Masters: What was said Wednesday

The legends of golf Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player take the tee box as the honorary starters to begin the Masters with Palmer giving the thumbs up at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
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The legends of golf Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player take the tee box as the honorary starters to begin the Masters with Palmer giving the thumbs up at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Augusta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

A collection of quotes from Wednesday on the Golf Channel. The Masters will start Thursday at Augusta National:

"I think it will be more difficult tomorrow afternoon than it will be tomorrow morning, even though it will be cold tomorrow morning. This golf course is really tough when the wind is blowing and the greens start to firm. And when the greens start to firm, then the scores go up." Jack Nicklaus, six-time Masters champ 

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"I think Arnold helped makes the Masters. But I think also, the Masters made Arnold. It raised the level of the Masters to the start of where it is today, because it's much bigger today… To come back here every year and to see the game progress, see the quality of play and the things they do on the golf course, it's pretty well thought out." — Nicklaus

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"I'm really good with not playing, because I've been thinking of not playing for several years. The golf course is too long for me. I'll definitely watch. And you know what, I still get butterflies in my stomach when I watch." — Tom Watson,two-time Masters champ

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“These kids today grew up with the Tiger effect. And I think Tiger inspired these kids to play in a big way. There may be a generation of golfers from these young players who will dominate, and the average age will go up as far as the winners are concerned… But I think a lot of it has to do with Tiger.” – Watson

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"It can be pretty tough out here when the wind blows. I feel like it's going to be really important to be mentally strong. You're going to hit some good shots that will finish in bad positions, but that's going to happen to everyone. You've just got to hope that it doesn't happen too often." — Marc Leishman

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"Last year I hit a lot of greens and that was really important for me. I think this year, it's really controlling your ball – that could be the key. The greens are going to be soft, so you might be able to be more aggressive. If they firm up over the weekend, we'll just have to see." — Matthew Fitzpatrick

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"It's a course that I could also probably play without a practice round and feel competent. You still want to be 100% prepared for a major, but it's one course where I know my way around." — Justin Rose

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"It's just all about positioning and where you want to put the golf ball. That just means if it's going to be really windy, it's the guy whose controlling their ball the best, and the one who doesn't get frazzled about it is going to be the one turning out the best score." — Patrick Reed