News http://www.augusta.com/category/sections/news en Happy Birthday, Jack! http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/happy-birthday-jack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Jack Nicklaus celebrates his 75th birthday today.</p><p>For Augusta, where Nicklaus won a record six Masters, it seems like it was only yesterday that he was a 19-year-old amateur who made his debut in 1959.</p><p>Or that he was becoming the youngest winner in 1963.</p><p>Or that he was setting records that would stand more than 30 years in his 1965 triumph.</p><p>Or that he was the first to successfully defend his title.</p><p>Or that he was holding off charges from Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller to win again.</p><p>Or that he was turning back the clock and defying conventional wisdom with his historic triumph in 1986.</p><p>We cheered when you won. We teared up a bit when you quit playing. Now, we applaud when you play the Par-3 and hit one of the opening tee shots.</p><p>Thanks for the memories.</p><p>To see a slideshow of Jack&#39;s accomplishments through the years, click here:&nbsp;<a href="http://chronicle.augusta.com/slideshow/2015-01-18/happy-birthday-jack#slide-1">http://chronicle.augusta.com/slideshow/2015-01-18/happy-birthday-jack#slide-1</a></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News John Boyette Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:03:28 +0000 John Boyette 3518 at http://www.augusta.com Dominguez wins Latin America Amateur to earn berth in Masters http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/dominguez-wins-latin-america-amateur-earn-berth-masters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Matias Dominguez grew up dreaming of someday playing in the Masters Tournament. It&rsquo;s not an uncommon dream among golfers, but the path for Dominguez wasn&rsquo;t always easy.</p><p><br />The golfer from Chile battled nerves and a four-hour rain delay to win the Latin America Amateur Championship on Sunday to book his trip to Augusta and fulfill his dream of playing for a green jacket.</p><p><br />Dominguez shot 1-under-par 71 in the final round at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a one-shot win over Alejandro Tosti of Argentina.</p><p><br />Dominguez overcame self doubts to persevere, not to mention a change in culture when he was recruited to play college golf at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas.</p><p><br />&ldquo;I always felt that one day hopefully I can get to the Masters,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We all grew up with the same dream. I can&rsquo;t believe that dream just came true.&rdquo;</p><p><br />The senior will be the first player from Chile to compete in the Masters since Enrique Orellana missed the cut in 1964.</p><p><br />&ldquo;Everyone in Chile is going crazy,&rdquo; said Dominguez, who added he still had several hundred texts to read. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something for all of us that it was almost impossible, waiting the next few years for a player to get in. Hopefully I can represent them the best I can and hopefully do my best.&rdquo;</p><p><br />Dominguez, 22, held a one-shot lead after 54 holes. But heavy rains forced a lengthy delay after he had completed only six holes.</p><p><br />&ldquo;I tried to stay positive, stay calm as possible,&rdquo; he said.</p><p><br />The strategy worked as he birdied the first two holes after the rain delay. He played the next seven holes in even par, but stumbled down the stretch with bogeys on two of his last three holes.</p><p><br />But Tosti couldn&rsquo;t capitalize, and all Dominguez had to do was make a short bogey putt on the final hole to win.<br />He buried his face in his hands, and he was greeted by two of his Texas Tech teammates who were in the field and friends from Chile who rushed the green with a bottle of champagne.</p><p><br />&ldquo;It was fun, real fun to experience that with them,&rdquo; Dominguez said. &ldquo;It was awesome to see them.&rdquo;</p><p><br />The tournament was patterned after the highly successful Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, which was created in 2009 by the Masters and R&amp;A to grow golf worldwide and get youths interested in the game.</p><p><br />For the Latin America Amateur, the Masters joined forces with the R&amp;A again and added the USGA.</p><p><br />In addition to the trip to Augusta National in April, Dominguez also earned berths in the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur. He also is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News John Boyette Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:33:41 +0000 John Boyette 3516 at http://www.augusta.com Qualifying schedule set for 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/qualifying-schedule-set-2016-drive-chip-and-putt-championship <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Staff Reports </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying schedule is now available on the event&rsquo;s web site, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.<br />Registration for the event will begin Jan. 22 at the web site.<br />The competition is open to boys and girls ages 7-15 who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. Qualifying opportunities are available in all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August.<br />Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers &ndash; 40 boys and 40 girls &ndash; will earn an invitation to the national finals at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, the eve of the 2016 Masters Tournament.<br />The schedule for the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows:<br />Local (May/June/July/August): 255 host sites spread throughout all 50 states. Three juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue.<br />Sub-Regional (July/August): 50 host sites spread throughout 45 states. Two juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue.<br />Regional (September): 10 host sites in 10 defined regions. One junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue.<br />National Finals (April 3, 2016): 80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club.<br />The venues that will host the 10 regional qualifying events include several USGA championship and PGA Championship sites: Chambers Bay Golf Course (University Place, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open conducted by the USGA), Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, Md.), Golf Club of Houston (Humble, Texas), Hazeltine National Golf Club (Chaska, Minn., site of the 2016 Ryder Cup), Medinah Country Club (Medinah, Ill.), Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa., site of the 2016 U.S. Open), The Country Club (Brookline, Mass.), Torrey Pines Golf Course (La Jolla, Calif., site of the 2021 U.S. Open), TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Valhalla Golf Club (Louisville, Ky., site of the 2014 PGA Championship).<br />For a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional level, or for more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News DCP News Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:54:57 +0000 John Boyette 3515 at http://www.augusta.com Masters badges will cost more in 2015 http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/masters-badges-will-cost-more-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p class="ud4"><span class="u68">Golf&rsquo;s most sought-after ticket will cost $75 more in 2015.</span></p><p class="ud4"><span class="u68">Masters Tournament patrons were notified by email this week that a series badge will cost $325. It&rsquo;s the first increase since 2012, when the coveted badges went up $50 to $250.</span></p><p class="ud4"><span class="u68">Augusta National Golf Club told patrons that application renewal and payment must be completed online by Jan. 31 or their ticket allocations would be forfeited.</span></p><p class="ud4"><span class="u68">It&rsquo;s the biggest single price increase for a badge since the tournament started in 1934.</span></p><p class="ud4"><span class="u68">A Masters badge has long been considered one of the toughest tickets in sports. A waiting list for series badges was established in 1972 and closed in 1978 when demand far exceeded the club&rsquo;s supply. The waiting list was briefly reopened in 2000.</span></p><p class="ud4"><span class="u68">The 2015 Masters will be held April 9-12.</span></p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News John Boyette Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:24:14 +0000 John Boyette 3514 at http://www.augusta.com Augusta National beefs up security on Magnolia Lane http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/augusta-national-beefs-security-magnolia-lane <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Augusta National Golf Club has beefed up security to the most famous entrance in golf.</p><p>Bollards &ndash; short, vertical posts used to control traffic &ndash; were installed across Magnolia Lane while the club was closed over the summer.</p><p>The five posts are retractable and can be controlled by security guards at the front gate off Washington Road if they need to stop or divert a vehicle.</p><p>As the home of the Masters Tournament, Magnolia Lane and the main entrance are popular spots for tourists hoping to get a glimpse inside the gates.</p><p>A large, green screen was put up at the entrance while the work was completed.</p><p>The installation is just the latest upgrade Augusta National has made to club security in recent years, which has included enhancements at all of the major entrances and new routes for pedestrians and vehicles.</p><p>In October, a South Dakota couple was banned from club grounds after an altercation when they entered at Magnolia Lane.</p><p>In that incident, according to the Richmond County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office, a woman drove onto club grounds at Magnolia Lane and then her husband got out and began taking pictures.</p><p>The most famous incident at Augusta National didn&rsquo;t involve Magnolia Lane. In October 1983, President Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s round of golf at Augusta National was cut short when a gunman crashed through an unmanned gate with his truck and demanded to see the president. Charles Harris held five hostages in the pro shop for two hours before he was finally subdued by Secret Service agents.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News John Boyette Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:36:41 +0000 John Boyette 3510 at http://www.augusta.com Aussie wins Asia-Pacific Amateur, spot in Masters http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/aussie-wins-asia-pacific-amateur-spot-masters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Associated Press </div> </div> </div> <p>MELBOURNE, Australia &mdash; Antonio Murdaca of Australia earned a place in the field for next year&rsquo;s Masters Tournament after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship by seven shots Sunday on Royal Melbourne&rsquo;s composite course.<br />The 19-year-old Murdaca led by eight strokes overnight and shot 1-under 71 Sunday to finish at 13-under 275, becoming the first Australian to win the title.<br />Japan&rsquo;s Horikawa Mikumu had a 69 to break out of a tie with Australian Todd Sinnott and take second place.<br />&ldquo;I was worried in the practice rounds whether my game would fit the course here,&rdquo; Mikumu said. &ldquo;But as I played through the week I got a bit more adjusted to the course and I was able to figure out a little bit how to challenge the course.&rdquo;<br />Murdaca and Mikumu will also be exempt until the final stage of qualifying for the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews.<br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a dream come true. I can&rsquo;t wait,&rdquo; Murdaca said. &ldquo;I was standing on that second shot today sort of thinking &lsquo;wow, imagine if I get to the Masters. Imagine how many people there are going to be&rsquo;.&rdquo;<br />Murdaca&rsquo;s lead was cut to five shots when he shot 36 on the front nine, but he came home strongly with birdies on the 10th and 14th holes.<br />Sinnott finished with 71 to take third place ahead of 16-year-old Australian amateur champion Ryan Ruffels in fourth. China&rsquo;s Dou Zecheng and Tianlang Guan, who won the 2012 tournament when he was 14, and Taiwan&rsquo;s Pan Cheng-tsung shared fifth at 2-under 286.<br />Murdaca dominated the later stages of the tournament. He trailed Sinnott by two shots after his opening round, led by one shot after the second &mdash; as the only player in the 116-strong field to break 70 in both of the first two rounds &mdash; then took charge of the tournament with his 67 on Saturday.<br />Murdaca had 21 birdies and an eagle in his four rounds over the 7,059-yard Royal Melbourne layout.<br />&ldquo;I had a little bit of a sleepless night I guess,&rdquo; Murdaca said. &ldquo;I woke up nice and early. I didn&rsquo;t want to miss my alarm this morning. That could have been a disaster.&rdquo;<br />Murdaca said he tried not to think about winning Sunday and focused on playing as he had throughout the week.<br />&ldquo;I think after I hit that second shot into 18, I got some goose bumps,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It is pretty special considering the reward you get at the end. I&rsquo;ve been working hard all year, hunting for a win and I finally got one and I think I found the right event to win.&rdquo;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:51:37 +0000 John Boyette 3507 at http://www.augusta.com Aussies on top at Asia-Pacific Amateur http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/aussies-top-asia-pacific-amateur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Associated Press </div> </div> </div> <p>MELBOURNE, Australia &nbsp;&mdash; Antonio Murdaca of Australia shot 4-under 68 to lead the Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship after two rounds by a shot from compatriot and overnight leader Todd Sinnott on Friday.</p><p>Murdaca had five birdies and a bogey at Royal Melbourne to take his two-round total to 7-under 137, edging Sinnott, who followed his first-round 67 with a 1-under 71.</p><p>The 20-year-old Sinnott, who plays on the pennants team for Metropolitan, another sand-belt course nearby, held a share of the lead until he bogeyed his final hole, finishing a mixed round with an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys.</p><p>Murdaca and Sinnott will play in the same group over the weekend.</p><p>&quot;It should be fun. Anthony plays very aggressively,&quot; Sinnott said.</p><p>Murdaca was fortunate to qualify for the elite field of 116 golfers, placing ninth among the 10 Australian entries.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m pretty confident. I&#39;m quite happy with my game,&quot; Murdaca said. &quot;All I&#39;m looking to do is hit great shots, one after the other.</p><p>&quot;So I am not going to try to think too far ahead at the weekend.&quot;</p><p>Murdaca added, &quot;I&#39;ve always wanted to play the Masters as an amateur.&quot;</p><p>The Asia-Pacific winner gets a spot in the Masters next year, and is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the British Open.</p><p>Thailand&#39;s Tawan Phongphun and China&#39;s Jin Cheng were two shots further back in a tie for third place with two-round totals of 140, 4-under par.</p><p>The 2012 champion, Tianlang Guan of China, was among a group of four players tied for fifth place at 3-under 141. Guan struggled for consistency and had six bogeys and five birdies in a 1-over 73.</p><p>He was still a shot ahead of Australian amateur champion Ryan Ruffels, whose back-to-back rounds of 71 left him alone in ninth place at 2 under.</p><p>U.S. amateur champion Yang Gunn of South Korea followed his first-round 81 with a 1-over 73 to finish a shot inside the cut line at 10 over.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:53:47 +0000 John Boyette 3506 at http://www.augusta.com Australian leads Asia-Pacific Amateur http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/australian-leads-asia-pacific-amateur <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Associated Press </div> </div> </div> <p>MELBOURNE, Australia &mdash; Todd Sinnott of Australia shot 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over 2012 champion Tianlang Guan of China after the first round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Melbourne.<br />The 20-year-old Sinnott plays on the pennants team for Metropolitan, another sand-belt course nearby.<br />Two strokes behind Sinnott and tied for third with 69s were Lee Chieh-po of Taiwan, Australian Antonio Murdaca and Tawan Phongphun of Thailand.<br />Australian amateur champion Ryan Ruffels had a 71 while Yang Gunn, the U.S. Amateur champion from South Korea, was well back after an 81.<br />The Asia-Pacific winner gets a spot in the Masters Tournament next year and is exempt into the final stage of qualifying for the British Open.<br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a long way to go yet,&rdquo; Sinnott said after taking advantage of the calm morning conditions on Royal Melbourne&rsquo;s composite layout.<br />&ldquo;This is a course where you need to contain yourself,&rdquo; he said after making birdie on his last two holes. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all about positioning the ball. You can make double bogey here as quickly as you can make a birdie by attacking.&rdquo;<br />Guan agreed.<br />&ldquo;I felt very comfortable today, made a lot of good putts and played pretty smart,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;But I think I cannot be too aggressive on this course, just play safe and then try to make a couple birdies.&rdquo;<br />It&rsquo;s the first time the 72-hole tournament, which has a field this year of 115, has been held outside Asia since it began in 2009.<br />Lee Chang-woo, who won the 2013 event in China at Nanshan International Golf Club, is not competing after turning professional.<br />On Thursday, Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club in Hong Kong was confirmed as host venue for the seventh Asia-Pacific Amateur. It will be played Oct. 1-4, 2015.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:14:16 +0000 John Boyette 3505 at http://www.augusta.com Drive, Chip and Putt finalists announced for 2015 http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/latest-news/drive-chip-and-putt-finalists-announced-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From Staff Reports </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club will feature 80 junior golfers from 30 states and three Canadian provinces.</p><p>The second annual championship will be held April 5, the Sunday prior to the start of the Masters Tournament. It will be broadcast live on Golf Channel.</p><p>The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free, nationwide junior competition focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. There were 10 regional qualifiers, with the third and final stage leading to the 2015 finals.</p><p>Five competitors from the 2014 event will return, including one returning champion &ndash; Kelly Xu of Santa Monica, Calif. She will compete in the Girls 10-11 Division after winning the Girls 7-9 Division this past April.</p><p>Local qualifying was held in May, June and July at more than 250 sites across the United States. The top three scorers per venue, in each of four age categories in boys and girls divisions, advanced to 49 sub-regional qualifiers in August. Two juniors in each age and gender division competed at the regional level through September.</p><p>The top finisher from each regional site&rsquo;s age and gender divisions earned a place in the finals.</p><p>Qualifying results can be found at drivechipandputt.com.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Latest News DCP News Tue, 07 Oct 2014 19:59:38 +0000 John Boyette 3504 at http://www.augusta.com 1964: Palmer's final major http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/1964-palmers-final-major <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Arnold Palmer was due a breather at the Masters Tournament.<br />In his first three victories at Augusta National Golf Club, Palmer had to produce spectacular finishes or survive a three-man playoff to earn his wins.<br />In 1964, he faced no such obstacles in becoming the tournament&rsquo;s first four-time winner.<br />Palmer did have to share the spotlight in the first round with four other golfers, who all shot 69s to share the lead.<br />But that was as near as Palmer would let anyone get to him for the remainder of the tournament.<br />A second-round 68 put him in the lead for good, and a 69 in the third round gave him a five-shot lead going into the final round. He also had a shot at making history.<br />Ben Hogan&rsquo;s 72-hole record of 274 (at the time) and becoming the first player to score all four rounds in the 60s (something no one has achieved) were in Palmer&rsquo;s reach that Sunday.<br />Palmer was steady in the final round, shooting 2-under-par 70 for a six-stroke victory over Dave Marr and defending champion Jack Nicklaus.<br />It was the worst round of the tournament for Palmer, whose 276 total was two shots off Hogan&rsquo;s record.<br />&ldquo;This is the most singularly exciting tournament for me ever,&rdquo; Palmer said after slipping on his green jacket. &ldquo;For once in my life, I planned to do something and did what I wanted.&rdquo;<br />Palmer also took the opportunity to thank his fans.<br />&ldquo;I want to thank Mr. Roberts, Mr. Jones and members of the gallery, especially,&rdquo; Palmer said after the round. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re my friends.&rdquo;<br />The hard-charging Nicklaus, who shot 67 for the low score in the final round, was prophetic.<br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s always next year, and you can bet I&rsquo;ll see you then,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I only hope I can do better then.&rdquo;<br />Nicklaus won the 1965 Masters by nine shots and set a 72-hole record with his 271 total. He would go on to become a six-time Masters winner.<br />Although neither Palmer nor his adoring public could have predicted it, the 1964 Masters would be his last victory in a major championship. He finished no worse than fourth the next three Masters, but after 1967 Palmer never seriously challenged again at Augusta National.<br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t really know why it was the last,&rdquo; Palmer said of 1964. &ldquo;I hope it wasn&rsquo;t the satisfaction of winning the Masters.&rdquo;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News John Boyette Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:33:25 +0000 John Boyette 3502 at http://www.augusta.com 1962: Palmer's redemption http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/1962-palmers-redemption <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Arnold Palmer didn&rsquo;t often give golf tournaments away.<br />But at the 1961 Masters Tournament, Palmer did just that, when he made a double bogey on the final hole and Gary Player won the tournament.<br />A year later, he threatened to do it again. Leading after 54 holes, Palmer struggled to 39 on the front nine in the final round and needed birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to force a three-way playoff with Player and Dow Finsterwald.<br />Although Palmer limped in with 75, he still had a chance to win his third Masters tournament.<br />In the Monday playoff, Player got off to a good start with 34 on the front nine. Palmer struggled to 37, and Finsterwald was well on his way to 77.<br />But Palmer was not going to go down without a fight, and the 10th hole would be the turning point. Palmer rammed in a 30-foot downhill putt for birdie, and Player missed a short putt for par.<br />Palmer was off and running, and he made four more birdies (on Nos. 12, 13, 14 and 16) to take the lead.<br />&ldquo;There was no question about the fact that 10 was the big lift,&rdquo; Palmer said.<br />Palmer shot 5-under-par 31 on the back nine and had only one bogey on the day, which came at No. 7 after a &ldquo;bad chip and a bad putt.&rdquo; He finished with 68.<br />Player, looking to become the first repeat Masters winner, posted a respectable 71 but was no match for Palmer&rsquo;s strong finish.<br />Neither Player nor anyone else should have been surprised by Palmer&rsquo;s back-nine charge. After all, Palmer played the final nine in 17-under for the tournament. On the front nine, he was a combined 5-over.<br />Palmer&rsquo;s caddie, Nathaniel &ldquo;Iron Man&rdquo; Avery, could see the charge coming on the back nine.<br />&ldquo;He just jerks at his glove, tugs at his trouser belt and starts walking fast,&rdquo; he said after the round. &ldquo;When Mr. Arnold does that, everybody better watch out. He&rsquo;s going to stampede anything in his way.&rdquo;<br />With the win, Palmer joined Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead as the only men at the time who had three Masters victories to their credit.<br />Although Palmer set a record for highest final round (75) by a champion, he admitted that waiting a day for the playoff did his game good. He said he &ldquo;had much better control of his game&rdquo; Monday than Sunday.<br />Palmer gave reporters partial credit for his victory.<br />&ldquo;Maybe it helped me that everybody kept asking me how I made six at the last hole last year,&rdquo; he said.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News John Boyette Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:31:10 +0000 John Boyette 3501 at http://www.augusta.com 1960: Palmer's fantastic finish http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/1960-palmers-fantastic-finish <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Arnold Palmer didn&rsquo;t invent the charge. It just seems that way.<br />At the 1960 Masters Tournament, Palmer gave a glimpse of things to come when he birdied the final two holes to nip Ken Venturi and win by a stroke.<br />Palmer&rsquo;s come-from-behind win was a little misleading. He led after each round, posting a first-round 67 that put him six strokes ahead of Venturi.<br />Two rounds later, Palmer held the lead, but Venturi had narrowed the gap to one stroke.<br />In those days, Masters officials did not pair golfers based on score. Venturi went out ahead of Palmer and his playing partner, Billy Casper.<br />Venturi, who had nearly won the Masters as an amateur in 1956, got off to a fast start with 3-under-par 33 on the front nine. Palmer, meanwhile, shot even-par on the front and was two shots behind Venturi.<br />On the final nine, Venturi struggled to 1-over-par 37 and finished with 70, the best round of the day to that point.<br />As reporters gathered around to interview who they thought was the winner, Venturi offered some words of caution: &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t won it yet.&rdquo;<br />Palmer, though, could not make anything but pars on the back nine. Even on the two par-5s, Palmer failed to make birdie. By the time he reached the 17th tee, Palmer knew he was one shot behind and needed a birdie to force a tie with Venturi.<br />On the 17th, Palmer played an indifferent approach that finished about 30 feet from the pin. But he rolled that putt in for birdie, much to the delight of Arnie&rsquo;s Army.<br />One person who couldn&rsquo;t bear to watch was Palmer&rsquo;s wife, Winnie.<br />&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t look. I didn&rsquo;t see it, but I heard it,&rdquo; she said of the birdie on No. 17. &ldquo;It sounded like the best putt of the tournament.&rdquo;<br />Some would argue that the next hole was even better for Palmer.<br />On the final hole, he hit a solid drive and was left with a 6-iron to the green. He hit it six feet to the left of the pin, then calmly rolled in the birdie putt for his second Masters triumph in three years.<br />Palmer admitted that he was a little tight on the last two holes.<br />&ldquo;The only thing that really bothered me was my mouth got a little dry,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I wanted some gum to chew or something.&rdquo;<br />The loss was a crushing blow to Venturi, but he was gracious in defeat.<br />&ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t give it away,&rdquo; he told reporters. &ldquo;Arnold won it because he played great golf.&rdquo;<br />Palmer was apologetic after the round.<br />&ldquo;I wanted to win more than anything, Ken, but I&rsquo;m truly sorry it had to be this way,&rdquo; he said.<br />Although the Masters was Palmer&rsquo;s fifth win of the year, he wasn&rsquo;t done yet. He proved his flashy finish in Augusta was not a fluke as he mounted a huge rally at the U.S. Open to win after trailing by seven shots going into the final round.<br />Sparking talk of sweeping golf&rsquo;s four majors, Palmer challenged at the British Open that year but finished second.<br />In all, Palmer won eight times in 1960 and enjoyed his most successful season as a pro.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News John Boyette Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:25:08 +0000 John Boyette 3500 at http://www.augusta.com 1958: Ruling goes Palmer's way http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/1958-ruling-goes-palmers-way <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sports Editor </div> </div> </div> <p>Noted golf writer Herbert Warren Wind coined the phrase &ldquo;Amen Corner&rdquo; in 1958 to describe the 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta National Golf Club.<br />Wind came up with the term to describe the critical action that occurred on those holes as Arnold Palmer sweated out a rules question in the final round that year to win his first Masters Tournament.<br />Palmer led the tournament through 54 holes but had not expanded his lead after shooting even-par 36 on the front nine in the final round. A bogey on the 10th hole did not help matters, either.<br />Entering Amen Corner, Palmer knew he would have to navigate this stretch successfully if he was going to earn his first green jacket.<br />After making par on the 11th, Palmer&rsquo;s tee shot on the par-3 12th flew the green and plugged into the bank behind it. Heavy rain the night before had made the course very wet and muddy.<br />Palmer and the rules official on the 12th were unsure whether he was entitled to a free drop from the plugged lie, so Palmer played the muddy ball and wound up taking a double-bogey five.<br />Then, he went back and dropped a second ball and played a smart pitch that finished close to the hole. He made the short putt for par and turned his fate over to the Masters committee to decide which score would count.<br />The committee&rsquo;s decision was not instant, so Palmer and playing partner Ken Venturi proceeded to the 13th hole. After a big drive, Palmer went for the green and made it to set up an 18-foot putt for eagle.<br />When the putt dropped, Palmer flung his cap in the air.<br />Two holes later, Palmer got even better news: The committee ruled that U.S. Golf Association rules were in effect and that Palmer was entitled to his free drop at the 12th hole and a score of three.<br />Although Palmer bogeyed two of the last three holes, he still held the lead. Defending champion Doug Ford and Fred Hawkins each had chances to tie Palmer if they could birdie the 18th hole, but neither could, and Palmer had won his first major.<br />After the round, Palmer told reporters that he was not worried about the ruling being in his favor.<br />&ldquo;There was no doubt in my heart that it was a three,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It was just a matter of the officials having to make a decision, and I thought I had a three. I wanted to protect myself, though, and that&rsquo;s the reason I played both balls, so there could be no question one way or the other.&rdquo;<br />The eagle at the 13th was also a big part of his win, and tournament co-founder Bobby Jones compared it to Gene Sarazen&rsquo;s double eagle on the 15th hole in the 1935 Masters.<br />&ldquo;Today, Cliff (Roberts) and I were watching Palmer at 13 and the same exhilaration came over me as did when I watched Sarazen from that mound in 1935,&rdquo; Jones said. &ldquo;I said to Cliff, &lsquo;He really hit that one.&rsquo; It stopped 18 feet from the cup and he holed it, and that was the deciding factor of the tournament.&rdquo;<br />Palmer, who had sweated out the finish with his wife, Winnie, in Roberts&rsquo; cabin, summed up what winning the Masters meant to him.<br />&ldquo;This is probably the greatest thrill of my lifetime, and I&rsquo;m not eliminating anything,&rdquo; he said.</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News John Boyette Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:22:33 +0000 John Boyette 3499 at http://www.augusta.com Woods parts ways with swing coach Foley http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/woods-parts-ways-swing-coach-foley <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Associated Press </div> </div> </div> <p>PARAMUS, N.J. &nbsp;&mdash; Four-time Masters Tournament champion Tiger Woods is leaving swing coach Sean Foley after four years and no majors.</p><p>Woods said on his website Monday he will no longer work with Foley, the Canadian whom he hired when his game was at its low point following the upheaval with his marriage. The announcement came one day after another Foley pupil, Hunter Mahan, won The Barclays.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,&quot; Woods said. &quot;Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him.&quot;</p><p>Woods has been coping with back problems for more than a year. He had surgery March 31 to alleviate a pinched nerve, forcing him to miss two majors during his three months of recovery. He missed two cuts, withdrew from another tournament and had his worst 72-hole finish in a major after returning.</p><p>He is taking three months off in a bid to regain his full strength, and said this would be the right time to dismiss Foley. Woods is not scheduled to play again until his World Challenge in Orlando, Florida, the first week in December.</p><p>He does not have a coach and said there was no timetable to hire one.</p><p>&quot;My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together,&quot; Foley said in a statement posted on Woods&#39; website.</p><p>Foley was the third coach Woods hired as a professional.</p><p>Woods began working with Butch Harmon as a teenager, and they changed his swing twice. The biggest overhaul was after Woods won the Masters by 12 shots. Many believe the new swing produced Woods&#39; most dominant golf, though he also was in his early 20s and had not had serious issues with his knee. Woods won eight majors while with Harmon, including seven in 11 attempts and an unprecedented sweep of them in 2000-01. They parted in 2003.</p><p>Woods went to Hank Haney and produced another memorable stretch with an entirely different swing. In a two-year period covering 34 tournaments, Woods won 18 times (including four majors) and was runner-up six times. That ended with the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, right before his fourth and most invasive knee surgery.</p><p>That was his 14th major, and Woods has not won another since. He remains four short of the record held by Jack Nicklaus.</p><p>Haney announced he was leaving Woods, although those close to Woods felt a split was imminent. Woods went through most of 2010 without a coach until hooking up with Foley for the first time at the PGA Championship in 2010 at Whistling Straits.</p><p>Woods won three times on the PGA Tour in 2012, and then delivered a five-win season in 2013 when he returned to No. 1. But he rarely challenged in the majors, some of that because of injury.</p><p>He missed two majors in 2011 while letting leg injuries fully heal. Woods had a share of the 36-hole lead in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 2012, but he was not a factor on Sunday. He was two shots off the lead going into the final round of the 2013 British Open and fell back quickly.</p><p>He missed two more majors this year because of injury.</p><p>Foley, who first worked with Stephen Ames, has Mahan and former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose among his clients.</p><p>&quot;It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport,&quot; Foley said. &quot;I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.&quot;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News Doug Ferguson Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:37:12 +0000 John Boyette 3497 at http://www.augusta.com Tiger Woods game is a question mark heading into the British Open http://www.augusta.com/masters/story/news/tiger-woods-game-question-mark-heading-british-open <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Associated Press </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 21.84000015258789px;">For a major championship that began 154 years ago, no one ever knows what to expect at the British Open.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 1.3em; line-height: 1.4em;">Royal Liverpool is the perfect reminder of that.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">The second-oldest golf club in England (founded in 1867) played host to The Open in 2006 during a surprisingly dry summer.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">The links course was so brown and dusty that the R&amp;A asked that two fire engines be parked on the property. The ball ran so far and fast on the baked-out grass that Tiger Woods only hit driver one time over 72 holes on his way to a two-shot victory for his third claret jug.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">Eight years later, the landscape has changed in so many ways.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">The grass is green, courtesy of a wet spring. The yellow, wispy grass so common in the British Open is still there, only the layer of vegetation beneath is thick enough to make golf balls disappear. It feels like a new course.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s lush. The greens are soft and very green. Fairways are pretty similar,&rdquo; Rory McIlroy said after a scouting trip to Royal Liverpool.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s going to be different. There&rsquo;s some thick spots of rough on the course, so avoiding that, avoiding those fairway bunkers &hellip; if I can just do that, and anyone else can do that, then they&rsquo;ll have a good chance.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">Does that include Woods?</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">Once a sure thing to contend at any major, he has never been a greater mystery than now.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">Not only has Woods gone six years since winning his 14th major, now he makes news simply by playing in one. He had back surgery on March 31 to alleviate a pinched nerve.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">He missed the Masters Tourna&shy;ment for the first time, and then the U.S. Open.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">When the British Open begins today, it will be his first major in 11 months. He at least had two rounds of competition to shake off rust. Woods missed the cut at Congressional, which annoyed him. He also played without pain, which thrilled him.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">&ldquo;I hate to say it, but I&rsquo;m really encouraged by what happened this week,&rdquo; Woods said after missing the cut by four shots at Congressional.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">&ldquo;What I was able to do physically, and the speed I had and the distance that I was hitting the golf ball again, I had not done that in a very long time.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">There hasn&rsquo;t been a dominant player during his time away from various injuries and surgeries over the past five years. McIlroy, with two majors by age 23, is just now starting to get his game back in order. Martin Kaymer won The Players Championship and U.S. Open by going wire-to-wire in both. Adam Scott is No. 1 in the world. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion at the British Open.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">This British Open could give an indication whether Woods can join the fray.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">&ldquo;We have all witnessed what Tiger has been able to do over his career, whether that&rsquo;s come back from injury and win, come back from any sort of off-course stuff and win,&rdquo; McIlroy said.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 0em; padding: 0px 0px 12px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 1.3em; font-family: georgia, serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4em;">&ldquo;Is it foolish for people to write him off? I would say so. If he&rsquo;s playing and he&rsquo;s competing, he&rsquo;s got as good a chance as any.&rdquo;</p><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-media"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-photo"> <div class="field-label">Show Wide Photo:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wide-video"> <div class="field-label">Show wide video:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> News Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:58:12 +0000 Associated Press 3453 at http://www.augusta.com