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Garrick Porteous
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Garrick Porteous will try to earn a spot on the European Tour the remainder of this season.

Garrick Porteous of England, the reigning British Amateur champion, has turned professional. He will make his pro debut this week in the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open.

Porteous won the British Amateur last summer, defeating Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the final at Royal Cinque Ports. That victory earned him spots in the 2013 British Open, and the 2014 Masters and U.S. Open. He missed the cut in both the British Open and Masters, and by turning pro he is forfeiting his spot in the U.S. Open.

"It was a huge honor to play my final event as an amateur at the Masters, but I am so excited to finally be turning pro," said Porteous, who was ranked No. 7 in the Official World Amateur Ranking.   

Porteous, 24, played college golf at the University of Tennessee, and was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland squad at the 2013 Walker Cup and 2012 St. Andrews Trophy, and the England team in the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy.

Coincidentally, the world's No. 7-ranked female amateur also announced her plans to turn pro on Tuesday.

Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey will make the jump after she completes this college season and plays on the U.S. team in the Curtis Cup in June, she said.

Ramsey leads the Tigers with a 72.15 stroke average through nine events. She won two tournaments, finished second two others and totals six top-10 finishes. She will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament starting Thursday.

 

 

Bubba Watson and caddie J. Ted Scott
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J. Ted Scott has won two Masters in the last three seasons as the caddie for Bubba Watson.
For winning his second Masters in three years on Sunday, Bubba Watson picked up a cool green jacket, a trophy that looks like the Augusta National clubhouse, $1.6 million and change, the first slot in this year's PGA Grand Slam of Golf and a whole lot more.
 
So what did J. Ted Scott, who lugs Bubba's bag for living, get? A hug. And this: 
 
 
 
Caleb Watson
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Caleb Watson, son of Bubba, with his mother Angie during the Masters Par 3 Contest last Wednesday.

Two-year-old Caleb Watson -- son of Bubba, who won his second Masters Tournament in three years on Sunday -- isn't wasting any time preparing to capture an Augusta National title of his own.

Though he's still five years away from even being eligible for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship which was held at Augusta National Golf Club for the first time the Sunday before the Masters, Caleb is getting his cuts in.

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Bubba sent out this tweet just a short time ago:

Here's the adorable video:

Talk about a vicious swing! Caleb -- a righty, unlike dad -- will be hitting 350+ yard drives like dad before we know it.

By the way, registration is now open for the 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. Click here to learn more.

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Bubba Watson at the Masters
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Bubba Watson will swap his green jacket for the U.S. Ryder Cup team wardrobe in September
As you might suspect, Bubba Watson was the recipient of a million congratulatory tweets Sunday night after he won his second Masters in three years.
 
There were way too many for me to pass along, but one of them really stood out. Here it is:
 
 
Bubba entered the Masters solidly in fourth place in the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings, thanks in part to his victory at the Northern Trust Open earlier this spring. His Masters victory was worth double points (the official points standings will be updated on Monday) and his second win at Augusta National in his last three tries is clearly good enough for Captain Watson.
 
 
 
 
Masters Sunday fashion
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Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Fred Couples topped our fashion leaderboard on Saturday at the Masters.
Here at the ol' Golf Buzz, we don't just care about who's playing well at the Masters. We also care about who looks good as they stroll the pristine fairways at Augusta National.
 
So for the fourth straight day, we have added 10 photos to our gallery of standout looks. And, again, I am gonna take it a step further and declare my three favorite fashion statements from Sunday. I urge you to take a look at our gallery and chime in with your choices:
 
 
1. Rory McIlroy. McIlroy looked good all week, but his Sunday outfit was arguably his best. His shirt was primarily white, but featured yellow sleeves and gray trim and back, set off by gray slacks. The outfit looked nice on its own, and was a welcome contrast from all the green and white we see at Augusta.
 
2. Rickie Fowler. It would be easy to dismiss Fowler's get-up as it's pretty much what he wears every Sunday. However, I like the way his checked pants add a little pizzazz to his usual orange cap and shirt. 
 
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3. Fred Couples. Freddie spent the week sporting special white shirts commemorating his 1992 Masters victory, but they were difficult to appreciate because so much of what made them unique was in the details. Today, though, Freddie switched to a sky blue shirt over black slacks that looked nice and traditional.
 
So there are my three faves. What say you?  
 
Jordan Spieth
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A victory at Augusta National today would make Jordan Spieth the youngest champion in Masters history.

On the surface, suggesting that history is in Jordan Spieth's favor today at the Masters seems preposterous. 

After all, only three players before him have won the Masters in their first attempt -- Horton Smith in 1934 (the first Masters), Gene Sarazen in 1935 and Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

But, that's not the history we're talking about for Spieth, tied for the 54-hole lead at 5 under with 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson. The kind we're talking about has to do with age. With a victory today, Spieth would become the youngest winner in Masters history.

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How is age in his favor then?

Consider this: Jack Nicklaus became the youngest Masters champion in 1963 when he won at the age of 23 years, 2 months, and 17 days.

Seventeen years after that, Seve Ballesteros supplanted Nicklaus as the youngest champion in Masters history at 23 years and 4 days old when he won the 1980 tournament.

Seventeen years after that, Tiger Woods overtook Ballesteros as the youngest Masters champ in 1997 at the ago of 21 years, 3 months and 14 days old.

Spieth is 20 right now and doesn't turn 21 until July 27. If he were to win at Augusta National today, that would make him a full five months younger than Woods was when he won in 1997... you guessed it, 17 years ago.

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