Who can win at Augusta National?

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Despite Monday’s total solar eclipse that was experienced by tens of millions of people across North America, a rare celestial event isn’t required to see stars in the daytime at Augusta National Golf Club.
A field of 89 has assembled for the 88th edition of the first major of the year.
What it faces, what it’s chasing and an early peek at the weather are detailed below.
Course history aside, the entire field will be playing the latest iteration of the par-5 second hole for the first time.
With an increase of 10 yards, the dogleg left now tips at 585 yards, thus pushing the overall course length to 7,555 yards.
It’s the longest Augusta National ever has read on the scorecard.
The major modification in advance of last year’s tournament was a new tee on the par-5 13th hole that extended it by 35 yards.
Although Augusta National can play open for the longest hitters, it’s a second-shot track that demands a, well, master’s degree in geometry.

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It doesn’t take a rare astronomical event to see stars during the day at Augusta National Golf Club, despite the fact that tens of millions of people across North America witnessed Monday’s total solar eclipse. The Masters are about to begin, which is why.

For the 88th running of the first major of the year, 89 players have gathered. Below is a list of what it faces, what it’s chasing, and a preliminary look at the weather.

In contrast to the annual Masters tournament, North America won’t see another total eclipse until August 2044, with Canada being the prime viewing location. Tiger Woods, the five-time winner of the Masters, will be 68 years old when it occurs, to give you an idea of how long you’ll have to wait.

This week at the Masters, 48-year-old Woods is committed. This is his 26th time on screen. There wouldn’t be a rejection among the twenty debutantes if he could allocate even a week’s worth of that experience to any of them. As everyone is aware, Woods was only three years old in 1979 when Fuzzy Zoeller became the most recent rookie to win the green jacket. Only Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen, who completed the first two editions in 1934 and 1935, respectively, have done so.

Aside from the history of the course, every player in the field will be playing the most recent version of the par-5 second hole. The dogleg left now tips at 585 yards, an increase of 10 yards, bringing the total course length to 7,555 yards. The Augusta National scorecard reads the longest it has ever done.

The 13th hole, a par-5, had a new tee that extended it by 35 yards; this was the main change made before the tournament last year. Although the hole’s scoring average of 4 points 736 was lower than in 2022, it moved from being the second-hardest par 5 to the hardest in just one spin of a sample size. This is partially because, all things considered, the course was much easier the previous year. 72 points 960 was the field average.

As is customary on this track, course management is crucial given the position on approach, even if it means sacrificing distance off the tee. Even for the longest hitters, Augusta National can play open, but it’s a second-shot course that requires a master’s degree in geometry. The angles are crucial.

At the end of 36 holes, there will be a special cut of low 50 and ties. Every survivor will play through to the end. The winner will receive an abundance of benefits, including a lifetime exemption into the competition, exemptions into all majors through 2028, an exemption from PGA TOUR membership through 2029, and 750 FedExCup points.

The winner is anticipated to have had an amazing walk thanks to amazing weather, with a daytime high surpassing 80 degrees, when he dons the newest piece in his wardrobe on Sunday. The Thursday forecast is uncertain, so the tournament won’t begin that way. Rain, a chance of storms, and strong winds are all in alignment. By Friday, the precipitation should have stopped, but the breezes should remain. The third round on Saturday will be calm in contrast, perhaps the best of the lot, with temperatures only expected to reach the mid-70s.

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