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McIlroy successfully avoids celebrity trap
Augusta, Ga. -- He became known internationally as a teen phenom, became the top-ranked player in the world, dated an internationally famous female athlete, embraced weightlifting and strung together an impressive run of major championships at a remarkably young age.
9 Apr 2015 - 1:22pm - 0 Comments
Turn back the clock: Tom Watson opens with 1-under 71
If there's one thing we've learned through the years at Augusta National, it's that it pays to have experience.
9 Apr 2015 - 1:18pm - 0 Comments
Danny Willett holes roller coaster, 64-foot putt for eagle
The greens at Augusta National are just so undulating and so fast. Take this putt you're about to see form Danny Willett on the par-5 13th for instance.
9 Apr 2015 - 11:59am - 0 Comments
Beautiful approach sets up short eagle putt for Charley Hoffman
The great thing about the two par 5s on Augusta National's back nine -- Nos. 13 and 15 -- is they're both terrific risk/reward holes. Hit a great drive? You have a legit shot to reach the green in two. However, mishit that approach and doom beckons in the form of water.
9 Apr 2015 - 11:42am - 0 Comments
Life imitates art for Erik Compton at the Masters
It's been a long, remarkable journey for 35-year-old Masters rookie Erik Compton to earn his spot at Augusta National. Compton punched his ticket to Augusta after a tie for second a year ago in the U.S. Open.
9 Apr 2015 - 8:31am - 0 Comments
Augusta National is chief rival for players
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When defending Masters champion Bubba Watson looks at the leaderboard today, he will see many golfers trying to rip the (green) jacket off his back. What he won't see is his chief rival.
9 Apr 2015 - 6:08am - 0 Comments
Tiger Woods, with his kids, plays Par 3 for first time since 2004
For the first time since 2004, Tiger Woods teed it up in the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday afternoon. Woods played alongside friends Steve Stricker and Mark O'Meara. The reason for the decision? His children.
8 Apr 2015 - 4:05pm - 0 Comments
Jack Nicklaus scores ace in Masters Par 3 Contest
By Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press Six-time Masters champion and all-time leading major winner Jack Nicklaus may be 75 years old, but he still has a way of wowing the patrons at Augusta National.
8 Apr 2015 - 3:49pm - 0 Comments
Bubba Watson's Champions Dinner menu
An annual tradition at the Masters -- its most exclusive tradition -- is the Tuesday night Champions Dinner.
8 Apr 2015 - 1:08pm - 0 Comments
Jeff Knox living the Average Joe's Masters dream
Jeff Knox is a legend at Augusta National. Though the 49-year-old has never been a competitor in the Masters, he's racked up his share of tee times during tournament week, playing as a non-competing marker.
8 Apr 2015 - 12:00pm - 0 Comments
South Carolina's Johnson makes changes for the better coming into Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It has been an eventful year for Dustin Johnson. Since the 2014 Masters Tournament, the South Carolina native had his first child, a son with fiancee Paulina Gretzky -- a model and daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
8 Apr 2015 - 10:47am - 0 Comments
Watch: Vijay Singh's skip-across-the-water ace at the Masters
The Masters has so many great, fun traditions. Two of those fun on-course traditions that come before the actual tournament proper begins are the Par 3 Contest and the skipping-the-ball-across-the-water on the par-3 16th hole during practice rounds.
8 Apr 2015 - 9:13am - 0 Comments
What the "edge" means to golfers
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In Michael Bamberger's fascinating new book, "Men in Green," he recalls a candid conversation with Arnold Palmer in which the man who started it all in golf explained the difference between guys who win a tournament or two and those who dominate.
8 Apr 2015 - 6:07am - 0 Comments
Rory McIlroy puts blinders on for shot at career grand slam
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — He's the No. 1 player in the world, winner of the last two majors and star of a poignant new Nike commercial he admits to having watched — but only once.
7 Apr 2015 - 10:17pm - 0 Comments
Bubba seeks 3rd green jacket: 'If I can do it, anybody can'
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson was strolling up to the ninth green, toward the Augusta National clubhouse and that towering oak tree, when he was struck by a fact that still seems a bit unreal. He's won the Masters not just once, but twice.
7 Apr 2015 - 8:24pm - 0 Comments
Tiger Woods to play in Par 3 competition at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — This is one competition Tiger Woods doesn't mind losing. He's playing in the Par 3 Tournament at the Masters. Woods typically skips the Wednesday afternoon tradition at Augusta National. But he had a couple of reasons to play this year.
7 Apr 2015 - 8:18pm - 0 Comments
New generation of golfers trained by Tiger
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods was that larger-than-life figure in a red shirt who was always winning. At least it seemed that way to a growing television audience that included a bunch of kids from all over the world. Rory McIlroy was one of them. So was Jordan Spieth.
7 Apr 2015 - 8:06pm - 0 Comments
2015 Masters: 10 players to watch
Finally. It's here -- the season's first major championship, the Masters. It's been eight long months since the last major, when Rory McIlroy took the PGA Championship at Valhalla. Since then, anyone who loves golf has been dying for the Masters to get here.
7 Apr 2015 - 10:10am - 0 Comments
Compton's story keeps UGA in Masters limelight
AUGUSTA -- Erik Compton was playing his Masters practice round with Jim Furyk on Monday morning when he spotted his dad on the third hole. The sighting of Peter Compton unleashed something in father and son and created a scene that Compton described as "a little emotional."
7 Apr 2015 - 3:07am - 0 Comments