It's Sunday at the Masters, one of the finest sporting days of the year. And while Rory McIlroy appears to have matters well in control with a four-stroke lead on the field, what's that old line about the Masters not beginning until the back nine on Sunday? Yeah, we're almost there.
Although this is a day for laying back and letting the sights and sounds of Augusta wash over you in a languid swell of piano music and azaleas, this is the 21st century we're living in, and we like our information like we like our pimiento cheese sandwiches: quick and easily digestible. So here's what you need to know going into today's final round:
• The most important stat of the day, at least before play begins: Since 1990, only Zach Johnson in 2007 has won the Masters from outside the last pairing.
• McIlroy's stats bode well for him: he leads the field in driving distance, ranks second in greens in regulation, and has had no three-putts.
• Television coverage starts on CBS at 2:00 p.m. Eastern; if you're lucky enough to have ESPN 3D, that kicks off at 5:00. Online coverage of featured groups and Amen Corner begins on Masters.com at 12:30.
• Global golf: this marks the first Masters in history that an American hasn't entered the final round in the top 5. Highest-ranking American? Bo Van Pelt at -6.
• Those of you hoping for a Tiger Woods comeback, here's the stat you need to know: the largest 54-hole deficit overcome in Masters history on a Sunday is eight strokes, pulled off by both Jack Burke (who actually went nine strokes down during play) in 1956 and Gary Player in 1978. Nick Faldo overcame a six-stroke deficit to take down Greg Norman in 1996. Woods currently sits at -5, seven strokes behind McIlroy.
• Luke Donald is in the hunt, and he's trying to become the first person to break the dreaded "par-3 curse": the winner of Wednesday's Par-3 tournament has never gone on to win the Masters.
• If McIlroy holds on to win, it will mark the first time since 1994 that all four majors are held by international players. Europe hasn't won a green jacket since 1999.
• Behind him are some hungry players: KJ Choi of South Korea and Jason Day and Adam Scott of Australia are trying to become the first players from their nations to win. Charl Schwartzel of South Africa is trying to win on the 50th anniversary of countryman Gary Player's victory, the first international win at Augusta.
• Player's victory isn't the only significant anniversary. This 75th Masters is the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus's epic 1986 win and the 10th anniversary of Tiger Woods' "Tiger Slam," where he held all four majors at once.
• Tee times of your most likely winners:
2:40 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Angel Cabrera
2:30 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, K.J. Choi
2:20 p.m.: Jason Day, Adam Scott
2:10 p.m.: Luke Donald, Bo Van Pelt
2:00 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Ross Fisher
1:50 p.m.: Fred Couples, Geoff Ogilvy
1:40 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Martin Laird
1:30 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Ryan Palmer