The US Masters is widely regarded as the premier tournament in the golfing calendar, and is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the sporting year as it kick-starts the major season. Fans and players alike relish the thought of four days at the Augusta National in Georgia, as the elite of the golfing world do battle for that coveted Green Jacket on the Sunday afternoon in early April.
Established in 1934, this event has grown to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated spectacles of the entire year as the top golfers from around the world lock horns. The uniqueness of the tournament is it is played at Augusta every year, so people are accustomed with the course with the likes of Amen Corner gaining legendary status in sporting ranks.
The 7,435 yard par-72 course offers a real challenge for all competitors lining up on the Thursday, and with some sensationally fast greens providing difficult putting conditions, along with strategically place water traps. It undoubtedly separates the elite from their lower classed rivals and the roll of honour just shows the ability needed to win the title.
American legend Sam Snead was a name synonymous with this crown in the early decades as he lifted the title on three occasions, but it was fellow countryman Jack Nicklaus who eclipsed his records. During a magnificent career The Golden Bear gained six green jackets between 1963 and 1986, with his battles with Arnold Palmer gaining legendary status at Augusta.
Other notable winners include Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.