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April 11, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - For 63 holes of the 75th Masters, 21-year-old Rory McIlroy played mostly outstanding golf against the best of the game's current crop of players, and started the back nine Sunday in the final round at Augusta National Golf Club with a 1-stroke lead. Then his whole world unraveled. McIlroy played the next three holes in 6-over par to sharply fall down the leader board, and he finished up with an 8-over-par 80 to tumble into a tie for 15th. He began the day with a 4-stroke lead over a group of four players that included eventual champion Charl Schwartzel, and lost by a staggering 14 shots.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Arnold Palmer enjoyed his fourth Masters victory in 1964 more than his first three because the result already had been determined by the time he walked up the 18th fairway. On the 50th anniversary of his final Masters championship, Palmer said Tuesday that his titles in 1958, 1960, and 1962 resulted in "a squeaker every time" - 1-stroke wins in the first two, an 18-hole playoff victory over Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in the third. The fourth was better; Palmer won by 6 shots.
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April 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - China's Guan Tianlang had been the talk of Augusta National Golf Club this week, impressing everyone with his golf game as a 14-year-old and the youngest contestant in the history of the Masters. After being assessed a 1-stroke penalty for slow play on the 17th green Friday during his second round, Guan impressed everyone with his class even though it could be said he was being made the scapegoat for the entire field playing at a snail's pace in the windy conditions. "I respect the decision they made," Guan said after a 3-over-par 75 left him at 4-over 148 for 36 holes and, for a time, in danger of missing the cut (though he did make it)
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April 10, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Growing up in China, Guan Tianlang was drawn to the game of golf by Tiger Woods, which is why it was fitting that the pair got in a late practice round together for the Masters on a sun-splashed Monday afternoon. Like Woods, Guan is ready to make an impact at Augusta National Golf Club. When he tees off on Thursday, he will be the youngest player - at 14 years, five months, and 17 days old - to compete in the Masters, having earned the right by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur last November in Thailand.
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April 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The yells of "Come on, Tiger" and "Yeah, Tiger" followed Tiger Woods on Thursday from the clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club to the practice range to the putting green to the first tee for the first round of the Masters, and Woods valiantly tried to give the fans what they wanted to see. But the four-time champion showed the inevitable rust from not having played competitive golf since Feb. 5, failing to hit enough good shots to...
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April 10, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - When the 79th Masters tees off Thursday, the question for Rory McIlroy, the world's top-ranked player, is whether he can find a way to avoid the pitfalls at Augusta National Golf Club that have kept him from winning a green jacket. In a week when Tiger Woods returns to competition and Bubba Watson shoots for a third Masters title in the last four years, McIlroy can join Woods and four others on the short list of those who have won the modern career Grand Slam, and become the third to capture three straight majors.
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April 5, 2007 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - In the grand tradition of chairmen of Augusta National Golf Club, the new boss, Billy Payne, held his first news conference yesterday. It was, well, very traditional. Payne, 59, best known as the ramrod of the 1996 Olympics in his hometown of Atlanta, has been heralded in the media as the man likely to lead the hidebound home to the Masters into the 21st century. Yesterday, asked how he felt about that portrayal, Payne forced a smile and essentially dismissed it. "Irrelevant," he said.
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April 12, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – For Tiger Woods, the fact that he shot his first round in the 60s at the Masters since the final day of the 2011 event was a cause for optimism, and not just because he made the 36-hole cut easily. Woods, in his first competition in two months, notched four birdies in a 3-under-par 69 that put him in a tie for 19th place at 142. Even though he is 12 shots behind record-breaking 36-hole leader Jordan Spieth, Woods' mantra is "anything can happen" at Augusta National Golf Club.
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April 8, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mark O'Meara purely struck a rescue club at the difficult par-3 fourth hole at Augusta National Golf Club to within nine feet of the hole. Then it was Tiger Woods' turn. With some in the gallery telling their friends, "Bet you Tiger doesn't get it inside O'Meara," Woods put a pristine swing on a 3-iron and the ball did indeed stop closer to the hole. Woods turned to the gallery, removed his cap and bowed deeply as he drank in the applause. And yes, he sank the birdie putt.
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April 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - For Bubba Watson, the owner of two Masters green jackets, the walk around Augusta National Golf Club remains the stuff of dreams. "Me and my caddie [Ted Scott] are walking up No. 9 and I said, 'Teddy, I just can't even believe it,' " the defending champion said Tuesday. "And Teddy is the same way. We're talking about it and I just said, 'Teddy, I'm still trying to get over 2012 and I haven't even got to 2014 yet.' "You ask yourself, how does a guy from my background make it?
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