1. The best? – The first golf major of the year is one of sport's great spectacles as the world's best players vie for the coveted Green Jacket at Augusta National. Like the course itself, getting in to watch the Masters at the notoriously exclusive club is fiendishly difficult. The waiting list for tickets is famously long, but many patrons who do make it inside the hallowed grounds flaunt their accreditations (old and new) with pride.
2. Golf's most famous shot – Gene Sarazen's double eagle at Augusta's par-five 15th hole in 1935 is one of the most famous feats in the history of golf. Holing out his second shot from 235 yards with a four wood helped "the Squire" secure a playoff against fellow American Craig Wood, which he won comfortably. Sarazen's masterstroke became known as "the shot heard around the world" and did much to put the tournament (founded the previous year) on the map.
3. The Masters title no-one wants to win – The annual Par 3 contest held on the eve of the tournament is a chance for a bit of fun before the serious business starts, with golfers joined by their families in a relaxed atmosphere. But winning the competition isn't necessarily advised -- no-one who has won it has gone on to win a Green Jacket in the same year.
4. The nearly man – Three men have finished runner-up on four occasions: double Masters champion Ben Hogan, multiple winner Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. The latter won the 1973 British Open but never got his hands on a Green Jacket, becoming Augusta's ultimate nearly man, finishing second in 1969, '72, '74 and '75.
5. Mind the water – Five holes on Augusta's back nine have water waiting to snare any errant shots. Raes Creek runs behind the 11th, in front of the par-three 12th and onto the par-five 13th. More water awaits at 15 and 16 (pictured) where many players' Masters challenge have met a watery end.
6. The Golden Bear – Jack Nicklaus has won the Masters an incredible six times -- more than any other player. His last, and most famous, victory came in 1986 when, at the age of 46, he rolled back the years to produce one of the most heroic back-nine charges in the tournament's history.
8. Where millionaires are made – This year's purse is a whopping $8 million, with the champion taking home nearly $1.5 million -- the same amount as last year's winner, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel.
9. Under par – Two players hold the course record at Augusta National -- Zimbabwe's Nick Price fired a nine-under-par 63 in the third round in 1986 while Greg Norman repeated the feat in the opening round a decade later. Neither man won though, with Norman's efforts famously being canceled out by a disastrous closing 78 which handed England's Nick Faldo a third Green Jacket.
10. When Rory's round fell apart – Golf's bright new star Rory McIlroy was four shots clear of the field heading into the final round in 2011, but a nervy opening nine holes was followed by disaster at the 10th, where his ball twice clattered into Augusta's famous pines. He eventually holed out for a triple-bogey seven. It started a nightmare sequence of dropped shots which saw him finish with an eight-over 80 to finish in a tie for 15th.
11. Say your prayers – Augusta has perhaps the most feared stretch of holes in golf. "Amen Corner" was coined by Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind in 1958 to describe the perils that lay in wait for players playing the 11th, 12th and 13th holes -- a place where many a promising round has been ruined.
12. Golden hell? – Arguably the most famous par-three in golf, Augusta's 155-yard 12th hole (Golden Bell) sees players fire a short iron to a green guarded by Raes Creek at the front and bunkers at the back. The green is wide but only 10 paces deep, making club selection vital. Tom Weiskopf conspired to make 13 here in 1980.
13. Unlucky for some – The final hole of "Amen Corner" has seen many a round hit the buffers, none more so than Japan's Tommy Nakajima -- who experienced the ignominy of penciling 13 onto his scorecard after attempting to play his ball out of Raes Creek in 1978.
14. Playoff drama – The Masters has gone to a playoff on 14 occasions, none more dramatic than Larry Mize's sensational victory over Greg Norman in 1987. At the second extra hole (the 11th), the Australian was in pole position having found the green while Mize was facing a lightning-fast chip from well off the putting surface. The American famously drained his shot, Norman missed his putt and another remarkable chapter in Masters history was written.
15. The magic number – The Masters champion earns a lifetime invite to return, but each year the next 15 finishers are also guaranteed a starting place 12 months later. Otherwise, golfers must be ranked in the world's top 50 the week before tee-off, or rely on special invites for performances in selected events.
16. Teen dream – In 2010, Matteo Manassero became the youngest golfer to ever play at the Masters. At 16 years, 11 months and 22 days, the Italian teenager also became the youngest player to make the cut as he went on to win the Silver Cup for top amateur.
18. Lowest winning score – In 1997, Tiger Woods set the record for lowest winning score in the tournament's history as he won it for the first time. His four-round total of 18-under-par 270 beat Jack Nicklaus's 1965 record by one stroke. Woods also smashed the record for the biggest winning margin, coasting home by 12 strokes ahead of nearest rival Tom Kite. At the tender age of 21 years, three months and 14 days, he was the youngest winner of a Green Jacket.