Masters 2022 Augusta National
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Find the essential information on the 86th edition of the 2022 Masters Tournament, the first major tournament of the 2022 season, which will take place at the Augusta National in Georgia (USA) from Thursday, 7 to Sunday 10 April. Tournament program, jet lag, television broadcasts, internet coverage…

The Tournament

91 players who have (for the moment) been invited to compete in the mythical Majors. The top 50 players in the world rankings, supplemented by the former winners, last year’s top twelve, runners-up from other major tournaments, and three amateurs. Many of them glean the famous green jacket reserved for the winner and worn by the club members.

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Crowned last year with a score of 278 (-10), Hideki Matsuyama was the first Japanese winner at Augusta. Although still handicapped by a back injury, he will try to become the fourth golfer in history to achieve a double after Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1990-1991), and Tiger Woods (2001-2002).

The challenge is immense given the competition. The new world number one Scottie Scheffler, the prodigy Collin Morikawa, the American stars Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, the Spanish star Jon Rahm, the last winner of the Players Cameron Smith or the Norwegian nugget Viktor Hovland are among the favorites to wear the famous green jacket on Sunday night, near the green of the 18th.

Also, watch the four former winners (Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, and Bubba Watson)…

The Return of Tiger Woods?

Will play, will not play? Sunday night in France, the suspense remained on the presence or not of the icon Tiger Woods.

It has long been believed that the Masters would be deprived for the second time in a row of the participation of the five-time winner, victim of a serious car accident on 23 February 2021, and since then in recovery.

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By showing up at the Augusta National grid in the middle of last week with his son Charlie and his friend Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods had stirred up the world of golf by raising hopes of participation in the Masters and an unexpected return to the greens in competition in his favorite tournament. Sunday, the trend was rather to the big return…

Absentees

One thing is certain: this 86th edition will be contested without Phil Mickelson. In turmoil after his controversial remarks about Saudi Arabia and the PGA Tour, the six-time Major winner misses the first major event of the season for the first time since 1994.

Another certainty: there will be no French players this year in Georgia. A first in three years. French number one Victor Perez, now 103rd in the world, who has participated in the last two editions, is not eligible this year because of his poor form in recent months.

What’s new on the course?

The world’s elite will have to avoid the pitfalls of a course flirting with the 6,800-metre mark. The hilly course of Augusta National in Georgia, created in 1934 by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones, is experiencing some changes for this 86th edition.

Starting with hole 15, a par 5 is considered one of the easiest holes in the Masters. It has been extended by 18 meters and now officially measures 502 meters. This legendary by five has been the scene of so many dramatic events.

Even lying down, it should be easily accessible in two moves for almost all players. However, the prospect of hitting one or two more clubs – for example, an iron five instead of an iron seven – above the pond that protects the green will at least make the hole a little more dangerous and even more spectacular.

Among other changes made this year, the tough par four of the 11, which was already the second most difficult hole last year with an average of 4.40 shots, has been lengthened by 15 meters to reach 520 meters starts have been moved to the left.

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Finally, the last hole was lengthened by 12 meters. Three greens have also been completely renovated, including holes n°3, 13, and 17.

The Masters Program

It is a normal edition that the Masters will experience this year. After that, 2020 was postponed to the fall due to the covid-19 pandemic and played behind closed doors, then 2021 was contested with a narrow gauge—no more mandatory masks this year at Augusta for spectators and media.

No more gauge either. The traditional par 3 contest, which attracts a lot of fans every year, canceled in 2020 and 2021, is back, as tradition dictates, on Wednesday, the day before the tournament.

And like every year, the dinner of champions will bring together on Tuesday evening the former winners of the Masters at the initiative of the last winner. Therefore, Matsuyama will lead the festivities this Tuesday, 5 April, by establishing the menu for his guests.

In terms of the time difference, Paris (France) is six hours ahead of Augusta, located in Georgia in the southeastern United States. The first departures are scheduled for the first two days from 8:00 am (local time), i.e., at 2:00 pm in France.

The 86th edition will kick off jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Tom Watson. The latter, a two-time winner of the green jacket, was named this year’s honorary starter of the Masters alongside living legends Nicklaus and Player.

Television Broadcasts

The American channels ESPN and CBS, major holders of the broadcasting rights, will provide eighteen hours of daily live broadcasting.

In France, the Canal+ group’s pay channels will provide comprehensive coverage of the event, according to the program established below (at French time):

Thursday, 8 April (Round 1): From 5 pm on Golf+; From 23:55 on Canal+ Sport.

Friday, 9 April (Round 2): From 5 pm on Golf+; From 23:55 on Canal+ Sport.

Saturday, 10 April (Round 3): From 5 pm on Golf+; From 9 pm on Canal+ Sport.

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Sunday, 11 April (4th and last round): From 5 pm on Golf+; From 8 pm on Canal+ Sport and 10.20 pm on Canal+

During the event’s four days, the “expert” mode on MyCanal will offer subscribers an interactive timeline with exclusive quizzes, surveys, and statistics. It will also allow you to fly over the 18 holes of the course.

An additional live stream on Saturday and Sunday will be available for two hours from 5 pm, the driving range of the last games. Finally, all the tournament highlights will be seen and reviewed.

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