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Masters 2013: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson looking for another green jacket

The Masters golf tournament, the season's first major event, gets started Thursday morning. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and defending champ Bubba Watson are part of another impressive field that includes Chinese teenager Tianlang Guan.

Tiger Woods of the US (l.) and his compatriot Fred Couples play on the 13th hole during a practice round in preparation for the 2013 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 10, 2013.

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Bright and early Thursday morning in Augusta, Georgia, a field of 93 golfers will begin to tee off in the 77th edition of the Masters golf tournament. And, as usual, there will be multiple story lines to follow all the way to Sunday afternoon.

One interesting subplot is that of Tianlang Guan, a 14-year-old 8th grader from China. He is the youngest qualifier in Masters history, having won the Asia Pacific Amateur championship last November. The previous youngest qualifier was Matteo Manassero in 2010, who won the British Amateur to qualify at age 16.

Guan will begin tournament play paired with Manassero and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw on Thursday at 12:24 p.m. Eastern time.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods comes to Augusta National having won three times so far this season and is listed as a favorite to win a fifth green jacket this year.  Woods is paired with Englishman Luke Donald and fellow American Scott Piercy in the tournament's first two rounds, teeing off at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.


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