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Miguel Angel Jimenez
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Miguel Angel Jimenez tied for the lowest score by a player 50 or older in the Masters on Saturday with his 6-under 66.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez added his name alongside some incredible company in the Masters record books on Saturday.

When Jimenez signed for a 6-under 66 in the third round -- the low round this week so far -- he tied Ben Hogan and Fred Couples for the low score by a player 50 or older in the Masters.

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Jimenez, who turned 50 on Jan. 5, had a remarkable seven birdies and a single bogey in the third round.

At 3 under for the tournament, Jimenez was just three shots behind 36-hole leader Bubba Watson, who was teeing off just as Jimenez's round ended.

The best finish for Jimenez at the Masters in 14 previous starts is a tie for eighth in 2008.

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Jeff Knox
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Jeff Knox is the non-competing marker at Augusta National when an odd number of players make the Masters cut. On Saturday, he played alongside Rory McIlroy.

Surely you've dreamed about playing Augusta National. You've probably also wondered what it would be like to play with the atmosphere that surrounds the Masters.

Well, Jeff Knox has done both -- more than a few times.

Knox, 48, is an Augusta National member, who serves as a "non-competing marker" during Masters week.

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What does that mean? Well, when an odd number of players make the 36-hole cut -- in the case of this year's Masters 51 players made the cut -- the one player who is scheduled to play alone with the first tee time is given the option to take a "marker."

The marker is a non-competing playing partner. He's pretty much there to keep the competitor's scorecard and so that the competing player can keep a nice pace.

Knox has played in a number of USGA events through the years and once shot a 61 at Augusta National.

On Saturday morning, Knox teed it up with Rory McIlroy. McIlroy was the last player to make the cut Friday at 4 over.

Yahoo! writer Jay Busbee wrote today that Knox is no stranger to teeing it up during Masters week, and included some stories from a Guardian article last year, including teeing it up against Craig Stadler and outrdriving Miguel Angel Jiminez.

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Ben Crenshaw
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Ben Crenshaw won the Masters in 1984 and again in 1995.

Two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw was a guest on Golf Channel's Live from the Masters on Saturday morning and confirmed to host Rich Lerner that the 2015 Masters will be his last as a competitor.

It will also be the 20th anniversary of his victory in 1995 at Augusta National.

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"I made the decision that next year is my last year," Crenshaw said. "It is funny, on Amen Corner on the 13th hole on the first day, I hadn't told Carl yet, but I said, 'Carl, I've been thinking about this for a long time and next year would be a good year.' I'm very, very happy with it. I've thought about it for a long time. A lot of times I thought that I could have stepped down earlier. It is hard. Very hard. But I have been so fortunate. I have to look at the good things that have happened. I have to pull over and watch. I'm very resigned to being an encourager for everybody as much as I can."

The 62-year-old Crenshaw won his first Masters in 1984.

In all, Crenshaw -- who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002 -- has played in the Masters every year since 1972. Along with those two victories, he has racked up another nine top-10 finishes.

The last time Crenshaw made the cut at Augusta National was in 2007, when he finished in a tie for 55th.

Over the last several years, Crenshaw has been revered as a top course designer along with partner Bill Coore. In 2010, Crenshaw and Coore began restoring famed Pinehurst No. 2 in preparation for the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open, which will be played in consecutive weeks this June.

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April 11, 2014 - 10:42pm
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Beyonce took the golf course on her short game on vacation in the Dominican Republic this week.
We interrupt our coverage of the Masters for this special report:
 
Beyonce plays golf! Well, sort of.
 
Instead of watching the goings-on at Augusta National on Thursday, Queen B posted a couple of Instagram shots of herself out on the links. She's dressed, shall we say, casually, and gripping the club in a way that inspires me to recommend that she call her local PGA Professional for a lesson.
 
However, the point is that one of the world's most famous and influential entertainers was out on the course and enjoying herself.
 
According to the MediaTakeOut.com website, Beyonce and hubby Jay-Z are down in the Dominican Republic to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary. To ensure their privacy, the site reported, they rented out an entire golf course (it doesn't say which one) at a cost of $300,000 for the week.
 
Her photos have prompted a huge reaction in female- and entertainment-oriented media circles because some people are claiming she might have done a little photoshopping. I am staying a strong 3-wood away from that discussion, and will end this post by hoping that she had enough fun out on the links to make golf more a part of her life.
 
 
April 11, 2014 - 7:18pm
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Masters golf fashion Friday
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Billy Horschel, Kevin Stadler, and Jason Dufner and Adam Scott topped our fashion leaderboard on Friday 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 second straight day, we have put together a photo gallery of our 10 standout looks. And, again, I am gonna take it a step farther and declare my three favorite fashion statements from Friday. I urge you to take a look at our gallery and chime in with your choices:
 
 
1. Billy Horschel. The flamboyant Floridian often wears eye-catching outfits on the course, and sometimes they push the fashion envelope – remember the squid pants? But he looked great today in a blue and white striped shirt above spring-green trousers. The thick stripes and their deep blue color were set off just right by the white stripes, and the green pants gave this outfit kind of a preppy feel. I'm not always a fan of the preppy style, but this one really works.
 
2. Kevin Stadler. Several players have worn pink- or rose-colored shirts this week, but few have looked as stylish as Stadler. His pink shirt was not too bright and not too pale, and his gray slacks were the perfect complement. 
 
FASHION AT THE MASTERS: See our picks from Thursday
 
3. Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. Individually, I'm not sure Jason Dufner or Adam Scott would have made my top three today, but together they definitely deserve a spot. The reigning Masters champ was decked out in a red shirt and blue slacks, while the reigning PGA champion was sporting just the reverse – a blue shirt and red slacks. Even their accessories matched – Scott had a white cap and shoes, while Dufner had a dark cap and shoes. I'm sure they didn’t plan it, but their sartorial serendipity stood out today.
 
So there are my three faves. What say you?
 
 
April 11, 2014 - 6:52pm
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Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997.

At least 11 players will head home Friday night from the Masters knowing that just one shot, one stroke of good fortune, would have allowed them to make the cut.

With just the top 50 and ties -- plus any players within 10 strokes of leader Bubba Watson -- playing the weekend, there were a lot of big-name players at 5 over who saw their Masters bubbles burst.

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That list included Luke Donald, Victor Dubuisson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson -- and perhaps most surprisingly, Phil Mickelson. The three-time Masters champ hadn't missed a cut at Augusta National since 1997, but was done in by a triple-bogey 6 on the par-3 12th, his second triple in two days.

This year's cut wasn't kind to several former winners. In addition to Mickelson and Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera (2009), Trevor Immelman (2008) and Zach Johnson (2007) all failed to advance, along with Mark O'Meara, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw.

Several other pre-tournament favorites had an early end to their Masters. Dustin Johnson couldn't make up for an opening-round 77 and wound up with a 7-over 151. Patrick Reed skied to a second-round 79 and finished at 8-over 152.

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Keegan Bradley followed a 75 with a 78 for a 9-over 153. Jason Dufner never recovered from his first-round 80 and finished at 10-over 154.

However, there were more than a few green jacket holders still in the 51-man field, including Mike Weir (2003), Vijay Singh (2000), Jose Maria Olazabal (1999), Fred Couples (1992), two-time winner Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993) and Augusta native Larry Mize (1987).

At 54, Couples shot back-to-back 71s to sit tied for seventh, five shots behind Watson.