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MASTERS ’18: Facts & figures for the 1st major of the year

March 30, 2018

FILE - In this April 9, 2017, file photoSergio Garcia, of Spain, hits from the third tee during the final round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Garcia, the Masters champion, never felt any different from the Garcia who spent nearly 20 years trying to make sure his career would not be defined as the guy who never could win a major. He says he didn't changed as a person, and he was right. All the change took place before he won the Masters. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Facts and figures for the Masters:

Tournament: The 82nd Masters.

Dates: April 5-8.

Site: Augusta National Golf Club.

Length: 7,435 yards.

Par: 36-36_72.

Purse: To be determined ($11 million in 2017).

Field: 86 players (80 professional, 6 amateurs).

Cut: Top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead.

Defending champion: Sergio Garcia.

Last year: Sergio Garcia won his first major in his 70th attempt as a pro, rallying from a two-shot deficit with six holes to play to beat Justin Rose on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. The turning point came at the par-5 13th when Garcia had to take a penalty drop from the bushes left of the tee. He saved par, went birdie-eagle to tie Rose and won with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in sudden death after Rose made bogey.

Eye on Tiger: Tiger Woods returns after missing the Masters three of the last four years with a back injury.

The odds: The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook had odds at 50-1 for Woods winning the Masters before he returned to competition in the Bahamas the first week in December. Six tournaments later, he is a co-favorite.

Grand Slam: Rory McIlroy will try for the fourth time to win the Masters and become the sixth player to complete the Grand Slam.

New chairman: Fred Ridley takes over as chairman of Augusta National, succeeding the retired Billy Payne.

Key statistic: This is the only major where Tiger Woods has never missed the cut as a pro.

Noteworthy: It has been 20 years since a player in his 40s won the Masters.

Quoteworthy: “There’s no other golf course like it in the world and there’s no other golf tournament like it. It is literally a player’s heaven.” — Tiger Woods.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m. (ESPN); Saturday, 3-7 p.m. (CBS Sports); Sunday, 2-7 p.m. (CBS Sports).

Interactive: www.masters.com . Live video channels from Amen Corner, the 15th hole, 16th hole and a featured group. Estimated times — Amen Corner (Nos. 11, 12 and 13) from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Nos. 15 and 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and featured group from noon to completion of play on Thursday and Friday, and from 12:30 p.m. to completion of play on Saturday and Sunday. The Masters iPad application will display the video channels and a live digital simulcast of CBS Sports’ weekend coverage.

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