Site: Augusta, Ga.
Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, par 72).
Purse: TBA ($8 million in 2012). Winner’s share: TBA ($1.44 million in 2012).
Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m., 8-11 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-7 p.m.; Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).
Last year: Bubba Watson won his first major title, beating South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Watson hooked a gap wedge off pine needles from 155 yards to about 10 feet to set up his winning two-putt par.
Last week: Scotland’s Martin Laird won the Texas Open, matching the course record with a 9-under 63 to beat Rory McIlroy by 2 strokes. Laird earned the last spot at Augusta.
Notes: Tiger Woods is coming off consecutive victories in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational, and he also won the Farmers Insurance Open in February. He regained the top spot in the world ranking with his victory three weeks at Bay Hill. Woods set the tournament record of 18-under 270 in 1997 and also won in 2001, 2002 and 2005. He has 14 major victories, the last in the 2008 U.S. Open, and 77 PGA Tour titles. ... Phil Mickelson, the 2004 and 2010 champion, won the Phoenix Open in February for his 40th PGA Tour title. ... At 14, China’s Guan Tianlang is the youngest player in Masters history and the youngest at any major in 148 years. He qualified by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur. ... Laird was the first foreign-born winner since Sweden’s Jonas Blixt in October in the Frys.com Open. Americans had won 16 consecutive official PGA Tour events, including the first 14 this season.
PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com
PGA European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com