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The Masters begins today in Augusta, GA

By on April 11th, 2013

Come Sunday evening, the prestigious green jacket that distinguishes the champion of the Masters will be donned. It’s a course known equally for it’s legacy, it’s beauty and it’s difficulty.

Odds-on favorite and the world’s No. 1 player Tiger Woods returns 16 years after winning his first major championship at the Masters, all the way back in 1997. Woods will be looking for his fifth green jacket and his 15th major, which would put him three shy of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18. Woods knows it will be difficult, but he’s still optimistic about his chances.

Meanwhile, defending champion Bubba Watson is back for another spin at Augusta. His only majors victory came last year at this tournament, when a miraculous hook shot from the woods in a sudden-death playoff helped him clinch the victory. A year later, the Baghdad, Fla. native is still humbled by his victory.

TJ Vogel, a senior at the University of Florida, qualified for the Masters as a result of being named the US Amateur Public Links Champion last July. While the 22-year-old will be surrounded by former champions and pros, his head coach at Florida, Buddy Alexander thinks his senior will be prepared and focused on his game.

Vogel is on the course now. Former Gator Brian Gay is also competing. Coverage starts at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

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