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Masters notes: Some good signs for Charley Hoffman
Masters notes: Some good signs for Charley Hoffman

At daybreak Thursday on the Augusta National practice range, Charley Hoffman couldn't help but acknowledge the moment. As he prepared for his 7:45 a.m. EDT tee time at the Masters, he found himself flanked by a notable trio — Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — loosening up for the ceremonial first tee shots. So Hoffman made his boldest approach — a request to Nicklaus and Palmer for autographs and an exchange that put him at ease. "My mind wasn't really on golf," he said. That wasn't the 38-year-old's only pinch-me moment Thursday. He followed the exchange with Nicklaus and Palmer with a five-under-par 67 that established...

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