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Johnson: Three things for fans to watch at The Masters
Rory McIlroy tees off at the 14th hole during a practice round for The Masters on Tuesday in Augusta. - photo by Charlie Riedel


7:45 a.m.-10:52 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, Brian Harman
7:56 a.m.-11:03 a.m. — Larry Mize, Danny Willett, a-Byron Meth
8:07 a.m.-11:14 a.m. — Tom Watson, Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas
8:18 a.m.-11:25 a.m. — Mike Weir, Ben Crane, a-Corey Conners
8:29 a.m.-11:36 a.m. — Vijay Singh, Russell Henley, Darren Clarke
8:40 a.m.-11:47 a.m. — Jose Maria Olazabal, Brendon Todd, Kevin Na
8:51 a.m.-12:09 p.m. — Jonas Blixt, Kevin Streelman, Stephen Gallacher
9:02 a.m.-12:20 p.m. — Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley, Ian Poulter
9:13 a.m.-12:31 p.m. — Miguel Angel Jimenez, Lee Westwood, Anirban Lahiri
9:24 a.m.-12:42 p.m. — Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, a-Gunn Yang
9:35 a.m.-12:53 p.m. — Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, a-Antonio Murdaca
9:57 a.m.-1:04 p.m. — Morgan Hoffmann, Steve Stricker, Matt Every
10:08 a.m.-1:15 p.m. — Ben Crenshaw, Bill Haas, Jason Dufner
10:19 a.m.-1:26 p.m. — Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey
10:30 a.m.-1:37 p.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Joost Luiten, Sangmoon Bae
10:41 a.m.-1:48 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore
10:52 a.m.-1:59 p.m. — J. B. Holmes, Martin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker
11:03 a.m.-7:45 a.m. — Ian Woosnam, Erik Compton, Marc Leishman
11:14 a.m.-7:56 a.m. — Trevor Immelman, Kevin Stadler, a-Scott Harvey
11:25 a.m.-8:07 a.m. — Ben Martin, Robert Streb, Cameron Tringale
11:36 a.m.-8:18 a.m. — Sandy Lyle, Seung-Yul Noh, a-Bradley Neil
11:47 a.m.-8:29 a.m. — Bernhard Langer, Bernd Wiesberger, Geoff Ogilvy
12:09 p.m.-8:40 a.m. — Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els
12:20 p.m.-8:51 a.m. — Angel Cabrera, Louis Oosthuizen, a-Matias Dominguez
12:31 p.m.-9:02 a.m. — Mark O'Meara, Chris Kirk, Shane Lowry
12:42 p.m.-9:13 a.m. — Padraig Harrington, Ryan Palmer, Thomas Bjorn
12:53 p.m.-9:24 a.m. — James Hahn, Mikko Ilonen, Hunter Mahan
1:04 p.m.-9:35 a.m. — Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell
1:15 p.m.-9:57 a.m. — Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel
1:26 p.m.-10:08 a.m. — Fred Couples, Branden Grace, Thongchai Jaidee
1:37 p.m.-10:19 a.m. — Luke Donald, Victor Dubuisson, John Senden
1:48 p.m.-10:30 a.m. — Tiger Woods, Jamie Donaldson, Jimmy Walker
1:59 p.m.-10:41 a.m. — Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler

Whip up your famous pimento cheese, plant eye-poppingly colorful azaleas and trim your yard to precisely 3/8 of an inch.

Pump in 98 of the world’s best golfers and thousands of guests dressed in their finest springtime getup, and you’ll be at Augusta National for the 2015 Masters.

But if you stop your conquest of becoming Augusta National after making the pimento cheese, it’s still going to be a great weekend. Here are a few things you need to know leading up to the 2015 Masters.

3. Tiger’s playing, and his greatest motivation? “Winning. I like it,” he said Tuesday. The four-time Masters champion is teeing off late Thursday with Jamie Donaldson, Jimmy Walker and what’s sure to be the largest gallery of the day. He’s ranked 111th in the world after spending most of the past 15 years with only a single “1” in front of his name.

And anything is in play. He could miss the cut. He could withdraw with back problems. He could be in contention to win a green jacket 10 years after winning his last one.

The air of uncertainly only adds to the drama. The one thing that is for certain – he will not win the Par-3 contest on Wednesday. No one has ever won both the Par 3 and the Masters, and according to Tiger Woods, he doesn’t want to be the one flying in the face of history.

2. It’s the last go-round at the Masters for Ben Crenshaw. The 1984 and 1995 Masters Champion will tee-off for the 44th and final time this weekend, placing him fourth all-time in total Masters played behind only Arnold Palmer, Raymond Floyd and Doug Ford. After his improbable win in ’95, Crenshaw said, “I believe in fate. Fate has dictated another championship here, as it has done so many times.”

1. No one is bigger than this place. From golfers to sportswriters, members to volunteer workers and guests, everyone has reverence for Augusta National.

In some ways, it’s a throwback to simpler times, before cell phones and social media and giant advertising engulfed our world. Players bounce around more freely, defending champion Bubba Watson saying it makes him “feel like a kid again.”

It’s supremely detailed without extreme extravagance, a perfect venue for golf’s premier event celebrating historic greatness for the 79th time.

Enjoy the scene it as unfolds.

Tournament Predictions: 1. Jordan Spieth; 2. Dustin Johnson; 3. Rory McIlroy; 4. Adam Scott; 5. Matt Kuchar

Vince Johnson is publisher of the Foryth County News. He is covering The Masters for the seventh time. You can follow his Masters coverage on Twitter @vincejohnson.

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