As in tennis, the PGA circuit has four majors. Tournaments that everyone dreams of winning and being able to inscribe their name in history. Getting to win in just one is already a milestone. One of those victories that justify races and give meaning to all the hours of effort invested. However, in Spain, none has such a special flavor as the Masters of Augusta. The one with the mythical green jacket. Jack Nicklaus won six times and Tiger Woods five. That of Seve, Txema, and Sergio…
The one Jon Rahm now wants to win. The Basque golfer is undoubtedly one of the big favorites for the 2023 edition. Which means nothing more than that. Especially when we talk about golf, an unpredictable sport in which the line between winning and losing is finer than in other disciplines.
When does the Augusta Masters start?
The Augusta Masters is a tournament of liturgies and traditions, in which all the mystique surrounding golf is given. It is always the first major of the year and is usually held on the second Sunday of April. Something that is fulfilled in this edition, since the best golfers in the world meet again at the Augusta National Golf Club from April 6 to 9.
This year comes surrounded by the controversy in which the sport of holes has been immersed since the creation of LIV Golf, a circuit sponsored by Saudi Arabia that has signed some of the most important names of the moment. However, Augusta has already made it clear that, unlike PGA tournaments, it will invite those LIV golfers who meet the traditional requirements to access it. For example, Sergio Garcia can dispute it since as the winner of the tournament, he has a lifetime exemption.
What time does Jon Rahm play?
The first day of the Augusta Masters is played, like all PGA tournaments, on Thursday. The game system implies that each player alternates morning and afternoon shifts between Thursday and Friday in three-player matches (each golfer competes against himself and against the course, but accompanied by two others), while on Saturday and Sunday, the players leave, two by two, in order depending on the classification. In this way, the last match of those days is that of the two golfers who have the best finish in the tournament the day before.
Jon Rahm begins his participation in Augusta this Thursday at 16:42 Spanish time, in a match that he will share with another favorite, Justin Thomas, and with Cameron Young.
Start time of the rest of the Spaniards and favorites
Sergio Garcia – 15:12
Tiger Woods – 16:18
Patrick Cantlay – 16:30
Jose Maria Olazabal – 17:06
Scottie Scheffler – 7:36 PM
Rory McIlroy – 7:48 p.m.
Where to watch the Augusta Masters live?
In Spain, the Masters of Augusta can be seen on television exclusively through Movistar +. The pay-TV platform owns the television rights in our country and will broadcast the tournament through its Movistar Golf channel (dial 59).
The thematic golf channel is included in the sports package, which has a price of 20 euros per month. However, Movistar has oriented its television platform as part of its comprehensive communication offer, what they commercially call Fusion. Therefore, only those who also hire Internet or telephone services can access Movistar Golf.
How much is admission to the Augusta Masters?
The Augusta Masters is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world and, therefore, accessing it is very complicated. Also expensive, of course. Augusta National is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the world, an ethos that is transmitted to your golf tournament.
The demand is so high that, in addition to money, you also have to be lucky to get a pass, since these are distributed by lottery. In addition, there are several requirements to access, for example, you must be over 21 years old, you can only request one entry per home, and requests for second homes, student residences, or work addresses are not allowed. All this to avoid resale.
The window is limited, moreover. You have to be attentive to be able to register in the draw. For example, to access a ticket for 2024 it is necessary to sign up from June 1 to 20. The price varies according to the day. The cheapest is to watch the workouts and pose a price of $ 75, while tickets for the tournament are worth $ 115. Despite all the restrictions, there are tickets that go on the market for resale and that is where their price skyrockets. Depending on the day, they can reach up to $ 4,000.