AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Facts and figures for the 73rd Masters, which begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Defending champion: Trevor Immelman.

Purse: To be determined ($7.5 million in 2008).

Added bonus: One green jacket.

Who’s here: A total of 96 players including three teenagers and 73-year-old Gary Player, who is playing in his 52nd and last Masters.

Tiger trail: Tiger Woods, who last won a green jacket in 2005, has never gone more than three years without winning the Masters since he won his first green jacket in 1997.

Greg’s back: Greg Norman is here for the first time since 2002 after qualifying with a top finish at last year’s British Open.

Three in a row: Padraig Harrington won the last two major tournaments when Woods was out with a bad knee. With a win, Harrington would join Woods and Ben Hogan as the only players to win three straight majors in the modern era.

Noteable: Not much was done to change Augusta National this year, and Masters chairman Billy Payne said he hoped a return to good weather would bring a return to the back nine roars on the weekend.

Quoteworthy: “It would be nice, but I’m not expecting it this week.” – Sergio Garcia on his chances of winning his first major ever.

Television: Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., ESPN.

Interactive: www.masters.org. One hour of coverage each day before the telecast. Live video of Amen Corner starting at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Live video of the 15th and 16th holes starting at 11 a.m.


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