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The absolute best group to watch at Augusta

Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela talks with his caddie

Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela talks with his caddie on the second hole during the second round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (April 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty

Alvaro Quiros, Jhonattan Vegas and Gary Woodland are the best show out there. The threesome playing behind Phil Mickelson's group is full of life and raw power.

First of all, Quiros just moved back into a tie for first (with K.J. Choi) at 8 under. He put his second shot on No. 7 within six feet and made the putt. Then he striped one on off the tee on the par 5 8th. The guy just loves the whole scene and it shows. He talks with both of the other two in his group, smiling, joking.

Woodland is maybe the  biggest hitter out here. He tried to be strategic on No. 7, hitting 3-wood off the tee instead of driver for placement's sake. It didn't work. His short iron fell short of the green and landed in the short right bunker. He blasted to the back collar then three-putted for a double-bogey six that knocked him off the leader board.

He took it out on his ball on No. 8 when he bombed his drive even farther than Quiros hit his. But he made only a par there.

Vegas also bunkered his second shot on No. 7, much to the dismay of the handful of people wearing bright green golf shirts with the logo "Team Vegas." Vegas, a 26-year-old from Venezuela and a winner on Tour this year, is one of the more effervescent players in golf.


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