On a rainy Sunday in Augusta, Georgia, Australian Adam Scott, 32, captured his first green jacket by winning Augusta National’s Masters Tournament. Argentinian Angel Cabrera,43, who was the 2009 champ, was trying to earn his second green jacket and came close with a clutch birdie putt on the 18th, forcing a playoff with Scott, who had finished a group ahead. They tied on the first playoff hole, # 18, when each scored a birdie, then went to the 10th, where both had similar drives and approach shots. When Cabrerra’s birdie putt came painfully close, Scott made an amazing putt to take the title. No Masters sudden-death playoff has gone past 2 playoff holes since the current system was adopted in 1976. (Replacing the 10-hole playoff) Cabrerra had been there before, winning his title in a 3-way playoff with Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. Overall, this was the 17th playoff at Augusta. (See link below)
Winning the Masters is huge. Champions get a life time exemption to The Masters, a 5 year exemption on the PGA Tour and a 5 year exemption to the other 3 majors. They get their name on the Masters trophy, access to the Masters Champions Locker Room, over $1.3 million in prize money, and they are awarded the coveted green jacket. (although after one year, they must give the jacket back) Champions also get to host the following year’s Champions Dinner. HERE
Who gets invited?- The Masters invites the smallest field of the majors, generally under 100 players.
- World’s top 50 prior to the event
- Former Masters champions
- Current champions and top finishers of the major amateur championships. (Major tournament champions earn 5 year exemptions)
- Most of the previous year’s PGA Tour winners
- Official Masters Qualification for Invitation list: HERE
- 2012 amendments to the invitation system HERE
Masters Playoff History: HERE.
Historical Records and Stats and Past Masters Champions: HERE