Masters Playoff Format, History

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Sergio Garcia, of Spain, on the 18th hole after a playoff at the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.
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In the history of the Masters, there have been 17 instances where the tournament needed to be decided by a playoff.

The last time it happened was in 2017 when Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose.

If the 2023 edition needs a playoff, here is the format.

Masters Playoff Format

The first playoff hole is No. 18. If a winner is not decided after one playoff hole, the players will play the 10th hole. The two holes will alternate until a winner is determined.

Masters Playoff History

YearPlayoff WinnerPlayoff Loser
2017Sergio GarciaJustin Rose
2013Adam ScottAngel Cabrera
2012Bubba WatsonLouis Oosthuizen
2009Angel CabreraKenny Perry/Chad Campbell
2005Tiger WoodsChris DiMarco
2003Mike WeirLen Mattiace
1990Nick FaldoRaymond Floyd
1989Nick FaldoScott Hoch
1987Larry MizeSeve Ballesteros/Greg Norman
1982Craig StadlerDan Pohl
1979Fuzzy ZoellerEd Sneed/Tom Watson
1970Billy CasperGene Littler
1966Jack NicklausTommy Jacobs/Gay Brewer
1962Arnold PalmerGary Player/ Dow Finsterwald
1954Sam SneadBen Hogan
1942Byron NelsonBen Hogan
1935Gene SarazenCraig Wood

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