Every year it’s one of the most anticipated 4-days on the golf calendar.  It’s the week that Augusta National welcomes the best players in the world to arguably its toughest course.

It’s a name that is synonymous with golf.  When people talk about the Masters, they’re talking about the most prestigious tournament on the PGA Tour.

The list of winners is a who’s who of golf royalty.  Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and of course – Tiger Woods.  Many argue it’s the hardest tournament in golf to win.  It’s also the most prestigious.

Today the hunt begins in earnest for the coveted green jacket and despite the problems with both his golf game AND his personal life over the last 3 years, Tiger Woods has owned this golf course for sometime.  

A few years back looked like Augusta was going to be personal playground for one Eldrick “Tiger” Woods for the foreseeable future – especially with shots like this…


Tiger won his first Masters in 1997 and set 20 tournament records in the process.  At 21, he become the youngest champion ever and obliterated the field by 12 strokes.  It was just his 3rd trip to the tournament.

Also that year, he set the tournament scoring record of 18-under-par 270.  That – along with his margin of victory and his age – are marks that along with others – still stand today.

Woods won again in 2001, 2002 and 2005.  And then came 2009 when his life and his golf game completely unravelled.

This year, for the first time in a long time there is even more drama built in to the tournament and it revolves around Tiger’s resurgent golf game.  

2 weeks ago at Bay Hill – Tiger finally won a tournament for the first time since 2009 and he did so in true Tiger-style giving fans a glimpse of what they once took for granted.  

Tiger’s back, but can he win another green jacket?

The odds makers think so as he is currently the favourite to win this years tournament ahead of the likes of Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and world number-1 Luke Donald.

Despite all of the problems he has endured over the last few years, since his win in 2005 Woods hasn’t finished worse than 6th at Augusta.

We’ll see beginning today how far back he has come.

Here are some notable tee-times for today’s opening round.  To view all the start times click here.

**Charl Schwartzel-10:24am
Tiger Woods-10:35am
Luke Donald-10:46am
Mike Weir-12:47pm
Fred Couples-1:20pm
Rory McIlroy-1:42pm
Phil Mickelson-1:53pm

**-defending champion