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Furyk wins 2nd RBC Heritage title, topping Kisner in playoff

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jim Furyk fired an 8-under-par 63 -- the lowest score ever by a winner of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing -- then topped Kevin Kisner with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff to capture his second tartan jacket and his first PGA Tour title since 2010.

Kisner, seeking his first PGA Tour win, closed with a 7-...Read more

Merritt maintains lead at RBC Heritage; Kuchar, Todd inch closer

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A day after toppling the Harbour Town Golf Links course record, journeyman Troy Merritt inched closer to his first PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. A double bogey on the eighth hole was the only blemish on his round of 2-under-par 69. He is 14 under for the tournament.

And more importantly, the...Read more

Merritt leads after sizzling round, Spieth charges into contention at RBC Heritage

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Troy Merritt saw the quality players on the leaderboard behind him and kept pushing for one more birdie, and then another.

When his final putt fell, a birdie on the 18th hole, Merritt learned for the first time that his 10-under-par 61 matched a course record at Harbour Town Golf Links. He is 12 under, good for a ...Read more

McDowell finds bright spot in tough year, tied for Heritage lead after Round 1

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Perhaps all you need to know about Graeme McDowell's tough year is that his best finish is a tie for 52nd last week at Augusta National Golf Club, a place he loves but a course that repels his game.

He needed a morsel, some motivation to keep his head down and stick to the process. He found a bright spot in a ...Read more

Woods' wrist not injured

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Tiger Woods apparently did not suffer a serious injury from his nasty encounter with a tree root at the Masters.

Hitting from pine straw on the ninth hole at Augusta National, Woods struck the root mid-swing and reacted with a noticeable wince.

"A bone kind of popped out and the joint kind of went out of place," he explained. "But I put it ...Read more

Masters' TV ratings up sharply from last year

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Nationally, CBS Sports' Sunday's final round coverage drew an 8.7 rating and an average audience of 14 million viewers.

The national numbers were up 26 percent from last year's disappointing final-round figures of a 6.9 rating and 11.1 million viewers on average.

The peak audience for this year's Masters was 17.7 million viewers from 6:30 p.m....Read more

Spieth completes wire-to-wire victory for first Masters win

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On a day as gray as Hogan's sweater, Jordan Spieth reclaimed Augusta National for Texas, introduced America's next great hope and showed all the kids out there what guts look like.

He also won the 79th Masters on Sunday as thoroughly as it has ever been won, his final-round 70 tying Tiger Woods' tournament scoring record at 18-...Read more

Tiger Woods suffers painful finish at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The most agonizing part of Tiger Woods' Sunday at the Masters came midway through his final round. Right of the fairway on the ninth hole with his ball in the pine straw, he took a rip at a somewhat awkward approach shot and appeared to catch a tree root beneath his ball.

Woods hollered after impact, his club flying out of his ...Read more

Mickelson, Woods left feeling old at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's hard to think of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as the old guard when they're still mashing 300-plus-yard drives around Augusta National Golf Club. But there was definitely a feeling of change as those two highly decorated Masters champions were reduced to distant pursuers of 21-year-old winner Jordan Spieth.

You can't get ...Read more

Rose adds drama to Masters' final round

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?AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It looked as if maybe, just maybe, Justin Rose was going to be able to pressure Jordan Spieth and add drama to the fourth round of the 79th Masters on Sunday.

Rose began the tournament's last day in second place, trailing Jordan Spieth by four strokes but carrying the momentum of going 5-under-par on the last six holes during ...Read more

Jordan Spieth wins Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth had it dialed in. From his blistering-hot 8-under-par round of 64 in Thursday's first round to Sunday evening's final putt, the 21-year-old Texan not only proved himself a worthy contender at the year's first major, he cemented himself as a Masters champion and a green jacket winner.

Spieth was hardly threatened in...Read more

If Jordan Spieth keeps calm, Masters competitors expect him to hang on

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The consensus from those who have been in Jordan Spieth's soft spikes can be summed up like this: Chillax, kid. You'll be fine.

No one seems to believe that Spieth will encounter any serious trouble Sunday in his quest to become the second-youngest winner in Masters history.

In 1997, Tiger Woods slipped on his first green ...Read more

Spieth's Masters path now must go through Rose, Mickelson

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Following hours and hours of extended brilliance, Jason Spieth's Masters coronation celebration paused briefly late Saturday afternoon to allow the man of the day to kick around a nasty double-bogey on the tournament's 53rd hole. A huge lead was almost halved. Cue the organ music.

Piffle. The kid's still got this. Right?

Spieth...Read more

Who has a chance to catch Spieth at Masters?

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth leads the Masters by four strokes after shooting a 2-under 70 in Saturday's third round to reach 16-under for the tournament.

It may seem unlikely that anyone can deny Spieth winning his first major, but stranger things have happened at Augusta National, as Greg Norman and Rory McIlroy can tell you after their ...Read more

Justin Rose rallies to get into final pairing

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Justin Rose was slogging around on the front nine at 2-over Saturday when he had a heart-to-heart with his caddie, Mark Fulcher, on the No. 7 tee.

"I said, 'Listen, we just need to be a little bit more committed,' " Rose recounted Saturday.

That ended up being sage advice as the Englishman rallied to play Augusta National in 6-...Read more

Tiger Woods of old re-emerges in Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods looked like the Tiger Woods of old at the Masters on Saturday. Never mind that there was a back nine worth of birdies between him and the tournament leader.

Woods once again sported some the largest followings at Augusta National Golf Club and he gave them plenty to roar about Saturday afternoon. The four-time ...Read more

Compton makes Masters cut, wife injured

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Erik Compton was just fine Friday afternoon. His wife, not so much.

Compton, two-time heart transplant recipient, shot an even-par 72 on Friday to easily make the cut in his first-ever Masters. He's 1-over heading into Saturday's third round.

His wife, Barbara Casco Compton, was not doing quite as well. She greeted a surprised ...Read more

Watson shoots 81, misses Masters cut one day after historic round

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As the cheers and applause poured out of the gallery, Tom Watson walked briskly up the fairway to the 18th green on Friday afternoon. He looked to his right, nodded toward the fans lining the green, and then inspected his own precarious situation on the final hole at Augusta National.

One day after completing what he termed a "...Read more

After shooting 69, Woods not ready to give up on Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Now on the other end of watching someone running away with the Masters, Tiger Woods didn't sound like a player who is ready to give Jordan Spieth a green jacket just yet.

After shooting a 3-under 69 in Friday's second round, Woods is 2-under for the tournament but trails the 21-year-old Spieth by 12 strokes. Woods wasn't ...Read more

Hoffman remains under radar at Masters despite hot start

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Not as many people recognize Charley Hoffman since he cut off his long, white-blond locks a couple of years ago. The 38-year-old Southern Californian was asked about that decision after shooting a second-round 68 to stand alone in second-place at Masters.

"Well, my hair stopped growing on top like it used to, as you might know ...Read more