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Masters 2013: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson looking for another green jacket

The Masters golf tournament, the season's first major event, gets started Thursday morning. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and defending champ Bubba Watson are part of another impressive field that includes Chinese teenager Tianlang Guan.

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"It's almost like a small driver but its put the 3-wood technology of our X Hot into a driver. What it's done is taken a lot of spin off of it. And if you watch, you'll see a lot of the shots off the tee that I hit have a lot more scoot on them," Mickelson told Golf.com Tuesday.

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Mickelson is paired with South African Louis Oosthuizen, the former British Open champ who hit the second-best shot in last year's Masters - knocking in his second shot on the par-5 second hole for a 'double eagle' - and finished in second place. Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany rounds out the threesome that will tee off at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Defending champion Bubba Watson comes into the Masters having made the cut in five of six PGA Tour events so far in 2013. He's probably made more of a 'splash' this year by showing off his new amphibious golf cart, 'Bubba's Hover.' Watson will be teeing off at 10:34 a.m. Thursday, paired with Ian Poulter of England and last year's US Amateur champ Steven Fox.

The 77th Masters will be televised on ESPN Thursday and Friday, beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern time. CBS picks up the weekend coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern time and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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