Most Masters Tournament Starts

Record for Most Times a Golfer Has Competed in the Annual Contest

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Every year at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, players on the PGA Tour compete in the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major tournaments in professional golf, but Gary Player holds the record for playing the Masters Tournament the most times, at least completing the first two rounds of 52 of the tournaments.

Player's first appearance at the tournament was the 1957 Masters, where he tied for 24th overall, but he came back 52 times, winning in 1961, 1974 and 1978 before he retired from the sport after his appearance at the 2009 Masters. Along the way, Player finished second twice, had 15 Top 10 finishes and 22 Top 25 finishes, and made the cut 30 times.

Other players have also competed in the tournament numerous times;  Arnold Palmer started the Masters Tournament 50 times, Doug Ford started 49 times, and Raymond Floyd competed in 46 tournaments.

Along with the most plays total, Palmer also holds the record for consecutive starts with 50 straight years playing The Masters. From his first appearance in the ​1955 Masters to his last in the 2004 Masters, Palmer never missed a year.

About the PGA Masters Tournament

Each year, the Masters Tournament is scheduled during the first full week of April as part of the PGA Tour's four major championships. The event takes place in Augusta Georgia on an 18-hole, par-72 course that first opened in 1933 and is the first of the four championships played every season. 

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most victories at the annual tournament, earning six between the 1963 Masters and the one held in 1986. Tiger Woods and Palmer both earned four victories and Jimmy Demaret, Player, Sam Snead, Nick Faldo, and Phil Mickelson each won three.

Only two victors have come from countries outside the United States including South African golfer Gary Player, who has dominated the field, even in terms of records, throughout much of the last half of the 20th century; Seve Ballesteros, who hails from Spain, also won in both 1980 and 1983.

The Other Three Major Championships

Along with the Majors Tournament, the PGA Tour also includes three other major championships where the best of the best compete: the U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship.

The second tournament played each year is the U.S. Open, which is hosted by different golf clubs around the United States over Father's Day weekend, and watching the match has become a long-standing tradition for father-son duos in America as a result.

The third annual tournament is The Open Championship, held in the United King over the week of the third Friday of July and hosted by the R&A and always played on a links course somewhere in the U.K.

The final tournament is the PGA Championship, on the third weekend in August prior to Labor Day, which is also hosted throughout at the United States at different golf clubs.