Complete coverage: 2012 Masters

 Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.
Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 76th Masters, scheduled to take place from April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.

There will be plenty of storylines to chase, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood. Will 2012 give someone else the chance to step into the spotlight, much like Charl Schwartzel did in 2011?

And, ultimately, it all comes down to what Augusta National will do to the field. Will some wet weather make the course easier to attack? Or will it effect bombers off the tee because the ball won't run as far in the fairway?

Our staff of eight writers will bring you all the answers throughout the week, so stay tuned for our wall-to-wall coverage.

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Masters coverage: Sunday

Ryan Lavner: Bubba Watson plays his own brand of golf

Ryan Lavner: From imaginative shots out of the straw to win the Masters to taking chances no one else will consider, Bubba Watson can simply play golf his own way. Story.

5 Things: Bubba Watson's work on greens helps him earn green jacket

5 Things: Bubba Watson was trending toward victory Sunday, but it was his work around Augusta's greens that led him to the green every player dreams about: the jacket. Story.

Sergio Garcia sticks to self-critical statements at Masters

Masters notebook: Sergio Garcia says he meant it when he said he wasn't good enough to win a major, claiming he would need to get 'lucky' to do so. Story.

Golf's new folk hero stars on wild Sunday

Bubba Watson, golf's new folk hero, starred Sunday in the greatest (golf) show on earth. Story.

Tiger Woods caps his worst Masters of pro career

The Tiger Woods who showed up at Augusta National this week is not the player with whom Masters patrons are familiar. This Tiger remains a work in progress. Story.

Augusta National is Lefty's house

James Achenbach: On this Easter Sunday, fans were skipping church for a more tantalizing form of athletic worship at Augusta National. This is the Church of Phil. Story.

Photos: Bubba Watson wins at Augusta National

Congratulations Bubba Watson, champion of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National. Photos.

Photos: Final round at Augusta National

Check out images from Augusta National as the players compete for the Green Jacket in the final round of the Masters! Photos.

Masters coverage: Saturday

Peter Hanson takes Masters lead; plans to retire in 2016

Peter Hanson has a chance to win his first major on Sunday, holding a one-shot lead at the Masters. He needs to cash in while he can if he sticks to his plan of retiring after the 2016 Olympics. Story.

Phil Mickelson takes risks and they pay off

Sean Martin: Phil Mickelson doesn't do conservative. And, on Saturday, his style of play led him to a 6-under 66 that puts him in Sunday's final group looking for a fourth Masters title. Story.

Sergio Garcia says 'I'm not good enough' to win a major

After carding a 3-over 75 on Saturday, Sergio Garcia tells Spanish reporters: 'I'm not good enough' to win a major championship. Story.

Rory McIlroy among stars humbled by Augusta National

Rory McIlroy entered Saturday's round as a favorite, but left without much of a chance. It's another story of falling prey to Augusta's bite. Story.

Gary Woodland refuses to quit despite wrist injury

Jeff Babineau: Gary Woodland should have withdrawn after nine holes because of an injured wrist. But he refused. He was determined to finish what he started on Saturday. Story.

Fred Couples' hopes dashed with poor third round

Fred Couples' hopes for middle-aged Masters glory ended Saturday with a third-round 75. Story.

Tiger shoots 72 but says he's not out of it

Whether he was trying to convince himself of it or not, Tiger Woods says that he still has a chance on Sunday despite his even-par 72 and 3-over total. Story.

Dream win by Hunter Mahan could end his nightmare

Hunter Mahan has tried to exorcise his Ryder Cup demons by winning golf tournaments. Maybe a Green Jacket will help everyone else forget too. Story.

Notebook: Brandt Snedeker fires 4-under 68

Brandt Snedeker knows exactly why he was able to shoot a 4-under 68 and leap into contention on Saturday at Augusta National: His putting. Notes.

Jim Achenbach's awards for the third round at Augusta National

Peter Hanson overcame a bogey at the opening hole Saturday on his way to a 7-under 65. It earned him the Masters lead as well as an Achie Award. Story.

Masters Tracker: See how the third round unfolded

Peter Hanson shot the round of the week Saturday, a 7-under 65, for the overnight lead at the Masters. Phil Mickelson is close behind. . Tracker.

Photos: Saturday at the Masters

As Saturday's round at 2012 Masters winds down, check out these photos from Augusta National. Photos.

Masters coverage: Friday

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods relapsing at the wrong time

Jeff Rude: Tiger's back? Not by the looks of his dismal performance in Augusta over the first two rounds, where he looked more like a circus act than a contender. Story.

Most amateurs make Masters cut since 2003

Kelly Kraft and Patrick Cantlay extended their stays in the Crow’s Nest, while Hideki Matsuyama continued to impress at Augusta National. Three amateurs made the cut at the Masters, the most since 2003. . Story.

5 Things: Jason Dufner getting used to view from the top

5 Things: Jason Dufner at the top of the leaderboard isn't new. If he is there at the end of the final round would be the breakthrough he is looking for. Story.

Phil Mickelson simply loves Augusta National

Jeff Babineau: Phil Mickelson says he loves playing Augusta National and he knows he can get away with some loose shots, although he didn't have many errant shots on Friday. Story.

Jim Achenbach's second-round Masters awards

For his seemingly never-ending youth, Masters prowess and, yes, flexibility, Fred Couples comes up first on Friday's installment of the Achie Awards. Awards.

Fred Couples feels young at heart at Augusta National

Sean Martin: At 52, Fred Couples isn't supposed to be tied for the 36-hole lead. But he is. And he says it is because "I feel like I'm very young when I get here." Story.

Masters notes: Peter Hanson learns from Phil Mickelson

Peter Hanson struggled in Friday's wind gusts, but benefited from a playing lesson with Phil Mickelson -- practically a magician when it comes to taming Augusta National. Notes.

Beware of the 18th hole at Augusta National

Rory McIlroy parred the final hole Friday at Augusta National, but the carnage there was worse for others. An appropriately demanding finishing hole, 18 has ruined many a Masters scorecard. Story.

Charles Howell III gets himself into Masters contention

Hometown player Charles Howell III is in contention for the first time in seven Masters starts.. Story.

Augusta's stance on female membership is bad for golf

Alistair Tait: Clubs, such as Augusta National, with huge influence and power need to set a better example. It seems incredulous that here we are in the 21st century and Augusta still doesn’t have female members. Story.

Photos: Friday at the Masters

Don't miss these images of the players as they get underway in the second round of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National. Photos.

Masters coverage: Thursday

Top guns stumble on Day 1 at Augusta

Jeff Babineau: The game's top guns - Phil, Tiger, Rory and Donald - all stumbled out of the gate. That and other observations from Thursday at Augusta National . . . Story.

Tiger Woods gets away with a 'loose' round

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods hit the ball all over the course on Thursday, and somehow managed to shoot 72. That 'might have won him the tournament,' says a certain former coach. Story.

Henrik Stenson's round ends in nightmare

Augusta National's 18th hole was a nightmarish experience for Henrik Stenson in Round 1. Story.

Jason Dufner quickly becoming sure bet on Tour

Jim McCabe: Jason Dufner put in plenty of work ahead of the Masters, and it paid off in a major way with a 3-under 69 that left him two shots off the lead. Story.

5 Things: Lee Westwood takes a one-shot lead

5 Things: Lee Westwood overcame tough pin placements to take a one-shot lead into the second round, while Rory McIlroy makes some late noise.Story.

Notes: Augusta National not exactly defenseless

Early-week storms created a soggy Augusta National, but the greens are holding off the low scores some players predicted. Story.

Paul Lawrie posts two eagles in 3-under 69

Despite a recent bout of bronchitis, Paul Lawrie, in his first Masters appearance since 2004, jumped into the early mix with two eagles during Thursday's opening round. Story.

Hideki Matsuyama, the unknown amateur at the Masters

There are six amateurs in this year's Masters field. Two-time Asian Amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama is the least familiar to American fans, but might be the most talented. Sean Martin Story.

Tim Clark shakes off rust for opening 1-over 73

Augusta National is hardly the place to bring a rusty game, but on a wet Masters Thursday, Tim Clark was happy to be in the field. Jim McCabe explains why an opening 73 made Clark smile. Story.

The Big Three continue to recapture Masters glory

James Achenbach: The Big Three not only kickstarted the Masters on Thursday but continue to recapture true Masters glory. Commentary.

Mark O'Meara withdraws from Masters

Mark O’Meara, the 1998 Masters champion, withdrew from the 76th Masters with an injury to his back and ribs. Story.

The secrets behind Augusta National's greens

Bradley Klein: The rain has taken some of the bite out of Augusta National’s notoriously tricky greens. But the course's SubAir equipment might bring some of that bite back. Story.

Golf's hottest coach Sean Foley talks Tiger Woods and the Masters

Instructor Sean Foley has had a great two months, with three of his clients winning - Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose. An interview with the game's hottest teacher . . . Video.

Photos: Thursday at the Masters

Check out photos from Thursday's opening round of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National. Photos.

Masters coverage: Wednesday

Augusta wants to grow game and not talk female members? That's a contradiction

Jeff Rude: Billy Payne addressed the media on Wednesday and wouldn't address potential female membership, but did talk about growing the game. Shouldn't they go hand-in-hand? Commentary.

Masters chairman refuses comment on female membership

Chairman Billy Payne was peppered with questions about female membership during a Wednesday news conference, but continued to cite Augusta's long-standing policy on not discussing potential candidates. Story.

Paul Henderson caddies for Mark O'Meara at Par 3

Paul Henderson needs no introduction in hockey circles, as he led Team Canada to glory in 1972. On Wednesday, the leukemia-stricken star got another thrill: Being Mark O'Meara's caddie at the Par 3 Contest. Story.

Par 3 Contest delivers another Masterful moment

Ryan Lavner: On a sunny afternoon in Augusta, Ga., the tradition that is the Par 3 Contest showcases why the Masters is so intimately special for everyone involved. Story.

Photos: Wednesday at the Masters

Check out images of the course after being doused by heavy rain, as well as players getting in work before Thursday's opening round. Photos.

Graeme McDowell employs new tactics at Masters

Graeme McDowell has what conservatively could be called a dubious record at the Masters. So he is taking a new approach: Take Augusta National for what it is.Story.

Golfweek makes its 2012 Masters predictions

We have plenty of experts on the ground in Augusta, so who do they like to don the green jacket come Sunday? Check out our Masters picks.Picks.

Masters notebook: Augusta doused by rain again

Masters notebook: An already-soft Augusta National became even more so Wednesday after an inch and a half of rain fell overnight in the area. Story.

Augusta National is Phil Mickelson's turf

Las Vegas is still favoring Tiger Woods this week at the Masters, but Rory McIlroy has crept a bit closer to the four-time champion. Story.

Rory McIlroy creeps closer to Tiger Woods in Vegas odds

Masters notebook: Martin Kaymer picked up a hole-in-one on Monday, and he is hoping that it is a sign that his luck is changing at Augusta National - a major he has never made the cut in. Story.

Bryden Macpherson takes his own route to Masters

Bryden Macpherson left the University of Georgia in February, went home to Melbourne to get his swing right and will now have a chance to take on Augusta National. Story.

Masters coverage: Tuesday

5 Things: The Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy show at Masters

5 Things: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods packed the media room for their scheduled press conferences, but one seemed to walk away on Tuesday with more obstacles than the other. 5 Things.

Patrick Cantlay keeping it simple at the Masters

Top amateur Patrick Cantlay has seen success at every level of golf, but will face a different beast on Thursday: Augusta National. And he plans to treat it like any other day. Story.

The Masters mystique is alive and well

Jim McCabe: With no cell phones or distractions, Augusta National presents what many other corners of the golf world can't offer: a chance to simply enjoy the game itself. Story.

Rory McIlroy will be challenged with early pairing

In 2011, Rory McIlroy says that Angel Cabrera's speed on the course threw him off his own game. He'll get a chance to prove he's learned from that in the first two rounds in 2012. Story.

The Tuesday awards from the Masters

Ready for a laugh or two? Our Jim Achenbach hands out his daily awards, with a special tip of the cap to Keegan Bradley and Lee Westwood for some laugh-out-loud moments.Story.

It's all systems go for Tiger Woods at Masters

Tiger Woods revealed some bad news for the rest of the field on Tuesday: His game is headed in the right direction. And, this time, our Jeff Rude says you can believe him.Story.

Phil Mickelson sees 'birdie-fest' at Masters

With more rain in the forecast, Phil Mickelson says that experience at Augusta National may mean very little this week, as everyone will be able to attack the greens.Story.

Dustin Johnson withdraws due to back injury

Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters due to back pain, which flared up after he picked up a jet ski at his home in Myrtle Beach. Our Alex Miceli says that this isn't a new problem for Johnson.Story.

Champions Dinner will feature monkey glands

Monkey glands? Yep, it's on Charl Schwartzel's Champions Dinner menu. Um, yummy? Our Jeff Rude explores what the heck it is . . . Blog.

Luke Donald trying to fly under radar to major victory

Luke Donald says he has two advantages over the field: His short game and the fact that he can go about his own business. Still, a win on Sunday would change a lot for the current World No. 1. Story.

Check out first-round pairings and tee times

Tiger Woods will tee off at 10:35 a.m. on Thursday, while Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy will take to the tee more than three hours later. Pairings and tee times.

Masters tale of the tape: Tiger vs. Phil

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have combined for seven victories in the Masters. So who plays Augusta National better? Here are the numbers: Story.

Masters notes: Lee Westwood says Masters isn't two-horse race

Masters notebook: Lee Westwood says don't count on the Masters being a two-horse race, while Charl Schwartzel sets the Champions Dinner menu.. Notebook.

Rory McIlroy says his game is in 'great place' for 2012 Masters

Rory McIlroy laughed off his 2011 Masters collapse on Tuesday, and says he no longer looks at Augusta National as a place where he might win. He simply expects to win. Story.

Photos: Tuesday at Augusta National

Keep up with all your favorite golfers as they prepare for the Masters during Tuesday's practice round at Augusta National. Photos.

Photos: Rickie Fowler & Lexi Thompson play skee golf

Playing from the middle of Lake Olmstead in Augusta, Ga., LPGA star Lexi Thompson and PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler took aim at a skee-ball target from 150 yards. The two stars were showcasing the Red Bull Off Course as part of Masters Week. Story.

Masters coverage: Monday

And the Monday Masters awards go to . . .

Jim Achenbach: The Masters is all about tradition. Continuing an honored tradition that started, well, last year, here are Monday’s award winners from the Masters. Awards.

There is no one way to prepare for Augusta National

Jim McCabe: Adam Scott and Nick Watney try to treat Masters week like any other. Scott Stallings can't practice enough. Tiger and Phil have their own traditions. Does anyone have the secret? Nope. Story.

John Senden might be this year's Masters surprise

Alex Miceli: John Senden could record the first win by an Australian in the history of the year's first major. Story.

Masters notebook: Martin Kaymer hopes for a change in fortune

Masters notebook: Martin Kaymer picked up a hole-in-one on Monday, and he is hoping that it is a sign that his luck is changing at Augusta National - a major he has never made the cut in. Story.

Randal Lewis simply enjoying his Masters moment

Randal Lewis won the U.S. Mid-Amateur to earn a spot in the Masters field, and is taking advantage of his first opportunity to play Augusta National. Story.

Tiger Woods, not Rory McIlroy, is oddsmakers' Masters favorite

The final odds - which can be updated - came out of Las Vegas last night and Tiger Woods at 9-2 is a slight favorite over Rory McIlroy at 5-1 to win the 2012 Masters. Odds.

Photos: Monday's practice rounds at Augusta national

And so begins one of the greatest weeks in golf. Even if you can't be at Augusta National to soak up the excitement surrounding the Masters, we'll be bringing you images, starting with Monday's practice round. Photos.

Trivia and the Masters come together at last

Are you a golf nut? Love some Masters trivia? We are bringing both worlds together with our social trivia contest, where you can win EA Sports' new Tiger Woods PGA Tour '13 game for correct answers. Play now!. Trivia.

Pre-Masters week coverage

Patience paid off for Charl Schwartzel at 2011 Masters

Young South African Charl Schwartzel, quietly confident from a steady climb up golf’s ladder, felt it in his gut: His Augusta moment was there to seize. Story.

Key anniversaries at the 2012 Masters

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the 76th Masters, to be played April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. Story.

Key facts and figures for the 2012 Masters

Key facts and figures for the 76th Masters, set for April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. Story.

Nine issues in golf heading into 2012 Masters

Nine issues that have helped shape golf this year during the road to the 2012 Masters. Story.

No. 12 is Augusta National's little terror

2012 Masters: The shortest hole at Augusta National is in the heart of Amen Corner, 155 yards of sheer hell. Jack Nicklaus called the tee shot on No. 12 the toughest on the entire golf course. Story.

30 betting tidbits to help you win your 2012 Masters pool

Golfweek’s own Forecaddie, the game's intrepid, sleuth-like Man Out Front, offers 30 betting tidbits that surely will help you don the champion's green jacket on your block. Tips.

Envious of Augusta National? Don't be. It is unique.

Bradley Klein: The beauty you see on the TV screen from Augusta National during the Masters is real. It just doesn’t travel well to your home course. Story.

South Africa's hopes for major wins expand with new crop of players

Since the days of Bobby Locke and Gary Player, South Africans’ title quests have begun in the British Isles. A new generation of frequent fliers expands those major hopes. Story.

Gary Player is the blueprint for a golf ambassador

Gary Player is busier now than he was in his playing days, spending his time on golf course design and being a golf ambassador. Story.

Next stop for these amateurs: Magnolia Lane

From Patrick Cantlay to Kelly Kraft to Hideki Matsuyama, there are a handful of amateurs looking to make an impression at the Masters. Story.

Augusta National: Hole-by-hole, with flyovers

A hole-by-hole look - including flyovers from EA Sports - at Augusta National, site of the 76th Masters to be played April 5-8, with famous shots played at each one, and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934. Flyovers.

10 players to watch at 2012 Masters

So, if you’re not named Tiger, Phil, or Rory you can’t expect to possibly be wearing a green jacket come April 8? Nonsense. Here are 10 guys to watch this year. Story.

The field at the 2012 Masters

The 97 players who have qualified and are expected to compete in the 76th Masters, to be played April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. The field. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.