March 1, 1998 |
The list of players invited to the by-invitation-only Masters tournament, the year's first major golf championship, usually occasions great scrutiny. Has the Augusta National Golf Club included all the worthies? Did it leave out anyone important? Unless you're a big fan of garish plus fours or rainbow-colored hats, the selection committee appeared to get it right for the 1998 tournament, which begins April 9 in Augusta, Ga. One player left out is Payne Stewart. With one exception, Stewart, who wears loose sports knickers in the colors of NFL teams, is the player with the highest finish on the 1997 money list who didn't get in. Stewart finished 40th, one notch below Kirk Triplett.
January 31, 1999 |
Some changes in the criteria for competing in the Masters have eliminated one of the favorite pre-tournament pastimes - checking the invitation list to see who got omitted. The Masters now accepts the top 50 players of the final World Golf Rankings for the previous calendar year, meaning that no one of significance got left out last week when Augusta National Golf Club officials released the list of invitees for the first major championship of 1999. A total of 99 players have been invited, and 90 are expected to play.
April 12, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Guan Tianlang called it a dream come true Thursday when he became the youngest player in Masters history to compete in the tournament. But it had to be even better to finish with a curling 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-over-par 73, which tied the 14-year-old from China for 46th place in the 93-player field. "I feel great to play the first round here," Guan said. "I was just a little bit nervous on the first tee, but I hit a great tee shot on it and after that I just felt comfortable.
April 8, 2011 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It is difficult for 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa to be fully focused on competing in the Masters this week because of the bad news that continues to originate from Japan following the March 11 earthquake there. After carding a 71 Thursday in the opening round at Augusta National Golf Club, he received more bad news: that northeastern Japan had been hit with one of its worst aftershocks, a 7.1 magnitude, earlier in the day. "I think it is very serious," Ishikawa said through a translator.
April 13, 2013 |
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)
April 14, 2013 |
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The roars through the hills and valleys of the Augusta National Golf Club let you know that Fred Couples was closing in on the leaders in the third round of the Masters. But other than yells of encouragement, there was mostly silence on Couples' last five holes, which he played in 5-over-par for a 77 that dropped him into a tie for 18th at 216. "I was very mediocre," said the 53-year-old Couples, the 1992 Masters champion. "I made a lot of pars, but I had just some mediocre swings.
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 3, 2011
Bill Lyon is the author of Deadlines and Overtimes: Collected Writings on Sports and Life In the gathering gold and green shadow-streaked splendor of a soft spring Georgia dusk, on a golf course of intoxicating beauty and seductive treachery, Philip Alfred Mickelson, aka "Lefty," is standing on a bed of pine straw in a stately cathedral of Georgia pines pondering this predicament: How do I maneuver this little white ball out of knee-buckling trouble,...