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5. The Masters is famous for ex-champs playing practice rounds with newbies. Who would you want to play your practice round with at Augusta and why?

Bamberger: If I was a rookie and really looking to learn something? Jack Nicklaus. The smartest of them all and the most generous in terms of willingness to share.

Shipnuck: Crenshaw, to really learn the greens. Arnie, just for the fun of it. And Tiger, because it’s so damn hard to get one-on-one interviews with him.

Morfit: I'd want to play with someone who could keep it light, so I'd play with Couples and/or Fuzzy.

Wei: Easy. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Do I have to pick one? Probably Phil would be more helpful, though I'd wonder if he would bombard me with extraneous info.

O'Donoghue: Jose Maria Olazabal is the man for me. Two Green Jackets and one of the greatest short games in the world. Augusta is all about the greens. They are slippery, confusing and downright frustrating. If I had the chance, I'd play every day with "Chema" every day in practice and pick his brains about negotiating those amazing surfaces. He's a fantastic guy too and great company. He knows how to get it done, so you could only benefit from his wisdom.

Reiterman: Phil. Between him and Bones they have every inch of that place memorized. Also, it would be fun to play a money game with Lefty.

Lynch: It would have to be Seve Ballesteros, just for insight into the greatest imagination the game has ever known.

Godich: Jack. He won six green jackets. I'd want to soak in all I could from the master of the Masters.

Ritter: If Arnie, Jack and Gary are looking for a fourth for their spin around the par 3 course, I can make myself available.

Van Sickle: I'd want to have a practice round with somebody who's a real student of the course. Ben Crenshaw would be a good one. I think Mickelson would be another, he's put a lot of work into studying where to miss these greens -- and where not to miss them. And Phil's rep means he'd be glad to pass on that information as much as possible. I'd like to get some of Vijay Singh's thoughts on some of those holes, too. Tiger is so competitive, I'm not sure how many big secrets (such as they are) he'd be willing to pass on.

Gorant: Hogan. I'd really enjoy the silence and I like to play fast.

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