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