Everything you need to know about the first major of the year

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Andy Roberts
Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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The Course

The Jones-MacKenzie track is par-72 and currently stands at 7,435 yards after various ‘Tiger-proofing’ exercises in the last decade or so.

Each hole at Augusta, currently ranked the No.1 American course in Golf Digest’s prestigious 100 Greatest Courses list, are named after the tree or shrub with which it has become associated.

Augusta is visually stunning. This is kept up by the timing of the tournament so that all flowers and shrubbery are in bloom. Elsewhere, water is dyed lagoon blue for the cameras and the divot-filler mix is coloured green.

And who can forget Amen Corner? The second shot at the 11th, all of the 12th and the tee shot at 13 make for the most famous stretch of track in world golf.

No lead is ever secure at Augusta, just ask McIlroy and Greg Norman. Even the late Seve Ballesteros threw away a three-shot lead heading into the final five holes in 1986 and didn’t finish in the top three.

Tournament Records

Most wins: 6 (Jack Nicklaus 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)
Most consecutive wins: 2 (Jack Nicklaus 1965, 1966; Nick Faldo 1989, 1990; Tiger Woods 2001, 2002)
Record tournament score: -18 (Tiger Woods 1997)
Course record: 63 (Nick Price 1986; Greg Norman 1994)
Biggest winning margin: 12 (Tiger Woods 1997)
Highest winning score: +1 (Sam Snead 1954; Jack Burke 1956; Zach Johnson 2007)
Youngest winner: 21 years and 104 days old (Tiger Woods 1997)
Oldest winner: 46 years and 82 days old (Jack Nicklaus 1986)
Most birdies in a round: 11 (Anthony Kim 2009)
Most top ten finishes: 22 (Jack Nicklaus)
Most cuts made: 37 (Jack Nicklaus)
Youngest player to make the cut: 16 years and 356 days (Matteo Manassero 2010)
Most appearances: 52 (Gary Player)
Most consecutive cuts made: 23 (Gary Player; Fred Couples)

Betting

Woods (7/2), McIlroy (8/1) and Mickelson (10/1) are by far and away the three favourites to win this year’s Masters, but there are some more tempting prices to be found elsewhere. Justin Rose (20/1) is being tipped as the best shot at a first English major since Nick Faldo in 1996, while Lee Westwood (25/1) and Ian Poulter (40/1) provide good value. Click here to see who the Golfmagic team is tipping to take the Green Jacket on Sunday.

Other specials include a new winner to be crowned at 8/11, Tiger to lead wire-to-wire at 10/1, Tiger and Rory to be paired together on the final day at 12/1, the tournament to go to a playoff again at 9/4, Rory and Tiger to tie and take it to playoff at 100/1, someone to shoot a course record at 25/1 a UK winner at 5/2, as well as a player to win both par-3 contest and Masters at 25/1.

And if you think we'll witness another belly putting major champion, which includes the likes of Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and Bill Haas and plenty more, you can get 6/1.

Visit 888sport.com for more Masters markets.

Live television coverage

Wednesday: Sky Sports 1 from 7pm (Par-3 tournament)
Thursday: Sky Sports 1 from 7pm
Friday: Sky Sports 1 from 7pm
Saturday: BBC2 from 7.30pm and Sky Sports 1 from 7pm
Sunday: BBC2 from 6.30pm and Sky Sports 1 from 6pm

Click here for the first round pairings.

 

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