Players start to arrive

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While a good portion of the field won't roll into Augusta till tomorrow, a fair number have already arrived. For a Masters rookie like Ben Crane, there's plenty of emotion of being a part of the tradition.

"I feel good about my game, I feel my game is better then it's been and I'm excited about the week to come and what it might hold," Crane says. "You never know how you're going to play. This is my first time here. You need a lot of knowledge to go around here."

Plenty of former champs have already made their way up Magnolia Lane. Bob Goalby, who won back in 1968; Raymond Floyd, the '76 winner; and three-time winner Gary Player could be found on the practice tee. Player still finds himself awe-struck even after 48 Masters appearances.

"Yesterday I walked around and said to my friends that I was playing with, I said, 'This is just paradise.' And the weather was so good, you're privileged to play at this tournament," Player says.

Of course the talk about the changes to the course will be front and center the next few days. Jim Furyk has yet to play since the added length and trees, but he's heard all the talk.

"They were surprised a little bit by the length of some of the holes and it was very difficult," Furyk says.