The Masters

By NEMS Daily Journal

Site: Augusta, Ga.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, par 72).

Purse: TBA ($7.5 million in 2009). Winner’s share: TBA ($1.35 million in 2009).

Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 4-7:30 p.m., 8-11 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3:30-7 p.m.; Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).

Last year: Angel Cabrera became the first Argentine winner in tournament history, beating Kenny Perry with a two-putt par on the second hole of a playoff. Cabrera, the 2007 U.S. Open champion, closed with a 71 to match Perry and Chad Campbell at 12 under. Campbell dropped out with a bogey on the first extra hole.

Last week: Anthony Kim won the Houston Open for his third career PGA Tour title, finishing off Vaughn Taylor with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Notes: Tiger Woods is playing for the first time since revelations that he had repeatedly cheated on his wife. Woods won his fourth Masters title in 2005, beating Chris DiMarco on the first hole of a playoff. Woods set the tournament record of 18-under 270 in 1997, and also won in 2001 and 2002. … Phil Mickelson, the 2004 and 2006 champion, is winless in seven starts this season. … Fred Couples, the 1992 winner, has won his last three Champions Tour starts. He tied for 55th last week in Houston. … The Verizon Heritage is next week at Hilton Head Island, S.C., followed by the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

On the Net: http://www.masters.org

PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com

PGA European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com