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Woods favored, but challengers aplenty at Augusta

Posted at: 04/11/2013 8:45 AM
By: Associated Press

With ceremonial tee shots from three of golf's greatest players, the Masters has started on an overcast day.
    
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player - with 13 green jackets between them - each struck a ball off the first tee to begin the first major of the year Thursday.
    
Then they stepped aside for the first group: Sandy Lyle, John Peterson and amateur Nathan Smith. Lyle and Smith both left the opening hole with bogeys.
    
Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods comes into the week as the overwhelming favorite. He already has three wins this year and reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world rankings.
    
But Woods has gone eight long years since his last win at Augusta. He's scheduled to tee off at 10:45 a.m.