Best Pictures from the Masters Tournament

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"I love the way the light is hitting the green, seeming to light it up more than the surroundings. It's as though there's a spotlight on the green. Although the hazy day with the somewhat murky sky didn't make for ideal shooting, it did create interesting light on 12. You really see the severity of the slope fronting the green." — Evan Schiller for Golf Magazine Pictures Perfect We asked the world's best sports photographers to pick a favorite photo they've snapped at Augusta National and to share the tale behind the image. Because every picture really does tell a story.
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"Tiger hadn't shown any emotion all day Sunday. I trusted my instincts and decided to follow him for the day, to try to get something worthwhile. I love this moment as he walks up to the 13th green because it shows how relaxed and playful he can be, just throwing clubs with his caddie (Steve Williams)." — Simon Bruty for Sports Illustrated
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"It was Arnie's debut as honorary starter. He kept telling everyone, 'I'll do it when the time comes,' and finally the time came. It was a moment when we got to see Arnold Palmer's name at No. 1 on the board again." — Taku Miyamoto/Photolinks
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"While this isn't an on-course shot, this was one of my husband Phil's favorites. It was taken at a gas station in Augusta. It shows how the whole place goes Masters crazy for the week." — Phil Sheldon (1953-2005; Comments by his wife, Gill Sheldon)
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"Tiger's ball was in pine needles near a tree on Sunday (on 11). I wanted to capture the explosion of needles and the club hitting the tree. Thwack! Needles, dirt — and maybe some squirrel teeth — flew. Tiger released his 4-iron, glared at me, but I never got his face — he recoiled back too quickly. Darn it! The crowd gasped. Tiger picked up his bent club and snapped it. It was a lucky score. The next day there were messages on my phone from the office extolling the virtues of the image, and letting me know it was going to be our Masters cover." — Robert Beck for Sports Illustrated
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"I couldn't pick just one shot. I love this one — it was taken during the par-3 contest. Despite the galleries in the background, the flag actually looks lonely, and the symmetry is wonderful. It really shows the essential simplicity of Augusta — or of any other golf course, for that matter." — Robert Beck for Sports Illustrated
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"This was taken early Thursday morning. Lee Elder was the first African-American to play the Masters. The club photographer had used a ladder for a group members shot and left it behind the first tee. I climbed up and captured this historic tee off!" — Leonard Kamsler for Golf Magazine