The Masters Championship 2023 ⛳

The Masters Tournament, the first major tournament of the year, has officially kicked off with the honorary starters teeing off.

The legendary Gary Player, with an emotional tee shot, kicked it off, followed by inimitable Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

The 87th Masters is held at Augusta National, one of the oldest and most exclusive clubs in the US. Over 4 days the best players in the world compete for the coveted green jacket. It is also a tournament not hosted by the PGA, and thus the LIV Golf tour pros can still compete.

The Masters website at, you guessed it,, has an amazing shot tracker in the browser, for EVERY SHOT PLAYED! You can rotate and zoom and analyse the shots and feel like a commentator!

You can also track your favourite players and see how they progress over the weekend.

There are 3 South Africans taking part this year:

Louis Oothuizen - Louis’ Masters Page
Charl Schwartzel - Charl’s Masters Page
Aldricht Potgieter, an amateur player! - Aldricht’s Masters Page

On their player’s pages you can see their score cards as well as a clip of every shot played on the course, along with statistics and analyses!

The Thursday pin locations are normally not the most difficult, but this course is by no means an easy one. The best winning score over the 72 hole weekend has been an 18 under par.

The players to look out for are the three players switching the #1 spot on the rankings:

  • defending champ Scottie Scheffler who has been playing some seriously solid golf lately.
  • the 4 time major winner Rory McIlroy, still hunting for his 1st green jacket.
  • the big Spaniard, Jon Rahm who is posing a real threat.


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The fact that Tiger Woods is even playing this year is a miracle, but he could still COMPETE.

However, he is walking and swinging with real pain, it seems.


After the first day the lead is shared between Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland with 7 under par.

Rahm had a shocker opening hole, scoring a double bogey, but then played on to get 7 birdies plus an eagle on the par 5 8th.

Top 10 after day 1:

Other players of note is the 2022 US Amateur champion, Sam Bennet, still playing as an amateur, currently sitting tied 6th with a score of 4 under. He played a faultless round, kicking off with a birdie and an eagle, and then maintaining pace.

Tiger Woods shot a +2 even though his groans are audible on nearly every shot.

The South Africans are struggling a bit.

Charl Scwartzel is 2 over, Oosthuizen +4 and Potgieter +5. There is still a lot of golf to be played and a chance to redeem is still there!

Round 2 starts at 14:00 SAST.

The bit of a pompous recap of day 1:


I’ve been away from this sport to long to know any of those top names.