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2012 Masters: Fred Couples, Houston Area Golfers Look To Claim Green Jacket

Fred Couples is among the golfers with ties to the Houston area competing in the 2012 Masters.

Mar 30, 2012; Humble, TX, USA; Fred Couples on the green of the 17th during the second round of the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club-The Tournament Course.  Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 30, 2012; Humble, TX, USA; Fred Couples on the green of the 17th during the second round of the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club-The Tournament Course. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

One of the best sports weeks of the entire year started on Monday night with March Madness coming to a close, and continued on Wednesday with baseball's Opening Night. On Thursday, the sports world shifted its attention to Augusta, Georgia, as the 2012 Masters got underway. There will be a slew of golfers with ties to Houston in the tournament, including Fred Couples.

Ben Crenshaw, Ryan Palmer, Harrison Frazar, and Anders Hansen all have ties to the Houston area and have their sights set on winning the coveted green jacket.

Much of the focus throughout the Masters will be on Tiger Woods, who looks to reclaim his title as best golfer in the world, but he'll face stiff competition throughout the weekend.

The Masters will continue through the entire weekend, with the final round scheduled for Sunday -- weather permitting.

For more on the 2012 Masters, be sure to check out SB Nation's golf hub, as well as SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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