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The Masters 2022: Past champions & their watch game

It’s no secret that we have several golf fans here at Xupes. To say there’s a buzz of excitement ahead of the first major of the year would be an understatement. This weekend we will see the world’s best go head-to-head at Augusta National, one of the most challenging courses in the world. Their greens are so quick, they’re said to resemble putting on glass! 

So just a quick recap. Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to don the famous green jacket after a one-shot win over Will Zalatoris last year in 2021. Tiger Woods, whose stirring 2019 triumph created one of the most iconic moments in the storied tournament’s history, has confirmed today he will play! 

Who’s the favourite this year? Well, world No.2 Jon Rahm must be up there alongside Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler, currently the game’s top-ranked players. Who’s won most titles? That would be the man, the myth, the legend Jack Nicklaus with six titles (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986). 

The most runner-up titles go to Ben Hogan with four (1942, 1946, 1954, 1955). And the largest margin of victory is 12 shots by Tiger Woods in 2000 (impressive right!). While we will be glued to every drive and every 4-footer, the watch game on show at Augusta is also key. Let’s take a look at the past six winners and what they rocked on their wrists:  

We had to include him, firstly he’s a Brit! Secondly, he’s with one of our favourite brands – AP. When Danny Willett won the Masters in 2016 he immediately put on his favourite carbon AP Royal Oak Offshores.   

When the world class Spaniard, Sergio Garcia broke his duck in 2017 he went to his faithful Omega Planet Ocean.   

When the larger-than-life American Patrick Reed in 2018 donned the green jacket for the first time ever (we understand it), a Hublot was on a winner’s wrist.   

Tiger Woods has been with Rolex for decades. And when he won in 2019, the world was in awe. The goat had returned to his former magic.  What did he have on the wrist? Well, a statement and a classic, as you’d expect – the instantly recognisable Rolex Deepsea.   

Dustin Johnson was tipped by many to be a winner one day. In 2020 he did it! and he became the second to do it with Hublot on, specifically a Big Bang.  

Finally, the much-loved Hideki Matsuyama in 2021 took the championship back to Japan for the first time. What was he rocking? You guessed it! A Rolex – a Sub of some description. The question is – will he hold off the pack in 2022? 

If you want to feel like a winner on and off the golf course, discover your perfect timepiece today.