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Masters 2021: Frequently Asked Questions

March 29, 2021

Rob Carr

After a nearly 20-month wait due to COVID, the 2020 Masters finally took place this past November. Just five months later, the 2021 Masters is back on as scheduled, and not a single golf fan is sad about that.

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the 2021 Masters.

When is the 2021 Masters?

The 2021 Masters will take place as scheduled, April 8-11.

Will there be patrons at the 2021 Masters?

In January, Augusta National announced that it would allowed a limited number of patrons to attend the 2021 Masters, though no specific number was announced. Those who do attend will be subject to specific testing in order to be allowed on the course.

Where is the Masters played?

The Masters is played each year at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. It’s the only one of the four men’s major championships that is played every year on the same course.

Will there be a Par 3 Contest at the 2021 Masters?

Unfortunately, the Par 3 Contest will once again not take place at the 2021 Masters. The hope is that the event will resume in 2022.

A general view during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2019 Masters.

David Cannon

Will there be other ways to watch the Masters besides ESPN and CBS?

Yes, as always, there will be live featured group and featured holes coverage on Masters.com. Viewers will also be able to see every shot from every hole on Masters.com. This year, the website also will allow you to build a personalized feed of every shot from your favorite players.

What is the Champions Dinner?

The Champions Dinner is held Tuesday night of Masters week, and the only way to get in is to be a past champion of the Masters. It was started in 1952 by Ben Hogan. Tradition calls for the previous year’s champion to set the dinner menu each new year.

Who founded Augusta National, and who designed it?

Augusta National was founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. The course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie.

Gene Sarazen (left), Bobby Jones (seated) and Clifford Roberts at the Sarazen Bridge dedication during the 1955 Masters.

Augusta National

What’s the par at Augusta National, and how long is the course?

Augusta National is a par 72, and it has been lengthened considerably in recent years, stretching out to 7,475 yards.

When was the first Masters played? And who won?

The first Masters was played in 1934, and Horton Smith won by two strokes with a score of four-under-par 284.

How many Masters have been played?

This year will mark the 85th playing of the Masters.

What is the format of the Masters? How many players are in the field?

The Masters is a 72-hole stroke play event contested over four days. The field is one of the smaller ones on the PGA Tour schedule, typically featuring between 90-100 players.

How do you qualify for the Masters?

There are no qualifying tournaments for the Masters, and no alternate spots in the field. Players get into the Masters by invitation only if they fulfill one of the 19 criteria, which can be found here at Masters.com. There are special exemptions given out as well, but they are rare.

How many players make the cut at the Masters?

In order to make the cut after 36 holes, players must be in the top 50 places, counting ties. Previously, those within 10 strokes of the lead also made the cut, but that rule was changed for the 2020 Masters.

What is the purse for the Masters, and how much does the winner get?

The official Masters purse is announced during Masters week. In 2020, the total purse was $11.5 million, with the winner receiving $2,070,000.

How much does the runner-up get?

At the 2020 November Masters, the runners up Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith each received $1,012,000. Any player that finishes inside the top 25 earns a minimum of $100,000.

Does the Masters winner receive anything else?

Yes, the winner receives a sterling replica of the Masters trophy, a gold medal and the club’s famous green jacket, which was first given out in 1949.

The Masters trophy that the winner earns in addition to claiming the green jacket.

Rusty Jarrett/Augusta National

Do you get a new green jacket if you win the Masters again?

No, a player that wins the Masters multiple times receives the same green jacket from his initial win, unless he needs to be refitted.

In the event of a tie at the end of 72 holes, how is the winner decided at the Masters?

If players are tied after 72 holes, the winner is decided in a sudden-death playoff, beginning at the 18th hole and going to the 10th hole if necessary. If it goes to a third hole, it would go back to the 18th. Prior to 1979, tournaments that ended in a tie were decided by an 18-hole playoff.

How many sudden-death playoffs have there been in Masters history?

There have been 11 sudden-death playoffs in Masters history, and none of them have ever advanced past two holes. The last came in 2017, when Sergio Garcia held off Justin Rose.

Who won the 2020 Masters?

Dustin Johnson won the 2020 Masters, giving him a second career major victory, his first coming at the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Ben Walton

Is Tiger Woods playing in the Masters this year?

No, Woods is still recovering from his single-car accident he suffered in late February. Woods returned home from the hospital in mid-March and said he will be "working on getting stronger every day." There is no timetable for his return.

When did Tiger Woods win his first Masters?

Tiger Woods won his first Masters in 1997 at the age of 21. He is still the youngest player to ever win the Masters.

Has any player ever won back-to-back Masters?

Yes, three players have defended their title at the Masters, Jack Nicklaus (1965-1966), Nick Faldo (1989-1990) and Tiger Woods (2001-2002).

Who has won the most Masters?

Jack Nicklaus has won the Masters a record six times (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986). Tiger Woods has won it five times (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019). Arnold Palmer won it four times (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964).

Jack Nicklaus slips on the green jacket after winning the Masters for the sixth time in 1986.

Leonard Kamsler/Popperfoto

What is the scoring record at the Masters?

Dustin Johnson broke Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth's scoring record of 18-under 270 in November when he posted a 20-under 268 total.

What is the largest margin of victory at the Masters?

Tiger Woods’ victory in 1997 was by 12 strokes, which is the largest margin of victory in Masters history.

What’s the highest winning score of the Masters?

The highest winning score of the Masters is one-over-par 289. Three players have won at one over: Sam Snead (1954), Jack Burke, Jr. (1956) and Zach Johnson (2007).

Has anyone ever won the Masters wire-to-wire?

Yes, five players have won the Masters wire-to-wire: Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Raymond Floyd (1976) and Jordan Spieth (2015).

Jordan Spieth is the last Masters winner to go wire-to-wire en route to victory.

Ezra Shaw

Has an amateur ever won the Masters?

No, an amateur has never won the Masters.

Does the low amateur receive an award?

Yes, each year the lowest amateur to make the cut is awarded with the Silver Cup, which was first given in 1952. In 1954, they also began presenting a silver medal to the second-lowest amateur.

What’s the closest an amateur has ever come to winning the Masters?

Three players have finished runner-up at the Masters: Frank Stranahan (1947), Ken Venturi (1956) and Charles Coe (1961).

What is the amateur scoring record at the Masters?

The amateur scoring record is seven-under-par (281), shot by Charles Coe in 1961.

Who is the youngest player to ever compete in the Masters?

The youngest player to ever play in the Masters is China’s Tianlang Guan, who competed in the event in 2013 at age 14, having qualified by winning the 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. He’s also the youngest player to ever make the cut in a major championship.

Will the Augusta National Women's Amateur be played?

Yes, the Augusta National Women's Amateur, which was not played in November, will be played for the second time the week prior to the 2021 Masters.

Will the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition be played?

Yes, the National Drive, Chip and Putt Final will also make its return at the 2021 Masters after the 2020 edition was canceled.

The Drive, Chip and Putt winners in 2019.

Rusty Jarrett/Augusta National

What is Magnolia Lane?

Magnolia Lane is the main driveway leading from Washington Road to Augusta National’s clubhouse. It’s called Magnolia Lane because there are Magnolia trees lined on each side the entire way to the clubhouse.

What is Amen Corner?

Amen Corner is the name for a three-hole stretch of the course beginning with the par-4 11th hole, and including the par-3 12th and par-5 13th. The term was coined by author Herbert Warren Wind when he used it in a 1958 Sports Illustrated article, specifically referring to the approach shot on the 11th, the entire 12th hole and the first two shots on the 13th. This “corner” of the golf course is where some of the tournament’s most historic moments have taken place.

What is Rae’s Creek?

Rae’s Creek is a creek that cuts through the southeast corner of Augusta National, flowing along the back of the 11th green, front of the 12th green and ahead of the 13th tee.

What is the Crow’s Nest?

The Crow’s Nest is a cabin on the property of Augusta National open to any amateur in the Masters field that wants to stay there.

What is Butler Cabin?

Butler Cabin is a cabin on the property where the winner of the Masters is presented with the green jacket, put on him by the previous year’s champion. The field’s low amateur to make the cut is also present during the presentation, as well as CBS’ Jim Nantz.

Who is Jeff Knox?

Jeff Knox is a member at Augusta National, and he is known for often playing in the Masters some years as a “marker”. This means when there are an odd number of players who make the cut, Knox will play alongside one of the competitors for pace-of-play purposes. He’s somewhat of a legend because of how good of a player he is himself.

Jeff Knox playing as a marker with Bubba Watson at the 2020 Masters.

How many World Ranking points does the winner of the Masters receive?

The winner of the Masters receives 100 world ranking points.

How many FedEx Cup points does the Masters winner receive?

The winner of the Masters receives 600 FedEx Cup points.

How much do Masters tickets cost?

Augusta National would prefer you call them “badges,” and depending on the day, Masters badges can range from anywhere between $500 and $1,500 on the secondary market. Or, you can take your chances and sign up for the yearly Masters ticket lottery, which can get you much cheaper tickets if you are selected.

How many people attend the Masters?

One of the many pieces of information Augusta National doesn’t make public is the attendance size of the Masters.

Can you play Augusta National?

No. Augusta National is a private club only open to members and their guests.

Will Rickie Fowler be in the Masters field?

Unless Fowler wins the Valero Texas Open, he will not earn an invitation into the 2021 Masters. It would mark the first time he's missed the even since 2010.