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Attending the 66th Masters
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The Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course is the hottest ticket in all of sports. You just can't get in. And television coverage these days is a bit staid, to say the least. So let's get serious about this!

If you want to participate fully as a golfer in the 2002 Masters, you've got to get connected. Most of the stuff it's important to know is ONLY available on the Web - not in books, not on video, not in newspapers or magazines, not on radio, and certainly not on television. Hey, even if it's out there somewhere, it's not on your desktop all in one place! So let's go!

Watch this page for DAILY ANALYSIS, PERFORMANCE STATS, AND HANDICAPPING as the Tournament progresses! For a sample of what's to come, check out last year's analysis.

 

The Badges

John Boyette, Masters officials raise prices
Augusta Chronicle Sports, Jan. 3, 2001

 

Daily Hoopla - Previews, News, Scores

Masters Robotic Webcams - You Aim and Zoom

 

Golf Media Coverage

TV

Radio

Zines

Sites

Tours

Papers

The Event - History and Past Tournaments

The Masters Tournament is the creation of Bobby Jones and the first Tournament was held in 1934, won by Horton Smith. The history of the event is amply documented at the official website of the Masters. A second nice history is located on the Sports Illustrated site. Teaming up with CNN and the Augusta Chronicle newspaper, the Sports Illustrated coverage includes year-by-year coverage of the Masters in the pages of the Chronicle from the first victory in 1934 through Vijay Singh's win in 2000, as well as Sports Illustrated coverage since 1955. Similarly, this site gives complete final leaderboards for every year. The Sports section of the Augusta Chronicle has a separate collection of stories about the Masters. Golf Digest has a similar archive of past Masters articles. Golfweb/PGA Tour also has Facts & Figures and other History materials. CNNSI / Golfonline has a hole-by-hole Scorecards and Stats for each year 1946-2001.

Magnolia Lane, The Clubhouse, Cabins

 

The Course

The Augusta National Golf Course was designed and construced by Jones and Dr. Alistair McKenzie, with work completed in 1933. Dr. McKenzie is also the designer of Cypress Point and many other famous courses around the world.

So, how's it playing this year?

Tougher? --
 
Longer course getting sweet revenge Changes help counter equipment of today's big hitters, by Thomas Boswell
Augusta renovator Tom Fazio gives first-day assessment April 12, 2002 By Dave Shedloski

Not Tougher? --

From the Golf Press Association Fri. April 12, 2002

Casual Friday

The Object of Our Affection

Masters Friday and you would expect Casual Friday to write about something other than Augusta National? Sorry, we were like the rest of you, either camped in front of the computer waiting for the Web site leaderboards to change or telling everyone in the house to pipe down and move outta the way so we could watch USA Network's television coverage. We expected to see carnage and train wrecks given all the talk of how difficult Augusta National was going to play. Tom Fazio, the golf course architect who masterminded the changes to Augusta, was of the thinking that the course would play one to two strokes harder. John Daly said two to three strokes. But in round one, 21 of the 88-player field were in the red, names like Love, Els, Woods, Price, Garcia, Mickelson, Goosen, Olazabal, Singh, Leonard. And all of those were at 2-under or better. Since 1996, that is the fifth highest number of players under par for an opening round. 'Ol Augusta National was playing soft. The humid Georgia air and calm winds played a part in that, neutralizing the bite of the brutally beautiful Augusta on Thursday. The 74.11 field scoring average was the third lowest since 1997. But the course is certainly playing into the hands of the long hitters. Of the 17 players at 2-under or lower, 13 had driving distances higher than the field average of 283.7 yards. "Accurate beats length around here," said 21-year-old first-timer Adam Scott, who shot a 1-under 71, but was one of the players under the field average for driving distance. Obviously Scott still has a few lessons to learn. Distance will ultimately provide a dividend, especially as Augusta firms up and dries out.


From the Golf Press Association Wire Thurs. April 11, 2002
 
Five Quest
 
Augusta National Chairman W.W. "Hootie" Johnson
 
Q. Last year you surprised us all with the answer to this question, so let me ask it the same way. Is this course today exactly the way you want it to be?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, I think I'd answer that like Mr. Roberts responded to the lady that told him that he had a perfect tournament. He said, "Thank you very much, but we really never get it right." And that may be true with the golf course.
 
Q. When did these changes and this revision, whatever you wish to call it, become an absolute act to be done? When was the decision made?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, you know, we do -- it takes us a while to make a decision down here, but the rapid pace of change has kind of speeded up our decision-making process. Last year, before the tournament, we did have the intention of -- we recognized that we had to make some changes to some of the par 4s; we needed to strengthen them. And then during the tournament, we felt like what we were seeing that if we had other opportunities, that we needed to take advantage of those, also, to try to keep pace with the change that was going on in the game, like at 8 and 13.
 
Q. As I recall, sometime during the tournament last year, you had Tom Fazio, and you mentioned his name.
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, he and I were down on 11, and Phil Mickelson, we saw his drive come down there. We thought somebody had chipped out of the woods. (Laughter.) After he made his shot, I went down and went under the rope, and he was 94 yards from the green. I told Tom, I said, "Heck, man, no question about what we are about, and we should be more aggressive with what we are doing."
 
Q. How many of those 285 yards do you figure you'll use this week? Are you going to play them all the way back or what?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, Will can make a final decision on that based on the wind. I expect on every hole that we changed, we'll use all of it; maybe not all on the same day.
 
Q. With all of the rain we had last night, the course, obviously is playing much differently today. Do you anticipate that you will be able to get the course back to the sort of speed and firmness of the greens by the weekend? What's the outlook for that?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: We hope so. We would like to have -- we had it like we wanted it Sunday and Monday. That would be what we would hope to achieve.
 
Q. Which is what?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Whatever it was on Sunday and Monday. (Laughter.)
 
Q. Were you more concerned with the scores these guys were shooting in relation to par, or more concerned with the fact that they kept reaching for a wedge every time?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: We were not concerned with the scores. We never really gave that a lot of consideration. Of course, the short club, I guess leads to the score. We just hated that time after time, pulling out sand wedge or pitching wedge to par 4s.
 
Q. This is a question outside of competition. You have overseen more changes here than perhaps any other previous chairman. One of the things here is the exclusivity of the merchandise. Why is it that it is exclusively just sold on-course and do you ever foresee it being sold on the Internet, catalogs, things like that?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, we think a piece of clothing or souvenir here is kind of special to the people that have been here, and while our merchandise sales are important to us, we don't feel the need to go on the Internet and trivialize the merchandise.
 
Q. Along the same lines, can you talk about the whole aura, the lack of commercialism, no cell phones on the course, what are you trying to create down here and how hard is it to keep that going?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, we just work at it real hard. I don't know how to -- I really don't know how to answer that.
 
Q. What's the idea behind it all?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: Well, I think that what we do, I think that Mr. Roberts and Bobby Jones set a pace for excellence and for courtesy and doing the right thing. We just try to continue that.
 
Q. How do you feel about the changes, particularly on the 18th hole, was there a feeling that that hole had become not as dynamic a finishing hole?
 
HOOTIE JOHNSON: I feel real good about the 18th hole. (Laughter.) And that's no tongue-in-cheek. I feel good about the 18th hole.
 
 

Hole Cumulative Playing Stats

Course Adjustments thru the Years

Ron Whitten article on changes

2002 Masters Course Changes

Walking Tour with Pan/Zoom Photos (includes Clubhouse and Champions Locker Room)

How they played each hole last year.

The Par 3 Course: The Par 3 contest is held Wednesday (April 10). Check the Official site's news that day. 2002: Izawa has two Aces. Price Wins. The Jinx.

Augusta National Multimedia Tour

FRONT NINE

Strokesaver Yardage Maps: AN 1-3 AN 4-6 AN 7-9

Cumlative Stats per Hole: Masters Cumulative Course Stats

Official
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  Par 4
410 yards
Rank 7
Avg 4.18

Par 5
575 yards
Rank 16
Avg 4.75

Par 4
360 yards
Rank 14
Avg 4.08
Par 3
205 yards
Rank 3
Avg 3.26
Par 4
435 yards
Rank 4
Avg 4.25
Par 3
180 yards
Rank 13
Avg 3.11

Par 4
360 yards
Rank 12
Avg 4.11

Par 5
535 yards
Rank 15
Avg 4.80
Par 4
435 yards
Rank 11
Avg 4.11
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BACK NINE

Strokesaver Yardage Maps: AN 10-12 AN 13-15 AN 16-18

Cumlative Stats per Hole: Masters Cumulative Course Stats

Live Course Cams

Official
SI-CNN
  Par 4
Yards 485
Rank 1
Avg 4.29
Par 4
Yards 455
Rank 5
Avg 4.23
Par3
Yards 155
Rank 2
Avg 3.26
Par 5
Yards 465
Rank 17
Avg 4.74
Par 4
Yards 405
Rank 8
Avg 4.16
Par 5
Yards 500
Rank 18
Avg 4.73
Par 3
Yards 170
Rank 9
Avg 3.13
Par 4
Yards 400
Rank 10
Avg 4.12

Par 4
Yards 405
Rank 6
Avg 4.19

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Landmarks .

Amen Corner
(11-13)

Amen Corner (SI/CNN)

Three Bridges
(12, 13, 15)

Rae's Creek

Hogan's Bridge article

Hogan's Bridge Photo

Hogan's Bridge VR

Nelson's Bridge (13 Tee) article

Nelson's Bridge Photo

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Sarazen Bridge article

Sarazen Bridge Photo

Palmer Plaque
(16 Tee fountain)

Nicklaus Plaque
(between 16 & 17)

Eisenhower Tree
(Loblolly Pine)

Record Fountain
(17 tee)

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The Stats, Records, Past Champions

The Official Masters site has a ton of Stats and Records. Another full set of tournament records is collected here. The Golfonline.com past champions section lists every Masters since 1934, with winners and their scores. Clicking on the winner shows the Masters play for that golfer in every Masters that golfer has ever participated in through the years. For a quick look at the 4-round scores for the top-5 finishers each year, check out the GolfDigest.com past champions slideshow link for any year 1934-2001. Golfonline has some Masters Records. CNN/SI Golfonline has some wonderful Players Scorecards and Stats 1946-2001.

The Players and Their Odds

For bio, on-course camera with the player, daily scorecards, and performance stats (driving accuracy, greens in regulation, putting, etc.), be sure to check out the IBM Realtime Scoring feature HERE.You can customize this feature to follow only those players you're interested in, as well.

Special Feature: Putting on the Ritz --
Flatstick Fables of Augusta

Augusta Green

Putting, patience will be key at Augusta

Masters greens, not longer holes, have field worried Hard and fast putting surfaces could be a problem in tourney By Leonard Shapiro THE WASHINGTON POST April 9, 2002

Notes: Augusta's greens already playing fast April 8, 2002 GolfWeb Wire Services

Augusta's greens get much needed rain April 10, 2002 GolfWeb Wire Services

The Masters: Leadbetter puts focus on short game By Lewine Mair in AugustaŹ (Filed: 09/04/2002)

Monty's Belly

Montgomerie Hopes Putter Can Boost Challenge April 09, 2002 04:12 PM ET

MONTY WILL PUTT FAITH IN HIS BIG BELLY From Tony Stenson In Augusta

Monty has stomach for challenge , Mike Aitken, Scotsman.com, April 9, 2002

Monty putts the wrongs right - Couples teaches him the belly putter By Andy Farrell in Duluth, Georgia 07 April 2002

Tiger without Claws

Mastering His Putter Tiger's Biggest Problem - New York Daily News Online | Sports

Tiger's Putting Ranks 138th on Tour

Weather Watch

Green Prep for the Buy.com Louisiana Stop - Lafayette Daily Advertiser (water coming from the west?)

Current Conditions & Forecast

The Goose

[ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 4-6-02 ] Putting, confidence keeps Goosen going By MICHELLE HISKEY Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

Goosen backs into BellSouth lead Golfer takes lead over Mickelson despite struggles (another 4-putt by Phil)

BellSouth Classic Goosen Overtakes Poor-Putting Mickelson AP, Sun., Apr. 7, 2002, Washington Post, page D13

The Perils of Phil

PGA Tour Putter Dooms Mickelson by Leonard Shapiro, Washington Post, Sun., Mar. 24, 2002, Page D02 Quadruple-Bogey 8 Damaging; Paulson Leads at TPC

Goosen backs into BellSouth lead Golfer takes lead over Mickelson despite struggles (another 4-putt by Phil)

Mickelson shoots 72 as putter fails Golfer still looking for first major falls six shots back

The Claw

Related Stories - Video: On PGA TOUR, anything goes in putting (3+ minute RealPlayer video, mostly on "The Claw")

Charles the IIIrd

Notes: Howell is working hard to improve putting game March 26, 2002 By Dave Shedloski GolfWeb Wire Services

Wilson's Wonderball

It's Truesday - Wilson launches new ball 9 April 2002

Will it make any difference? Trust Wilson to tell us from their new ball site.

Player Putting Stats

PGA Tour

Other Tours

 

Best Ball

Best Masters Putting

Player Masters Putting

Scorecards and Stats


The Augusta Area -
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Community Overview
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Excursia's Augusta Georgia profile
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