The Masters 2022 – Golf’s Most Prestigious Event
It’s that time again – golf’s first major championship of the calendar year is scheduled to play out over the second weekend of April and fans in their millions will be glued to the action as it unfolds at the famous Augusta National.
The 2021 addition, which was played in front of a reduced live crowd, was won by Hideki Matsuyama who became the first Japanese golf major winner ever, scooping a prize upwards of $2 million in the process. He’ll be looking to join the exclusive club of only three players to have managed to win consecutive Masters tournaments and if he’s successful, he’ll sit alongside three of the game’s greats in Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
This iconic tournament has the smallest field of players of all the majors, as competitors are there on an invitation-only basis. Amongst the criteria for being invited are having won the event in the past, having recently won another major tournament and being one of the leading players in the previous PGA Tour season. As such, a decorated field of golfing talent, both past and present, is guaranteed.
Someone who’ll be invited back until the day he hangs up his clubs is Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest player to have ever played the game and five-time Masters champion. He’s been the subject of one of this year’s major talking points as the world of golf’s intrigue grows regarding his possible return to competitive action at Augusta in April.
At this point last year, Woods was recovering from a horrific single-vehicle car crash in California that induced serious injuries to the player. Initial fears were that he’d never walk again, let alone swing a golf club, however, he re-emerged in December at the Hero World Challenge, a tournament that Woods himself set up in 2000 to raise money and awareness for his own charity foundation. He followed this up with an appearance at the pro-am PNC Championship, delighting the crowds as he played alongside his already highly accomplished 13-year-old son, Charlie.
What’s certain is that Tiger is managing expectations and not putting any pressure on himself to play his first professional tournament in 17-months, however, it is a possibility that would mark yet another seemingly unlikely comeback from the player. If he does play, however, he won’t expect to be victorious in a field that includes bookie’s favourites, such as Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
As always, the spectacle will delight viewers regardless of who wins and if you’re not content to watch from home on the television, why not get in touch with us here so we can put together a bespoke and luxury package including hospitality at the event. If you need convincing further check out our Insight piece on the Champions Retreat, as well as this 5-night experience that we put together for a group of clients last year.