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The Masters: Practice pictures

Paul Casey (right) jokes around with fellow Englishman Justin Rose

Paul Casey (right) enjoys the build-up to the Masters, while fellow Englishman Justin Rose poses for the cameras on day one of practice

Justin Rose

Rose then has time to practise his Jedi skills on day two, using "The Force" to keep a golf ball in mid-air

Tiger Woods (almost indistinguishable in a grey jumper) tees off, surrounded by a huge crowd

Spot the Tiger: Mr Woods (centre, dressed in grey) draws a huge crowd when he tees off, even in practice

Mark O'Meara and Tiger Woods

As usual, Woods practises with his close friend and fellow former Masters champion, Mark O'Meara

Mark O'Meara tries to retrieve a ball from the water, watched by Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams

But O'Meara is forced into an unscheduled water stop on the 15th, watched by Tiger's caddie Steve Williams

Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez

Spanish eyes: Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez may break out the cigars if a Spaniard wins on Sunday

Ian Poulter

England hopeful Ian Poulter is dressed fairly conservatively by his own standards

Gary Player warms up at the practice range

Veteran Gary Player is preparing to break Arnold Palmer's record of 50 appearances at the Masters

Jack Nicklaus signs autographs

Fellow veteran Jack Nicklaus signs autographs for his many fans

Jeana Finlinson is hugged by Fuzzy Zoeller

Jeana Finlinson, who plays on the LPGA's Futures Tour, is invited to hit a shot by Fuzzy Zoeller - and gets a hug into the bargain

Mike "Fluff" Cowan, caddie to Jim Furyk

All caddies at the Masters, including the unmistakeable Mike "Fluff" Cowan, must wear a regulation white jumpsuit and green cap

Soren Hansen and his caddie John Graham point in different directions

But even with the jumpsuits, Denmark's Soren Hansen seems to be singing from a different hymn sheet to his caddie John Graham

Former Indian tennis player and actor Vijay Amritraj

Former Indian tennis star Vijay Amritraj - who also guest-starred in the James Bond film "Octopussy" - watches day two of practice

An Augusta patron with a large number of badges pinned to their hat

A watching Augusta patron shows off a bewildering variety of badges

Shingo Katayama

Japan's Shingo Katayama also makes a late entry in the "bizarre headgear" stakes

A selection of the merchandise available at Augusta

Souvenir-hunters have plenty of official Masters merchandise from which to choose

A large scoreboard is set up for the US Masters

The scoreboard is set up, and everyone - even Tiger - starts level

Former Masters champion Arnold Palmer

The ultimate aim of all players is to win the coveted Green Jacket - as modelled by Arnold Palmer, who won in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964

The flowers are in bloom at Augusta

The flowers continue to bloom as the world's best players make their final preparations

Ground staff prepare the course at Augusta

But there is no let-up for the Augusta ground crew as the course is prepared for Thursday's opening round




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