The 8 Best Masters Photos to Bring You Inside the Ropes

By Nick Heidelberger

Erik van Rooyen silhouette at Masters

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these photos write an incredible story. From sensational photography to raw emotion, and the peculiar head-scratchers, here are the eight best photos from Masters week so far.

8. Tiger Woods’ Practice Round

Crowd watches Tiger Woods practice round

Don’t tell the massive gallery that Tiger’s Monday round was just a practice round. Fans lined up countless rows deep to get a glimpse of the five-time Masters champion as Tiger teased his return to competitive golf on the sport’s biggest stage.

7. Jack’s Tee Shot

Jack Nicklaus hits ceremonial tee shot

It’s Masters tradition for the tournament's most storied participants to get the week started with a ceremonial opening tee shot. Six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus is part of that group select group which, along with Gary Player, welcomed Tom Watson in 2022.

6. Leapin’ Lizard

Scottie Scheffler removes lizard at Masters

Scottie Scheffler has leaped from 12th to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings in the early part of 2022, and he wasn’t the only “leapin’ lizard” on the move this week. Scheffler is seen here moving a lizard on the 13th hole during his Monday practice round.

5. Sweet Silhouette

Will Zalatoris silhouette at Masters

Will Zalatoris, who made a name for himself at the 2021 Masters, rode a late first-round tee time into the Augusta sunset, teeing off here on the 18th hole at Augusta National with just a glimmer of daylight left in the Georgia sky.

4. Chasing the Grand Slam

Rory McIlroy approach shot at Masters

Chasing a career grand slam can be a lonely feeling. Rory McIlroy is just a Masters win away from etching his name into that elite list, but the Green Jacket has proven to be elusive. Amidst all the hype, crowds, and pageantry of the Masters, McIlroy finds a little breathing room to play this shot from the 13th hole during the first round.

3. I’m Focused

Sungjae Im bunker shot at Masters

Sungjae Im brought an “I’m focused” vibe into the second round of the Masters after grabbing the first-round lead at 5-under par. The South Korean appeared unfazed playing this bunker shot on the second hole Friday.

2. Welcome to No. 1, Scottie

Scottie Scheffler with crowd at Masters

Scottie Scheffler is making his debut as the World No. 1 at Augusta National. Despite Tiger Woods wrestling much of the spotlight off of him, there are still plenty of eyes on Scheffler this week, as evidenced by this image of his shot from the 18th hole during the first round on Thursday.

1. Great Expectations

Tiger Woods shot reaction at Masters

Even though the golf world has its eyes glued to Tiger, perhaps nobody has greater expectations for the 15-time major champion than Woods himself. A little more mustard on his tee shot on the fourth hole on Thursday could have left a more manageable birdie attempt, but Woods’ reaction to his tee shot that left a safe and easy 35-foot two-putt par illustrates just how high his own bar is.

About the Author

Nick Heidelberger is the Editor of GolfLink and an active member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA). He covers all things golf, from the professional tours to rules, equipment, style, and golf history. In the years prior to joining GolfLink, he worked for the New England Section of the PGA of America. Nick has a degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and has been an avid golfer for more than 10 years.