Masters playoff format: What you need to know

April 9, 2017
Masters playoff format

With fierce competition and lofty stakes, the Masters playoff format is crucial. The tournament has a unique (among majors) method of formatting a playoff. Here’s everything you need to know about the Masters playoff format.

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.