Large turnout for first practice round

April 2, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Most of the Masters field have made their way to Augusta, and a good portion of them were on the course today. That includes all the big names who've been here before but still wouldn't pass up a chance to enjoy a Masters Monday.

The biggest name of all, Tiger Woods, was off bright and early this morning as usual. He played his practice round with Masters rookie JJ Henry, who played on the Ryder Cup with Woods.

Vijay Singh, who's won twice this year and has drawn a lot of heat coming in, was out today as well.

There are a couple of anniversaries to celebrate this year, as it's been 30 years since Tom Watson won his first Green Jacket and 25 since Augusta native Larry Mize shocked the world.

Augusta is well represented in the Masters field again this year with Mize and two other homegrown players. Charles Howell III returns for his sixth Masters, and Vaughn Taylor is back for his second.

Both players were out at the course today, working on their swings and hoping to improve on last year's performance.

The home course proved not to be an advantage for Charles and Vaughn last year. Both of them missed the cut.

This year they both bring stronger games to Augusta, with Vaughn tying for third in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Charles winning the Nissan Open in a playoff.

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