Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari, and Xander Schauffele are in a heated three-way tie at the Masters with several holes left to play. Should there be a tie after 18, there will be a playoff. But what exactly are the Masters playoff rules?
The Masters utilizes a sudden death playoff format. The first competitor to beat his opponent on a single hole is the winner.
The Masters playoff starts from the 18th hole. If tied, it will then go to the 10th hole. If tied after that, the competitors will go back-and-forth between the 18th and 10th holes until there is a winner.
There have been 17 Masters playoffs under this format. Most recently, Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose in 2017 on the first attempt at the 18th hole.
Tiger Woods has some familiarity with the format, having beaten Chris DiMarco with a birdie on the 10th to win his fourth Masters.
The largest Masters playoff field has been three participants, which has happened five times – three of which came under the sudden death format.
In 2009, Angel Cabrera beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell. He knocked out Perry on the 18th, and then beat Campbell on the 10th.
The Masters can be viewed on CBS.