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Masters: Tiger Woods paired with Graeme McDowell

AUGUSTA, Georgia - Tiger Woods will be playing the first two days of the Masters with U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who rallied from a four-shot deficit to beat Woods last December.

Also in their group for the opening two rounds will be Robert Allenby of Australia.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson is in the same group with U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, one of the many traditions at Augusta National. Also in their group is former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy.

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Other notable groups include Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, the top two players in the world, joined by Matt Kuchar. Another group features three twentysomethings: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day.

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus again will be honorary starters.

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On Tuesday, Augusta National opened its gates after a 45-minute delay to give workers time to clean debris from overnight storms before practice rounds at the Masters.

The storms toppled trees and some power lines across town. There was no word on any damage to the golf course.

Chain saws could be heard from various corners of the course Tuesday. In the final minutes before fans were allowed on Augusta National, numerous carts were hauling away tree limbs. Some marshals were picking up debris from fairways.

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