AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04: Tiger Woods tees off during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Masters 2012: First Round Begins Thursday Morning At Augusta National

The pre-tournament festivities are over and the 2012 Masters gets underway on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Masters 2012: Tiger Woods Is Ready For Augusta

The 2012 Masters will officially get underway on Thursday, but four-time green jacket winner Tiger Woods is already the betting favorite. Should he manage to win, not only will he be one step closer to matching Jack Nicklaus' record of six Masters titles, but the victory would be his 73rd career PGA Tour win, tying him with Nicklaus for second on the all-time list.

With all that riding on his shoulders, Woods is coming off his first tournament win in two years and appears to be in good spirits. Bob Harig of reports that Woods is ready for this year's event at Augusta.

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"I certainly am excited about playing and really looking forward to getting out there and playing," Woods said Tuesday after a nine-hole practice round with Fred Couples and Sean O'Hair. "I feel like I'm driving the ball much better than I have. I've got some heat behind it, and it's very straight.

"My iron game is improving. So everything is headed in the right direction at the right time."

At his Tuesday press conference, Woods certainly appeared more relaxed and confident than he has in years. If he can manage to take home the green jacket, it will put to rest any whispers about his career being over.

For more, be sure to stay tuned to our 2012 Masters StoryStream. For more on golf in general, check out SB Nation's golf blog Waggle Room and SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.

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