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PGA - The Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, April 7th through Sunday, April 10th
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:  75th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Friday -- 3-7:30 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8-11 p.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Saturday -- 3:30-7 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Phil Mickelson
Runner-Up:  Lee Westwood
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:  $7,500,000 (2010 figures)
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd Place - $810,000; 3rd Place - $510,000
2010 Finish
Phil Mickelson272Fred Couples279
Lee Westwood275Nick Watney280
Anthony Kim276Hunter Mahan281
K.J. Choi277Y.E. Yang281
Tiger Woods277Ricky Barnes283
Ian Poulter283
Past Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Phil Mickelson3rd3rd3rdWon10thWonT-24T-55thWon
Lee Westwood---44th------mcmcT-30T-1143rd2nd
Anthony Kim------------------------T-203rd
Tiger WoodsWonWonT-15T-22WonT-3T-22ndT-6T-4
K.J. Choi------T-153rdT-33mcT-2741stmcT-4
Fred Couples26thT-36T-28T-6T-39T-3T-30mcmc6th
Nick Watney---------------------T-1119th7th
Hunter Mahan------T-28------------mcT-10T-8
Y.E. Yang------------------T-30---mcT-8
Ian Poulter---------T-31T-33---T-13T-25T-20T-10
Ricky Barnes------21st------------------T-10
Miguel A. JimenezT-10T-9mc---T-31T-11T-44T-8T-46T-12
Jerry Kelly---T-2048thT-31T-20---T-5mc---T-12
Trevor Immelman---------mcT-5mcT-55WonT-20T-14
David TomsT-31T-36T-8mcmcmc9thT-42---T-14
Ryan Moore------T-45---T-13------------T-14
Steve Marino---------------------------T-14
Angel CabreraT-10T-9T-15mcmcT-8T-37T-25WonT-18
Ernie ElsT-6T-5T-62nd47thT-27mcmcmcT-18
Adam Scott---T-9T-23mcT-33T-27T-27T-25mcT-18
Tom WatsonmcT-40mcmcmcmcmcmcmcT-18
Heath Slocum---------------------T-33---T-18
Ben Crane---------------mcmc------T-24
Matt Kuchar---mc---------------------T-24
Geoff Ogilvy---------------T-16T-24T-39T-15T-26
Bill Haas---------------------------T-26
Steve StrickerT-10mc------------mcmcT-6T-30
Sean O'Hair---------------mc---T-14T-10T-30
Francesco Molinari---------------------------T-30
Lucas Glover---------------mcT-20------T-36
Camilo Villegas------------------mcmcT-13T-38
Dustin Johnson------------------------T-30T-38
Retief Goosenmc2ndT-15T-13T-3T-3T-2T-17mcT-38
Zach Johnson------------mcT-32WonT-20mc42nd
Mike WeirT-27T-24WonmcT-5T-11T-20T-17T-46T-43
Robert Karlsson------------------T-30T-8mcT-43
Robert Allenby47thT-29T-39mcmcT-22mcT-42T-38T-45
Sergio Garciamc8thT-28T-4mc46thmcmcT-38T-45
Jim FurykT-6mc4th---28thT-22T-13T-33T-10mc
Tim Clark------T-13mcT-392ndT-13mcT-13mc
Graeme McDowell------------mc---------T-17mc
Paul Casey---------T-6mc---T-10T-11T-20mc
Sandy LylemcmcmcT-37mcmc43rd45thT-20mc
Rory Sabbatinimcmc------mcT-36T-2mcT-20mc
Rory McIlroy------------------------T-20mc
Vijay SinghT-187thT-6T-6T-5T-8T-13T-14T-30mc
Larry MizemcmcmcmcmcT-42mcmcT-30mc
Padraig HarringtonT-27T-5mcT-13mcT-27T-7T-5T-35mc
Luke Donald------------T-3T-42T-10mcT-38mc
Stewart CinkmcT-24---T-17T-2010thT-17T-3mcmc
Ian Woosnammcmcmcmcmcmcwd44thmcmc
Craig StadlermcT-3249thmc50thmcT-49mcmcmc
Ben Crenshawmcmcmcmcmc47thT-55mcmcmc
Mark O'MearaT-20mcT-8T-27T-31mcmcmcmcmc
Martin Kaymer---------------------mcmcmc
Ryo Ishikawa------------------------mcmc
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------mcmc
Edoardo Molinari---------------mc---------mc
Bubba Watson---------------------T-2042nd---
Martin Laird------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk
Darkhorse - Nick Watney, Jonathan Byrd, Sergio Garcia
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kuchar) - Finished tied for 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Fredrik Jacobson) - 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 this week and just three 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 2010, there are plenty of interesting scenarios waiting to play out this year. Will Tiger Woods win his fifth Masters crown and his first tournament in 17 months? Can Phil Mickelson repeat as champion and win his fourth green jacket? Will Ernie Els break into the Masters winners column after six top-10 finishes? Can Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell or Jim Furyk win their first Masters? Or will Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar or Dustin Johnson win their first major championship? Only time will tell.

Last year, Mickelson fired a five-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 won here in 2004 and the PGA Championship in 2005. It was an emotional week for Mickelson, as his family traveled with him for the first time since his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mickelson's third green jacket tied him with Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo and Jimmy Demaret. Only Jack Nicklaus (six) and Arnold Palmer and Woods (four) have more.

In 2009, Angel Cabrera parred the second playoff hole 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 get into the playoff. Cabrera, from Argentina, became the first South American to win this event. Cabrera's fellow 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 five-shot lead with five to play on the final day, finished with a three-over 75 on Sunday for a total of eight-under-par 280. It was enough for a three-shot victory over the four-time winner Woods. Immelman became the second South African to don the green jacket after his idol, Player, who called him Saturday night to wish him encouragement. Immelman's final-round 75 matched Arnold 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 and impressive, three-under 69 in the final round to finish at one-over-par 289, which matched the highest winning score in Masters history set by Snead (1954) and Jack Burke, Jr. (1956). Johnson played in the third-to-last twosome on the final day, breaking a streak of 16 consecutive Masters champions who came from the final pairing. Johnson became the first Nationwide Tour graduate to win this event.

In winning the Masters in 2006, Mickelson was 13-under par on the par-five 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. Those players to have accomplished 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 this event for the fourth time in his career. On the par-three 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. Woods joined Nicklaus (six) and Palmer (four) as the only players with four or more Masters titles. Forty-nine of Woods' 62 rounds at Augusta National have been at par or better and 46 of 56 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. With his birdie at the last, Mickelson became just the fourth player in tournament history to birdie the 72nd hole for the championship. He joined Palmer (1960), Sandy Lyle (1988) and Mark O'Meara (1998) in that illustrious category. Palmer and O'Meara birdied the final two holes for the win. 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 of this event. 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 four-over 76.

International players have fared well here, winning 12 of 23 and 14 of the last 28. No player has ever won the event after winning the par-three tournament held on Wednesday. A total of 113 players have been invited to this year's event, with a total of 99 expected to compete. There are 20 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-eight players -- including ties -- from last year's U.S. Open; top-four players -- including ties -- from last year's PGA Championship and British Open; the top-30 PGA Tour money leaders from 2010; Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full FedExCup point allocation from previous Masters to current Masters; those qualifying for the 2010 TOUR Championship; 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking for 2010, and the 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament. The committee can also invite any international player not otherwise qualified.

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. Four players have won the tournament for their only top-10 finish in Augusta: George Archer, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Zach Johnson. 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 San Antonio, April 14-17 for the Valero Texas Open, where Adam Scott captured the title last year. The European Tour ventures to Malaysia for the Maybank Malaysian Open, where Seung-yul Noh won in 2010.

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As of April 4, 2011, at 11:26 AM ET