Masters primer: Scott Rabalais breaks down what to know about golf’s most prestigious event _lowres

Spectators line the 18th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) ORG XMIT: AUG122

A look at the 80th Masters Tournament on the eve of Thursday’s opening round:

What’s at stake: The season’s first major championship and arguably the most prestigious title in golf.

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia (opened 1933)

Par: 36-36—72, 7,435 yards

Field: 89 players (83 professionals, six amateurs representing 24 countries)

Format: 72 holes stroke play

Cut: Low 50 and ties advance to the final two rounds

Playoff format: Sudden death, starting on No. 18 then going to No. 10

Purse and winner’s share: TBA ($10 million purse in 2015, $1.8 million to the winner)

Defending champion: Jordan Spieth (64-66-70-70—270, -18)

Course record: 63 (Nick Price, third round, 1986; Greg Norman, first round, 1996)

Tournament record: 270 (Tiger Woods, 1997; Spieth, 2015)

Most wins: 6 (Jack Nicklaus; 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)

Official website: Masters.com

TV and online coverage (all times CDT):

8:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. – Featured group coverage: CBSSports.com, Masters.com

9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Holes Nos. 6 and 16: Live virtual reality streaming

9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner Live: Masters.com

9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner 4K coverage

10 a.m.-noon – Masters On The Range: CBS Sports Network, Masters.com

10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. – Holes Nos. 15 and 16 coverage: Masters.com

2-6:30 p.m. – Round 1 coverage: ESPN, WatchESPN.com

7-10 p.m. – Round 1 replay: ESPN

10:30-10:45 p.m. – Round 1 highlights: CBS

Scott Rabalais