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McIlroy to seek Augustan's advice at Masters

By David Westin on July 23, 2014 - 11:32 am
British Open champion Rory McIlroy was so impressed with Augustan Jeff Knox’s putting in the third round of April’s Masters Tournament that he sent him a letter saying he’d like to play “a couple of practice rounds” with him at Augusta National Golf Club before the 2015 event, Knox said Tuesday.

Watson learned from 'hangover'

By David Westin on April 15, 2014 - 1:27 am
At the prime of his career at age 35, two-time Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson is getting better every year, according to caddie Ted Scott, who has been on his bag since 2011.

Twice as nice

By David Westin on April 13, 2014 - 10:26 pm
Bubba Watson didn't need a miracle shot from the pines in sudden death to win his second Masters Tournament in three years. The only round in the 60s among the contenders Sunday was enough.

Mize beaten by marker

By David Westin on April 13, 2014 - 5:00 pm
Augusta's Larry Mize finished with 79, while Augusta National member Jeff Knox shot an unofficial 77.

Spieth, Watson tied for lead

By David Westin on April 12, 2014 - 10:07 pm
Tied with Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth has the chance to become the youngest Masters champion and the first rookie to win in 35 years.

Final pairing clouds future

By David Westin on April 12, 2014 - 4:30 pm
Through 2010, 19 of the previous 20 winners had come out of the final group on Masters Sunday. But the past three winners haven't come from that pairing.

Club amateur edges McIlroy

By David Westin on April 12, 2014 - 4:25 pm
Jeff Knox, Augusta National's designated noncompeting marker, gave Rory McIlroy company on the course Saturday but ended up with a better round, shooting 70 to McIlroy's 71.

Watson storms to 3-shot lead

By David Westin on April 11, 2014 - 11:10 pm
Five straight birdies on the second nine - no matter that he bogeyed the final hole - give Bubba Watson plenty of breathing room going into the weekend at the Masters.

Mize's gamble on 15 pays off

By David Westin on April 11, 2014 - 4:32 pm
The 1987 Masters champ, trying to make his first cut at Augusta since 2009, decided to go for the green on the par-5 15th in two.

Haas leads after opening 68

By David Westin on April 11, 2014 - 12:14 am
Bill Haas, who is playing in his fifth Masters, shot 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over defending champion and World No. 2 Adam Scott, 2012 winner Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, who lost a playoff to Watson that year.

Drives disappoint Reed

By David Westin on April 10, 2014 - 7:47 pm
Masters rookie Patrick Reed hit only half of the fairways Thursday and averaged 276.50 yards per drive, well below his normal numbers. He finished at 1-over, five shots off the lead.

Master of memories

By David Westin on April 9, 2014 - 11:18 pm
The veteran writer recalls how he passed on a shot at a career in golf -- and free lessons from Ben Hogan -- to join the tribe of the scribe.

Writers honor Ken Duke

By David Westin on April 9, 2014 - 9:16 pm
Ken Duke, who was diagnosed with scoliosis in the seventh grade and plays with a metal rod in his back, received the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Wri­ters Asso­cia­tion of Amer­ica.

Who will be next?

By David Westin on April 9, 2014 - 7:04 pm
The 78th Masters Tour­na­ment begins Thursday with a young guard squaring off against the thirtysomethings who normally win the season's first major. A few in their 40s should also have a say.

Injuries hit top stars

By David Westin on April 8, 2014 - 6:55 pm
From Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson to Justin Rose, many top players have missed action because of injuries this season.

Stenson takes patient approach

By David Westin on April 8, 2014 - 2:47 pm
Third-ranked Henrik Stenson hasn't been in contention in his eight previous appearances at Augusta National Golf Club, where his best finish is a tie for 17th.

Reed not just talk

By David Westin on April 7, 2014 - 7:03 pm
Patrick Reed believes he's a "top-five" player in the world. The only reason he's 23rd in the world ranking, he says, is because he's so young (23) and hasn't played in enough PGA Tour events (43) to get his ranking any higher.

Practice round rained out

By David Westin on April 7, 2014 - 4:23 pm
The early washout of Monday's practice round at the Masters Tournament didn't do any favors to players beginning their crash course in Augusta National 101.

Tiger, tree's absence felt

By David Westin on April 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm
This will be the first Masters without the Eisenhower Tree, and the first one Tiger Woods hasn't been a part of since 1994.

Scott, Stenson could be No. 1

By David Westin on April 6, 2014 - 6:38 pm
Since the Official World Golf Ranking was introduced in April 1986, no one has ascended to the top spot by winning the Masters Tournament. That could change this week.
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