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The Masters
An insider's guide to golf's most prestigious tournament
by Mike Morrison

The Masters:

What:

The Masters, golf's most prestigious tournament

When:

Thursday, April 6 (first group tees off at 8:15 a.m. EDT) through Sunday, April 9

Where:

Unlike golf's three other major tournaments (the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship), the Masters has been played on the same course every year since 1934 - Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club.

Who:

95 golfers are entered.

What you really want to know:

Tiger tees off Thursday morning at 10:38 a.m. (EDT)

Last year's winner:

Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal defeated Davis Love III by two strokes for his second Masters win.

Course Description:

The course is 6,985 yards long. The second hole is the longest, measuring a robust 575 yards. Water, sand and rough - yes, there's plenty of it. This year, the rough was actually increased, making the fairways a bit narrower and putting even more importance on accurate driving.

Favorite to win:

Yeah right, as if you didn't know already. Tiger Woods is a 5-2 favorite to win, followed not so closely by Davis Love III and Tom Lehman, both at 10-1. The only thing not in Tiger's favor is the fact that he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

Coolest story:

British amateur champ Graeme Storm will use his mother as his caddie.

Coolest threesome:

Sixty-year-old Jack Nicklaus, 70-year-old Arnold Palmer, and 64-year-old Gary Player, with 13 Masters titles between them. They tee off Thursday afternoon at 1:23 p.m. (EDT). Said Palmer, "I go to bed at 5:00 so we're going to have to play fast."

Most controversial threesome:

Notah Begay III, Sung Yoon Kim, and Fuzzy Zoeller (8:48 a.m. EDT). Begay recently spent time in jail for his second drunk driving arrest. Zoeller brought attention to himself at the 1997 Masters, when he made racially insensitive remarks about Tiger Woods. Runner up for most controversial threesome: John Daly and any two players.

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