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Nicklaus says '13 Masters is critical for 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.

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Poulter: Masters' emotions 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.

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Mickelson worries about extra week 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.

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Klein: The myth of Tiger-proofing 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.

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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.

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Rude: Tiger balances confidence, contentment

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald: A tale of two styles

While neither has a green jacket in his closest, Rickie Fowler and Luke Donald are both stylish players and threats to win this season's first major championship.

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Masters champ 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.

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PHOTOS: TaylorMade Masters logos since 2003

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.

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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.

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Justin Rose looks to put it all together

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.

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Achenbach: 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.

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Luke Donald glad to study Augusta

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.

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First-round tee times at Augusta National

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.

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Notebook: Tiger's skip shot, Beem's 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.

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Player Diary: Alabama's Justin Thomas (Part 10)

The 2012 Haskins Award winner and Alabama star, Justin Thomas, joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2012-13 college golf season.

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Scott's performance in majors has improved

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.

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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.

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Masters 2013: They'll take their shots, and others'

Yet another example that the Masters is unlike any other tournament: Many players make sure they try and duplicate memorable shots from previous tournaments.

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Masters blog: 5 thoughts on Nicklaus, amateurs and 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.

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Callaway: Phrankenwood is Lefty's "mystery" club

Callaway officials confirmed the Phrankenwood (a 2-wood) was the "mystery" club referenced by Phil Mickelson in Houston; they do not know whether he will carry it during the Masters.

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10 sleepers to watch at Augusta National

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.

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Blog: Weather could become a factor this week

While the next two days and the weekend look beautiful according to weather.com, we might run into some problems during Rounds 1 and 2. A look at the forecast.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Nicolas Colsaerts

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Nicolas Colsaerts.

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Masters 2013: 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.

10 years ago, Mattiace was dashed by destiny

Ten years after a career-defining loss at Augusta, Len Mattiace finds strength in the experience.

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Masters 2013: ‘I can find it again,’ Weir says

Mike Weir has won only twice since the 2003 Masters, the latest in 2007, and his brand of precision golf has abandoned him. He missed the cut in all 14 tournaments he entered in 2012, and his Tour privileges have been reduced to playing out of the “past champion” category.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Ted Potter Jr.

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Ted Potter Jr.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Michael Weaver

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Michael Weaver.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Thaworn Wiratchant

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Thaworn Wiratchant.

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