All Times EDT
AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
Site: Augusta, Ga.
Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, par 72).
Purse: TBA ($8 million in 2012). Winner's share: TBA ($1.44 million in 2012).
Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m., 8-11 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday, 3-7 p.m.; Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).
Last year: Bubba Watson won his first major title, beating South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Watson hooked a gap wedge off pine needles from 155 yards to about 10 feet to set up his winning two-putt par.
Last week: Scotland's Martin Laird won the Texas Open, matching the course record with a 9-under 63 to beat Rory McIlroy by two strokes. Laird earned the last spot at Augusta.
Notes: Tiger Woods is coming off consecutive victories in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational, and also won the Farmers Insurance Open in February. He regained the top spot in the world ranking with his victory three weeks at Bay Hill. Woods set the tournament record of 18-under 270 in 1997 and also won in 2001, 2002 and 2005. He has 14 major victories, the last in the 2008 U.S. Open, and 77 PGA Tour titles. ... Phil Mickelson, the 2004 and 2010 champion, won the Phoenix Open in February for his 40th PGA Tour title. ... At 14, China's Guan Tianlang is the youngest player in Masters history and the youngest at any major in 148 years. He qualified by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur. ... Laird was the first foreign-born winner since Sweden's Jonas Blixt in October in the Frys.com Open. Americans had won 16 straight official PGA Tour events, including the first 14 this season. ... The RBC Heritage is next week at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, S.C.
PGA Tour site: http://www.pgatour.com
PGA European Tour site: http://www.europeantour.com
WNB GOLF CLASSIC
Site: Midland, Texas.
Course: Midland Country Club (7,380 yards, par 72).
Purse: $600,000. Winner's share: $108,000.
Last year: Luke Guthrie won his second straight event, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over 2011 champion Danny Lee and Percy Cameron.
Last week: Benjamin Alvarado won the inaugural Brazil Classic to become the first Web.com Tour winner from Chile. He beat Dawie van der Walt by a stroke.
Notes: The tournament, in its 22nd season, has shifted from September. ... Lee is in the field along with Alvarado and fellow 2013 winners Kevin Foley (Panama Claro Championship), Patrick Cantlay (Colombia Championship), Kevin Kisner (Chile Classic) and Edward Loar (Louisiana Open). ... The tour is off next week. Play will resume April 25-28 with the South Georgia Classic.
Next event: LPGA Lotte Championship, April 17-20, Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Hawaii.
Last week: Inbee Park won the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her second major title and second victory of the year, beating fellow South Korean player So Yeon Ryu by four strokes. Park jumped from fourth to second in the world ranking.
Next event: Greater Gwinnett Championship, April 19-21, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.
Last event: Michael Allen won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on March 24 for his fourth Champions Tour title. He beat Bernhard Langer by a stroke.
ASIAN TOUR: Solaire Open, Thursday-Sunday, Wack Wack Golf & Country Club, Manila, Philippines. Online: http://www.asiantour.com
NGA TOUR: The Brunswick-Heritage Oaks Classic, Thursday-Sunday, Heritage Oaks Golf Club, Brunswick, Ga. Online: http://www.ngatour.com
JAPAN LPGA TOUR: Studio Alice Ladies Open, Friday-Sunday, Hanayashiki Golf Club, Miki, Japan. Online: http://www.lpga.or.jp