While Tiger Woods was out on the course for another practice round, this one with old friend (and fellow IMG client) Mark O'Meara, former Masters champ Raymond Floyd was in the media center, announcing that he will not play this year. The Southampton summer resident and Shinnecock Hills member said he had 44 great years playing the Masters and at 67 didn't want to go out with any sour memories on this elongated course.

       He always will continue to come back for the Masters and the champions dinner. He will play in the Par 3 Contest. "I can reach all those greens," he said.

         Floyd recalled ;his first Masters, shooting 69 and getting paired with Arnold Palmer, wanting to show Arnold what he can do, and getting blown away with something in the 80s, missing the cut.

          He also had some interesting things to say about playing with Ben Hogan and about the potential of another U.S. Open at his club, Shinnecock. I'm worknig on that for tomorrow's paper.

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