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Masters Golf Tournament 2011: Schedule And Field For PGA Tour's First Major

Each year, The Masters, at exclusive Augusta National Golf Course, ushers in the spring as the first major tournament of the PGA Tour season. Held at the same course every year, The Masters is "a tradition unlike any other" and puts golfers to the test over four days.

The Masters doesn't get underway until Thursday, but there's plenty of events between now and then to keep golf fans entertained. On Monday, the players meet the media as press conferences get underway at Augusta National. Most notably, Tiger Woods will step in front of the microphone, though this year's press tour will be a bit less dramatic than last year's was.

Here's the rest of the schedule for The 2011 Masters.

Monday and Tuesday: Practice rounds. Golfers take the course to dial it in and get reacquainted with Augusta.

Wednesday: Par three contest. One of the greatest traditions at Augusta, the par three contest is a fun chance for players and their children to go through a fun round at Augusta Nation's par three course. The contest will be aired live on ESPN again this year, as well.

Thursday through Sunday: Rounds one through four of The Masters. Wall-to-wall coverage can be seen on ESPN during the first two round and CBS during the weekend rounds. For those stuck at work, coverage will also be streamed online.

We do have a local connection to The Masters again this year as Fred Couples and Ryan Moore both earned their way into the tournament. Couple still holds his Masters champion exemption while Moore made it in by virtue of his finish in last year's event, as well as his ranking.

The full 2011 Masters field can be found here.

We'll back back with more on the tournament later, including updates from the press conferences. Stay with our 2011 Masters StoryStream for the latest, or head over to SB Nation Atlanta for a local look at the tournament.