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Rex Hoggard - April 3, 2012

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GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Rex Hoggard is in Augusta, Georgia for the 76th Masters Tournament. In 2011, there were eight men who had a real chance to win The Masters before Charl Schwartzel emerged as the victor. Hoggard went back through the second nine minute by minute and started with Rory McIlroy’s tee shot close to the cabins at 10 and went from there. Adam Scott was able to recognize that McIlroy made triple bogey while Schwartzel made birdie based on the roars alone.

Augusta National looks very green and lush as the Augusta area has received a lot of rain over the past few months. Among the groups he watched on Monday included Jason Dufner who played with Ben Crenshaw. Crenshaw said that the Augusta National is able to make changes to the course and be able to hide those changes from everyone.

Jason Dufner is playing his first Masters this year and he has been in Augusta for the past week. He will end up playing a total of 81 holes during practice rounds in increments of 9 per day. When he prepared for the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2011, Dufner spent a lot of time preparing early and as evidenced by his runner-up finish, the plan worked and Dufner decided to do it again in Augusta this week.

Clemson University is being represented by four different players – Corbin Mills, Lucas Glover, Jonathan Byrd, and Kyle Stanley. They will be playing together in a practice round at Augusta National and rank only Oklahoma State in total players in the field. There are five players in the 2012 Masters who attended Oklahoma State University.

The Aussie Duck is in reference to the fact that no Australians have ever won The Masters. It is puzzling to many people as to why no Australian has ever won at Augusta National because the course is like Royal Melbourne with grass in the opinion of many Australians. When asked who is most likely to end this drought, Hoggard said that his pick would be Geoff Ogilvy.