The Masters is one of the most prestigious golf events of the year – maybe even the most prestigious, but we’ll leave that to your discretion! Taking place between the 11th to the 14th of April this year in Augusta, at The Insurance Emporium, we’ll be glued to our seats for the duration. To help get you in the mood for the action, we’re sharing essential information about what you need to know about the Masters 2019 Tournament. Read on to find out more!

A foot in the door

There’s no official qualification process for the Masters Tournament. Instead, inclusion is by invite only! There’s a set of 19 different criteria for qualification, with invitees having to fulfil at least one of them. Occasionally, there are exemptions, this year for example, Japan’s Shugo Imahira has been allowed to take part, despite not meeting official criteria!

The week’s events

Even though the actual tournament takes place over four days, there will be practice rounds going on between the 8th to 10th April. On the Tuesday evening, the annual Champions Dinner will take place, with last year’s winner, Patrick Reed, choosing the menu! Wednesday also sees the Par-3 Contest, where competitors play Augusta National’s Par-3 Course. Despite happening just the day before, the winner of the smaller contest has never gone on to win the actual Masters!

Who to look out for

Last year’s runner up, Rickie Fowler, has something to prove, after narrowly losing out. Current world number 13, Tony Finau performed fantastically in 2018, coming so close to winning much more than his one PGA Tour win. Could he up his game enough to take home the green jacket? England’s Tommy Fleetwood has also been rising swiftly up the world rankings, and this could be his chance to get his maiden US win!

What happens with a tie?

If, after 72 holes, two or more players are tied, the tournament would be decided with a sudden-death playoff. There have been a total of eleven playoffs in the history of the Masters, although none have ever gone further than two holes. Before 1979, ties were settled with a longer 18-hole playoff, but presumably organisers decided to limit the amount of time the event could go on for!

It’s not only the men!

Whilst there’s still no women’s Masters, Augusta National is to host the first ever Women’s Amateur tournament between the 3rd and the 6th of April. Whilst the first two rounds will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club, a practice round and the final (for those who make the cut) will be held at Augusta. It’s not as high profile as the men’s event, but perhaps a step in the right direction!

Whether you’re going to be at Augusta, watching from your living room or catching up every now and again, the Masters 2019 should be a great ride! If you’re a keen golfer yourself, this could be a good opportunity to consider protecting your equipment with golf insurance. The Insurance Emporium offer three different Golf Insurance policies, with standard benefits like Golf Equipment cover up to £5,000* available. They also offer up to 30% discount^ on policies. Want to know more? Set your swing to The Insurance Emporium today!  

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^ The 30% discount is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Club Member Discount (if appropriate). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies. 

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