The Masters arrives and grabs entire spotlight in golf

April 5, 2022 GMT
Spectators walk past an azalea as they leave the Augusta National Golf Course after play was suspended because of approaching inclement during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Spectators walk past an azalea as they leave the Augusta National Golf Course after play was suspended because of approaching inclement during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Spectators walk past an azalea as they leave the Augusta National Golf Course after play was suspended because of approaching inclement during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Spectators walk past an azalea as they leave the Augusta National Golf Course after play was suspended because of approaching inclement during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Spectators walk past an azalea as they leave the Augusta National Golf Course after play was suspended because of approaching inclement during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

MASTERS TOURNAMENT

Site: Augusta, Georgia.

Course: Augusta National GC. Yardage: 7,510. Par: 72.

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

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

Defending champion: Hideki Matsuyama.

Last week: J.J. Spaun won the Valero Texas Open.

FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler.

DP World Tour points leader: Viktor Hovland.

Notes: Tiger Woods returns to top competition for the first time since the Masters in November 2020 because of a car crash nearly 14 months ago that severely injured his right leg. ... Rory McIlroy gets his eighth attempt at completing the career Grand Slam by winning the Masters. Only five other players have won all four majors. ... Eight of the top 10 players in the world are 30 or younger. Scottie Scheffler will try to join Dustin Johnson, Woods, Fred Couples and Ian Woosnam as the only players to win the Masters while ranked No. 1 in the world. ... Tom Watson will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as honorary starters. Watson is a two-time Masters champion. ... Sam Burns is the fourth player since 2013 to have won three times in a PGA Tour season before making his Masters debut. Of the previous three, only Jimmy Walker has finished in the top 10. ... The field will feature three former Asia-Pacific Amateur champions in defending Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Takumi Kanaya and Keita Nakajima, the No. 1 amateur in the world. No other major tour is in action this week.

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Next week: RBC Heritage.

Online: https://www.masters.com/index.html

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LPGA TOUR

Last week: Jennifer Kupcho won the Chevron Championship.

Next week: Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

Race to CME Globe leader: Danielle Kang.

Online: https://www.lpga.com/

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EUROPEAN TOUR

Last tournament: Ewen Ferguson won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Next tournament: ISPS Handa Championship in Spain.

DP World Tour points leader: Viktor Hovland.

Online: https://www.europeantour.com/dpworld-tour/

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Last week: Steven Alker won the Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Next week: ClubCorp Classic.

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/champions.html

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KORN FERRY TOUR

Last week: T.J. Vogel won the Club Car Championship at The Landing Club.

Next week: Veritex Bank Championship.

Points leader: Carl Yuan.

Online: https://www.pgatour.com/korn-ferry-tour.html

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OTHER TOURS

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Sunshine Tour and Challenge Tour: Mount Kilimanjaro Classic, Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate, Maweni, Tanzania. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://sunshinetour.com/ and https://www.europeantour.com/challenge-tour/

Korean LPGA: Lotte Rent a Car Ladies Open, Lotte Skyhill Jeju CC, Jeju, South Korea. Defending champion: So Mi Lee. Online: https://www.klpga.co.kr/

PGA Tour of Australasia: The National PGA Classic, The National GC (Gunnamatta), Melbourne, Australia. Defending champion: New event. Online: https://pga.org.au/

Japan LPGA: Fujifilm Studio Alice Ladies Open, Ishizaka GC, Saitama, Japan. Defending champion: Mone Inami. Online: https://www.lpga.or.jp/en/

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