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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 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson plays the majors these days looking comfortable and confident, and he'll own that same expression this week in the Masters. But it wasn't always that way for the popular lefthander. In his first 11 appearances at Augusta National Golf Club, Mickelson ended up third on four occasions and posted three other finishes in the top 10. He also had come agonizingly close in other majors and had seen his streak as a professional reach 42 starts without a victory prior to the 2004 Masters.
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April 7, 1995 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
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April 8, 1993 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 10, 1986 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 6, 1995 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 8, 2010 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 10, 2010 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lee Westwood took some money off Ian Poulter earlier this week during a practice round prior to the Masters. On Saturday, the two friends from England again will play together for a chance at significantly higher stakes the next day, like a green jacket. Westwood and Poulter, both of whom are listed in the top 10 of the World Golf Rankings, fired two of the best rounds in Friday's second round and found themselves tied at the top with scores of 8-under-par 136 at the halfway point.
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April 9, 2010 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a day when the old folks enjoyed themselves around Augusta National Golf Club like kids at an amusement park, Fred Couples had more fun than any of them. Now 50 and sporting gray hair, but still showing the smooth, easy swing and relaxed manner that has made him a fan favorite, Couples shot the lowest round of his career at the Masters, a 6-under-par 66, to take a 1-stroke lead. Couples, the 1992 Masters champion who came in riding a run of three consecutive victories on the Champions Tour, was one of four players 50 and older - all former Masters champions - to break par Thursday.
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