How it happened: Day leads by one

Tiger Woods watches a shot on the first hole during the second round of the 2013 Masters.

Tiger Woods watches a shot on the first hole during the second round of the 2013 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It was an Aussie tied at the top of the leaderboard after Thursday's first round. On Friday, it's a different Aussie who leads heading into the weekend.

Jason Day shot a second 4-under 68 to grab a one-shot lead over former a Masters champion, 53-year-old Fred Couples, and first-round co-leader Marc Leishman.

No Australian has won the Green Jacket. But with the likes of Day, Leishman and Adam Scott, who is tied for seventh, all in the top 10, the odds look promising.

Tiger Woods seemed to have a good round going until the 15th hole. He finished the day with a 1-under 71, 3 under for the tournament.

Defending champion Bubba Watson and 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan made the cut at 4 over after Day missed a birdie attempt at the last. Guan was assessed a pace-of-play penalty on No. 17 during his round today to drop him right on the cut line.

See how Friday at Masters unfolded:

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Update #45: 7:37 p.m. EDT

The last group is playing 18. Leader Jason Day finds the fairway bunker off the tee. Day finds the front part of the green but rolls off 2 feet. He can not convert on a birdie putt, and settles for par. He'll take a one-shot lead into the weekend. Therefore everyone at 4 over, including 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and amateur Tianlang Guan, make the cut.

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18th hole: Par 4, 465 yards

Solid two putt from Tiger on 17.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger rips it off the tee and finds the fairway. With 176 to the hole, Tiger hit it too far. Instead of spinning back, his ball jumps forward and lands above the hole. Tiger has way too much speed on his birdie attempt and it runs a couple feet past the hole. His right to left putt stays out to the right. Tiger three-putts the 18th for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox finishes at 12 over for the tournament. Leader Jason Day misses on a birdie attempt, and comes back with a 3 footer for par.

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17th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

A nice up and down from the bunker for Tiger keeps him just one back of the lead.

Hole wrap-up: Driver again off the tee and he lands in the second cut after getting a good bounce from behind a tree. Instead Tiger has to go up and over a tree. With an explosive swing, Tiger gets it on the green but on a different mound than where the hole is located. About 35 feet for birdie, right to left break, it goes below the cup. He'll stay at 2 under on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rickie Fowler dunks it in the water at No 16 and make a triple bogey to drop to even par for the tournament. Padrig Harrington comes within inches of a hole-in-one on 16 as he used the slope to put it close. Jason Day birdies the 16th to get to 6 under and take sole possession of the lead.

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16th hole: Par 3, 170 yards

Hole wrap-up: Deciding to go with a 7 iron, Tiger is starring it down, thinking he likes it, but it finds the bunker in front of the hole. Tiger's bunker play is being tested. He uses the slope behind the hole to get it to come back. A quick, downhill putt for par goes in.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: K.J. Choi finished at 3 under for the tournament after a par save on No. 18. After a bunker shot to 8 feet, Jason Day can not convert on birdie attempt. He goes to 16 still tied for the lead at 5 under.

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15th hole: Par 5, 530 yards

A good save for Tiger at the 14th. Let's see if he can take the lead after the last par 5 of the day.

Hole wrap-up: A little body English from Tiger off the tee. He takes driver out of the bag and it goes right into the tree and pine straw. Tiger had no choice but to lay up as he has to go between two trees. Well, he had the distance right, but it hit the flag stick and it spun back into the water. Looks like he almost flew in the cup on the fly. His wedge game pays off him. It takes one bounce and stops right next to the flag. He taps in for a bogey, six.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day leaves his birdie attempt short, but is still in a 4-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. John Senden has gone bogey-bogey on Nos. 16 and 17 to drop to 2 under. Rickie Fowler stays at 3 under after a long par save on No. 14.

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14th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

Tiger just missed on that birdie try after laying up and hitting a wedge into the green.

Hole wrap-up: Off the tee, Tiger has hit a lot of fairways today, but on this hole, it lands in the second cut. With 150-yards to the hole, Tigers send it over the back of the green as the wind is howling. Tiger chipped it up and has 5 feet remaining for his par. And makes the putt for a nice up and down to stay at 5 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Strange bounce for Rickie Fowler on No. 13. He planned on laying up to the center of the fairway on the par 5, but instead it hit a stake in the middle of the patron to the right and bounced all the way to the creek. Luckily, it stayed out of the water, but unluckily, it landed on the downward slope. He chipped over the green and two-putted for par. Jason Day, in the same group as Fowler, made birdie to tie for the lead at 5 under.

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13th hole: Par 5, 510 yards

That was a huge save for par at No. 12 for Tiger. He'll now try to get a birdie at this par-5 hole and take the outright lead.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits 3-wood, but it doesn't cut as much as he'd like. It's still in the second cut and he should have a look at the green in two, although no one would fault him for laying up. He does the latter, deciding instead to rely on his wedge game to get him a good look at birdie. He leaves himself about 12 feet for birdie after his third shot, but misses the putt. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day joined the leaders at 5 under after a birdie at No. 11. Day drove it into the pine straw off the tee, but stuck his approach close and drained the birdie. But he then dropped a shot after finding the water at the par-3 12th. His third was stuck close to avoid anything worse than a bogey.

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12th hole: Par 3, 155 yards

That one almost dropped as Tiger gave his birdie try at No. 11 a good roll.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger opts for 8-iron and puts it into the back bunker. This is one of the tougher bunker shots you'll see today. Tiger doesn't hit this one long, instead leaving his sand shot 8 feet or so short. He makes the tough putt, walking it in the last couple feet.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson makes his short birdie at No. 12 to move back to 5 over. Also, Marc Leishman makes a great sand save at the par-3 16th to stay at 5 under.

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11th hole: Par 4, 505 yards

And despite only a par, Tiger Woods now holds a share of the lead after Leishman's bogey at No. 14. It's the first time Tiger has had at least a share of the lead at the Masters since the final round of 2011.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger powers his drive down the fairway. His approach then finds the green about 20 feet away. It's a big right-to-left breaker downhill and Tiger leaves it just short. That one was close, but it's another par for Woods.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Bubba Watson double-bogeys the par-4 11th to drop to 6 over. He's gone bogey-bogey-double in his last three holes. His tee shot at the par-3 12th is close, though.

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10th hole: Par 4, 495 yards

Tiger enters the back nine with a chance to track down leader Marc Leishman. There are some scoring holes on this back nine, but he'll also have to avoid the trouble areas.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hits his drive a little left, just off the fairway. His approach nearly lands in the hole, but it ends up a good 20 feet past. Tiger was yelling at that one to get down. Putting from the fringe, Tiger doesn't get enough on his birdie roll, leaving it short and right. He makes the 4-footer to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Marc Leishman bogeys No. 14 to drop back to 5 under, meaning Tiger has a share of the lead right now. Also, Jim Furyk chunked his wedge shot into the water at the par-5 15th and makes double bogey to drop back to 3 under.

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9th hole: Par 4, 460 yards

That's three birdies in four holes for Tiger Woods, who moves to within a shot of Marc Leishman and is tied for second with Jim Furyk and Fred Couples.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the center of the fairway. From an awkward lie on the slope of the fairway, Tiger still finds the green with his approach, but he'll have a long birdie try. He misses it, but a par here is nothing to be disappointed about.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Robert Garrigus chips in for eagle at the par-5 15th to move inside the projected cut line at 2 over. Also, Zach Johnson had a short birdie putt horseshoe out at No. 12. He taps in the par to remain at even.

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8th hole: Par 5, 570 yards

That's two lengthy birdie putts in three holes for Tiger Woods as he moves to within two shots of the lead. Now he moves to the second par-5, one that he birdied on Thursday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver and hammers it up the left side of the fairway, barely even looking at the ball as it bounded down the short grass. Should be able to get at in two. And that he does, getting a good kick off the left and it funnels to about 20 feet under the hole. Tiger's eagle attempt stays right, but he taps in for an easy birdie. Not many of those at Augusta National.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day birdies the par-4 seventh to move to 3 under for the tournament.

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7th hole: Par 4, 450 yards

Tiger still playing solid golf, not making many mistakes and leaving it up to his putter to do the work.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger twirls his club, so you know it's in the fairway. It slides up the left side. Tiger takes his time over his approach with the wind picking up, but likely needed one more club as he hits the front of the green and will have 30 feet for birdie. Solid shot. And he gets this one to go, playing his putt off the ridge with some pace and it hits the middle of the hole. A little fist pump too.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (4 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy will enter the weekend in contention at 2 under. McIlroy birdied No. 18 to finish off a 2-under 70. Adam Scott bogeyed Nos. 3-5 earlier today, but closed with three birdies in his last 13 holes to finish with an even-par 72. He'll enter the weekend at 3 under. Jason Dufner sticks his approach at No. 18 to inside of 10 feet and makes birdie to end the day at 3 under. Dufner entered the day at even before his 69 today moved him up the leaderboard.

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6th hole: Par 3, 180 yards

That was a big - and unexpected - birdie for Tiger at the 5th. He moves to the 6th, where he made his first birdie on Thursday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee ball is a hop from being great, instead hitting a slope in front of the back-left pin and funneling back, leaving himself 25 feet for birdie. He's not too happy with that one. Having to be careful, Tiger picks up a two-putt par to stay in the red on the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Nathan Smith nearly holed his tee shot at the par-3 16th. Instead he taps in the birdie from less than a foot out. Smith is 10 over for the tournament. Phil Mickelson wraps up a disappointing 4-over 76. At 3 over, he should make the cut, although it's not a lock.

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5th hole: Par 4, 455 yards

That was a big par save for Tiger, who is grinding it out, but is now four back of Marc Leishman again after the Aussie birdied No. 8. Fred Couples is the clubhouse leader at 5 under.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger hammers less-than-driver up the right side of the fairway. Stands and admires it a bit. From just under 190 yards, Tiger hits a high ball into the green, landing pin high, and sticking somehow despite a slope. Tiger's birdie putt hugs the ridge in the green and finds the bottom of the cup. First birdie of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (3 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: What an awful finish by Dustin Johnson. Johnson was 7 under after a birdie at No. 13 and led the tournament outright. But he went 6 over to close out his second round, making bogey at Nos. 14 and 17, and double bogey at Nos. 15 and 18. His 4-over 76 today means he'll enter the weekend at 1 under. Leader Marc Leishman posts an even-par 36 on the front nine to stay at 6 under, one clear of the field.

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4th hole: Par 3, 240 yards

Tiger isn't pleased with his start, but looking at the other scores from today, he should be somewhat content with three pars. Now comes the first par-3 hole of the day. Tiger was 1 under on the par-3s on Thursday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee shot hits the front of the green before rolling off the front of the putting surface. This will be a tough up-and-down, but Tiger flops it past the hole and watches the ball funnel back toward the cup. He makes the 6-footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: A birdie at the par-5 eighth has moved Jim Furyk to 5 under. He's one back of solo leader Marc Leishman, who has birdies at Nos. 7-8 to get back to 6 under. Also, Rory McIlroy is now 2 under after a birdie at No. 14. He has just birdied No. 13, so make that two birdies in a row for Rory. Fred Couples closes with birdie at No. 18 to enter Saturday at 5 under.

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3rd hole: Par 4, 350 yards

A solid, but not spectacular start for Tiger Woods, but he is now only two off the lead. Par golf might be perfectly fine today.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger lays a bit back and hits a great approach to about 20 feet right of the hole. He reads this one poorly, though, and misses a couple feet right. Another par for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Turns out Tianlang Guan's bogey at No. 17 was a result of a one-shot penalty due to slow play. Tough break for Guan, who figures to be close to the cut line at the end of the day. Rory McIlroy has to lay up at the par-5 13th, but his third shot is a beauty. He lands it 10 feet past the hole and has it spin back to about 5 feet. He makes birdie to move to 1 under.

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2nd hole: Par 5, 575 yards

Another solid start for Tiger Woods. He must now take advantage of the par-5s, holes that he was 2 under on Thursday. With the sun out now, the course is changing a bit and you could start seeing some lower scores this afternoon.

Hole wrap-up: Well, not what Tiger wanted, as he picks up par for the second consecutive day, but he is now only two off the lead after Dustin Johnson falls apart on the par-5 15th. His tee ball finds the left side of the fairway, but his 5-wood to the green overcooks the green, landing in the gallery. His third comes up short of the green, but manages to get in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson double-bogeys the par-5 15th to fall into a tie for the lead at 4 under, joined by Marc Leishman, Fred Couples, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk. Johnson found the water with wedge and then had a bogey putt from 10 feet away lip out.

Bernhard Langer, a two-time green-jacket winner who played his first Masters in 1982, is currently T-9 at 2 under after a birdie at the par-3 16th.

Tianlang Guan closes out a 3-over 75 with par at No. 18. He's 4 over after two rounds of his first Masters. The 14-year-old has a good chance to make the cut, which is projected at 4 over and figures to possibly move to 5 over or higher depending on if the course stays as tough as it was this morning.

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1st hole: Par 4, 445 yards

Alright, we now transition into a Tiger Tracker, but will keep you up-to-date on the rest of the field all day long. Tiger is wearing a bright yellow shirt today, so he'll stand out more than normal.

Hole wrap-up: A day after leaving a 15-foot birdie putt short and settling for par, Tiger picks up the same score on Friday to get off to a solid start. He trails Dustin Johnson by five shots. Tiger found the fairway here again, but his approach traveled past the front hole location and off the back of the green. He got up-and-down to stay at 2 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson has taken the outright lead with a birdie at No. 13, becoming the first player to 7 under and is two clear of Marc Leishman after the Aussie bogeys No. 4. Bogeys at Nos. 9-10 dropped Phil Mickelson to even for the tournament, but he avoided a third straight bogey by making a 15-footer for par at the par-4 11th. Meanwhile, 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel has started his round with a bang, picking up eagle at No. 2 and birdie at No. 3 to move to 4 under, currently T-3.

Another par for Tianlang Guan, who has made nine pars in a row, including most recently at the par-3 16th. The projected cut is 3 over right now, so Guan is right inside of it.

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Update #44: 1:44 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia finds Rae's Creek again, first at No. 11 and now at the par-5 13th. His tee shot had too much draw on it and it hits a tree before bouncing into the creek. Garcia takes an unplayable out of the lateral hazard. He ends up with bogey to drop to 2 under.

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Update #43: 1:43 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan has now made eight straight pars, including most recently at the par-5 15th. He has yet to birdie a hole this round, and failed to make birdie on any of the four par 5s today.

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Update #42: 1:40 p.m. EDT

Fred Couples finds the green at the par-3 12th and then drains the 12-footer for birdie to move back to 4 under for the tournament, even for the round.

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Update #41: 1:39 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker has started his round par-birdie-bogey to remain at 2 under as some of the bigger names in the afternoon wave take to the course.

Meanwhile, Marc Leishman is playing steady golf with three pars to open his round and stays knotted up with Dustin Johnson at 6 under atop the leaderboard.

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Update #40: 1:30 p.m. EDT

Bill Haas just holed his approach at the par-4 ninth for eagle to move to 1 under for the tournament. That eagles also gets him back to even for the round.

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Update #39: 1:28 p.m. EDT

Steve Stricker had moved to 2 under with a birdie at No. 15, but threw that away with a double bogey at the par-3 16th hole and is back to even for the tournament. He is one of 11 players under par on their round for Friday.

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Update #38: 1:16 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy picks up a much-needed eagle on No. 8 after getting a great bounce off the hill to the left of the green, running out to about 5 feet. He moves to even par for the tournament, right where he started the day.

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Update #37: 1:10 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia finds Rae's Creek with his approach at the par-4 11th, but he's able to get up-and-down to make bogey. Garcia is 3 over through 11 holes today, falling from 6 under to 3 under.

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Update #36: 1:07 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson will enter Amen Corner with a share of the lead at 6 under. Johnson bogeyed two of his first three holes, but has three birdies since, including two straight (Nos. 9-10), have Johnson tied for the lead.

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Update #35: 1:02 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan had to lay up at the par-5 13th, and then his third is about 30 feet short. He's able to two-putt to save par, though, and remains at 3 over. Right now, he is just outside the top 50, which automatically make the cut.

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Update #34: 12:59 p.m. EDT

Leader Marc Leishman opens with a solid par to stay at 6 under, one clear of Dustin Johnson and two up on Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (who birdied the par-5 15th), Sergio Garcia, David Lynn and Rickie Fowler.

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Update #33: 12:52 p.m. EDT

Fred Couples is doing a good job of responding to bad holes with good ones, as he picks up a birdie at No. 8 after a double at No. 7, moving back to 3 under overall. He posted par at the 9th hole for a 1-over 37 on the front side.

After failing to birdie the par-5 8th, the long-hitter Dustin Johnson finishes his front-nine with a birdie at No. 9 to get back to 5 under overall, one off the lead.

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Update #32: 12:44 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson is even through seven holes (1 under overall) as the tough conditions have kept him from really attacking the golf course. Rory McIlroy is also through seven holes, although he's 2 over on the round after an even-par 72 on Thursday.

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Update #31: 12:44 p.m. EDT

A pair of old-timers are hanging tough, as Sandy Lyle is 1 under through five holes to get back to even for the tournament, well inside the cut line. Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer is 1 over on his round through 10 holes and is also at even for the tournament.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan found the green off the tee at the par-3 12th, but missed an uphill 12-footer for birdie. He settles for par to stay at 3 over.

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Update #30: 12:33 p.m. EDT

After a par at No. 10, Tianlang Guan misses the green left at the par-4 11th, but hits a great chip to within 5 feet. He makes the par to remain at 3 over for the tournament.

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Update #29: 12:32 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy isn't grabbing much attention right now, mostly because of bogeys at Nos. 1 and 3 that leaves him at 2 over for the tournament. He's currently on the par-4 7th. He'd be inside the cut currently, but is eight shots off the pace.

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Update #28: 12:28 p.m. EDT

That's back-to-back bogeys for the steady Matt Kuchar - the latest coming at No. 5 - and he falls back to 3 under overall and 1 over for the day.

The surprising David Lynn, who held the lead for much of the morning on Thursday, opens his round with three consecutive pars.

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Update #27: 12:24 p.m. EDT

Fred Couples suffers his first major hiccup of the tournament, picking up a double bogey on the par-4 7th hole to drop to 2 under overall.

Speaking of those at 4 under, Dustin Johnson birdied the par-3 4th and followed it with three consecutive pars to stay two off the lead. Matt Kuchar fell back to 4 under with a bogey at the 4th, while Sergio Garcia has four consecutive pars after back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4.

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Update #26: 12:19 p.m. EDT

There are a little more than 30 players still yet to tee off and of the players already on the course, just eight of them are under par for the round. Nick Watney is one of those players. He's 3 under through 11 holes and has worked his way to 3 over.

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Update #25: 12:08 p.m. EDT

Don't look now, but Steve Stricker has birdied Nos. 10 and 11 to move to even par on the tournament. He started the day at 1 over despite an eagle at the par-5 15th hole (read all about the Thursday scoring conditions here).

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Update #25: 12:08 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan heads to the 10th hole after carding a 2-over 38 on the front nine, picking up pars at both Nos. 8 and 9. He failed to take advantage of both par-5s on the front side, but with his lack of distance off the tee, that is not surprising. He'll likely need to hold steady at 3 over overall to have a good shot at making the cut, which is reserved for the top 50 and those within 10 shots of the lead.

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Update #24: 12:04 p.m. EDT

With a birdie at the par-3 6th hole, Fred Couples moves back to 4 under and is only two back of the leader Marc Leishman. His tee ball came to rest about 9 inches from the cup for a tap-in birdie. Couples is even on the day with a pair of birdies (Nos. 3 and 6) and bogeys (Nos. 1 and 4).

Only eight of the 63 players currently on the course are under par on their rounds, a day after 33 of 93 finished their rounds under par.

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Update #23: 12:00 p.m. EDT

After three consecutive bogeys from Nos. 3 through 5, Adam Scott moves back into red figures for the tournament with a birdie at the par-4 7th hole. He started the day at 3 under.

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Update #22: 11:59 a.m. EDT

Well, so much for a Lefty run, as he gives back a shot at the par-3 4th to fall back to even on the day and 1 under for the tournament. Even par on today's course is nothing to be ashamed of, but he is going to have to hope the field drops back to him a bit.

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Update #21: 11:55 a.m. EDT

We've seen this before, as Matt Kuchar has quietly moved up the leaderboard, much like he did on Masters Sunday in 2012. Kuchar birdies the par-5 2nd with a 6-footer to get to 5 under, one back of Marc Leishman.

Meanwhile, Tianlang Guan picks up his second bogey of the day after failing to get up-and-down at the par-4 7th and is now 3 over and flirting with the cut.

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Update #20: 11:31 a.m. EDT

Here comes Lefty? Phil Mickelson picks up his first birdie of the day at the par-4 3rd hole to move to 2 under, which is only two shots back of the leader on the course. Marc Leishman is at 6 under and tees off in an hour.

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Update #19: 11:25 a.m. EDT

Where, oh where have you gone Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano? After getting to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at No. 1, he picked up bogeys at Nos. 3, 7 and 9 to fall all the way back to 2 under. He did rebound with a birdie at the par-4 10th to move back within three shots of Marc Leishman's lead.

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Update #18: 11:09 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson still at 1 under after missing a 5-footer for birdie at the par-5 second hole. Also, Rory McIlroy drops to 1 over after bogey at his opening hole.

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Update #17: 11:04 a.m. EDT

Fred Couples drives it into the trees at No. 3, but hit an incredible approach that hits the green and then rolls just into the back rough, about 10 feet from the hole. He then makes the putt from the taller grass to move back to 4 under.

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Update #16: 11:01 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan pars Nos. 5-6 to remain at 2 over, 1 over through six holes today. Also, Trevor Immelman birdies the par-5 eighth to move to 5 under and into a tie with Sergio Garcia for second place.

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Update #15: 10:42 a.m. EDT

The course is really playing tough so far this morning. Sergio Garcia becomes the latest victim, bogeying No. 3 to drop to 5 under and out of a share of the lead. Marc Leishman, who tees off in just less than two hours, is now the solo leader at 6 under.

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Update #14: 10:37 a.m. EDT

Rain has started to fall here at Augusta National, although no thunder or lightning, so it appears as if they'll be able to play through it. Phil Mickelson is just starting his round and he pars the opening hole after missing a birdie putt just left of the hole.

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Update #13: 10:28 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan bogeys the par-3 fourth. He had to hit a 5-wood into this green and missed a little long on the far left portion of the green. Chipping his third to a front-right hole location, Guan then two-putts to drop to 2 over.

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Update #12: 10:20 a.m. EDT

Co-leader Sergio Garcia is still 6 under after pars on his first two holes today. He had a short, but severe breaking, birdie putt at No. 2, but just missed and had to settle for par.

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Update #11: 10:11 a.m. EDT

Guan hits his approach long at No. 3, but delivers a good pitch up a steep slope with not a lot of green to work with. He gets out of there with par to stay at 1 over for the tournament. Also, Fred Couples and Dustin Johnson bogey No. 1 to begin their rounds. Couples drops to 3 under while Johnson falls to 4 under.

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Update #10: 10 a.m. EDT

After a bogey at No. 1, Bernhard Langer eagles the par-5 second hole to move to 2 under overall. Langer, a two-time Masters champion, shot 71 on Thursday and is off to a good start today.

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Update #9: 9:43 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan finds the fairway on par-5 second hole, and then has to lay up. His chip isn't a very good one as he hits a tad long, the ball catching a slope and rolling about 20 feet away. He left the birdie try about 2 feet short and he makes another par to stay at 1 over for the tournament.

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Update #8: 9:31 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson took 278 shots (not including the playoff) en route to winning the 2012 Masters. That was the highest total since Trevor Immelman won in 2008 with 280 shots. Immelman finds himself back near the top of the leaderboard. He's 1 under through two holes today, 5 under overall.

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Update #7: 9:25 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur who surprised with a 1-over 73 on Thursday, has begun his second round at Augusta. He found the left side of the fairway and then after his approach hit the front of the green and rolled off the front edge, he chipped about 7 feet past. He saves par, something he didn't do at No. 1 in the first round.

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Update #6: 9:18 a.m. EDT

Here's a little early-morning Masters history lesson: Mark O'Meara, who is 2 over for the tournament, holds the record for most Masters starts before winning a green jacket. O’Meara won the 1998 Masters in what was his 15th attempt.

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Update #5: 9:17 a.m. EDT

So much for No. 1 easing up, as Ben Curtis picks up a double-bogey to start his day, while Thorbjorn Olesen, Michael Weaver, Craig Stadler, Thomas Bjorn, Mark O'Meara and D.A. Points all bogey the opener.

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Update #4: 8:50 a.m. EDT

With one Spaniard tied for the lead (Sergio Garcia), another one has moved to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at the opening hole, as Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano starts his day with a bang. The first hole wreaked havoc on Thursday, but will more players take advantage of it today?

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Update #3: 8:28 a.m. EDT

With the look of these pin placements, we are highly doubting that scores will look the same in the second round at Augusta National. Many more tucked pins will cause players to take the safe route to the greens.

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Update #2: 8:10 a.m. EDT

The first group of the day has hit their opening tee shots, with Thorbjorn Olesen (6 over), John Merrick (2 over) and D.A. Points (even) all needing to do work to make up ground on the leaderboard. Points is the only one in the top 50 currently, although Merrick is within 10 shots.

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Update #1: 8:06 a.m. EDT

According to weather.com, the chance for rain at Augusta National this morning is about 5 percent between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., with zero percent after that. The high today will rise to 76 degrees, with the wind holding steady between 10 and 13 mph throughout the day.

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Thursday coverage

Masters odds: After Round 1, Tiger still favorite

Tiger Woods is still the favorite, but not by as much as when Thursday’s first round started moving from 3/1 to 7/2 after a 2-under, 70, four shots off the lead of Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia at the 77th Masters.

Sergio Garcia drives late push to finish line, joins Masters lead

After making a brilliant up-and-down at the par-4 17th to help cement a bogey-free 66 and get into a share of the Masters lead, Sergio Garcia smiled. And, yes, he remembered that it wasn’t this way a year ago at Augusta National.

After Round 1 of the Masters, the envelope, please. . .

Take a look at some awards after the first day of play at the 2013 Masters at Augusta National brought to you by Jim Achenbach.

Boy wonder Tianlang Guan wows his elders with 1-over 73

The biggest story of the day out of Augusta wasn’t on the leaderboard. The story that will have fans and pros alike talking long after the Georgia pines have cast their tall shadows across this magical property is that of 14-year-old Tianlang Guan.

Playing together, Couples and Johnson light up Augusta

Dustin Johnson is starting to learn how to play Augusta National Golf Club, a course that only reveals its secrets slowly and subtly. Fred Couples figured this place out long ago.

Field posts 10 eagles at Augusta's 15th hole

Firethorn -- the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National -- is not exactly a pitch-and-putt, but it is playing as easy as you could ask for in the first round of the 77th Masters.

Mickelson recovers for first-round 71 at Masters

Phil Mickelson’s 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Masters was a tale of two nines. He was, by his own assessment, Captain Hack on the front nine and the Comeback Kid on the back nine.

Rory McIlroy opens Masters at par after 4 bogeys on back nine

Rory McIlroy stepped onto the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club this week and proclaimed that the “real” golf season had started – unfortunately, his Opening Day at the Masters was something of a wash.

Trevor Immelman chases Masters championship form of '08

Trevor Immelman's Masters victory at age 28 was expected to propel the South African to the next level. But it simply hasn’t happened.

Rude: Tiger Woods keeps head down in Masters' first round

This was your Masters favorite, Tiger Woods, a winner of 14 major championships, but his body language on several holes would have fooled you, his head slung low.

Sandy Lyle draws Masters attention with giant Black Swan

Former Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle turned heads Thursday using a Black Swan putter, which features one of the largest putter heads in golf.

Rickie Fowler's wild-ride Masters first round ends at 68

How about this scorecard for Rickie Fowler over his first 15 holes? He has two double-bogeys, at Nos. 1 and 10, an eagle at the par-5 15th and five birdies.

No. 1 with a bang: Augusta's 'Tea Olive,' Masters opener

The first hole at Augusta National is a challenge not to be taken lightly; yet the glory of Tea Olive is consistent with the rest of Augusta’s holes: If you get it into the fairway, you just feel you can take a shot at certain Masters hole locations.

Australia's Marc Leishman catches hold of early Masters lead

An Australian is atop the leaderboard at Augusta National, facing questions of when someone will bring a green jacket down under. It is Marc Leishman, who earned his spot here with his first PGA Tour victory, at last year’s Travelers Championship.

Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood overcome double-bogeys, card 70s

Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood were on the short list of expected contenders at this year’s Masters, as was Justin Rose, who also opened with 70 at Augusta National on Thursday.

• David Lynn finds lead for a while during Masters first round

David Lynn, a 39-year-old veteran of the European Tour and rookie on the PGA Tour this season, said it had taken “a golfing lifetime” to reach Augusta after leading for a while during the first round of the Masters.

Big Three salute the game with ceremonial drives

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus just "dinked" drives on the 1st tee to kick-off the Masters. But their ceremonial role allowed them to salute the game – and gave fans a chance to honor the Big Three.

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Wednesday coverage

Tiger's to lose? Is McIlroy back? Our staff debates 5 key questions

Is this Tiger's tournament to lose? Has Rory McIlroy found his game? Who is most likely to break through this week at the Masters? Our staff debates 5 key questions on the eve of the first round.

5 Things: Payne introduces new cut line, avoids anchoring question

From female membership at Augusta National to new Masters qualifying criteria and an adjusted cut line, here are 5 Things discussed by chairman Billy Payne on Wednesday.

McIlroy grants Weaver's wish to play practice round

Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round.

Martin Laird chooses rest instead of Masters Par-3 Contest

Martin Laird, whose third Masters will be his fifth-straight week of competition, opted not to play in Wednesday's Par-3 Contest, choosing to rest for Thursday's first round.

Observations from Wednesday's practice-round pairings

Sean Martin enjoys looking at the practice-round pairings. They give you an insight into which players enjoy each other's company, which ones want to mentor their younger competitors and who likes to go it solo.

Bubba Watson picks up an ace in Masters practice round

Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a Masters practice round on Wednesday.

Tiger, Donald highlight intriguing first-round groupings at Masters

Tiger Woods' quest for a fifth green jacket will begin at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. That's when he'll tee off with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy. Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson will tee off 11 minutes earlier. Check out the groupings.

Masters 2013: Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley lead staff picks

Will Tiger Woods finally pick up another green jacket? Will Keegan Bradley win his second major title? Our staff of experts offers up their 2013 Masters predictions.

Masters 2013: Which hole at Augusta National is hardest?

Here’s how the holes at famed Augusta National Golf Club stand up from the (relatively) easiest to the hardest.

As Tiger seeks first Masters title since '05, we look back on 18 years

Tiger Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil. Here’s how Woods has fared in each of his 18 appearances at Augusta National.

Bubba takes to Twitter to reveal Champions dinner

Well, we finally learned what Bubba Watson served at the Champions Dinner, using Twitter to let the world know what was on the menu.

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Masters blog

Want the latest news from the course? Small features to quench your Masters thirst? Keep track here with our Masters blog, filled with news and notes from our crew at Augusta National.

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The Toy Box blog

Check out the latest Masters-related equipment news with our The Toy Box blog, where we tackle everything from new equipment, to apparel to cool trends.

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Tuesday coverage

Wozniacki will caddie for McIlroy in Par-3 Contest

Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, will carry the handful of clubs necessary to navigate Augusta National's par-3 course.

Jack Nicklaus says 2013 Masters is critical for Tiger Woods

While Jack Nicklaus still believes Tiger Woods will break his record of 18 majors, Nicklaus concedes Woods' great spring could be for naught in predicting major success if he doesn’t win his fifth title this week.

Ian Poulter: Emotions of Masters close to Ryder Cup's

European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, 37, is confident he will be feel similar good vibes at crunch time during the Masters.

Phil Mickelson worries about taking extra week off before Masters

Phil Mickelson plays the Shell Houston Open, which is traditionally held the week before the Masters, but the Valero Texas Open was inserted between the two events this year.

Klein: Debunking the myth of a Tiger-proofed Augusta National

As a student of the pro game our Bradley S. Klein knows most of the guys on Tour are so good and of such quality in shot-making and scoring that they can win just about anywhere, hence the myth of Tiger-proofing Augusta National.

Brandt Snedeker '100 percent healthy' entering Masters

Brandt Snedeker's health has been a big topic leading up to the Masters. But Snedeker made one thing clear Tuesday at Augusta: he's 100 percent healthy.

Rude: Tiger Woods balances confidence, contentment at Masters

Tiger Woods clearly is more equipped to win the Masters than at any point since 2005, when he won his fourth and most recent green jacket – and says there's balance to be seen in his life.

Amateur Fox gets a look at Lefty's 'black book'

Steven Fox got a peek at Phil Mickelson’s little black book for Augusta and called it phenomenal. For an amateur who has seen the place a dozen times, having a three-time champion share his short-game secrets is sacred stuff.

Mickelson will put Phrankenwood in play at Augusta

Phil Mickelson’s supercharged Masters 2-wood is really a driver disguised as a fairway wood, Mickelson divulged Tuesday during a press conference.

Amateur Vogel plays with 'idol' Tiger Woods

How does a player – especially an amateur making his Masters debut - arrange a practice round with Tiger Woods at Augusta National? Just ask. It worked for T.J. Vogel, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion.

Rude: Masters champ Bubba Watson still has Augusta hooked

Never mind the green jacket in which he wrapped up adopted son Caleb last year – Bubba Watson wouldn't say no to a plaque at the spot of his famous hooked wedge during last year's playoff.

PHOTOS: A look at TaylorMade Masters logos through the years

To commemorate the season's first major championship, TaylorMade began designing a unique, Masters-themed logo in 2003 and putting it on golf bags, hats, club headcovers and other memorabilia that are given to staff players.

Minor changes to No. 14 could provide excitement

This year's changes to Augusta National were limited to the 14th hole, the only one on the course without a bunker. The oft-overlooked par 4 is sandwiched between the back nine's two dramatic par 5s.

Justin Rose looks to put it all together at Augusta

Justin Rose hasn't missed a cut in seven starts at the Masters. Yet he's never won a green jacket, either, which is why the 32-year-old is looking to finally put everything together this year at Augusta National.

A big hitter and big scorer, McIlroy impresses as a big thinker

People talk about Rory McIlroy’s big swing. They talk about his length off the tee. They talk about the height of his shots. They talk about his fearlessness. But nobody talks about his intelligence. And they should.

Luke Donald glad to study Augusta National

World No. 4 Luke Donald says he's focusing on – what else at Augusta – his work with the putter. Preparation beside the green also has been a priority.

Notebook: Tiger Woods' skip shot, Rich Beem's Par-3 invite, more

“Listen, I love golf,” 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem said of accepting his Par-3 Contest invite, “and the Masters is special.” Plus: Tiger Woods' skip shot at Augusta, and more.

Adam Scott's performance in majors has improved dramatically

Adam Scott once struggled in majors, but has two major top-10s in each of the past two seasons, including a second-place finish at the 2011 Masters.

Masters blog: 5 thoughts on Jack Nicklaus, amateurs at Augusta, more

It’s becoming an annual affair, these international players having lunch to pick Jack Nicklaus’ brain before the Masters. Charl Schwartzel in 2011, Rory McIlroy last year, Nicolas Colsaerts this year.

Keep an eye on these guys: 10 sleepers to watch at the Masters

It’s easy to identify the favorite for this year’s Masters. We like to go deep here at Golfweek.com, though. Therefore we give you this list of 10 “sleepers” to consider.

Masters 2013: Bubba Watson is ultimate mystery man

Bubba Watson can charm and confound. He wields a pink driver yet often shies from attention. He runs hot and cold. One year after his signature victory at Augusta, he returns as a misunderstood champion.

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Monday coverage

Amateur hour: Two Tour players speak out against Masters amateurs

On Monday, PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan took to Twitter to express their position on whether amateurs should get to play in the Masters. Let's just say they aren't too happy.

5 Things: Russell Henley feels nerves Monday at Augusta National

Take the electricity of the Masters and add a homecoming to his college state, and you can understand why Russell Henley is feeling nerves already – while Matt Kuchar treats the week in special ways as well.

Masters odds: Tiger the clear favorite at Augusta National

On the eve of the Masters, Tiger Woods finds himself in his usual spot as the favorite going into the first major of 2013.

Masters 2013: Tianlang Guan, 14, gets advice from veterans

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan got quite the on-course education Monday, playing with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. He also has practice scheduled with Tom Watson and a Par-3 tee time with Nick Faldo.

Masters foundation, USGA, PGA team for youth competition

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, national skills competition for junior golfers, will begin at courses in 19 states and Washington, D.C. – and end at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday before the 2014 Masters.

Peterson and "Pete's Army" making the trip to Augusta National

It was at Augusta in 1958 that Arnie's Army was born. It's now 2013 and "Pete's Army" is being formed. The regular on the Web.com Tour, John Peterson, who qualified by tying for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open had tee shirts designed for the week.

Masters blog: Laird's victory a good 'omen'

Our editor Jeff Babineau and Senior Writer Jeff Rude are gamblers at heart and always look for an 'omen' at the outset of any major. Rocky Hambric provided some food for thought on Monday in Augusta.

Clarke withdraws from Masters with hamstring injury

The Masters field, already the slimmest of the major championships, was reduced by one Monday when former Open Champion Darren Clarke withdrew.

Masters 2013: Mickelson's secret club revealed?

Phil Mickelson teased that he would put a "special club" in play this week at the Masters. Could it be this new Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood?

Masters 2013: Bubba won’t part with his Ping S59s

Since 2004, when he parted ways with his Ping i3+ irons, Masters champion Bubba Watson has depended on Ping S59 irons to hit his impressive curve shots.

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Weekend coverage

Masters 2013: Large European contingent owes thanks to Seve

Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.

Rice, Mickelson play together on members day at Augusta

It was members day at Augusta National on Sunday, with the likes of Condoleezza Rice teeing it up with Phil Mickelson, while Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and a handful of others began their preparations for the year's first major.

Masters 2013: A look at OWGR trends at Augusta

The Official World Golf Ranking was unveiled in advance of the 1986 Masters, which Jack Nicklaus won dramatically at the age of 46. Here's a look at some trends the OWGR shows.

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Player profiles

For profiles of all first-timers, including Nicolas Colsaerts, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, as well as all amateurs, including Tianlang Guan, Michael Weaver and Steven Fox, click here to get individual breakdowns of how they arrived at Augusta National.

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