Masters 2012: Players to Watch During Opening-Round Action

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Masters 2012: Players to Watch During Opening-Round Action
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The 2012 Masters may be as wide-open as ever, but since 1963, it's started the same way.

A ceremonial start, with the legends of the game smoothly hitting drives down the first fairway into the mist.

This year at Augusta, the Thursday morning honors will go to Jack NicklausArnold Palmer and Gary Player

No further introduction needed.

The major storylines surrounding the year's first major: Will Tiger Woods win his fifth green jacket? How will Rory McIlory respond after last year's Sunday collapse?

Those questions will be answered as golf's best players take on Augusta National and her familiar trials and perils.

Here are some players to watch during the first round of the Masters.  

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