The Masters and the mid-market M&A golf deals

Dealmakers love playing golf and there has been plenty of M&A activity that involve makers golf clubs to course operators.

The Masters tournament officially tees off on Thursday, April 5. Fans of the sport will be closely watching Tiger Woods play in his first Masters since 2015, as he attempts to come back from injuries.

The golf course is an ideal time for dealmakers to talk shop and that has resulted in robust activity over the last couple of years. For example, Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), the publisher of USA Today, purchased golf magazine Golfweek . The deal comes less than a month after the death of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, who helped popularize the sport during the 1960s. Callaway Golf and TaylorMade have also been involved in deals.