Five things to know: The Masters

Originally Published: April 4, 2011
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Think you know all there is to know about the 2011 Masters Tournament? Think again. ESPN.com's crack research staff has unearthed the following array of factoids to take your understanding of this year's event to a whole new level.

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Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesPhil Mickelson, who has 11 top-10s in his past 12 Masters starts, will attempt to become only the fourth four-time winner in this year's event.

1. Lefty tries his luck again. Phil Mickelson will attempt to become the fourth player to win this event in back-to-back years, joining Tiger Woods (2001-02), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Jack Nicklaus (1965-66). He will also attempt to join Nicklaus (6), Arnold Palmer (4) and Woods (4) as the only four-time winners of the Masters. He has finished in the top 10 in 11 of his past 12 Masters starts.

2. Still waiting for Tiger to turn it on. Tiger Woods is winless in his past 18 PGA Tour events, the longest drought of his career. His last tour win was the 2009 BMW Championship. This week at Augusta, he will be seeking his 15th professional major and fifth Masters title. Woods hasn't won the Masters since 2005 and hasn't won any major since taking the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

3. What a gem! Augusta National will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee, the 75th Masters Tournament. Three years ago was the 75th anniversary of the first tournament, in 1934, but because there was no tournament from 1943 to 1945, 2011 marks the 75th event overall.

4. Spreading the wealth. Nine different players have won the past nine majors. Among that group, the only player in the world top 10 at the time was Mickelson at the 2010 Masters. It's the longest such stretch on tour since 2002 to 2005, when 12 different players won 12 consecutive majors. Six of the past seven winners (except Mickelson at the 2010 Masters) were first-time major winners.

5. Who are these guys? Since 1986, the Masters has been won 16 times by a player in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking -- more than any other major. That said, for three straight years (2007 to 2009) before Mickelson won last spring, the winner at Augusta was ranked no higher than 29th. And Mickelson was the only 2010 major winner who ranked in the top 10.