By The Numbers

The 81st Masters At A Glance

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Golf fans around the world, even the casual ones, are well aware that this is Masters week. The annual harbinger of spring is also the signal that another golf season is upon us and after the winter many Canadians have suffered through, the blooming azaleas and rhododendrons, albeit on our television screens are a welcome sight for us all.

This year's edition is the 81st and sadly the first without Arnold Palmer since 1954. The 'King' donned the iconic green jacket as Masters champion 4 times, 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964.

Below we present some facts and numbers related to the 2017 tournament.

Dates: April 6-9.

Site: Augusta National Golf Club.

Length: 7,435 yards.

Par: 36-36–72.

Purse: To be determined ($10 million in 2016).

Field: 93 (88 professionals, five amateurs).

Cut: Top 50 and ties, and anyone within 10 shots of the lead.

Defending champion: Danny Willett.

Last year: Danny Willett won the Masters with a 67 in the final round. Jordan Spieth lost it with a quadruple bogey on the 12th hole. Spieth had a five-shot lead until starting the back nine Sunday with two bogeys, then hitting two shots in Rae’s Creek and making 7 on the par-3 12th. He never caught up. Willett became the first player from England to win the green jacket since 1996, when Nick Faldo closed with a 67 and took advantage of a collapse by Greg Norman.

Grand Slam: Rory McIlroy needs a Masters victory to become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. This will be his third attempt at it.

No. 1 ranking: Dustin Johnson will try to become only the fourth player – and first since Tiger Woods in 2002 – to win the Masters at No. 1 in the world.

Key statistic: Five of the top 10 players in the world ranking have won on the PGA Tour this year.

Tiger tales: Tiger Woods is not playing for the third time in the last four years.

Noteworthy: Mark O’Meara, 60, is the oldest player in the field.

Quoteworthy: “You have to play 72 great holes at Augusta. There’s no shot on that golf course where you can switch off.” – Three-time champion Nick Faldo.

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

Interactive: www.masters.com . Live video channels from Amen Corner, the 15th hole, 16th hole and a featured group. Estimated times – Amen Corner (Nos. 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 Saturday and Sunday; Nos. 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 Saturday and Sunday, featured group from noon to completion of play on Thursday and Friday, and from 12:30 p.m. to completion of play on Saturday and Sunday. The Masters iPad application will display the video channels and a live digital simulcast of CBS Sports’ weekend coverage.