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Errie Ball, oldest living participant at first Masters, dies

By John Boyette on July 2, 2014 - 12:10 pm
Errie Ball, who played in the first Masters Tournament in 1934 and was the oldest living participant, died Wednesday.

More than just jackets

By John Boyette on April 13, 2014 - 11:19 pm
From cloth to crystal, there are many ways for a player to make the Masters memorable. The Masters stands alone in tournament golf as no other event provides such an elaborate array of prizes.

Drama on the front nine

By John Boyette on April 13, 2014 - 8:31 pm
The Masters excitement that players, patrons and television viewers have come to expect arrived about two hours earlier than normal Sunday. With none of the contenders blitzing the second nine, it was an atypical finish for the Masters.

O'Toole talks Drive, Chip and Putt

By John Boyette on April 13, 2014 - 5:28 pm
Thomas O'Toole, 56, is in his first year as president of the U.S. Golf Association.

Masters drama awaits

By John Boyette on April 13, 2014 - 10:52 am
Co-leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth tee off at 2:40 p.m., and many questions await before the final-round drama unfolds.

Masters playoffs unique

By John Boyette on April 12, 2014 - 10:43 pm
The Masters is the only major tournament that uses a sudden-death format to decide the winner in case of a tie.

Pin placements should excite

By John Boyette on April 12, 2014 - 6:50 pm
Between the setup and the great weather forecast for the final round of the Masters, a Sunday shootout is expected.

Putting guru watches clients

By John Boyette on April 12, 2014 - 4:41 pm
Two-time PGA Championship winner Dave Stockton, now of Stockton Golf, had eight clients in the Masters this week.

Moving Day at the Masters

By John Boyette on April 12, 2014 - 8:51 am
Bubba Watson holds the lead at 7-under, but there are 50 players who are chasing him and hope to use the ideal scoring conditions to catch the 2012 champion.

Landmark of American golf

By John Boyette on April 12, 2014 - 12:11 am
Welcome to the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse, a structure that was built in 1854 to serve as the home of indigo plantation owner Dennis Redmond.

Masters Insider: David Graham

By John Boyette on April 11, 2014 - 10:49 pm
David Graham, 67, is a former U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner who has won 38 times around the world. In 14 Masters appearances, the Australian's best finish was fifth, in 1980.

Couples hoping to contend

By John Boyette on April 11, 2014 - 10:46 pm
Once again, Fred Couples is in the top 10 after two rounds at the Masters. The problem has been sustaining his play over the weekend.

Yates has seen it all

By John Boyette on April 11, 2014 - 2:43 pm
From Horton Smith to Adam Scott, and from hickory shafts to hybrids, Dan Yates has seen it all.

Friday play underway

By John Boyette on April 11, 2014 - 8:41 am
It looks like it will be another perfect day at Augusta National Golf Club.

Cut closes door on weekend

By John Boyette on April 10, 2014 - 10:33 pm
The Masters has always had a limited field, but in 1957 it instituted a 36-hole cut with the low 40 players and ties moving on.

Masters gets started

By John Boyette on April 10, 2014 - 7:56 am
Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player each hit their ceremonial tee shots, and Stewart Cink and Tim Clark followed them as the first competitors to tee off this morning at Augusta National Golf Club. The 78th Masters Tournament has officially begun.

Honorary Starters ready

By John Boyette on April 9, 2014 - 10:09 pm
Honorary starters have been part of the Masters for more than 50 years, but that doesn't make the task of hitting a tee shot in front of thousands of patrons any less daunting.

Lynn Swann talks football

By John Boyette on April 9, 2014 - 7:08 pm
Hall of Fame wide receiver takes a timeout at the Masters to talk about football.

Networks not worried

By John Boyette on April 9, 2014 - 5:23 pm
Tiger Woods' absence at this week's Mas­ters Tournament isn't expected to detract from what is traditionally golf's highest-rated telecast.

Double eagles rare

By John Boyette on April 9, 2014 - 3:51 pm
The rarest shot in golf - a double eagle - has occurred only four times in Masters Tournament history. For­tu­nately for the tournament, one came early, in 1935's "shot heard 'round the world."