Published May 02, 2016
Facts and figures for the Masters:
Tournament: The 79th Masters.
Dates: April 9-12
Site: Augusta National Golf Club.
Length: 7,435 yards.
Purse: To be determined ($8 million in 2014).
Field: 98 (91 professionals, seven amateurs). One spot still open if Shell Houston Open winner is not already eligible.
Cut: Top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead.
Defending champion: Bubba Watson.
Last year: Watson won his second green jacket by closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt. Spieth, at 20 bidding to become the youngest Masters champion, had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play until going bogey-bogey for a pair of two-shot swings that put Watson two ahead going to the back nine. Watson became the 16th player to win the Masters multiple times.
Grand Slam: Rory McIlroy can become only the sixth player with the career Grand Slam if he wins the Masters.
Gentle Ben: Ben Crenshaw is playing in his 44th and final Masters. He won in 1984 and 1995.
Key statistic: The Masters is the only major where the winner has never had all four rounds in the 60s.
Noteworthy: The last player who had a chance to complete the Grand Slam at Augusta National was Lee Trevino in 1991. He was 51 and tied for 49th.
Quoteworthy: "The genius of Augusta is that it makes you nervous. It does that all week. It makes you be more aggressive than you want to be." — Geoff Ogilvy.
Television: Thursday and 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 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.