April 11, 2011 |
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.
April 10, 2014 |
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.
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 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 5, 2007 |
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.
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 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.