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2012 Masters Earnings: Fred Couples Wins $156,800 Prize, Ben Crane $124,000

Bubba Watson didn't just win the 2012 Masters and a fancy green jacket, but also got a massive payout for his efforts. The Masters was giving out an $8 million purse, and Watson earned $1.44 million overall as the first-place winner. Louis Oosthuizen finished with $864,000 as the runner-up, and Phil Mickelson was among a host of golfers tied at third, earning $384,000.

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  • Fred Couples finished in a tie for 12th, earning $156.8K overall.
  • Ben Crane finished in a tie for 17th, grabbing $124K on his own.
  • Kyle Stanley missed the cut when his first two rounds netted a total of 151. He does not receive any earnings for missing the cut.

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2012 Masters Champion: Bubba Watson Beats Louis Oosthuizen In Sudden Death

Bubba Watson had one remarkable round of golf at the 2012 Masters. Watson managed four straight birdies on the back nine to tie Louis Oosthuizen on the 16th green, then managed two pars on 17 and 18. After missing a chance to win the Masters on the first playoff hole when he missed a birdie putt just to the left, Watson got another chance at glory with a remakable shot on the second playoff hole at ten.

Oosthuizen had a bad approach from his second shot and didn't do well with his third, meaning Watson only needed to two putt from there to secure victory.

Fred Couples and Ben Crane did pretty well for themselves, finishing in ties at 12th and 17th respectively. Crane was there to meet his friend Watson on the tenth green after he made the putt to win his first green jacket.

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The Masters 2012, Sudden-Death Edition: Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson To Duel For Green Jacket

Free golf coming up at the 2012 Masters! Louis Oosthuizen's albatross reverberated throughout the final round at Augusta National, putting him on top and keeping him there throughout. Bubba Watson, his golfing partner, did manage to rally on the back nine to tie things up with Oosthuizen on 16.

Here's what happens in the sudden death playoff:

The tied golfers (in this case Oosthuizen and Watson) would go back to the 18th tee, and if they were still tied, they'd start back up at the 10th tee. If tied after that, they'd move onto 11, then onto 12 if they were tied after that, and so on, so forth.

Both of the two Seattle golfers did alright, as Fred Couples and Ben Crane finished in the top 20. Couples had a round of 72 to finish in a tie for 12th, and Crane was one-over on the day to finish at one-under in a tie for 17th.

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2012 Masters Leaderboard: Fred Couples, Ben Crane In Line For Top 20 Finishes

Fred Couples just wasn't able to put together a final round charge, and is moving quietly to a top 20 finish at the 2012 Masters. On the 20th anniversary of his remarkable victory in Augusta in 1992, Couples started the day at two-under, and that's where he'll end up finishing. Fred had birdies on the 2nd and 13th holes and bogeys on the 6th and 10th to finish at even par on the day. At the time of his final round, Couples's 72 put him a tie for 13th, but already several golfers finished with a final round of four-under, so he doesn't really have a chance to get this one.

Ben Crane didn't have a great finish to his Masters, bogeying four of five holes on the front nine, although he did make up for that performance with two birdies to get to one-over on his round and finish at one-under. Both Couples and Crane are likely to finish in the top 20 barring some dramatic late charges. Louis Oosthuizen remains in the lead at nine-under, two strokes ahead of everyone else.

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Masters Leaderboard Update: Tiger Woods Fires +1 On Front Nine Sunday

Tiger Woods has been struggling with his golf game seemingly all week long at the 2012 Masters, and that streak has continued into Sunday at Augusta National as the four-time Masters champion shot a 1-over 37 on his front nine Sunday, pushing him even further away from the leaders.

Tiger made birdie on the par-5 second hole, but unfortunately made bogeys on both par-4 fifth and par-5 eighth to limp his way to the second nine, with the tough stretch at Amen Corner ahead of him still. Tiger got progressively more frustrated as the week went on after starting out relatively well, than watching it all fall apart the rest of the week.

Sitting only a couple of majors behind Jack Nicklaus' record of 18, many wonder if Tiger will ever get back into the winner's circle in a major championship. This will make it seven straight Masters without a victory, though his most recent major was at the U.S. Open, which will be next on the docket come June.

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2012 Masters: TV Coverage, How To Watch Online And More

The 2012 Masters in Augusta enters its final day of play on Sunday. Barring a thunderstorm, a winner will be crowned and a green jacket will be awarded. The competition was ferocious when the tournament began and has only intensified through the first 54 holes. By sunset, one player will emerge as the winner of one of the most prestigious titles in all of golf. How will local golfers Fred Couples and Ben Crane fare when all is said and done? We will have to tune in to find out.


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Here is your guide to the complete viewing coverage for Sunday, including 3D viewing information if you have obscene amounts of money or are an obscenely early adopter.

All times listed below are Eastern.

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM
11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Amen Corner live video coverage
11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Featured Group 1 and 2 live video coverage
12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage
12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

TV BROADCAST COVERAGE
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Live Coverage on CBS

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D

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Masters 2012 Tee Times And Pairings: A Winner Will Be Crowned On Sunday

Just 18 more holes await the world's best golfers in Augusta on Sunday. A winner of the 2012 Masters will be crowned and a green jacket will be donned. The field has played with determination and passion and it will all come down to one last day. Can Fred Couples pull out the win on the 20th anniversary of his only Masters -- and career Major -- win? He will have his work cut out for him.


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Sunday's action begins early as the stragglers tee off and ends with the final pairing containing the current leaders: Peter Hanson, atop the leaderboard at 9-under and Phil Mickelson, just one stroke off the pace.

Below are the tee times and pairings for Sunday. All times are Eastern.

9:20 AM USA Kelly Kraft (a) USA Stewart Cink
9:30 AM SWE Robert Karlsson ITA Edoardo Molinari
9:40 AM ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano RSA Trevor Immelman
9:50 AM USA Bo Van Pelt USA Scott Verplank
10:00 AM DEN Thomas Bjorn ENG Luke Donald
10:10 AM USA Bill Haas USA Patrick Cantlay (a)
10:20 AM GER Martin Kaymer RSA Charl Schwartzel
10:30 AM USA David Toms SCO Martin Laird
10:40 AM ENG Ross Fisher DEN Anders Hansen
10:50 AM USA Rickie Fowler USA Keegan Bradley
11:00 AM ARG Angel Cabrera USA Steve Stricker
11:20 AM AUS Aaron Baddeley USA Zach Johnson
11:30 AM FJI Vijay Singh USA Tiger Woods
11:40 AM AUS Adam Scott KOR Y.E. Yang
11:50 AM USA Kevin Chappell USA Kevin Na
12:00 PM NIR Rory McIlroy NIR Graeme McDowell
12:10 PM ESP Miguel A. Jimenez JPN Hideki Matsuyama (a)
12:20 PM AUS Geoff Ogilvy USA Scott Stallings
12:30 PM USA Charles Howell III ENG Justin Rose
12:40 PM ESP Sergio Garcia USA Webb Simpson
12:50 PM USA Jonathan Byrd USA Jim Furyk
1:10 PM KOR Sang-Moon Bae USA Brandt Snedeker
1:20 PM USA Fred Couples USA Jason Dufner
1:30 PM USA Ben Crane USA Nick Watney
1:40 PM SWE Fredrik Jacobson USA Sean O'Hair
1:50 PM ITA Francesco Molinari ENG Ian Poulter
2:00 PM ENG Lee Westwood SCO Paul Lawrie
2:10 PM IRL Padraig Harrington SWE Henrik Stenson
2:20 PM USA Matt Kuchar USA Hunter Mahan
2:30 PM RSA Louis Oosthuizen USA Bubba Watson
2:40 PM SWE Peter Hanson USA Phil Mickelson

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2012 Masters Day Three Final Standings: Peter Hanson Leads With Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen Close Behind

No small amount of action went down at day three of the 2012 Masters tournament, but when all was said and done it was Peter Hanson who would take the lead with an 7-under, eight birdie day. He sits on top at 9-under overall.

Phil Mickelson is in second place with 8-under in total, after a day capped with a beautiful three eagle on hole thirteen. Louis Oosthuizen stands at 7-under in total, having shot 3-under on the day despite a bogey on holes four and eighteen.

Seattle-born Fred Couples opened the day in the lead but ended it tied for 11th place, as four bogeys and one double bogey took their toll. He's tied there with Portland-born Ben Crane, who had an up and down day of four birdies, three bogeys, and a double bogey to end the day exactly where he started, back in 11th place.

There's only a single point separating each place in the top ten, so tomorrow should see movement in the standings and, if we're lucky, a close duel in the finish.

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The Masters 2012 Score Update: Peter Hanson Is The New Leader With Phil Mickelson Close Behind

With day three drawing to a close at the 2012 Masters Tournament, Peter Hanson has pulled into the lead, shooting 7-under on the day to stand at 9-under in total. Phil Mickelson is breathing down his neck, though, having shot 6-under for day three and 8-under overall. Louis Oosthuizen is in third with two holes left to play, shooting 3-under on the day and 7-under in total.

Hanson's day has been quite a performance, opening with a bogey but quickly improving and ending the day with eight birdies. Mickelson shot exactly par through the first nine holes, but picked it up in the back half with birdies on holes ten, twelve, fifteen, and eighteen. Oosthuizen also suffered an early bogey, but similar to Hanson didn't stumble any further and is closing strong, gaining his fifth birdie on hole seventeen.

Seattle's own Fred Couples opened the day in the lead but ended in twelfth place, shooting 3-over on the day to end at only 2-under. He's tied there with Northwestern golfer Ben Crane, who shot par on the day to settle at 2-under.

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The Masters 2012 Score Update: Matt Kuchar And Lee Westwood Tied At 5-Under Par

Things are moving along in the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament, and Matt Kuchar has moved into a tie for the lead with Lee Westwood. Westwood birdied on hole two and Kuchar had a pair of birdies on holes four and seven, resulting in the crowding at the top of the standings. Seattle-born Fred Couples entered the day in the lead, but a pair of bogeys on the first and second hole saw him slide to a tie for seventh at 3-under. Couples' co-leader as of the start of the round also slipped, as a pair of bogeys on holes four and six saw Jason Dufner move to a tie for third place with Henrik Stanson and Francesco Molinari, all at 4-under. Tiger Woods also had a disappointing day, shooting an even 72 and settling in 40th place at the end of the third round. There's plenty of golf left to be played, so stay tuned to this story stream to see where things settle at the end of the day.

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Masters 2012 Tee Times And Pairings: Fred Couples Goes For His 2nd Masters Title

Fred Couples has emerged as a frontrunner in the 2012 Masters in Augusta. Heading in to round three on Saturday, Couples shares the lead with Jason Dufner at 5-under. Couples will attempt to win his second Masters in his 28th appearance in the event. Couples' win in 1992 was the only major tournament win of his storied career to date.


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Couples and Dufner will be paired together and will tee off last on Saturday. They'll both be trying to fend off a host of strong golfers in hot pursuit, including Rory McIlroy, who is only a stroke off the lead. Oregon's Ben Crane is still in the hunt as well. Phil Mickelson is 2-under, while Tiger Woods is 3-over and on the ropes after Friday.

Here are the full tee times and pairings for Saturday. All times are Eastern.

9:15 a.m.: Kelly Kraft
9:25 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman
9:35 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay, Thomas Bjorn
9:45 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, EdoardoMolinari
9:55 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald
10:05 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler
10:15 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bo Van Pelt
10:25 a.m.: Anders Hansen, Ross Fisher
10:35 a.m.: Scott Verplank, Martin Laird
10:45 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Tiger Woods
10:55 a.m.: Scott Stallings, Martin Kaymer
11:15 a.m.: Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker
11:25 a.m.: Sang-Moon Bae, Kevin Chappell
11:35 a.m.: Bill Haas, Geoff Ogilvy
11:45 a.m.: David Toms, Stewart Cink
11:55 a.m.: Kevin Na, Webb Simpson
12:05 p.m.: Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama
12:15 p.m.: Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari
12:25 p.m.: Hunter Mahan, Padraig Harrington
12:35 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Fredrik Jacobson
12:45 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Zach Johnson
12:55 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Y.E. Yang
1:15 p.m.: Sean O'Hair, Jonathan Byrd
1:25 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Nick Watney
1:35 p.m.: Peter Hanson, Aaron Baddeley
1:45 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson
1:55 p.m.: Ben Crane, Charles Howell III
2:05 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Miguel Angel Jiminez
2:15 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Paul Lawrie
2:25 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy
2:35 p.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood
2:45 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Fred Couples

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2012 Masters: TV Coverage, How To Watch Online And More

The 2012 Masters in Augusta is one of the most compelling editions of the prestigious event in recent years. Strong golfers are struggling and flaming out, while unlikely front-runners are emerging after the first two round. Seattle's own Fred Couples is atop the leaderboard as Saturday's third round begins, while Tiger Woods is 3-over and struggling.


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The television coverage will be supplemented this year by the excellent live streaming options available via the CBS Sports Masters website. The online viewing is free and offers a number of options. You can stay on Amen Corner, you can watch the pairings come through the 16th and 17th holes, or you can stay with the featured groups. It's an excellent way to keep closer tabs on exactly what you want.

You can find the full viewing information for Saturday's third round below. All times are Eastern.

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM
11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Amen Corner live video coverage
12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Featured Group 1 live video coverage
Featured Group 2 live video coverage
12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Masters In-Depth live video coverage highlights

TV BROADCAST COVERAGE
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Live Coverage on CBS

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D

MASTERS 3D
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Masters 3D live video coverage

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Masters Leaderboard Update: Fred Couples Shares Lead, Tiger Woods Struggling

Seattle's Fred Couples shares a piece of the lead at the 2012 Masters at age-52 after a nearly flawless round of 5-under 67 on Friday, tying his best ever round at Augusta. Couples had bogeys on the 1st hole and the 6th hole, but otherwise played masterfully. Couples, along with fellow American Jason Dufner, find themselves as leaders in the clubhouse at 5-under for the tournament thus far, trailed by Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson, all at 4-under.

On the other hand, Tiger Woods' comeback trail took a strange turn again today, with bogeys on 4, 6, 9, 11, and 16 and were marred by cursing, anger, and even some club kicking.

See below, as Tiger tees off on the 16th hole, and shows his displeasure with his shot, kicking his club:

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Masters Leaderboard Update: Fred Couples, Jason Dufner Take The Lead Friday At Augusta National

It seems that whenever 52-year old Fred Couples comes to Augusta National he turns the clock back, finding himself tied for the lead at The Masters once more after a brilliant round of 5-under 67 to tie his lowest round ever at Augusta.

Couples, along with Jason Dufner, find themselves as leaders in the clubhouse at 5-under for the tournament, while Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia recently bogied to fall back to 4-under, tied with Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson.

Phil Mickelson is making a weekend charge, currently three under on his round for the day, sitting at 1-under for the tournament, while Tiger Woods remains at -1 on his front nine as well after a birdie on the first hole. The cut line remains at 4-over. Miguel Angel-Jimenez, playing partner of Woods, is staying steady at 3-under for the week, as is Francesco Molinari, also at 3-under.

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Masters Leaderboard Update: Lee Westwood Hanging On, Tiger Woods Moving On Up

Birdies have been plentiful so far during the second round of play at the 2012 Masters on Friday as a number of players have creeped closer to the leaders. Lee Westwood is hanging on to the lead in the second round, but may not have it for long with names like Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods making moves up the leaderboard behind him.

Lee Westwood has been steady all day, riding his 1-under round thus far out to 6-under, but Jason Dufner's Friday 70 has placed him right behind Westwood at five-under, both looking for their first major victory of thier career.

Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy all find themselves at 4-under for the week, while veterans Fred Couples and Miguel Angel Jimenez along with Italy's Frencesco Molinari are all at 3-under.

Tiger Woods got on the course late, but was making moise early with a birdie at the first. Ben Crane started nicely but gave a shot back to finish the day at 2-under par.

Overnight rain gave way to some soggier conditions for the morning players, but it has been drying out significantly as the day as gone on. It's supposed to only get drier and sunnier as the weekend progresses, making this track that more difficult for the remaining field.

The cut line is currently at 4-over.

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The Masters 2012: 20 Years Later, Fred Couples Still Looks To Win Another Green Jacket

20 years after Fred Couples made history with his win at the 1992 Masters, he still nows how it all could have came tumbling down at the par-3 12th, better known as Golden Bell.

In the final round while trying to maintain a one-shot lead, Couples locked in on the pin on No. 12. But the swirly winds by Rae’s creek took hold of his ball, leaving it to land short on the hill short of the green, slowly rolling to it’s watery doom.

But by an of Divine Intervention by the golfing gods, Couples ball stopped short, setting up a beautiful chip and a par save, and eventually a green jacket as well.

“The biggest break I ever got,” Couples said, the words coming out just as they did 20 years ago."For people who are players, you think, ‘I got to hit a good shot here,’ " Couples said. “For me, I was very, very nervous. I was trying to hit it over the bunker, which is really not something I like to do.”

20 years later, his play on Golden Bell has forever become a footnote in his history, and watching Freddy tee off there is likely to bring back fond memories. He finished tied 15th back in 2011, and opened with a first round 66 in 2010, so don’t count him out at Augusta by any means.

He’s still in red numbers and not far off the lead this year, not to mention owns the record for most consecutive cuts (23) and has 11 top ten finishes. Looks like he’ll make another, perhaps another jacket’s in his future?

“I could talk about Augusta all day long because anyone who has ever been there goes there and flips out. It’s my favorite week. I hope I feel decent to play another four or five years where I can go out and play because it’s that much fun. Everything for me runs around Augusta. It did in the ’90s and even the 2000s. I wanted to make sure everything I did, I was prepared for Augusta.”

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Masters Leaderboard Update: Lee Westwood On Top, Rory McIlroy Making A Charge

Things are starting to tighten up atop the leaderboard during the second round of the 2012 Masters, though Englishman Lee Westwood is holding strong after his first nine on Friday. Nevertheless, he's gaining company around him, only heightening the drama for the upcoming weekend at Augusta National.

Westwood went out in even par for his front nine, though Sweden's Peter Hanson and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy are making a charge, with Hanson tied at 5-under and McIlroy 4-under after after making four birdies in his first seven holes. Sergio Garcia and Ben Crane find themselves tied with McIlroy, while Jason Dufner and Paul Lawrie are the two players on the course at 3-under.

Phil Mickelson has worked his way back to even par, while Tiger Woods is still yet to tee off, going out as part of the second to last group at 1:42 p.m. ET. Veteran Fred Couples finds himself at 2-under as well, possibly trying to make some magic this weekend.

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Masters 2012 Tee Times And Pairings: Action Continues In Friday's Round 2

Fred Couples, Kyle Stanley and Ben Crane are the local Northwest-area golfers vying for the elusive green jacket that signifies a win at the Masters. The first round of the 2012 Masters is already in the books following Thursday's play and Lee Westwood leads the competitive field.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both struggled in the opening round to varying degrees and golfers like Henrik Stenson had awful times attempting to close out their rounds. The tournament remains up for grabs, however, with competition only to intensify as the world's top players get a firm feel for the course. Although there is a chance of showers on Friday, the second round is currently scheduled to go on as planned.

Here are the full pairings and tee times for Friday. All times are Eastern.

7:50 a.m. USA Sean O'Hair USA Scott Verplank ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
8:01 a.m. SCO Martin Laird USA Chez Reavie USA Mark O'Meara
8:12 a.m. USA Corbin Mills (a) ENG Simon Dyson SCO Sandy Lyle
8:23 a.m. USA Kevin Chappell ITA Edoardo Molinari WAL Ian Woosnam
8:34 a.m. RSA Louis Oosthuizen NIR Graeme McDowell USA Mark Wilson
8:45 a.m. USA Zach Johnson USA Patrick Cantlay (a) ENG Ian Poulter
8:56 a.m. USA Ben Crane USA Kevin Na SWE Fredrik Jacobson
9:07 a.m. USA Jonathan Byrd AUS John Senden ENG Paul Casey
9:18 a.m. USA Jason Dufner USA Charles Howell III GER Bernhard Langer
9:29 a.m. USA Webb Simpson USA Brandt Snedeker CAN Mike Weir
9:40 a.m. ENG Lee Westwood USA Jim Furyk FJI Vijay Singh
10:02 a.m. USA Scott Stallings RSA Rory Sabbatini DEN Thomas Bjorn
10:13 a.m. USA Fred Couples NIR Darren Clarke JPN Ryo Ishikawa
10:24 a.m. ESP Sergio Garcia USA David Toms KOR K.J. Choi
10:35 a.m. USA Bubba Watson ARG Angel Cabrera NIR Rory McIlroy
10:46 a.m. SWE Peter Hanson USA Hunter Mahan USA Phil Mickelson
10:57 a.m. RSA Tim Clark USA Brendan Steele USA Craig Stadler
11:08 a.m. ESP Jose Maria Olazabal USA Robert Garrigus USA Randal Lewis (a)
11:19 a.m. SCO Paul Lawrie DEN Anders Hansen USA Larry Mize
11:30 a.m. ENG Ross Fisher USA Harrison Frazar USA Ryan Palmer
11:41 a.m. SWE Robert Karlsson USA Ben Crenshaw AUS Bryden MacPherson
11:52 a.m. GER Martin Kaymer USA Bo Van Pelt AUS Adam Scott
12:14 p.m. USA Stewart Cink IRL Padraig Harrington USA Steve Stricker
12:25 p.m. AUS Aaron Baddeley KOR Kyung-tae Kim USA Lucas Glover
12:36 p.m. USA Bill Haas USA Kyle Stanley AUS Jason Day
12:47 p.m. ENG Justin Rose USA Rickie Fowler RSA Trevor Immelman
12:58 p.m. JPN Hideki Matsuyama (a) USA Tom Watson USA Johnson Wagner
1:09 p.m. USA Matt Kuchar KOR Y.E. Yang AUS Geoff Ogilvy
1:20 p.m. SWE Henrik Stenson USA Gary Woodland ESP Alvaro Quiros
1:31 p.m. USA Keegan Bradley RSA Charl Schwartzel USA Kelly Kraft (a)
1:42 p.m. ESP Miguel A. Jimenez USA Tiger Woods KOR Sang-Moon Bae
1:53 p.m. ITA Francesco Molinari USA Nick Watney ENG Luke Donald

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2012 Masters: TV Coverage, How To Watch Online And More

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are the current betting favorites to take home the green jacket in the 2012 Masters. Charl Schwartzel is back to defend his title. And golf fans from the Northwest have their own special rooting interests, as local representatives Fred Couples, Kyle Stanley and Ben Crane take their shots for the top title in the PGA.

Lee Westwood is the leader after his solid play in Thursday's opening round and thanks in part to a spectacular and historic flame-out by Henrik Stenson on the 18th hole. Tiger Woods also had his share of problems, bogeying the final two holes of his first round to finish at par.

There will be no shortage of action on Friday as the second round gets underway. There is plenty of free online coverage offered by the official Masters website and you can choose which holes or golfers to check out. It's a great experience that is well worth checking out.

Full broadcast information below. All times are Eastern:

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM

10:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.: 
Amen Corner live video coverage

11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m.
: Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage

12 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: 
Featured Group 1 live video coverage; 
Featured Group 2 live video coverage

3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: 
Masters In-Depth live video coverage and highlights

MASTERS RADIO

2 p.m.: 
Masters Radio live audio

TV COVERAGE

3 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: 
Live coverage on ESPN

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
: Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.: 
Replay of the telecast on ESPN

11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.: 
Highlights Show on CBS

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The Masters 2012 Leaderboard: Ben Crane Finishes Two Strokes Behind Lee Westwood

Ben Crane couldn't have had a more quiet yet solid round of golf. And thanks to an excellent, bogey-free back nine, he's headed into Friday only two shots off the lead.

Crane had a great time at Amen Corner, birdieing the 11th and 13th holes, then adding another birdie on 17 to finish at three-under par. Crane did bogey the fourth hole, but that was cancelled out by a birdie at the third. Crane finishes right behind Lee Westwood, who also birdied 13 and 17 to stay on top of the leaderboard.

This is Ben Crane, by the way.

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Fred Couples had his hiccups, particularly when he bogeyed the formidable 10th and 11th holes, but he rallied with birdies on 13 and 14 to finish at even par on the day with a round of 72. Kyle Stanley finished at +3 and will have to do some rallying to make the cut.

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Masters 2012 Leaderboard: Ben Crane One Back At 2-Under, Phil Mickelson At 1-Over Through Nine

Ben Crane is making a run at it in the first round of the 2012 Masters. He started off the front nine slow with one bogey and one birdie, but he turned it up at Amen Corner, birdieing the 11th and the 13th holes to get within one of the lead.

Phil Mickelson has had one of those seesaw days to start out. He bogeyed the difficult first hole to start out, then birdied the third hole. He immediately gave one back on the sixth before getting it back on the par-five 8th. Mickelson struggled again to get his footing on the ninth hole, and he bogeyed to go to +1 at the turn.

Currently several players are standing in a tie at three-under to lead this Thursday's round. Lee Westwood has fallen back to -3, while plenty of international representation took place: Paul Lawrie of Scotland, Miguel A. Jimenez of Spain, Francesco Molinari of Italy, Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson of the United States, Lee Westwood of England and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

Among the golfers, with Seattle ties, Fred Couples stands at +1 after twelve holes, and Kyle Stanley wrapped up at +3.

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Europeans rule early at Augusta

Story lines are plentiful this year at Augusta National as a number of players have found themselves in red figures during Thursday's first round, including former champion Tiger Woods and Charl Schwartzl, but it's trio of Europeans sitting atop the leaderboard as Lee Westwood, Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari, lead the way Thursday at The Masters.

Tiger Woods never really got much going in his opening round but was steady until his final few holes, finishing with back-to-back bogies to shoot an even par 72. He still managed birdies on No. 3, 8, and 10, but couldn't figure his swing out in the home stretch.

Henrik Stenson was playing great, using two Eagles on his front nine to boost him out to an early lead, pushing it as far as 6-under heading into the 16th. But he exploded on the 18th , recording the seventh 8 in Masters history; carding every golfers arch-nemesis, the dreaded snowman. He finished at 1-under 71.

As for Westwood, he used a five birdies on the front nine to push himself toward the top at 4-under through his first nine, while Paul Lawrie and Miguel Angel Jimenez are leaders in the clubhouse after rounds of 3-under 69. Molinaro and Jason Dufner currently are at e-under at well, while Sergio Garcia is at 2-under. Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are both sitting at 1-over.

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The Masters 2012: Tiger Woods Gets Through Amen Corner Thursday At Augusta

Tiger Woods is off to a solid start at the 2012 Masters, making three birdies in his first 10 holes at Augusta National. But then came the always intimidating Amen Corner, though Tiger navigated his way through it well, like he has for most of his career as a four-time Masters champion

After finding the fairway on No. 11, aka White Dogwood, Tiger left himself about a 25-footer for birdie on the hole on the difficult par-4, looking to make the only red number of the day there by any competitor yet. Unfortunately his putt came up just short, having to settle for a par.

Than it was on to the historic par-3 No. 12, aka Golden Bell, where Tiger figured out the swirly winds to leave his tee shot safely short of the pin about 20 feet. He would making another two-putt par and move on.

To finish it off is my personal favorite, the par-5 13th, aka Azalea, where Tiger left himself in perfect position to go after the green in two after his drive. He was a little over-zealous with his long iron second shot, carrying it just a tad too far, finding himself in the bunker for his third shot. Tiger found himself in a difficult position, trying to splash it out and create some spin, but instead carried it too far once more, leaving himself a longer uphill birdie. He would two-putt for par once more.

Paul Laurie's the leader in the clubhouse a 3-under, but it's Henrik Stenson that everyone is chasing, currently at -5 par.

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Masters Leaderboard 2012: Henrik Stenson Leads Early, Tiger Woods Close Behind

Sc0ring conditions Thursday morning at Augusta National have been a bit tougher than some had expected, though Swede Henrik Stenson has seemingly figured it out, jetting out to an early lead during the first round of the 2012 Masters.

Stenson used eagles on the par-5 2nd and 8th holes to vault himself atop the leaderboard, cpuple with a pair of birdies at the 5th and 10th. He remains bogey free on the card for the day, and currently holds a three shot lead over Scotland's Paul Lawrie and England's Ross Fisher.

Tiger Woods had a pretty solid start, going out in 1-under for his first nine of the tournament. An unfortunate bogey on the par-4 7th is his lone blemish on the card, paired with birdes on the 3rd and the 8th. Woods is tied with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzl as well as 14 other competitors currently sitting at at 1-under.

With some possible wet weather coming this afternoon, having a low score turned in this morning will be crucial for the players on the course.

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The Masters 2012: TV Times, Online Stream, Radio Coverage For Thursday At Augusta

With the 2012 Masters getting started Thursday morning, many folks wont have the luxury of watching The Tradition Unlike Any Other on their sofa at home. Luckily, Masters.com has unparalleled online coverage from Augusta National, as does ESPN and CBS later on Thursday evening.

Some possible wet weather is looming for Thursday, but hopefully it won't have much of an effect on the course, aside from some lower scores, of course.

All times Eastern.

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM

10:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Amen Corner live video coverage

11:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage

12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featured Group 1 live video coverage
Featured Group 2 live video coverage

3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Masters In-Depth live video coverage highlights

MASTERS RADIO

2:00 p.m.
Masters Radio live audio

TV BROADCAST COVERAGE

3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Live Coverage on ESPN

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Replay of the telecast on ESPN

11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Highlights Show on CBS

As for the two featured group channels, here's a look at the pairings the coverage will follow exclusively through their round:

Featured Groups No. 1:

8:45 a.m.: Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Kaymer

12:47 p.m.*: Mike Weir, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson

1:42 p.m.*: Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson

Featured Groups No. 2:

8:56 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink

12:58 p.m.*: Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk

1:53 p.m.*: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Peter Hanson

*Scheduled to follow the previous group's completion of play.

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The Masters 2012: Pairings, Tee Times For Thursday's First Round

One of the most anticipated days in all of sport is finally upon us as the 2012 Masters gets under way Thursday morning at Augusta National.

Tiger Woods is fresh off his victory at Bay Hill, while defending U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy is hunger for redemption after his 2011 collapse here. Three time champion Phil Mickelson also performs well here, while newcomers have been coming out of the woodwork lately, like Charl Schwartzl last year.

Now 2012 is here for a new chapter to be written, and it all starts with the honorary tee-time at 7:40 a.m. ET of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player; a great way to start the tournament off to say the least.

Masters.com will have a few featured groups they will stream live, which are as follows:

Featured Group No. 1 Lineup:

8:45 a.m.: Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Kaymer

12:47 p.m.*: Mike Weir, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson

1:42 p.m.*: Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson

Featured Group No. 2 Lineup:

8:56 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink

12:58 p.m.*: Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk

1:53 p.m.*: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Peter Hanson

*-Scheduled to follow the previous group's completion of play.

Tiger Woods will be paired with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and South Korea's Sang-Moon Bae. They will be teeing off at 10:35 a.m. ET. Nick Watney, Luke Donald, and Francesco Molinari tee off behind then at 10:46 a.m. ET. Kyle Stanley tees off at 9:18 a.m. ET with Bill Haas and Jason Day, while Fred Couples, Darren Clarke and Ryo Ishikawa tee off at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Complete tee times are below, all times Eastern.

Tee Number 1
7:50 AM RSA Tim Clark USA Craig Stadler USA Brendan Steele
8:01 AM USA Robert Garrigus USA Randal Lewis (a) ESP Jose Maria Olazabal
8:12 AM DEN Anders Hansen SCO Paul Lawrie USA Larry Mize
8:23 AM ENG Ross Fisher USA Harrison Frazar USA Ryan Palmer
8:34 AM USA Ben Crenshaw SWE Robert Karlsson AUS Bryden MacPherson
8:45 AM GER Martin Kaymer AUS Adam Scott USA Bo Van Pelt
8:56 AM USA Stewart Cink IRL Padraig Harrington USA Steve Stricker
9:07 AM AUS Aaron Baddeley USA Lucas Glover KOR Kyung-tae Kim
9:18 AM AUS Jason Day USA Bill Haas USA Kyle Stanley
9:29 AM USA Rickie Fowler RSA Trevor Immelman ENG Justin Rose
9:40 AM JPN Hideki Matsuyama (a) USA Johnson Wagner USA Tom Watson
10:02 AM USA Matt Kuchar AUS Geoff Ogilvy KOR Y.E. Yang
10:13 AM ESP Alvaro Quiros SWE Henrik Stenson USA Gary Woodland
10:24 AM USA Keegan Bradley USA Kelly Kraft (a) RSA Charl Schwartzel
10:35 AM KOR Sang-Moon Bae ESP Miguel A. Jimenez USA Tiger Woods
10:46 AM ENG Luke Donald ITA Francesco Molinari USA Nick Watney
10:57 AM ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano USA Sean O'Hair USA Scott Verplank
11:08 AM SCO Martin Laird USA Mark O'Meara USA Chez Reavie
11:19 AM ENG Simon Dyson SCO Sandy Lyle USA Corbin Mills (a)
11:30 AM USA Kevin Chappell ITA Edoardo Molinari WAL Ian Woosnam
11:41 AM NIR Graeme McDowell RSA Louis Oosthuizen USA Mark Wilson
11:52 AM USA Patrick Cantlay (a) USA Zach Johnson ENG Ian Poulter
12:14 PM USA Ben Crane SWE Fredrik Jacobson USA Kevin Na
12:25 PM USA Jonathan Byrd ENG Paul Casey AUS John Senden
12:36 PM USA Jason Dufner USA Charles Howell III GER Bernhard Langer
12:47 PM USA Webb Simpson USA Brandt Snedeker CAN Mike Weir
12:58 PM USA Jim Furyk FJI Vijay Singh ENG Lee Westwood
1:09 PM DEN Thomas Bjorn RSA Rory Sabbatini USA Scott Stallings
1:20 PM NIR Darren Clarke USA Fred Couples JPN Ryo Ishikawa
1:31 PM KOR K.J. Choi ESP Sergio Garcia USA David Toms
1:42 PM ARG Angel Cabrera NIR Rory McIlroy USA Bubba Watson
1:53 PM SWE Peter Hanson USA Hunter Mahan USA Phil Mickelson

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The Masters 2012: Pairings Are Announced

Will Charl Schwartzel repeat as champion? Will Tiger Woods keep up his momentum and add to his title collection? Well, we at least now know when they'll start their journeys.

The Masters pairings were announced today as Schwartzel, Woods and a host of other golfers prepare for what should be an intriguing tournament.

All eyes will be on Woods as he attempts to use the biggest stage of them all to win a major for the first time since the 2008 US Open. Woods has been stuck on 14 major championships since that point as Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championships record still sits there waiting to be broken. Woods already has four green jackets, will a fifth be on its way? Woods tees off at 10:35 am EDT in Group 15.

Three golfers with local ties in Fred Couples, Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley will also be a part of the Masters field. Stanley is in Group 9 at 9:18 EDT, Crane is in Group 23 at 12:14 pm EDT and Couples is in Group 23 at 12:14 pm EDT.

Defending champion Schwartzel is in Group 14 and will tee off at 10:24 am EDT.

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2012 Masters Odds: Tiger And Rory On Top, Couples In Top Half

The 2012 Masters starts this weekend at Augusta National in Georgia. After winning the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, Tiger Woods is the 4/1 favorite to win this year's tournament according to Las Vegas Sports Betting. Close behind Woods is Mcllroy who is listed with 5/1 odds.

Seattle-native Fred Couples is getting 125/1 odds to win it all. Couples won the Masters back in 1992 — his 20-year-old victory remains his one and only major win in his 32-year professional career.

Kyle Stanley, a Gig Harbor native, will be making his first ever Masters appearance. He has 80/1 odds to win the tournament. The Bellarmine Prep grad won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February.

Another player with Northwest ties, Ben Crane from Portland, Ore., is listed with 150/1 odds. Crane has three top finishes in the nine PGA tour events he has entered in 2012.

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The Masters 2012: Watch Online, TV Schedule, Radio Stream

Who's ready to watch the 2012 Masters? Coverage starts in a few hours of the early festivities before Thursday's round tees off. Here are all the Pacific Times for all the coverage on ESPN, CBS, and online.

Tuesday April 3: Practice Round

6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Masters - On The Range live video coverage

Wednesday April 4: Par-3 Contest

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM

6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Masters - On The Range live video coverage
Noon.
: Live video coverage from the Par 3 Contest

TV BROADCAST:

Noon - 2:00 p.m.: Live Coverage of the Par 3 Contest on ESPN
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
: Live 3D Coverage of the Par 3 Contest on ESPN 3D

Thursday, April 5 & Friday, April 6: First And Second Round

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM:

7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Amen Corner live video coverage
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.:
Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.:
Featured Group 1 live video coverage, Featured Group 2 live video coverage
12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
:Masters In-Depth live video coverage highlights

MASTERS RADIO:

11:00 a.m.: Masters Radio live audio

TV BROADCAST:

3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Live Coverage on ESPN
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.:
Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
: Replay of the telecast on ESPN
11:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.:
Highlights Show on CBS

Saturday, April 7: Third Round

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM:
8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
: Amen Corner live video coverage
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Featured Groups 1 and 2 live video coverage
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
: Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
: Masters In-Depth live video coverage highlights

MASTERS RADIO:
11:00 a.m.
: Masters Radio live audio

TV BROADCAST:

12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
: Live Coverage on CBS
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.:
Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D

Sunday April, 8: Final Round

LIVE COVERAGE ON MASTERS.COM:
8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
: Amen Corner live video coverage
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
: Featured Groups 1 and 2 live video coverage
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
: Hole Nos. 15 and 16 live video coverage
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
: Masters In-Depth live video coverage highlights

MASTERS RADIO:
11:00 a.m.
: Masters Radio live audio

TV BROADCAST:

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
: Live Coverage on CBS
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.:
Live 3D coverage on ESPN 3D

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Masters 2012: Fred Couples A Legitimate Sleeper Pick?

Twenty years ago Fred Couples won his first and only major, the Masters in 1992. Couples was 32 years old then, he's 52 years old now. Does he stand a chance to win it again this weekend?

While he is not grabbing headlines like Tiger Woods or Rory Mcllroy, Couples is coming into this weekend with some momentum. He recently finished 14 under and won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic two weekends ago. Last weekend, he finished with a score of three under at the Shell Houston Open, earning him 47th place and $16,140 in earnings.

Golf fans from Seattle will likely be rooting for the O'Dea high school graduate, along with golf fans in general. Couples is a respected veteran and face in the golf world.

Michael Bamberger from Sports Illustrated recently picked Mcllroy to win, but labeled Couples as his sleeper:

Bamberger: Rory McIlroy is my pick. My sleeper pick is Fred Couples, who's feeling great. One thing about Rory, he's very bright in golfing terms. He learned so much from last year's Masters, and he'll capitalize on it. (Via: Sports Illustrated)

This will be Couples 28th appearance in the Masters, giving him more experience and perhaps an edge over the other golfers in the field.

"I do know that course really, really well," Couples said. "It seems like I can get around there even better than most courses that I like and play. But, again, it all comes down to (hitting) the right shots." (Via: Kansas City Star)

As for Couples and his thoughts on his own chances of winning?

"Augusta National is his playground," Couples said. "It is for me, too. If that's how you look at the place, you're always going to play well. I would consider Phil to be a favorite every year. You get the Rory McIlroys and Phils that are capable of shooting 66, 67." (Via: Austin CultureMap)

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The Masters 2012 Preview: Golf's Biggest Event Kicks Off This Week

There are three golfers participating in the 2012 Masters who hail from the Northwest and have their sights set on the prestigious green jacket. Fred Couples, Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley will all have their work cut out for them as they attempt to beat out the best golfers in the world and claim this major tournament victory. The full week of events will begin on Monday, with play beginning on Thursday.

The players will have already arrived in Augusta or be en route by Monday, as a practice round is set for all golfers beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET. Two more practice rounds are set for Tuesday and Wednesday to allow the players to get a more intimate feel for the course before play begins in earnest.

The first two rounds on Thursday and Friday will be televised on ESPN, while Saturday and Sunday's final two rounds will air on CBS.

Pairings and tee times for the first two rounds of play will be announced on Tuesday.

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The Masters 2012 Field Finalized: Fred Couples, Ben Crane, Kyle Stanley All Invited

The 2012 Masters will feature Fred Couples in his 20th anniversary of his victory at Augusta. Ben Crane and Kyle Stanley are other Pacific Northwestern locals that received invites.

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