Without Tiger Woods, the Augusta Masters has an open look

This is the first time that Tiger Woods is missing the Augusta Masters and for once other golfers come into contention as they look to stake a claim to the green jacket.

updated: April 09, 2014 18:06 IST
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Augusta, Georgia: One after another, some of the world's best players and favorites to win the Masters trudged up the hill on the opening hole to start their practice rounds.

Phil Mickelson. Rory McIlroy. Adam Scott.

It was typical of any Tuesday at Augusta National, except for the scoreboard to the right of where they were walking. The board has the names of all 97 players in the field, with blank boxes to put their scores when the tournament begins. On the far right side of the board is a list of this year's noncompeting invitees.

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