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The photos that tell some of the Masters' most important stories

The Masters Par 3 Contest, held Wednesday, is a chance for players to relax before the pressure of the tournament begins in full Thursday morning. David Cannon/Getty Images

When we think about the Masters, we certainly care about outcomes.

We know who has the most green jackets (Jack Nicklaus) and who has the scoring record in relation to par (Tiger Woods), but what we remember most are moments. Phil Mickelson going for the 13th green in two in 2010. Tiger Woods hugging his father off the 18th green. Arnold Palmer taking one last walk in front of the patrons.

As much as we value words to help us remember those moments, nothing makes them part of the permanent coding in our brains like photographs.

Before the 2018 Masters kicks off and more moments are created, we wanted to look back at some of the most memorable photographs taken in the tournament's history.

Moments in Augusta

Left to right: Grantland Rice, renowned sports writer, presenting checks to Gene Sarazen, veteran pro, and Craig Wood, young golfing expert, at the end of the 1935 Masters. Sarazen defeated Wood in the 36-hole playoff. My favorite thing about this photograph is there was a time when a sports writer was in charge of the the trophy presentation. How times change.

Sam Snead lines up a putt during the 1950 Masters. Snead finished 20th at the 1974 Masters at age 61.

Arnold Palmer with reporters in the clubhouse during the 1958 Masters. Did anyone in the history of sports look better in black and white photos than Arnie?

Gary Player is interviewed after winning the 1961 Masters.

Jack Nicklaus and caddie Willie Peterson react to a putt during the 1966 Masters. Nicklaus was 26 when he won his third green jacket and 46 when he won his sixth in 1986.

Only Gary Player could pull off this outfit.

The best thing about this famous photograph of a 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus making his birdie putt on 17 at the 1986 Masters, for me, is how well it captures Nicklaus' age. Little belly hanging over his belt, his foot raised because he's walking in the putt. It's one of the rare famous putts on 17, an otherwise forgettable hole.

One of greatest golf photos of all time because of the emotion it conveys. Greg Norman lost a 6-shot lead on Sunday of the 1996 Masters and finished second to Nick Faldo.

Earl Woods was in such poor health when this photo was taken at the 1997 Masters, the year Tiger won his first green jacket with a record-breaking total of 18 under. Earl wasn't at the course all day, but he insisted on being there for this moment.

The fact that these two frenemies, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, went on to each win green jackets makes this photo all the more remarkable.

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player on the first hole of the 2001 Masters. Palmer played in 50 Masters, the final coming in 2004.

Arnold Palmer, who played in 50 Masters, tips his hat to the crowd during his final round at Augusta in 2002. One of the reasons Palmer connected with fans like no other player, before or since, was his go-for-broke approach at the Masters. He refused to lay up on either of the par-5s on the back nine. A friend once asked him if he ever considered changing his approach and going more conservative. "Do you know how many times I finished second at Augusta?" Palmer replied. The friend conceded he didn't know. "Neither do I," Palmer said with a grin.

Tiger Woods celebrates, as does caddie Steve Williams, in 2001 after Woods completes the Tiger Slam.

You often see this photo, the moment Phil Mickelson's birdie putt on 18 wins him the 2004 Masters, from the front. But this version is great in its own way because you can see Mickelson actually get some air, and you can see his caddie, Jim Mackay, as well.

Of all the fist pumps Tiger has ever thrown, this, after winning in 2005, is maybe the most perfectly captured.

Phil Mickelson threads the trees and hits it to 5 feet on 13 during the final round of the 2010 Masters. Even though Mickelson missed his eagle putt, or perhaps because he missed it, this will likely go down as the most memorable photo of his career.

The curve that Bubba Watson put on this ball at the 10th hole in the 2012 playoff to get it on the green still doesn't seem humanly possible, but that's Bubba golf.

Adam Scott needed another putt in a playoff to claim his first green jacket, but this photo is the most memorable image of that event because Scott screamed "C'mon Aussie!" with fellow Australian Marc Leishman fist pumping behind him.

Honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player get the 2016 Masters started. It was the last Masters that Palmer attended before he died in September of that year.

Watching Jordan Spieth play the last six holes after he made a quadruple-bogey on No. 12 in 2016 felt like attending a wake.

Justin Rose can't watch as Sergio Garcia lines up his birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round. Garcia missed this one but eventually went on to win his first Masters in a playoff over Rose.