If there was any doubt about who would be the favorite heading into the 2013 edition of the Masters Golf Tournament, it was put to rest on March 25. Tiger Woods came within an inch of sinking a 73-foot putt on the 18th green at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, and though he missed, the remarkable stroke left him with nothing but a tap-in to win the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods, who sported his signature, toothy grin after earning his third victory of the year, bypassed Rory McIlroy en route to claiming the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time since October 2010.
That ranking will be put to the test soon enough when play at The Masters gets underway, April 8-14, at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. As a 14-time major championship winner, Woods is oozing with confidence as he eyes his fifth green jacket at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world. Now standing just five wins short of Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 titles, Tiger’s rekindled vigor should bode well as he looks to win his first Masters since 2005 and first major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open. While he and others may not consider him truly “back” until he wins another major, Woods certainly has plenty of inspiration after his performance last year.
In 2012, he finished tied for 40th at Augusta National, failing to break par in any round and finishing 15 strokes behind the eventual winner, Bubba Watson. It was Woods’ worst Masters performance as a pro, but 2013 is poised to be much different. Including his record-tying, eighth career Arnold Palmer Invitational win, Woods has won three out of five tournaments this season, including the Farmers Insurance Open in January and the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, and he looks like a force to be reckoned with once again. But to earn that coveted 15th career major and close in on Jack Nicklaus’ 18, Woods will have to face a Masters field that’s as tough as ever.
McIlroy also will be searching for redemption after a poor Masters performance in 2012, having been just a shot back heading into the weekend before faltering and finishing tied for 40th alongside Woods. If McIlroy can showcase his masterful skills on the iconic Amen Corner and take home his first green jacket, it would certainly be a fine way to make up for his poor play earlier this season. Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson had victory in sight last year before a heart-wrenching triple-bogey on the fourth hole essentially ended his chances, so he’ll certainly be chomping at the bit to tee-off this year as well.
Of course, defending champion Bubba Watson will look to have a say in the matter after delivering one of the tournament’s finest moments last year. Bubba showcased his poise and world-class creativity with a dazzling save from the woods that helped him defeat Louis Oosthuizen in a two-hole playoff. Golf fans that purchase Masters tickets will also see former champions competing like Charl Schwartzel (2011), Angel Cabrera (2009), Trevor Immelman (2008), Zach Johnson (2007), Mike Weir (2003), Vijay Singh (2000), Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999), Mark O'Meara (1998), Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993), Fred Couples (1992), Ben Crenshaw (1984), Craig Stadler (1982), and Tom Watson (1981).
With Woods back on the prowl, and stars like Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Lee Westwood, and Matt Kuchar all hoping to don the coveted green jacket for the first time, a purchase of Masters tickets is a must for any golf fan. Vivid Seats has a great assortment of passes for practice rounds, as well as single and multi-day Masters badges for you to experience play at one of the most beautiful courses on the planet. And don’t forget to reach out to one of our representatives to inquire about our Masters Hospitality Packages, which include VIP perks and luxurious amenities at the nearby Legends Club.