Masters field one of the most diverse

Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship winner, 14 year old Guan Tianlang of China walks to the first...

Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship winner, 14 year old Guan Tianlang of China walks to the first green with former champion Tom Watson of the U.S. (R) during a practice round in preparation for the 2013 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 9, 2013. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

AUGUSTA, GA. - The field is 92 strong. The oldest player is 63, the youngest just 14. They come from 21 countries, representing all six inhabited continents. Their number includes 19 players who already own green jackets and there are 17 who have never played here before. Six of them are amateurs.

Each and every one of them has wanted this moment ever since he started chasing that little dimpled pelota across the lawns of his youth.

They are as diverse a group as you could find in the world of golf, each preparing to play a role -- some big, some small -- in the riveting annual rite of spring that is the Masters Tournament.

No matter if you're Jack Nicklaus, here to join fellow legends Arnold Palmer and Gary Player on Thursday morning to make the tournament's ceremonial first shots, 50 years removed from his first of six Masters victories, or if you are wide-eyed 14-year-old Tianlang Guan, the Masters evokes feelings all its own.


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