posted two closing rounds of 71 to hold off the challenge of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, with Shane Lowry and Cameron Smith tying for third two further shots behind.
Scheffler is one of the favourites for glory again at 15/2 after he gained a confidence-boosting win at THE PLAYERS Championship, which he won by five shots from England’s Tyrrell Hatton and was enough to take him back to the top of the world rankings.
Spain’s Jon Rahm is 15/2 and will be highly fancied. The Spaniard has won five of his last 11 tournaments, but was forced to withdraw from the Players after one round with a stomach complaint.
He has finished in the top 10 in four of his six US Masters appearances, while McIlroy is 8/1.
McIlroy needs a victory at The Masters to become only the sixth player after Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Player, Nicklaus and Woods to win all four Majors, and he has finished in the top 10 in seven of his 14 Augusta appearances.
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 is expected to play in this year’s tournament.
His last Augusta triumph came in 2019 and he has finished in the top five in 12 of his 24 appearances and finished 47th in the tournament last year.
As a former champion, Woods has a lifetime invitation to the tournament and he is 50/1 to equal Nicklaus’ tally of six wins. On his first appearance since missing the cut at last year’s Open Championship at St Andrews, he was 45th at the Genesis Invitational, an effort that included a third-round 67.
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.
Intriguingly, no player has won both the par-three tournament and the US Masters in the same year.