The Masters is seen by many in the sporting world to be the first signal that spring has sprung in the United States. The blooming of the azaleas around the Augusta National course in Georgia is one of the greatest sights in golf. Augusta National sits on the sight of a former plant nursery, and that's why all the holes are named after flowers.
The event is the first of the four golf majors and starts on the second Thursday in April every year. It is a standard 72-hole stroke-play tournament, but unlike the other three majors it is an invitational so only players who quality via certain criteria are invited to take part. Thus, it has the smallest field of the majors.
There have been 17 players who have won a green jacket on more than one occasion with Jack Nicklaus being the most successful having won it six times. The final time he tasted glory was in 1986 at the grand age of 46. Tiger Woods won green jacket No. 5 in 2019, his first Masters title since 2005.
CBS has been in a long partnership with the Masters Committee and has broadcast the event domestically since 1956. Since 2008, early-round coverage has been expanded to at first the USA Network and lately ESPN. Due to the TV contracts, this tournament has far fewer commercial breaks than usual for American television, with only four minutes an hour taken for them. This leads to viewers missing far less than what they would normally.
It has been one of the biggest betting events in the world for many years with golf fans lining up to try and predict who will win or on the hundreds of prop options. It's truly the Super Bowl of golf from a betting perspective. Because it is the only major played at the same course every year, you often find players who become Augusta specialists like Tiger, Phil Mickelson or Bubba Watson. Easier to handicap that way, too, compared to the PGA Championship, US Open or British Open, which all move to different courses annually.