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The Masters

Site: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,290 yards, par 72).

Purse: TBA (2004, $6.3 million). Winner's share: TBA (2004, $1.17 million).

Television: USA (Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m., 8-11 p.m.) and Ch. 4 (Saturday, 3:30-7 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30-7 p.m.).

Last year: Phil Mickelson won his first major title, birdieing five of the final seven holes -- capped by an 18-footer on No. 18 -- for a one-stroke victory over Ernie Els. Tiger Woods tied for 22nd, 11 back.

Last week: Mickelson won the BellSouth Classic on Monday for his third win of the year, beating Rich Beem with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. Brandt Jobe and Arjun Atwal were eliminated on the first hole and Jose Maria Olazabal dropped out on the third hole in the rain-shortened tournament.

Notes: Woods is winless in the last 10 major championships. The eight-time major champion set the tournament record of 18-under 270 in 1997, and also won in 2001 and 2002 to join six-time winner Jack Nicklaus (1965-66) and Nick Faldo (1989-90) as the only players to successfully defend a Masters title. . . . The 65-year-old Nicklaus is making his 45th start in the tournament. . . . The course record is 63, set by Nick Price in 1986 and matched by Greg Norman in 1996. Mark Calcavecchia (1992) and David Toms (1998) share the back-nine mark of 7-under 29. . . . U.S. Amateur runner-up Luke List is in the field along with British Amateur champion Stuart Wilson and U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Austin Eaton III. . . . The MCI Heritage is next week in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

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Next event: Takefuji Classic, April 14-16, The Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas.

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Next event: Legends of Golf, April 22-24, The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort, Savannah, Ga.

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