How it happened: Scott defeats Cabrera in playoff

Adam Scott celebrates a birdie on No. 18 during the final round of the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Redemption is his.

Adam Scott, less than a year after losing the lead on the back nine at the Open Championship, beat Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff to win the 77th Masters on Sunday.

Scott drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th hole to win his first major title, and becomes the first Australian to win a green jacket.

"I don't know how that happens. It seems a long way away from a couple years ago here, even last July when I was trying to win another major," said Scott from Augusta National's famous Butler Cabin.

"It takes some luck; I don't know how I can digest it all in the moment. Bubba (Watson) was an inspiration, so is Tianlang (Guan), and it's incredible to be in this position."

Cabrera was gracious after losing in the first all-international playoff in Masters history.

"That's how golf is. I had some issues during the course, but I came back from it," said Cabrera through an interpreter. Cabrera closed with a 2-under 70, including a dramatic birdie on 18 to force the playoff with Scott.

"I had that chip on 18 and I could have won it, but Adam is a good truthful winner."

Here's how it all unfolded:

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Update #24: 7:25 p.m.

Both players are 1 over on the par-4 10th hole on the week.

Off the tee: Adam Scott uses 3-wood and hammers it up the right side of the fairway, while Angel Cabrera uses iron off the tee and finds the left side of the fairway.

Approach shots: From 203 yards, Angel Cabrera hits a great shot to about 18 feet under the hole. Adam Scott settles pin-high, about 15 feet away as well. Incredible shots under pressure.

On the green: Angel Cabrera leaves his putt on the back lip. A little toss of the club after that. He can't believe it. Easy par. And it proves costly, as Adam Scott buries his putt to win his first major title.

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Update #23: 7:25 p.m.

Off the tee: Adam Scott takes driver and hammers it down the fairway. He likes it right away. Angel Cabrera also rips it and finds the right side of the fairway. Impressive tee balls.

Approach shots: Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera both hit the green, but roll just off the front of the green.

Around the green: Angel Cabrera nearly chips in, with it running by on the right, about 18 inches past. Scott chips to about 2 feet under the hole.

On the green: Scott drains his putt, as does Cabrera. On to the 10th hole.

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Update #22: 7 p.m.

And Angel Cabrera drains the putt and there will be a playoff for the second consecutive season.

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Update #21: 6:58 p.m.

But Angel Cabrera is up to the task, putting his approach to 4 feet. Incredible shot.

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Update #20: 6:53 p.m.

Adam Scott buries the 25-footer, hitting the lip and falling in, setting off a huge celebration on the green. He is now 9 under, and Angel Cabrera must birdie.

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Update #19: 6:49 p.m.

Adam Scott hits a nice approach on 18, leaving himself about 25 feet for birdie from the right of the hole.

Back on the tee, Cabrera rips it down the middle of the fairway.

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Update #18: 6:45 p.m.

Jason Day gives himself a nice shot at birdie on 18, but misses the 20-footer to the right and taps in for a par to finish at 7 under. He is now the clubhouse leader, with Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera back on 18 at 8 under.

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Update #17: 6:43 p.m.

Angel Cabrera thinks he has his birdie putt on 17, but it stays left and hits the lip, leaving the Argentinian with a par to stay at 8 under, tied with Adam Scott for the lead.

Ahead on 18, Scott finds the left rough off the tee.

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Update #16: 6:35 p.m.

Adam Scott finds the perfect line on his birdie putt, but it comes up three inches short and he settles for a par and stays at 8 under.

Meanwhile, Jason Day hits the fairway on 18 and must think birdie with two players at 8 under behind him.

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Update #15: 6:31 p.m.

Adam Scott is in great shape on 17, putting his approach shot to about 20 feet under the hole.

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Update #14: 6:30 p.m.

Jason Day has bogeyed his last two holes, the last one on a 15-footer on 17 to fall back to 7 under, now a stroke back of Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera.

Cabrera makes a 20-footer for birdie on the 16th hole to jump back into a share of the lead.

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18th hole: Par 4, 465 yards

Jason Day bogeys the par-3 16th, missing a 6-footer for par to fall back to 8 under and he is now tied with Adam Scott for the lead. Tiger Woods is three back and could use a birdie on 18 to put added pressure on those behind him.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the fairway with 3-wood off his final hole. He's likely out of this tournament, but a birdie could make it a bit more stressful for some coming in. He'll have a tough time doing that after hitting a greenside bunker. Tiger's bunker shot nearly goes down, running about 10 feet past. He drains it to save par, but fails to break 70 in the tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (5 under for tournament)

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17th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

Jason Day has moved to 9 under after a birdie at the par-5 15th, hitting the green in two and two-putting. He is one clear of Adam Scott, who misses an eagle putt on 15, but makes a 3-footer for birdie. That means Tiger is now four off the lead with two to play.

Hole wrap-up: After that disappointing par at 16, Tiger takes it out on his tee ball, smacking it up the left side with driver. He hits the green, but leaves himself 40 feet for birdie. His putt comes up 2 feet short and he settles for another par. He needs a birdie and then some help.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (5 under for tournament)

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16th hole: Par 3, 170 yards

Tiger likely needs at least two birdies over his final three holes to give himself a shot at the title. He is making a great late Sunday run, but is still three back.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger plays a fantastic tee ball to about 10 feet past the hole. The ball landed past the flag and fed back to the hole. Tiger's birdie attempt slides by on the right, cutting past at the last second and he settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (5 under for tournament)

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15th hole: Par 5, 530 yards

Tiger is running out of time and will need a little help from the field, as he still trails Angel Cabrera by four and Jason Day, Adam Scott by three shots.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver and hammers it down the middle of the fairway. Definitely go time on his second ball. While he doesn't like it, Tiger puts his second ball on the green and will have 30 feet for eagle. Tiger's eagle putt settles 9 inches right of the cup and taps in for birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day birdies the par-4 14th hole with a 10-footer to move to 8 under and take the outright lead after Angel Cabrera hits the water on 13 and can't get up-and-down for par and falls back to 7 under. After nearly going into Rae's Creek on No. 13, Adam Scott gets up-and-down from the hazard for birdie to get to 7 under.

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14th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

That's three birdies in five holes for Tiger and is now within four shots of Angel Cabrera.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the left side of the fairway off the tee, but his approach needs to go about 5 feet further, instead hitting a slope and funneling back off the green. Will need to get up-and-down from a tough spot. He hits a beautiful flop that settles about 3 feet from the cup. He drains the putt to stay at 4 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker bogeys his second consecutive hole, three-putting the par-4 11th after leaving his birdie attempt 10 feet short. Angel Cabrera makes his 5-footer for par on the 11th to stay at 8 under, one clear of Jason Day.

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13th hole: Par 5, 510 yards

With two par-5s left, Tiger can't let either get by him without at least a birdie. Tiger is now five back of Angel Cabrera after the Argentinian bogeys No. 10 to fall back to 8 under.

Hole wrap-up: After a long wait on the tee, Tiger takes a big whack at his tee ball with driver and blocks it a bit out to the right. Will depend on his lie as to whether he can get to the green in two. He lands in the straw, slightly behind a tree, but he hits a cut around the tree and finds the green. He'll have 60 feet for eagle. He leaves his eagle putt about 6 feet short, with the speed on the greens getting to him again. He makes the birdie putt and is in the red on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker bogeys the 10th hole after an errant tee ball to fall back to 6 under, tied with Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Jason Day in second place, two shots back of Cabrera.

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12th hole: Par 3, 155 yards

Angel Cabrera parred the ninth and is at 9 under at the turn, leaving Tiger six off the lead.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the green and has a birdie opportunity of about 15 feet. But Tiger hits it a bit too firm and the birdie putt runs by on the left and he settles for par. A missed opportunity there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Thorbjorn Olesen picks up his third consecutive birdie at the par-5 15th and is now 5 under for the tournament.

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11th hole: Par 4, 505 yards

Tiger's putter is coming alive, starting with that key par save at the par-5 8th hole.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's swing with driver is a bit late and he pushes it well right, yelling for it to go "way right!" Looks as though it did. From the straw, Tiger plays a nice shot into the green and settles on the left fringe. He chooses to chip and nearly holes it out – a solid scrambling par.

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker buries an 8-footer for birdie on the 8th to get to 7 under, while Angel Cabrera scrambles to make par on No. 8.

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10th hole: Par 4, 495 yards

Tiger didn't even show a smile with that birdie at No. 9, knowing those two bogeys on the front will come back to haunt him. He is going to need an epic final nine to get into contention.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the right side of the fairway and should be able to attack. He hits a nice shot into the green, leaving himself 20 feet from the right for birdie. And he buries it. That's two in a row.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Thorbjorn Olesen birdies the par-5 13th to move to 4 under overall (he is 4 under on the day).

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9th hole: Par 4, 460 yards

Tiger will need to blitz the back-nine today and his play this week has not shown that he can do that, playing the final nine holes in 2 over.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the rough just off the fairway on the right and hits a nice approach to about 12 feet right of the hole. And he buries the putt and gets a bit of momentum heading to back nine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Angel Cabrera hits a fantastic second shot to about 2 feet on No. 7 and taps in to move to 9 under, two clear of Jason Day.

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8th hole: Par 5, 570 yards

If Tiger ever needed an eagle, now would be the time. He is quickly playing his way out of this tournament, barring a major move.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds tree trouble with his second shot and has to simply bump it up onto the green, leaving himself more than 40 feet for birdie. His long birdie attempt settles 5 feet left of the hole. He does get the putt to drop and stays at 1 under overall.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker gets in trouble off the tee at No. 5, lays up and can't get up-and-down from the fairway and picks up a second bogey to fall back to 6 under. Angel Cabrera does par the 5th to stay at 8 under, one clear of Jason Day and two ahead of Snedeker and Adam Scott. Day made a nice up-and-down on the par-4 7th, making a 6-footer to save par.

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7th hole: Par 4, 450 yards

Tiger has had three legitimate birdie chances and has missed them all, not the formula for a Sunday run.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes less-than-driver, but hits a tree on the right. It does kick back into the fairway, but he is well back. His second shot has eyes for the hole, but comes up short and finds a greenside bunker. His bunker shot travels past the hole, but Tiger doesn't get the kick off the ridge he would have liked, leaving himself 10 feet to save par. He misses the putt and drops a shot and is now seven back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (1 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker misses the green at the par-3 4th, his long chip shot is a good one, but can't convert on a 12-footer to save par and he falls back to 7 under, one back of Angel Cabrera. Jason Day bogeys the par-3 6th hole to fall back to 7 under. Lee Westwood birdies the par-4 7th to move to 4 under.

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6th hole: Par 3, 180 yards

While Tiger Woods can pull off the unexpected, he is now six shots off the lead and his putter is looking shaky today, with the bit of rain seeming to play with the pace of putts.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits a very nice tee ball into the back right pin, with the ball settling just off the green, but within 15 feet. His birdie attempt has the right pace, but settles on the right edge and he picks up another par.

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott hits a great tee ball at the par-3 4th hole, but leaves his birdie putt short and he stays at 6 under, two back of the leaders. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson puts three balls in the water at the par-3 12th and picks up the second 10 on the hole for the day, as Kevin Na did it about 90 minutes ago.

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5th hole: Par 4, 455 yards

That's two birdie attempts that Tiger thought he had in a row, and he can't afford many more pars now that he trails three players by five shots.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger gets to the green in regulation, but leaves his long birdie attempt about 15 feet short. Poor putt there, completely misjudging the pace. He misses the par attempt and is now six back of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (2 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Angel Cabrera misses a 12-footer for eagle on No. 2, but misses left and taps in for birdie to join the leaders at 8 under. Brandt Snedeker misses a 10-footer for birdie on No. 2 to remain at 8 under. They both par the par-4 3rd hole to stay at 8 under.

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4th hole: Par 3, 240 yards

Tiger Woods finds himself down by five strokes after that short birdie miss on No. 3. He now moves to the toughest hole on the course.

Hole wrap-up: With 5-iron, Tiger is aggressive with his tee ball and hits it right in front of the front tee location, bounding about 20 feet past and the ball settles 15 feet behind the hole. But he can't get his birdie putt to drop and that's four consecutive pars to open the round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bernhard Langer buries a 12-footer on No. 5 to stay at 3 under on the day and 5 under for the tournament.

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3rd hole: Par 4, 350 yards

That was not the start that Tiger was looking for, as a par at the 2nd hole is almost like a bogey, especially when you are behind by four strokes.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes iron off the tee and hits his first fairway of the day, putting it in the middle. His second shot is a good one, settling 8 feet past the hole. But he doesn't hit it firm enough and the ball cuts under the hole and that's a third par for Woods and he trails by five now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day starts birdie-eagle to jump into a share of the lead at 8 under, with his eagle coming on a beautiful bunker shot at the par-5 2nd hole. Back on No. 1, Brandt Snedeker buries a 10-footer for birdie. Meanwhile, a poor start for Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar, as both bogey the opening hole. Scott missed the fairway well left and his punch shot was well right of the green. Kuchar also missed left, hit the bunker on his second and failed to get up-and-down.

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2nd hole: Par 5, 575 yards

Tiger wanted that putt on No. 1, but he didn't hit it firm enough to get the last break into the hole. The par-5s are musts for Tiger today, and he moves to the first one of his day.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger uses driver off the tee and it cuts too much left and is flirting with the dogwood trees. From under a tree, Tiger has to simply advance it up the fairway and does so, finding the left fairway. His third finds the green, but it doesn't have enough juice to run down the slope and Tiger will have 30 feet for birdie. His birdie attempt comes up about 2 feet short and he picks up a par. Definitely disappointing.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bernhard Langer has started with three consecutive birdies to move to 5 under, making a 15-footer at No. 3 with a little fist pump as it dropped. Meanwhile, Jason Day opens his round with a birdie to move to 6 under, snaking in a 25-footer. Rory McIlroy posts a 3-under 69 to finish the tournament at 2 over.

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1st hole: Par 4, 445 yards

Guess what? Tiger is wearing red and black. Yeah, we know, big news. But off we go as Tiger tries to chase down the leaders.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger uses 5-wood and immediately starts leaning right, hoping to coax the ball, but it finds the left rough and he'll have a tough shot into the green. Tiger's approach is a nice one, settling pin-high and about 25 feet to the left. Tiger leaves his birdie attempt about 18 inches short and he settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood misses a 6-footer for eagle on No. 2 and settles for birdie to move to 3 under, while playing competitor Bernhard Langer opens with back-to-back birdies to move to 4 under.

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Update #13: 2:04 p.m.

Kevin Na has recorded a 7-over 10 on the par-3 12th hole to drop to 16 over for the tournament. He knocked the ball into the water three times.

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Update #12: 1:52 p.m.

Michael Thompson fires a 5-under 67 to back up Phil Mickelson's claim that folks can tame Augusta National today. Thompson ends his Masters at 2 over.

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Update #11: 1:45 p.m.

Phil Mickelson, after posting his 1-over 73, just talked to reporters and told them: "Somebody is going to go low today."

Those within five shots of the lead might have a chance with docile pin positions on some scoring holes.

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Update #10: 1:32 p.m.

Tianlang Guan posts a 3-over 75 on Sunday, finishing at 12 over overall. He will likely not finish last of the weekend warriors, as Carl Pettersson is 8 over on his round and has slipped to 15 over for the tournament.

Guan went 73-75-77-75 this week and will be honored at Butler Cabin later today as the tournament's low amateur.

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Update #9: 1:26 p.m.

Phil Mickelson cards a 1-over 73 behind bogeys at Nos. 16 and 18 to finish the tournament at 9 over. Mickelson failed to break 70 this week, posting 71-76-77-73.

Mickelson bogeyed 15 of the 18 holes at some point this week, with Nos. 2, 6 and 8 being the only holes he left unscathed this week.

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Update #8: 1:07 p.m.

Keegan Bradley fires a 3-under 69 to finish at 9 over for the tournament, definitely a disappointing overall finish for one of the pre-tournament favorites.

Meanwhile, Tianlang Guan picks up two birdies on the back nine -- the par-5 13th and par-3 16th -- but bogeys 17 to stay in a tie for last of those playing the weekend.

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Update #7: 1:03 p.m.

Defending champion Bubba Watson has yet to post a par through three holes, opening with bogey and following with back-to-back birdies to get to 1 over on the tournament.

Watson is paired with 2011 champ Charl Schwartzel, who has opened with three pars.

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Update #6: 12:42 p.m.

The biggest travesty of Tiger's two-shot penalty? Without it, he'd be playing with Adam Scott in the penultimate group today, meaning he'd be playing with former caddie Steve Williams.

You think there would be some buzz about that?

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Update #5: 11:41 a.m.

Phil Mickelson is looking better this morning, posting his second birdie of the day at the 9th hole to make the turn with a 2-under 34 and is now 6 over for the tournament.

Mickelson was none too happy with how he played on Saturday.

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Update #4: 11:25 a.m.

Some big names on the course now:

• Rory McIlroy is even through four holes, picking up birdie on No. 2, but giving it back with a bogey at No. 4.

• Phil Mickelson birdies the par-3 4th hole to go with seven pars and he is 7 over for the tournament.

• There are some scores out there, as Ryan Moore is showing by going 3 under through eight holes. He is 5 over for the tournament.

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Update #3: 10:44 a.m.

Tianlang Guan is through six holes and has fallen back to 12 over for the tournament, 3 over on his current round. He is currently tied with Keegan Bradley for last among those that made the cut.

Guan will be making a trip to Butler Cabin regardless later today, picking up the Silver Medal as the low amateur. It will be the second time in three years that the winner of the Asia-Pacific Amateur will receive low-amateur honors, with Hideki Matsuyama being honored in 2011.

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Update #2: 10:23 a.m.

If Tiger Woods or someone further back like Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker will have these pin locations to try and make a big move.

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Update #1: 10:20 a.m.

The weather might wreak a bit of havoc later today, with showers being called for starting at 4 p.m. Currently, players are on the course under mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will rise in the mid-70s with winds around 10 mph for much of the day.

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Saturday coverage

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Friday coverage

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Thursday coverage

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Sergio Garcia drives late push to finish line, joins Masters lead

After making a brilliant up-and-down at the par-4 17th to help cement a bogey-free 66 and get into a share of the Masters lead, Sergio Garcia smiled. And, yes, he remembered that it wasn’t this way a year ago at Augusta National.

After Round 1 of the Masters, the envelope, please. . .

Take a look at some awards after the first day of play at the 2013 Masters at Augusta National brought to you by Jim Achenbach.

Boy wonder Tianlang Guan wows his elders with 1-over 73

The biggest story of the day out of Augusta wasn’t on the leaderboard. The story that will have fans and pros alike talking long after the Georgia pines have cast their tall shadows across this magical property is that of 14-year-old Tianlang Guan.

Playing together, Couples and Johnson light up Augusta

Dustin Johnson is starting to learn how to play Augusta National Golf Club, a course that only reveals its secrets slowly and subtly. Fred Couples figured this place out long ago.

Field posts 10 eagles at Augusta's 15th hole

Firethorn -- the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National -- is not exactly a pitch-and-putt, but it is playing as easy as you could ask for in the first round of the 77th Masters.

Mickelson recovers for first-round 71 at Masters

Phil Mickelson’s 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Masters was a tale of two nines. He was, by his own assessment, Captain Hack on the front nine and the Comeback Kid on the back nine.

Rory McIlroy opens Masters at par after 4 bogeys on back nine

Rory McIlroy stepped onto the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club this week and proclaimed that the “real” golf season had started – unfortunately, his Opening Day at the Masters was something of a wash.

Trevor Immelman chases Masters championship form of '08

Trevor Immelman's Masters victory at age 28 was expected to propel the South African to the next level. But it simply hasn’t happened.

Rude: Tiger Woods keeps head down in Masters' first round

This was your Masters favorite, Tiger Woods, a winner of 14 major championships, but his body language on several holes would have fooled you, his head slung low.

Sandy Lyle draws Masters attention with giant Black Swan

Former Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle turned heads Thursday using a Black Swan putter, which features one of the largest putter heads in golf.

Rickie Fowler's wild-ride Masters first round ends at 68

How about this scorecard for Rickie Fowler over his first 15 holes? He has two double-bogeys, at Nos. 1 and 10, an eagle at the par-5 15th and five birdies.

No. 1 with a bang: Augusta's 'Tea Olive,' Masters opener

The first hole at Augusta National is a challenge not to be taken lightly; yet the glory of Tea Olive is consistent with the rest of Augusta’s holes: If you get it into the fairway, you just feel you can take a shot at certain Masters hole locations.

Australia's Marc Leishman catches hold of early Masters lead

An Australian is atop the leaderboard at Augusta National, facing questions of when someone will bring a green jacket down under. It is Marc Leishman, who earned his spot here with his first PGA Tour victory, at last year’s Travelers Championship.

Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood overcome double-bogeys, card 70s

Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood were on the short list of expected contenders at this year’s Masters, as was Justin Rose, who also opened with 70 at Augusta National on Thursday.

• David Lynn finds lead for a while during Masters first round

David Lynn, a 39-year-old veteran of the European Tour and rookie on the PGA Tour this season, said it had taken “a golfing lifetime” to reach Augusta after leading for a while during the first round of the Masters.

Big Three salute the game with ceremonial drives

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus just "dinked" drives on the 1st tee to kick-off the Masters. But their ceremonial role allowed them to salute the game – and gave fans a chance to honor the Big Three.

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Wednesday coverage

Tiger's to lose? Is McIlroy back? Our staff debates 5 key questions

Is this Tiger's tournament to lose? Has Rory McIlroy found his game? Who is most likely to break through this week at the Masters? Our staff debates 5 key questions on the eve of the first round.

5 Things: Payne introduces new cut line, avoids anchoring question

From female membership at Augusta National to new Masters qualifying criteria and an adjusted cut line, here are 5 Things discussed by chairman Billy Payne on Wednesday.

McIlroy grants Weaver's wish to play practice round

Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round.

Martin Laird chooses rest instead of Masters Par-3 Contest

Martin Laird, whose third Masters will be his fifth-straight week of competition, opted not to play in Wednesday's Par-3 Contest, choosing to rest for Thursday's first round.

Observations from Wednesday's practice-round pairings

Sean Martin enjoys looking at the practice-round pairings. They give you an insight into which players enjoy each other's company, which ones want to mentor their younger competitors and who likes to go it solo.

Bubba Watson picks up an ace in Masters practice round

Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a Masters practice round on Wednesday.

Tiger, Donald highlight intriguing first-round groupings at Masters

Tiger Woods' quest for a fifth green jacket will begin at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. That's when he'll tee off with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy. Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson will tee off 11 minutes earlier. Check out the groupings.

Masters 2013: Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley lead staff picks

Will Tiger Woods finally pick up another green jacket? Will Keegan Bradley win his second major title? Our staff of experts offers up their 2013 Masters predictions.

Masters 2013: Which hole at Augusta National is hardest?

Here’s how the holes at famed Augusta National Golf Club stand up from the (relatively) easiest to the hardest.

As Tiger seeks first Masters title since '05, we look back on 18 years

Tiger Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil. Here’s how Woods has fared in each of his 18 appearances at Augusta National.

Bubba takes to Twitter to reveal Champions dinner

Well, we finally learned what Bubba Watson served at the Champions Dinner, using Twitter to let the world know what was on the menu.

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Masters blog

Want the latest news from the course? Small features to quench your Masters thirst? Keep track here with our Masters blog, filled with news and notes from our crew at Augusta National.

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The Toy Box blog

Check out the latest Masters-related equipment news with our The Toy Box blog, where we tackle everything from new equipment, to apparel to cool trends.

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Tuesday coverage

Wozniacki will caddie for McIlroy in Par-3 Contest

Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, will carry the handful of clubs necessary to navigate Augusta National's par-3 course.

Jack Nicklaus says 2013 Masters is critical for Tiger Woods

While Jack Nicklaus still believes Tiger Woods will break his record of 18 majors, Nicklaus concedes Woods' great spring could be for naught in predicting major success if he doesn’t win his fifth title this week.

Ian Poulter: Emotions of Masters close to Ryder Cup's

European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, 37, is confident he will be feel similar good vibes at crunch time during the Masters.

Phil Mickelson worries about taking extra week off before Masters

Phil Mickelson plays the Shell Houston Open, which is traditionally held the week before the Masters, but the Valero Texas Open was inserted between the two events this year.

Klein: Debunking the myth of a Tiger-proofed Augusta National

As a student of the pro game our Bradley S. Klein knows most of the guys on Tour are so good and of such quality in shot-making and scoring that they can win just about anywhere, hence the myth of Tiger-proofing Augusta National.

Brandt Snedeker '100 percent healthy' entering Masters

Brandt Snedeker's health has been a big topic leading up to the Masters. But Snedeker made one thing clear Tuesday at Augusta: he's 100 percent healthy.

Rude: Tiger Woods balances confidence, contentment at Masters

Tiger Woods clearly is more equipped to win the Masters than at any point since 2005, when he won his fourth and most recent green jacket – and says there's balance to be seen in his life.

Amateur Fox gets a look at Lefty's 'black book'

Steven Fox got a peek at Phil Mickelson’s little black book for Augusta and called it phenomenal. For an amateur who has seen the place a dozen times, having a three-time champion share his short-game secrets is sacred stuff.

Mickelson will put Phrankenwood in play at Augusta

Phil Mickelson’s supercharged Masters 2-wood is really a driver disguised as a fairway wood, Mickelson divulged Tuesday during a press conference.

Amateur Vogel plays with 'idol' Tiger Woods

How does a player – especially an amateur making his Masters debut - arrange a practice round with Tiger Woods at Augusta National? Just ask. It worked for T.J. Vogel, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion.

Rude: Masters champ Bubba Watson still has Augusta hooked

Never mind the green jacket in which he wrapped up adopted son Caleb last year – Bubba Watson wouldn't say no to a plaque at the spot of his famous hooked wedge during last year's playoff.

PHOTOS: A look at TaylorMade Masters logos through the years

To commemorate the season's first major championship, TaylorMade began designing a unique, Masters-themed logo in 2003 and putting it on golf bags, hats, club headcovers and other memorabilia that are given to staff players.

Minor changes to No. 14 could provide excitement

This year's changes to Augusta National were limited to the 14th hole, the only one on the course without a bunker. The oft-overlooked par 4 is sandwiched between the back nine's two dramatic par 5s.

Justin Rose looks to put it all together at Augusta

Justin Rose hasn't missed a cut in seven starts at the Masters. Yet he's never won a green jacket, either, which is why the 32-year-old is looking to finally put everything together this year at Augusta National.

A big hitter and big scorer, McIlroy impresses as a big thinker

People talk about Rory McIlroy’s big swing. They talk about his length off the tee. They talk about the height of his shots. They talk about his fearlessness. But nobody talks about his intelligence. And they should.

Luke Donald glad to study Augusta National

World No. 4 Luke Donald says he's focusing on – what else at Augusta – his work with the putter. Preparation beside the green also has been a priority.

Notebook: Tiger Woods' skip shot, Rich Beem's Par-3 invite, more

“Listen, I love golf,” 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem said of accepting his Par-3 Contest invite, “and the Masters is special.” Plus: Tiger Woods' skip shot at Augusta, and more.

Adam Scott's performance in majors has improved dramatically

Adam Scott once struggled in majors, but has two major top-10s in each of the past two seasons, including a second-place finish at the 2011 Masters.

Masters blog: 5 thoughts on Jack Nicklaus, amateurs at Augusta, more

It’s becoming an annual affair, these international players having lunch to pick Jack Nicklaus’ brain before the Masters. Charl Schwartzel in 2011, Rory McIlroy last year, Nicolas Colsaerts this year.

Keep an eye on these guys: 10 sleepers to watch at the Masters

It’s easy to identify the favorite for this year’s Masters. We like to go deep here at Golfweek.com, though. Therefore we give you this list of 10 “sleepers” to consider.

Masters 2013: Bubba Watson is ultimate mystery man

Bubba Watson can charm and confound. He wields a pink driver yet often shies from attention. He runs hot and cold. One year after his signature victory at Augusta, he returns as a misunderstood champion.

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Monday coverage

Amateur hour: Two Tour players speak out against Masters amateurs

On Monday, PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan took to Twitter to express their position on whether amateurs should get to play in the Masters. Let's just say they aren't too happy.

5 Things: Russell Henley feels nerves Monday at Augusta National

Take the electricity of the Masters and add a homecoming to his college state, and you can understand why Russell Henley is feeling nerves already – while Matt Kuchar treats the week in special ways as well.

Masters odds: Tiger the clear favorite at Augusta National

On the eve of the Masters, Tiger Woods finds himself in his usual spot as the favorite going into the first major of 2013.

Masters 2013: Tianlang Guan, 14, gets advice from veterans

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan got quite the on-course education Monday, playing with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. He also has practice scheduled with Tom Watson and a Par-3 tee time with Nick Faldo.

Masters foundation, USGA, PGA team for youth competition

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, national skills competition for junior golfers, will begin at courses in 19 states and Washington, D.C. – and end at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday before the 2014 Masters.

Peterson and "Pete's Army" making the trip to Augusta National

It was at Augusta in 1958 that Arnie's Army was born. It's now 2013 and "Pete's Army" is being formed. The regular on the Web.com Tour, John Peterson, who qualified by tying for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open had tee shirts designed for the week.

Masters blog: Laird's victory a good 'omen'

Our editor Jeff Babineau and Senior Writer Jeff Rude are gamblers at heart and always look for an 'omen' at the outset of any major. Rocky Hambric provided some food for thought on Monday in Augusta.

Clarke withdraws from Masters with hamstring injury

The Masters field, already the slimmest of the major championships, was reduced by one Monday when former Open Champion Darren Clarke withdrew.

Masters 2013: Mickelson's secret club revealed?

Phil Mickelson teased that he would put a "special club" in play this week at the Masters. Could it be this new Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood?

Masters 2013: Bubba won’t part with his Ping S59s

Since 2004, when he parted ways with his Ping i3+ irons, Masters champion Bubba Watson has depended on Ping S59 irons to hit his impressive curve shots.

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Weekend coverage

Masters 2013: Large European contingent owes thanks to Seve

Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.

Rice, Mickelson play together on members day at Augusta

It was members day at Augusta National on Sunday, with the likes of Condoleezza Rice teeing it up with Phil Mickelson, while Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and a handful of others began their preparations for the year's first major.

Masters 2013: A look at OWGR trends at Augusta

The Official World Golf Ranking was unveiled in advance of the 1986 Masters, which Jack Nicklaus won dramatically at the age of 46. Here's a look at some trends the OWGR shows.

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Player profiles

For profiles of all first-timers, including Nicolas Colsaerts, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, as well as all amateurs, including Tianlang Guan, Michael Weaver and Steven Fox, click here to get individual breakdowns of how they arrived at Augusta National.

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