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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 23:33 GMT 00:33 UK
Masters quotes
Nick Faldo
Three-time champion Nick Faldo struggled to a 79 at Augusta
"It's too difficult for me. I ain't got the guns for this place."
Three-time champion Nick Faldo cards a seven-over 79 on the elongated Augusta National.

"This is definitely a young man's course."
American veteran Ben Crenshaw, the champion in 1984 and 1995, defies his 54 years to shoot 71.

"No one expects me to win this championship. I don't expect me to win this championship. I have goals, sure, but they're very small ones. Baby steps, basically."
American debutant Arron Oberholser is somewhat surprised to find himself in third after a 69 on day one.

"Vijay is great to play with. He moves very methodically and not too quickly."
Oberholser again, this time enthusing about the biomechanics of playing partner Vijay Singh.

"It was a crazy experience, you don't normally have someone shooting at you. I think he was full of Jack Daniel's."
US Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman is shot at in his car as he drives to pick up his family from the airport.

Tom Lehman
Lucky Lehman survived a nasty drive-by shooting incident

"The course is not quite the same as 1991 and my body's not either."
Wales' former Masters champion Ian Woosnam struggles to a three-over 75.

"It plays more like a US Open right now than it does a Masters."
Defending champion Tiger Woods suggests the extra 155 yards added to the course, allied to a hot sun baking the greens, changes the feel of the Augusta National.

"You're not supposed to do that on that hole. I actually kind of apologized to the hole as I left."
Second-placed American Rocco Mediate makes a mockery of the extensions to the 505-yard par-four 11th. He drove into the left rough, knocked a five-iron to 10 feet and drained the putt. Easy.

"It's sad not having Arnold and Jack here. We have had so many good times. Everything shall pass."
South Africa's Gary Player, 70, misses his old "Big Three" rivals Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, who have chosen not to compete this year.

"When you get to 70, if you can break 80, I consider that a victory."
Three-time champion Player again, competitive as ever, and chuffed with his 79.

"I just lost my head completely on the 17th and couldn't get it back at the last. He confused me on a few things way late in the process."
In-form Swede Henrik Stenson finishes bogey, double bogey and unleashes a volley of blame in his caddie's direction.

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