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June 12, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - It all started here in 1999, when Phil Mickelson famously lost the U.S. Open to Payne Stewart by one on a closing 15-foot par putt. Three years later at Bethpage, he again finished second, three behind Tiger Woods. In 2004, he was runner-up, by two, to Retief Goosen at Shinnecock Hills. In 2006, going for his third straight major, Mickelson blew a 1-shot lead with a 72nd-hole double bogey at Winged Foot. In 2009, back at Bethpage, he lost by a deuce to Lucas Glover.
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May 29, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
LIKE MOST competitors, Mike Johnson dreamed big things when he was a kid. Yet for much of his athletic career, they had nothing to do with sinking a putt on the last hole to win a major golf tournament. Or even a minor one. When Johnson was younger his game was baseball. So his dreams were mostly about hitting a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series. But by the time he was a sophomore at Hatboro-Horsham High, he started to take another swing more seriously. "I got a lot better at it," he said.
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May 21, 2014 | Daily News staff and wire reports
TIGER WOODS said yesterday he doesn't know when he will return to golf, and questioned at one point whether he'd ever play again. Speaking at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in his role as host of next month's Quicken Loans National, Woods said his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. "Forget about playing golf at the highest level. I couldn't get out of bed," Woods said. "I was certainly doubtful at that point.
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April 15, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga.- In 1963, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest Masters champion. Seventeen years later, Seve Ballesteros became the youngest. And seventeen years after that, Tiger Woods took the record lower. That was 17 years ago. For a while, it sure looked as if 20-year-old Jordan Spieth was going to keep the timeline intact. He was trying to make a whole bunch of history. Youngest to win this major. Youngest to win any major in 83 years. Second Masters rookie to get a green jacket since 1935.
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April 15, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - At about 5 p.m. yesterday, leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth stood on the ninth green. About 75 yards away, Bernhard Langer, the standard-bearer for the AARP delegation, was explaining why a record six 50-somethings not only made the Masters cut but half of them spent yesterday in contention. On the ninth green, Watson made a birdie putt that completed a four-shot swing atop the leader board over two holes and had the Masters caretakers heading to his locker to get out the green jacket he won 2 years before.
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April 14, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Little Amy Mickelson stood on her tiptoes to reach up and hug her husband, Phil. They held the embrace for a few beats, awash in mournful fatalism. It was as if something died. Well, it did. For the first time in 20 years, neither Mickelson nor Tiger Woods will play on the weekend at the Masters. Between them, they won seven of the previous 17 tournaments played at Augusta National, but their bodies are failing them. With very little pomp, the circumstance atop the golf world has transformed.
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - As you may have heard, Tiger Woods is not playing in the Masters this week because of his recent back surgery, robbing the patrons of a chance to see the dominant golfer of an era that began with Woods' first green jacket back in 1997 and continued through his 14th major title in the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods' chief challengers from that period - Phil Mickelson (43 years old), Ernie Els (44), Jim Furyk (43), Steve Stricker (47), and Vijay Singh (51) - may be on, or close to reaching, the back nine of their careers, and the players ready to represent the next generation of greats are lining up. Some qualify thanks to victories in major championships: Rory McIlroy (24)
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne said Wednesday that the Masters has not changed the way it positions its rules officials, a policy that came under criticism last year during controversy over an illegal drop taken by Tiger Woods at No. 15. Woods was found to have not taken a proper drop after finding the water with his third shot on the par-5 hole in the second round. It was not until the next day that Woods was penalized 2 strokes, but he was not disqualified for having signed an incorrect scorecard that had not included the assessment.
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April 10, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Monash was an Australian boy of common background who became a career soldier and rose through the ranks to become a general, famously fearless for leading his troops under fire, a Down Under version of Pershing or Patton. In World War I, he received a knighthood on the battlefield for his bravery and innovation, especially during his duty on the brutal Western Front, where his involvement turned the war. His legacy as a gentleman and a public servant remains sacrosanct in his home country, where his name graces a university, a hospital and two towns.
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April 9, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
WE ALL KNEW this was bound to happen one of these years, that Augusta National was going to have to make due without one of its most identifiable mainstays. No, we're not talking about the Eisenhower Tree, even though that'll be missed too. But can the folks in those green jackets hold a Masters without Tiger Woods? We're going to find out. It's something the other three majors have all had to deal with before, and it's not like they stopped playing them. But it is a first for the season's first one. There's every chance that Woods, who had back surgery last week, will miss more in the coming months.
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