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April 9, 2014


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At long last, it's time for the Masters, the most wonderful time of the year for golf fans. It is a symbol that spring has arrived and a tradition like no other. Magnolia Lane. Amen Corner. Rae’s Creek. Blooming Azaleas. White caddy jumpsuits. And, of course, the Green Jacket.

Welcome to Masters Week!


This week's Masters field will feature an impressive collection of Champions Tour Pros at Augusta National who have had the distinction of earning the coveted green jacket. Many have said that the winner of the Masters doesn't just win a major, he becomes a part of the history of the game. Relive these players Masters experience and how it contributed to them becoming the legends they are today.


Tom Watson, 1977
Scoring a birdie on No. 17, Tom Watson fired a final round 67 to defeat Jack Nicklaus by two strokes. Nicklaus needed a birdie at No. 18 to tie Watson, but bogeyed the hole instead.


Tom Watson, 1981
In the first Masters played on bentgrass greens, Tom Watson won his second Masters title fending off challenges from runners-up Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus. It was the third and fourth time respectively that the two golfers had finished second.


Craig Stadler, 1982
Craig Stadler defeated Dan Pohl in the Tournament's first one-hole playoff. Stadler led by six strokes beginning the final nine holes, and finished at four-under-par 284 along with Pohl. Stadler sank his par putt at the first extra hole (No. 10), while Pohl missed from six feet.


Ben Crenshaw, 1984
Starting Sunday two strokes behind leader Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw fired a final round 68 and won his first of two Masters titles. Crenshaw made his move on Sunday starting at No. 8 where he scored three consecutive birdies and went on to win by two.


Bernhard Langer, 1985
Playing in only his third Masters, Bernhard Langer used weekend rounds of 68-68 to become the Tournament's third international champion. Despite an opening round 80, Curtis Strange enjoyed a three-stroke lead with six holes to play, but he bogeyed Nos. 13, 15 and 18 to finish in a tie for second with Seve Ballesteros and Raymond Floyd, two strokes behind the champion.


Larry Mize, 1987
Augusta native Larry Mize chipped in for birdie from 140 feet on the second playoff hole (No. 11) to defeat Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros for the title. Ballesteros was eliminated on the first playoff hole when he missed his par putt. Mize qualified for the playoff with a six-foot birdie putt at No. 18.


Sandy Lyle, 1988
On Sunday, Sandy Lyle hit a 7 iron from the fairway bunker at No. 18 to within ten feet of the pin and sank the downhill birdie putt to defeat Mark Calcavecchia by one stroke. It was the fourth time a birdie on the final hole had won the Masters, the first time in a decade.


Ian Woosnam, 1991
In an exciting battle, Welshman Ian Woosnam defeated Jose Maria Olazabal and Tom Watson to win his first major title. Tied at 11 under, Woosnam parred the 72nd hole, while Watson, his playing companion, made double bogey and Olazabal, playing one group earlier, made bogey.


Fred Couples, 1992
Fred Couples' tee shot Sunday at No. 12 landed on the bank of the green but did not roll into the water, allowing Couples to make par and win by two strokes. Second-place finisher Raymond Floyd set the Tournament standard for age of a runner-up (49) and first round co-leader Jeff Sluman scored the only ace at No. 4 in Masters history.


Bernhard Langer, 1993
Bernhard Langer scored an eagle at No. 13 and a birdie at No. 15 Sunday to win his second Masters title, this time by four strokes over Chip Beck. Langer led the final 34 holes of competition and became the 12th golfer with multiple Masters titles.


Ben Crenshaw, 1995
In an emotional Tournament, Ben Crenshaw paid tribute to his late mentor Harvey Penick, who had died just the week before, by winning his second Masters title. Crenshaw birdied hole Nos. 16 and 17 Sunday to win by a stroke over Davis Love III. Crenshaw's 72-hole total 14-under-par 274 tied the fourth lowest score in Tournament history.


Mark O'Meara, 1998
Mark O'Meara birdied three of the final four holes, including hole Nos. 17 and 18 to win the 1998 Masters. It was O'Meara's 15th Masters, setting a record for number of attempts before a victory. His 20-foot birdie putt at No. 18 defeated Fred Couples and David Duval by a stroke.


Vijay Singh, 2000
In blustery conditions, Vijay Singh shot a third-round 70 and added a final-round 69 to win the 2000 Masters. Singh's four-day total of 10-under-par 278 placed him three strokes ahead of Ernie Els and four ahead of David Duval and 2009 Boeing Classic Champion Loren Roberts.



The Masters has announced the tee times for rounds on Thursday, April 10th, and Friday, April 11th. Follow these notable groups or click here for a complete schedule of the entire field.

Player Tee Time Paired With
Ben Crenshaw Th: 5:07am
Fri: 8:14am
Y.E. Yang, Jonas Blixt
Mark O'Meara Th: 5:18am
Fri: 8:25am
Steven Bowditch, Jordan Niebrugge
Tom Watson Th: 5:51am
Fri: 9:09am
Billy Horschel, Brendon de Jonge
Fred Couples Th: 6:24am
Fri: 9:42am
Webb Simpson, Chang-woo Lee
Miguel Angel Jimenez Th: 7:08am
Fri: 10:15am
Bill Haas, Matteo Mannasero
Adam Scott Th: 7:41am
Fri: 10:48am
Jason Dufner, Matthew Fitzpatrick
Vijay Singh Th: 9:09am
Fri: 5:40am
Thomas Bjorn, Ryan Moore
Bernhard Langer Th: 9:53am
Fri: 6:24am
Francesco Molinari, Chris Kirk
Bubba Watson Th: 10:15am
Fri: 6:57am
Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia
Phil Mickelson Th: 10:48am
Fri: 7:30am
Ernie Els, Justin Rose

* All times are Pacific



"I've always believed and have been pretty outspoken about this. I think sooner or later, somebody will win a major being over 50 years old. There is no doubt in my mind."


That quote comes from two-time Masters winner and 2010 Boeing Classic Champion Bernhard Langer, who earned green jackets at Augusta National in 1985 and 1993 and knows the subject matter well. Last spring, as a 55-year-old, Langer birdied the first hole of the final round. He birdied the second hole. Then the third. Instead of merely being happy to be playing on the weekend, Langer upped his expectations for the 2013 Masters. And although he couldn't sustain the hot start that had gotten him within two strokes of the lead, fading to a 76 and T-25, his run supported his theory. As did Fred Couples' T-13 at age 53, the fourth straight Masters he had worked his way into at least semi-contention.

That Langer and Couples didn't get it done last April doesn't mean it isn't going to happen, but it won’t be easy. Championship golf has a history of being cruel to older players who get too close to the flame.

Click here to read the full article on veteran players who have challenged at Augusta and the fifty-somethings in this year’s field to watch for.


Date-Round Time* Channel Live Stream
Thursday, April 10
Round 1
12pm-4:30pm ESPN,
Friday, April 11
Round 2
12pm-4:30pm ESPN,
Saturday, April 12
Round 3
12pm-4pm CBS,
Sunday, April 13
Round 4
11am-4pm CBS,

* All times are Pacific


A collection of quotes and anecdotes on strategy, pressure and the unique character of the Masters.

"The 12th hole eventually makes you look like a fool. Because of the wind, there are times when you hit it and hope." – Ben Crenshaw


"If you hit it long and straight and throw it up in the air high and putt well, you'll do well here. That's always been the formula at this golf course, and I don't think that it's changed." – Jack Nicklaus

"All of us have dreamed of making that putt on the 18th green to win the Masters. I've had some tough times along the road, but to know that a Masters trophy is home in my cabinet, that I'll always be invited back here, that my name is going along with some of the greatest players of all time is something that will never change." – Mark O’Meara


"I've never been to heaven, and thinking back on my life, I probably won't get a chance to go. I guess winning the Masters is a close as I'm going to get."
– Fuzzy Zoeller

To read the complete list of player reflections from the Masters as compiled by Golf Digest, click here.


Craig and Kevin Stadler will make history at this year's Masters as the first father-son combo to play the same year at Augusta. When Craig won his green jacket in 1982, Kevin was just two-years-old.

Ben Crenshaw will be making his 43rd consecutive Masters appearance this week (1972-2014). Arnold Palmer played in a record 50 consecutive Masters from 1955-2004

Gary Player owns the most starts in Masters history (52)

Jack Nicklaus is the oldest winner of the Masters (1986, 46 years, 2 months, 23 days)




August 18-24, 2014
TPC Snoqualmie Ridge
Snoqualmie, WA

Purse: $2 Million
Par: 72 - 7,264
2013 Champion:
John Riegger