Masters playoff format: What you need to know

Masters playoff format: What you need to know

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa reacts to missing a birdie putt on the first playoff hole as Bubba Watson looks on during the final round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for Golfweek)

With fierce competition and lofty stakes, the Masters tournament sometimes ends in a tense and action-packed playoff. The tournament has a unique (among majors) method of formatting a playoff. Here’s everything you need to know:

1. The Masters employs a sudden death playoff, maximizing the drama.

2. The playoff begins on the 18th hole and then moves to the 10th if a second hole is necessary. It alternates between these holes until a winner emerges.

3. The sudden death format ensures that the tournament wraps up quickly. No sudden death playoff has lasted more than two holes.

4. The last playoff at the Masters was in 2017, when Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose on the first playoff hole.

Read more about the history of playoffs at the Masters here.