MASTERS ’22: Facts and figures of the 86th Masters Tournament

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Sam Burns reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the Valspar Championship Golf Tournament on Sunday March 20, 2022 at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida. Burns won the tournament in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

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A brief overview of the Masters:

Tournament: The 86th Masters.

Dates: April 7-10.

Venue: Augusta National Golf Club.

Length: 7,510 meters.

By: 36-36—72.

Scholarship: To be determined ($11.5 million in 2021).

Field: 91 players (six amateurs), with a free place for the winner of the Texas Open.

Cup: Top 50 and draw.

Defending champion: Hideki Matsuyama.

Last year: Matsuyama became Japan’s first Masters champion with his one-shot victory over Will Zalatoris. With a four-shot lead going into the final round, he extended his lead to six shots. Xander Schauele cut the lead to two shots before hitting the water on the 16th hole. Matsuyama’s victory came 10 years after he was a weak amateur, having earned his place at Augusta National by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur. The most poignant moment was his caddy replacing the pin at No. 18, removing his cap and bowing to the course.

Tiger tales: Five-time champion Tiger Woods has not played since the Masters in November 2020 as he recovers from serious leg injuries sustained in a car crash in February 2021. His plane was spotted at Augusta, Georgia, March 29. He has until the first round to decide whether he will play or not.

Saudi tales: The distraction and disruption of a rival Saudi-funded league made headlines in the spring. The top 10 players in the world have said they’re sticking with the PGA Tour. Greg Norman then announced an eight-tournament schedule with prize money of $20 million.

Grand Slam, Act VIII: Rory McIlroy tries for the eighth time to win the Masters and complete the Grand Slam in his career.

Now off the tee: Two-time champion Tom Watson joins Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starters.

Course changes: The tees have been moved back 15 meters and to the left on No 11 and several trees on the right have been removed. Tees have been moved back 20 yards on No. 15.

The odds (FanDuel Sportsbook): Jon Rahm (+950), Collin Morikawa (+1100), Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas (+1200), Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson (+1400), Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler (+1600) , Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele (+1800), Hideki Matsuyama (+2900), Tiger Woods (+5000).

Key stat: Sam Burn is the fourth player since 2013 to win three times in a PGA Tour season before making his Masters debut. Collin Morikawa (2020) tied for 44th, Jimmy Walker (2014) tied for eighth and Patrick Reed (2014) missed the cut.

Note: ten of the top 12 players in the world rankings are 30 years old or younger.

Quote: “This is the ultimate test. It intimidates you all day – really, really intimidates you. And if you can handle it, that’s very impressive. —Padraig Harrington.

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

Interactive: Masters.com. Live video channels from the 4th, 5th and 6th hole, Amen Corner, 15th hole, 16th hole and a featured band. Estimated times — holes 4, 5 and 6 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends; Amen Corner (n°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 weekends; n°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 weekends; and featured band 9:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. The Masters iPad app will display video channels and a live digital simulcast of CBS Sports weekend coverage.

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