April 15, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - There were no tears this time for Brandt Snedeker, who cried when he blew his shot at winning the Masters in 2008. But the lost opportunity Sunday still hurt. Snedeker, who shared the lead going into the final round, did not perform well in the rainy conditions at Augusta National Golf Club. He fired a 3-over-par 75 to drop into a tie for sixth at 284, 5 strokes out of the playoff won by Adam Scott over Angel Cabrera. "Just frustrated and disappointed," the 32-year-old Nashville native said.
April 9, 2014 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Since playing in his first Masters just three years ago at the age of 23, Jason Day has twice walked most of the back nine at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday with a chance to have a green jacket slipped onto his shoulders. After these near-misses - a tie for second in 2011 and a third-place finish in 2013 - Day gets another chance to break through for his first major championship when the Masters begins Thursday. This year, such an achievement comes with an extra benefit: the No. 1 world ranking.
April 10, 2013 |
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.
April 7, 1995 |
At 55, Jack Nicklaus is nine years removed from his record sixth Masters championship, which was also the last of his record 18 major professional titles. Last April, for the first time since 1967, "The Golden Bear" didn't even survive the 36-hole cut at Augusta National Golf Club. Several weeks ago, he said there wasn't any reason for him to make his annual pretournament appearance in the press room because he didn't feel that he was "playing well enough to waste (the media's)
April 8, 1993 |
Fred Couples prepared for the Masters in his usual laid-back style - one practice round, participation in yesterday's fun-filled par-3 contest and a putting session to get a feel for the pace of the greens at the Augusta National Golf Club. Nick Faldo was just the opposite, methodically playing three warm-up rounds, practicing his putting until his stroke was honed to a fine groove, and making sure the teeniest, tiniest flaw was eliminated from his swing on the practice range before today's start of the 57th Masters.
April 10, 1986 |
On his birthday yesterday, Seve Ballesteros decided to send a few roses to Deane Beman. Just kidding. Ballesteros, who turned 29 yesterday and who gets along with Beman as well as Archie Bunker got along with the Meathead, would just as soon give the PGA tour commissioner a dozen hacked-up golf balls or some bent- shafted clubs. Instead of roses, Ballesteros decided to toss a few verbal bricks at Beman, after completing his fifth practice round in advance of today's start of the 50th Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club.
April 12, 2014 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Bill Haas knows well his family's history in the Masters. His great-uncle, Bob Goalby, won the green jacket in 1968. His father, Jay, made a run at the championship in 1995 but wound up in a tie for third. Two uncles also have competed in the year's first major. Now carrying the family flag up Magnolia Lane, Bill Haas began the 78th edition of the Masters with a 4-under-par 68, good for a 1-stroke lead Thursday over a field that basked in brilliant sunshine but struggled with difficult hole locations at Augusta National Golf Club.
April 14, 2014 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Jordan Spieth is doing a lot of talking to himself this week at the Augusta National Golf Club. After all, the 20-year-old Texan is determined to make a good showing in this, his first time competing at the Masters. Well, Spieth is doing just fine, so fine that he has a chance on Sunday to become the youngest winner of a green jacket in tournament history. With the sun baking out Augusta National's greens Saturday to a rock-hard firmness, Spieth kept his cool and fired his third straight subpar round, a 70, to make up a 5-stroke deficit and tie Bubba Watson for the lead with 18 holes to play.
April 6, 1995 |
As Greg Norman and Nick Price walked up the first fairway at Augusta National Golf Club yesterday in the company of a long-striding lad in a cardinal-and-white Stanford cap, a man in the gallery turned and inquired: "Hey, who are those two guys with Tiger Woods?" This has already been quite a week for the Masters, which begins today. The world's top players are here for the year's first major championship. Price is going for a third straight major title. Norman, always a threat, is ranked third in the world, behind Price and Nick Faldo.
April 8, 2010 |
It looked as if the Masters was progressing nicely toward Thursday's opening round, when the primary issue lingering among the azaleas involved how well Tiger Woods would play after being absent from competitive golf for nearly five months. But Billy Payne, the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, pretty well sabotaged that focus Wednesday by reinstating a familiar, lingering issue - what he called the "egregious" conduct of Woods in his personal life. The remarks by Payne, which came before he took questions at his annual news conference, were rather stunning.