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Highly-ranked British golfers seeking 1st Masters championship in 17 years

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    Justin Rose, of England, tees off on the 14th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 8, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press)

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    Luke Donald, of England, walks to the driving range with his caddie John McLaren during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press)

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    Luke Donald, of England, hits off the fourth fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, right, of Northern Ireland, and Lee Westwood, of England on the third tee during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 8, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (The Associated Press)

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    Ian Poulter, of England, walks down the 13th fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 8, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (The Associated Press)

There was a time not long ago when Britain's golfers ruled Augusta National like no other country. Now, the latest group of talented Brits is determined to end the empire's 17-year drought at the Masters.

England's Justin Rose ranks third in the world and countryman Luke Donald is No. 4. Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood give Britain four of the world's top 13 players, second only to the United States' six. And none of the British stars have broken through at the majors — something they hope to change when the Masters starts Thursday.

British golfers won five Masters between 1988 and 1996 with England's Nick Faldo winning three times. Scotland's Sandy Lyle won in 1988 while Wales' Ian Woosnam took the title in 1991.