The Masters odds are getting tight as Augusta looms just six weeks away
Masters 2018: Watch Tiger Woods JUST miss making a rare hole-in-one at the Masters
Patrick Reed won his first major title on Sunday at the Masters, outlasting Rickie Fowler by one stroke and staving off a big comeback by Jordan Spieth.
Whoever wins the Masters on Sunday will get $1.98 million in prize money out of a total purse of $11 million. Those figures are unchanged from 2017. The Masters is among golf’s most prestigious tournaments, obviously, and it pays out bigger sums than most. But Augusta National Golf Club, which hosts the tournament, knows that it’s prestigious, and so does everybody else. That’s why the Masters hasn’t been caught up quite as much as some other tournaments in a purse arms race, where organizers at the sport’s biggest events try to flex their financial muscle to show how big a deal their tournaments are. The U.S. Open paid a record $12 million payout last year. and the Players Championship has made a push to start paying major-like dollars in recent years.
Like legions of golfers his age, young Patrick Reed wanted to grow up to be like Tiger Woods. He took lessons at Hank Haney's ranch in Texas at a time when Haney was teaching Woods. He studied Tiger as if he were a grown-up NFL scout trying to find the secret to an opponent's success. Reed's instructor at the time, Peter Murphy, would tell ESPN.com that his student learned that he didn't just want to play like Tiger; he wanted to act like Tiger, too.
We'll be following along all day to see how Tiger Woods fares in Round 2 at the Masters, updating this running blog throughout. He tees off at 1:27 p.m. with Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood. Woods opened the tournament with a 1-over 73 on Thursday -- his first round at the Masters since 2015.
Defending Masters champion Sergio Garcia has an absolute nightmare at the 15th at Augusta, ending up in the water five times before carding a disastrous 13.
The Masters is CBS’ show with a weekday assist from ESPN, but GolfChannel’s Live From the Masters is the best 19th hole in television golf.
No one wins the Masters on Thursday, but plenty of bets are lost. Take my buddy, Matt, a Sergio Garcia fan who told me a few weeks back that he'd wagered $2,000 on the Spaniard to beat Paul Casey over four rounds at Augusta. Matt is something of a gambling shark. But even sharks get bitten. The first round was in mid-throes when my cell phone rang. Matt calling. Garcia had just gifted more objects to the water than a Greek sailor trying to appease Poseidon, making a very wet 13 on the 15th hole.
A day after dislocating his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one in the Par-3 Contest and then popping it back into place, Tony Finau made five birdies over 12 holes in the opening round at Augusta National and got to 4 under.
The next four days at the 2018 Masters could be the best major championship ever. It’s certainly being hyped this way. There’s so much potential in so many directions. Here are 50 reasons — big, small, inane -- why the 2018 Masters is going to be so good.
The 2018 Masters Tournament is heavy with anticipation of greatness about to happen.
With a healthy Tiger Woods joining a field of top contenders seemingly at their peak, expectations are high among the azaleas of Augusta.
Rory McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a final-round 64, picking up his first PGA Tour title since the 2016 Tour Championship — and jacking the already frenzied anticipation for the Masters. Rory? Tiger? Phil? Spieth? Forget the Vegas lines — who's your early favorite to slip on the green jacket?
The 2017 Masters is in the books, and Sergio Garcia is a major champion for the first time. Now that Garcia has broken through, will more majors follow? And who replaces him on top of the list of best golfers without a major championship? Our expanded panel answers these questions and more in this week's edition of Monday Four-Ball.
It did not look like Garcia would ever win a major, and certainly not the Masters. But there he was at Augusta National, closing the final five holes with nothing but perfect swings.
Rich in history and natural beauty, Augusta National provides unparalleled views and challenges that stop even the most seasoned golfers in their tracks during the Masters.
Victory at Augusta is worth a lot more than a green jacket and a name in the history books.
Who got top marks for their Masters performance? Sergio Garcia, of course, but also a little kid with an orange shirt.
We take a look at the winners and losers from the opening major of this season.