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Masters 2012 Preview: Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy Return To Augusta

After earning his first victory in nearly three years, Tiger Woods enters Masters week as the prohibitive favorite. Along with Woods, Rory Mcllroy figures to be a strong contender again. Mcllroy was in the thick of things during the 2011 Masters before a final-round collapse.

From a local perspective University of Georgia products Bubba Watson and Bryden MacPherson along with Georgia Tech alumni Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar will all be in action this week. Augusta's own Charles Howell III also returns home as part of the 92 player field.

Here is a look at the complete schedule for the 2012 Masters:

Monday, April 2: Practice Round

Gates open at 8 a.m., gates close at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3: Practice Round

Gates open at 8 a.m., gates close at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4: Practice Round and Par 3 Contest

Gates open at 8 a.m., gates close at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Par 3 Contest begins at approximately 12:30 p.m. (Live coverage on ESPN from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Thursday, April 5: First Round

Gates open at 7 a.m., gates close 30 minutes after play

Live coverage on ESPN from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 6: Second Round

Gates open at 8 a.m., gates close 30 minutes after play

Live coverage on ESPN from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7: Third Round

Gates open at 8 a.m., gates close 30 minutes after play

Live coverage on CBS from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 8: Final Round

Gates open at 8 a.m., gates close 30 minutes after Presentation Ceremony

Live coverage on ESPN from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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