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PGA - The Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 11th through Sunday, April 14th
SITE: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Alister MacKenzie, Bobby Jones (1934)
         Re-design work: George Cobb, Joe Finger, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus,
         Robert Trent Jones
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,435
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 4 445 Yds (Tea Olive)
2 - Par 5 575 Yds (Pink Dogwood)
3 - Par 4 350 Yds (Flowering Peach)
4 - Par 3 240 Yds (Flowering Crab Apple)
5 - Par 4 455 Yds (Magnolia)
6 - Par 3 180 Yds (Juniper)
7 - Par 4 450 Yds (Pampas Grass)
8 - Par 5 570 Yds (Yellow Jasmine)
9 - Par 4 460 Yds (Carolina Cherry)
36 3,725 Yds
10 - Par 4 495 Yds (Camellia)
11 - Par 4 505 Yds (White Dogwood)
12 - Par 3 155 Yds (Golden Bell)
13 - Par 5 510 Yds (Azalea)
14 - Par 4 440 Yds (Chinese Fir)
15 - Par 5 530 Yds (Firethorn)
16 - Par 3 170 Yds (Redbud)
17 - Par 4 440 Yds (Nandina)
18 - Par 4 465 Yds (Holly)
36 3,710 Yds
Annual:  77th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Friday -- 3-7:30 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8-11 p.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-7 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bubba Watson
Runner-Up:  Louis Oosthuizen
Tournament Record:  270 (Tiger Woods, 1997)
54-Hole Record:  201 (Raymond Floyd, 1976; Tiger Woods, 1997)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Raymond Floyd, 1976)
Course Record:  63 (Nick Price, 1986; Greg Norman, 1996)
Front 9 Record:  30 (Johnny Miller, 1975; Greg Norman, 1988; K.J. Choi, 2004;
  Phil Mickelson, 2009)
Back 9 Record:  29 (Mark Calcavecchia, 1992; David Toms, 1998)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000 (2012 figures)
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $544,000
2012 Finish
Bubba Watson *278Lee Westwood280
Louis Oosthuizen278Ian Poulter283
Peter Hanson280Padraig Harrington284
Matt Kuchar280Justin Rose284
Phil Mickelson280Adam Scott284

* - Won in Playoff

Past Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Bubba Watson (278) -- Louis Oosthuizen
2011Charl Schwartzel (274) -- Jason Day, Adam Scott
2010Phil Mickelson (272) -- Lee Westwood
2009*Angel Cabrera (276) -- Chad Campbell, Kenny Perry
2008Trevor Immelman (280) -- Tiger Woods
2007Zach Johnson (289) -- Tiger Woods, Rory Sabbatini, Retief Goosen
2006Phil Mickelson (281) -- Tim Clark
2005*Tiger Woods (276) -- Chris DiMarco
2004Phil Mickelson (279) -- Ernie Els
2003*Mike Weir (281) -- Len Mattiace
2002Tiger Woods (276) -- Retief Goosen
2001Tiger Woods (272) -- David Duval
2000Vijay Singh (278) -- Ernie Els
1999Jose Maria Olazabal (280) -- Davis Love III
1998Mark O'Meara (279) -- Fred Couples, David Duval
1997Tiger Woods (270) -- Tom Kite
1996Nick Faldo (276) -- Greg Norman
1995Ben Crenshaw (274) -- Davis Love III
1994Jose Maria Olazabal (279) -- Tom Lehman
1993Bernhard Langer (277) -- Chip Beck
1992Fred Couples (275) -- Ray Floyd
1991Ian Woosnam (277) -- Jose Maria Olazabal
1990*Nick Faldo (278) -- Ray Floyd
1989*Nick Faldo (283) -- Scott Hoch
1988Sandy Lyle (281) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1987*Larry Mize (285) -- Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman
1986Jack Nicklaus (279) -- Greg Norman, Tom Kite
1985Bernhard Langer (282) -- Curtis Strange, Ray Floyd, Seve Ballesteros
1984Ben Crenshaw (277) -- Tom Watson
1983Seve Ballesteros (280) -- Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite
1982*Craig Stadler (284) -- Dan Pohl
1981Tom Watson (280) -- Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus
1980Seve Ballesteros (275) -- Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
1979*Fuzzy Zoeller (280) -- Ed Sneed, Tom Watson
1978Gary Player (277) -- Hubert Green, Rod Funseth, Tom Watson
1977Tom Watson (276) -- Jack Nicklaus
1976Ray Floyd (271) -- Ben Crenshaw
1975Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf
1974Gary Player (278) -- Tom Weiskopf, Dave Stockton
1973Tommy Aaron (283) -- J.C. Snead
1972Jack Nicklaus (286) -- Bruce Crampton, Bobby Mitchell, Tom Weiskopf
1971Charles Coody (279) -- Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus
1970*Billy Casper (279) -- Gene Littler
1969George Archer (281) -- Billy Casper, George Knudson, Tom Weiskopf
1968Bob Goalby (277) -- Roberto DeVicenzo
1967Gay Brewer (280) -- Bobby Nichols
1966*Jack Nicklaus (288) -- Tommy Jacobs, Gay Brewer
1965Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Arnold Palmer, Gary Player
1964Arnold Palmer (276) -- Jack Nicklaus, Dave Marr
1963Jack Nicklaus (286) -- Tony Lema
1962*Arnold Palmer (280) -- Dow Finsterwald, Gary Player
1961Gary Player (280) -- Arnold Palmer, Charles Coe
1960Arnold Palmer (282) -- Ken Venturi
1959Art Wall Jr (284) -- Cary Middlecoff
1958Arnold Palmer (284) -- Doug Ford, Fred Hawkins
1957Doug Ford (282) -- Sam Snead
1956Jack Burke Jr (289) -- Ken Venturi
1955Cary Middlecoff (279) -- Ben Hogan
1954*Sam Snead (289) -- Ben Hogan
1953Ben Hogan (274) -- Ed Oliver Jr
1952Sam Snead (286) -- Jack Burke Jr
1951Ben Hogan (280) -- Skee Riegel
1950Jimmy Demaret (283) -- Jim Ferrier
1949Sam Snead (282) -- Johnny Bulla, Lloyd Mangrum
1948Claude Harmon (279) -- Cary Middlecoff
1947Jimmy Demaret (281) -- Byron Nelson, Frank Stranahan
1946Herman Keiser (282) -- Ben Hogan
1945Not Held due to World War II
1944Not Held due to World War II
1943Not Held due to World War II
1942*Byron Nelson (280) -- Ben Hogan
1941Craig Wood (280) -- Byron Nelson
1940Jimmy Demaret (280) -- Lloyd Mangrum
1939Ralph Guldahl (279) -- Sam Snead
1938Henry Picard (285) -- Ralph Guldahl, Harry Cooper
1937Byron Nelson (283) -- Ralph Guldahl
1936Horton Smith (285) -- Harry Cooper
1935*Gene Sarazen (282) -- Craig Wood
1934Horton Smith (284) -- Craig Wood

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Augusta National Invitational (1934-38).

Top Contenders in the Field
Bubba Watson---------------T-2042nd---T-38Won
Louis Oosthuizen------------------mcmcmc2nd
Lee Westwood------mcmcT-30T-1143rd2ndT-11T-3
Phil Mickelson3rdWon10thWonT-24T-55thWonT-27T-3
Matt Kuchar---------------------T-24T-27T-3
Peter Hanson------------------------mcT-3
Ian Poulter---T-31T-33---T-13T-25T-20T-10T-277th
Adam ScottT-23mcT-33T-27T-27T-25mcT-18T-2T-8
Justin RoseT-39T-22------T-5T-36T-20---T-11T-8
Padraig HarringtonmcT-13mcT-27T-7T-5T-35mcmcT-8
Jim Furyk4th---28thT-22T-13T-33T-10mcT-2411th
Fred CouplesT-28T-6T-39T-3T-30mcmc6thT-15T-12
Sergio GarciaT-28T-4mc46thmcmcT-38T-45T-35T-12
Hunter MahanT-28------------mcT-10T-8mcT-12
Graeme McDowell------mc---------T-17mcmcT-12
Bo Van Pelt------mc---------------T-8T-17
Brandt Snedeker---T-41---------T-3mc---T-15T-19
Jason Dufner---------------------T-30---T-24
Rickie Fowler------------------------T-38T-27
Vijay SinghT-6T-6T-5T-8T-13T-14T-30mcmcT-27
Keegan Bradley---------------------------T-27
Luke Donald------T-3T-42T-10mcT-38mcT-4T-32
Angel CabreraT-15mcmcT-8T-37T-25WonT-187thT-32
Nick Watney---------------T-1119th7th46thT-32
Zach Johnson------mcT-32WonT-20mc42ndmcT-32
Bill Haas---------------------T-26T-42T-37
Thomas Bjorn---mcT-25T-32mc------------T-37
Tiger WoodsT-15T-22WonT-3T-22ndT-6T-4T-4T-40
Rory McIlroy------------------T-20mcT-15T-40
Henrik Stenson---------mcT-17T-17T-38mcmcT-40
Martin Kaymer---------------mcmcmcmcT-44
Webb Simpson---------------------------T-44
Steve Stricker------------mcmcT-6T-30T-11T-47
Char Schwartzel---------------------T-30WonT-50
Y.E. Yang------------T-30---mcT-8T-20T-57
Trevor Immelman---mcT-5mcT-55WonT-20T-14T-1560th
K.J. ChoiT-153rdT-33mcT-2741stmcT-4T-8mc
Tom WatsonmcmcmcmcmcmcmcT-18mcmc
Mike WeirWonmcT-5T-11T-20T-17T-46T-43mcmc
Jason Day------------------------T-2wd
Dustin Johnson------------------T-30T-38T-38---
Ernie ElsT-62nd47thT-27mcmcmcT-18T-47---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley
Darkhorse - Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas, Henrik Stenson
Last Week's Pick to Win (Charl Schwartzel) - Finished tied for 22nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Gonzalo Fernandez z-Castano) - Missed the cut
There's the Super Bowl in football, the World Series in baseball, the Stanley Cup in Hockey, Wimbledon in tennis, the Kentucky Derby in horse racing, or the Great American Race (Daytona 500), but there is nothing that quite compares to that first major in April for the men, The Masters. Although the LPGA Tour had its first major last week and just four weeks ago the golfers competed at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, The Masters is the greatest spectacle in golf.

As was the case in 2012, there are plenty of interesting scenarios waiting to play out this year. Will Tiger Woods win his fifth Masters crown and his third straight tournament after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational? Can Phil Mickelson win his fourth green jacket? Will Bubba Watson become the first player to win two straight Masters since Woods in 2001-02? Can Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els or Jim Furyk win their first Masters? Or will Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter or Dustin Johnson win their first major championship? Only time will tell.

This will be the first tournament Woods will play since returning to the top spot in the world rankings for the first time since 2010. He is off to a great start in 2013, winning three times in five PGA Tour events. Woods currently leads the money list with over $3.7 million in earnings.

McIlroy will be trying to grab back the No. 1 ranking from Woods. He has two top-10 finishes this year and is coming off his best showing of the season, finishing second last week at the Texas Open. McIlroy won the last major at the 2012 PGA Championship in August and has captured two of the last seven majors.

Rose is in great form heading into the Masters. He is ranked No. 3 in the world, the highest ranking of his career. Rose has recorded three straight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish to Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational his last time out.

International players have fared well here, winning 13 of 25 and 15 of the last 30. No player has ever won The Masters the same year as winning the par-3 tournament held on Wednesday. A total of 105 players have been invited to this year's event, with a total of 93 expected to compete. There are 17 first-time participants and six amateurs in this year's field.

Qualifications for entrance into the Masters are: past Masters champions; U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship winners (Honorary, non-competing after five years); winners of the last three Players Championships; current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up; current British Amateur, Asian Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Mid-Amateur champions; the top-16 finishers -- including ties -- from last year's Masters; top-8 players -- including ties -- from last year's U.S. Open; top-4 players -- including ties -- from last year's PGA Championship and British Open; the top-30 PGA Tour money leaders from 2012; winners of PGA Tour events that award a full point allocation for the Tour Championship from previous Masters to current Masters; those qualifying for the 2012 Tour Championship; 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for 2012, and the 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the 2013 Masters Tournament. The committee can also invite any international player not otherwise qualified. Ryo Ishikawa of Japan and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand received special invitations this year.

Last year, Watson parred the second playoff hole to defeat Oosthuizen and claim his first major victory. Watson had two putts from 10 feet to win the green jacket and lagged his birdie try close. He tapped in for the victory. Watson badly pulled his drive on the second playoff hole, the 10th, into the trees on the right, then hit a Masters shot for the ages. From the pine straw, Watson knocked his second to 10 feet, setting up the victory. In the final round, Oosthuizen became the first player in Masters history to double-eagle the second hole and only the fourth to record that amazing score on any hole. The pair finished regulation at 10-under 278. Watson became the fifth left- hander to win the Masters in the last 10 years

In 2011, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa birdied his last four holes in the final round to earn his first major championship on a wild Sunday. Schwartzel, who holed out from off the green twice, shot a 6-under 66 and won by two over Australians Adam Scott and Jason Day. The South African finished at 14-under 274 to don the green jacket. Schwartzel's 4-stroke comeback on the final day was the largest since Nick Faldo came from six down to defeat Greg Norman in 1996. Schwartzel became the first champion to birdie the final four holes in history and the first to play the final four holes in 4-under par since Jack Nicklaus (1986). He joined Jimmy Demaret (1940) and Herman Keiser (1946) as players to win in their second appearance.

In 2010, Mickelson fired a 5-under 67 in the final round to come from behind and win his third Masters title. Mickelson finished at 16-under 272 and won by three strokes over third-round leader Westwood. It was Mickelson's fourth major title and first since his victory at Augusta National in 2006. He also won here in 2004 and the PGA Championship in 2005. Mickelson's third green jacket tied him with Sam Snead, Gary Player, Faldo and Demaret. Only Nicklaus (six), and Arnold Palmer and Woods (four) have more.

Angel Cabrera parred the second playoff hole in 2009 to defeat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell and win his second major title. He also won the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. Perry led by two strokes with two holes to play in regulation, but bogeyed 17 and 18 to drop into the playoff. Cabrera, from Argentina, became the first South American to win this event. Cabrera's countryman, Roberto DeVicenzo, appeared to have the 1968 title, but he signed for an incorrect scorecard and Bob Goalby got the green jacket.

Trevor Immelman built a lead he could not lose on the back nine in the final round of 2008 and won his first major championship. Immelman fired rounds of 68-68-69, sharing the lead after the first round and holding the lead alone after the second and third rounds. Immelman, who held a 5-shot lead with five to play on the final day, finished with a 3-over 75 on Sunday for a total of 8-under-par 280. It was enough for a 3-shot victory over Woods. Immelman's final-round 75 matched Palmer's 75 in 1962 as the highest winning final-round score in Masters history. It was also the highest final-round score for a major winner since Vijay Singh shot a 76 in the final round of the 2004 PGA Championship.

In 2007, Zach Johnson captured his first major title, winning by two strokes over Woods, Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini. Johnson shot an impressive 3- under 69 in the final round to finish at 1-over-par 289, which matched the highest winning score in Masters history set by Snead (1954) and Jack Burke, Jr. (1956). Johnson became the first Tour graduate to win this event.

In winning the Masters in 2006, Mickelson was 13-under par on the par-5 holes. Raymond Floyd is the only past champion to have performed better when he won in 1976, as he was 14-under par. Mickelson became only the fifth player to win the tournament before The Masters and then go on to win at Augusta. The other players to accomplish this feat are: Sandy Lyle (1988), Art Wall (1959), Snead (1949) and Ralph Guldahl (1939).

In 2005, Woods birdied the first hole of a playoff to defeat Chris DiMarco and win for the fourth time in his career. On the par-3 16th hole during the final round, Woods missed the green left and pitched his second above the hole and waited as his ball rolled down the slope, stayed on the edge of the cup for a second, and dropped for a birdie and one of the most memorable shots in Masters history. Fifty-four of Woods' 70 rounds at Augusta National have been at par or better and 51 of 64 as a professional. In his four wins, Woods is a combined 58-under par and has won by a total of 17 strokes.

When Mickelson captured the title in 2004, he shed the title of "Best Player Never to Win a Major" when he birdied the final hole to defeat Els by one shot. With the win, Mickelson broke an 0-46 drought in golf's four major tournaments. In 2003, Mike Weir became the first left-hander and first Canadian to capture the coveted green jacket, as he defeated Len Mattiace in a playoff.

In 2002, Woods joined Nicklaus and Faldo as the only back-to-back victors. Nicklaus turned the trick in 1965-66 and Faldo accomplished the feat in 1989-90. Woods set a new Masters mark that year with 10 consecutive rounds under par, breaking the previous record of nine set by Palmer and Floyd. That streak ended in 2003 when he opened with a 4-over 76.

Player and Fred Couples share the record for most consecutive cuts made at 23. Couples missed the cut for the first time in 2008. Player made his 52nd and final career start in 2009, the most all time.

There have only been four wire-to-wire winners: Craig Wood (1941), Palmer (1960), Nicklaus (1972) and Floyd (1976). Nicklaus holds the record for most eagles with 24. There have been only three players who have won in their first appearance: Fuzzy Zoeller (1979), Gene Sarazen (1935) and Horton Smith (1934). This is the only PGA Tour major played on the same course each year.

The PGA Tour moves to South Carolina next week for the RBC Heritage, where Carl Pettersson captured the title at Hilton Head last year. The European Tour ventures to Spain for the Open de Espana in Valencia, where Francesco Molinari won in 2012.

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As of April 8, 2013, at 01:30 PM ET