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Stricker anticipating Masters to remember
With anticipation for this week's Masters building to a frenzy, the players, too, are starting to feel the buzz and Steve Stricker thinks it has the potential to be one of the most dramatic events in years.

"No kidding," American world number five Stricker told Reuters on a glorious, sun-drenched afternoon at Augusta National. "This could be one of the most exciting Masters ever, for sure.

"Tiger is playing well, Phil is playing well. Charl Schwartzel, the defending champion, is playing well and Louis Oosthuizen is another very good South Africa player.

"There are so many good Americans too. Hunter (Mahan) is playing great too."

"It's really wide open this week but, as we all know, Tiger drives the media and the excitement level so everybody will be wondering how he's going to be able to perform and how he will do here," said Stricker, a 12-times winner on the U.S. circuit.

Woods, a four-times champion at Augusta National, ended a 30-month title drought on the PGA Tour with victory at last month's Arnold Palmer Invitational while Mickelson, a three-times Masters winner, clinched his 40th title on the U.S. circuit at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.

When Stricker tees off in this week's Masters, where his best finish was a tie for sixth in 2009, he will be competing in successive events for only the second time this season.

"I'm excited to be here. This is where you want to be in the first week of April. My game has gotten progressively better the last five or six years and I continue to improve," added the American who has won nine PGA Tour titles since he turned 40.

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