Huge Masters Update: Days Before the 87th Edition, Important Decision on Augusta National’s Future Holds Special Significance for Jack Nicklaus

Published 04/02/2023, 5:00 AM EDT

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The golf world has been obsessed with one topic of late: The Masters Tournament. The year’s first major championship has a hype unlike any other, especially with both LIV Golf defectors and PGA Tour loyalists taking to the course. Amidst the much-anticipated drama for the 87th addition of the major championship, an update about the future of the Augusta event drops, leaving fans quite excited. And among those celebrating the news is also Jack Nicklaus, who is thrilled and honored.

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The future of the Masters

Ever since its incorporation, the Masters Tournament has been played at Augusta National. The two, i.e., the major championship and the course, are now synonymous with each other. And as per a recent report by The Quadrilateral, that will not change anytime soon. At least not for the next 60+ years.

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Fred Riley, the chairperson of the Masters, is expected to announce soon an extension of the major’s partnership with Augusta National Golf Club, cementing it as the home of the Masters until April 2086. This sudden rush of extensions stems from the chairperson realizing that it is “never too soon to lock things in,” as per sources.

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Recently, Saucon Valley Country Club was announced as the host of the 2051 U.S. Amateur. That is 28 years from now, which means that none of its participants have even been born yet. As per another source, having witnessed such intrinsic future planning by the USGA, Riley too was fired up to take charge of the future of the Masters.

The extension holds a special place in the heart of Jack Nicklaus

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They will extend the partnership for the next 63 years due to major facility renovations planned for the summer of 2086. But that year will also mark another historic moment at the Masters. It will be 100 years since the golf legend Nicklaus would have won his 6th Green Jacket at the course.

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In 1986, the 83-year-old created history at Augusta by claiming the most number of Masters anyone has ever won. That same year, he also became the oldest winner of the event at 46 years and 82 days. Perhaps in the next few decades, there will be someone who breaks his record. But one thing is certain: marking his feat a century into the future is certainly an immense honor!

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What do you think of the extension between Augusta National and the Masters? And should it be extended even further now itself? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a business graduate from Christ University with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing drove him towards his dream, and he switched careers.
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Akash Pandhare

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