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Johnson comes up short again

By Garry Smits on April 10, 2016 - 9:30 pm
Dustin Johnson sustained yet another major championship disappointment with his tie for fourth at 1-under-par 287, four shots behind winner Danny Willett.

Billy's ball blown off green

By Garry Smits on April 9, 2016 - 7:55 pm
While Billy Horschel was taking a look at a putt on the 15th green, a gust of wind blew his ball down a slope and into the water. "The golfing gods … I think they owe me one, hopefully," he said.

Day's birdies turn to bogeys

By Garry Smits on April 9, 2016 - 12:04 am
World's No. 1 player, Jason Day, has rougher second round to close tied for 15th.

Langer, Love III make weekend

By Garry Smits on April 8, 2016 - 9:41 pm
Bernhard Langer, the 58-year-old two-time Masters champion, shot 73 on Friday and is tied for 15th at 1-over, five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth. Davis Love III, who will turn 52 next week, matched that 73 and is tied for 23rd at 2-over.

Winds affect first round play

By Garry Smits on April 7, 2016 - 9:42 pm
Davis Love III couldn't believe what he was seeing on a putt from the back of the green at Augusta National Golf Club's 14th hole during Thursday's first round. His putt caught the top of the bank perfectly, and the ball started rolling to the hole.

Bubba doesn't mind status

By Garry Smits on April 5, 2016 - 7:28 pm
With the exception of Bubba Watson's putting and short game, he comes into the Masters with guns blazing in every statistical category and by any measure of scoring.

Game shaping up for Zach

By Garry Smits on April 4, 2016 - 6:25 pm
Johnson has four top-10s in his past 10 starts and 2015 was the second season in his past three that he had two top-10s in majors in the same season.

Knox achieves Masters dream

By Garry Smits on April 4, 2016 - 6:12 pm
Russell Knox played his first round at Augusta National with his father a week before playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Palmer out as Masters starter

By Garry Smits on March 15, 2016 - 10:14 am
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will share the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7 when they hit the ceremonial opening shots of the Masters Tournament.

Fowler delievers powerful statement in victory

By Garry Smits on May 11, 2015 - 12:10 am
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - There was nothing overrated about Rickie Fowler at The Players Championship. Criticized this week by his peers as an underachiever, Fowler answered with the greatest finish in the 34-year history at the TPC Sawgrass. He rallied from a five-shot deficit on the back nine by playing the final six holes in 6-under par. In a three-hole playoff, he took on every shot. And he made birdie from inside 6 feet three times Sunday on the island-green 17th.

Blixt proves a quick study

By Garry Smits on April 11, 2015 - 6:58 pm
Jonas Blixt shot his second consecutive subpar round with 70 on Saturday.

Johnson flies with 3 eagles

By Garry Smits on April 10, 2015 - 8:54 pm
Dustin Johnson's 36-hole total of 7-under-par 137 earned a tie for third with Justin Rose and Paul Casey, seven shots behind leader Jordan Spieth and two behind second-place Charley Hoffman.

Spieth dominates par-5s

By Garry Smits on April 10, 2015 - 7:19 pm
Jordan Spieth has seven birdies and one bogey on Augusta National's par-5s, and he birdied all of them during Friday's round.

Henley has good start

By Garry Smits on April 9, 2015 - 2:21 pm
Russell Henley, one of six former University of Georgia players in the field, shot his first career round in the 60s at Augusta National. With 4-under 68, he was second in the clubhouse at the time he finished, one shot behind Charley Hoffman.

Modern golf goes low tech

By Garry Smits on April 8, 2015 - 8:40 pm
Masters patrons have spotted caddies using a very old-school device to help their players decipher Augusta National Golf Club's greens during practice rounds: small carpenter's levels, with the bubble in a tube showing whether a surface is even, or listing to one side or another.

Horschel not in awe

By Garry Smits on April 8, 2015 - 6:00 pm
"I've never been a person to be in awe of anything," said Billy Horschel, the PGA Tour's defending FedEx Cup champion. "No sporting spectacle, no athlete ever made me go speechless."

Tiger hopes to recapture form

By Garry Smits on April 7, 2015 - 5:54 pm
Tiger Woods is getting old. Just ask him.

Kaymer hopes to join Langer

By Garry Smits on April 6, 2015 - 3:43 pm
Martin Kaymer said recounting all of the knowledge that two-time Masters Tour­na­ment champion Bern­hard Langer has to offer about Augusta National Golf Club would be a bit impractical.

Blixt wants more

By Garry Smits on April 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm
Jonas Blixt, the only player to shoot under par each round, finished Sunday with his third 71 in a row to tie for second.

Par-3s on front nine offer test

By Garry Smits on April 13, 2014 - 6:21 pm
Bubba Wat­son and Jordan Spieth birded Nos. 4 and 6 on Sunday, a feat no other player accomplished in one round. Only Sandy Lyle could claim a birdie at each hole this Masters.
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