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Nobody can run down Reed on Masters Sunday for first major win

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- How do you like Patrick Reed now?

Say what you will about the golfer who brings out certain visceral emotions in the crowd, the kind that often requires a pro wrestler in a mask to evoke. Both at home and abroad.

Bring out all the media dredges and let them work long into the night to unearth the venal sins of his youth and the...Read more

Spieth's improbable comeback falls just short at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth can still make them roar at the Masters.

Even when he starts the final round nine strokes off the lead and tied for ninth.

Spieth was an afterthought on Sunday as the world was fixated on the duel between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy in the final pairing. Reed held a three-stroke advantage but their Ryder Cup ...Read more

Masters notes: Casey just misses course record

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Paul Casey was playing with a marker on Saturday. He nearly shot the Masters course record on Sunday.

Casey missed the record of 63 after trouble on the final two holes.

Casey made the cut at the number, 5-over par, after the first two rounds of the 2018 Masters. Going out first, with a non-competitive marker, he shot a 3-under...Read more

Patrick Reed wins Masters by a stroke over Rickie Fowler

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Patrick Reed looks like a guy who spends his Sunday afternoons at the grill, arguing that charcoal makes the meat taste better.

His look is awkward -- ill-fitting pants, an upside down pin on his hat, a magenta shirt that will never catch on. His most common look is a scowl, and fellow Texan Jordan Spieth is infinitely more ...Read more

McIlroy saved from 'sea of pink' in chase for Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It's not often a golfer describes the lie of his golf ball as "a sea of pink."

That can happen at Augusta National with the breadth of azaleas that dominate the landscape.

So there was Rory McIlroy in the third round of the 2018 Masters on Saturday, chasing the only major championship the still eludes him, when his approach ...Read more

Reed, McIlroy renew acquaintances at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Saturday was another installment of the Patrick Reed Master of the Universe Tour. It is the story of a golfer who is in the mid- to high-60s more than San Diego.

But, now, let the first Augusta National mock Ryder Cup commence.

It will be Reed and Rory McIlroy at 40 paces on Masters Sunday, reprising their memorable Ryder Cup ...Read more

Masters notes: Tiger Woods celebrates … for good reason

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Woods raised his arms in victory.

After his tee shots at the 12th hole in the first two rounds of the 2018 Masters found water, who could blame him?

Woods bogeyed the hole Thursday and Friday when hit finished in Rae's Creek. On Saturday, his tee shot safely found the green. After raising his arms, Woods made the safe sign with...Read more

Tiger Woods talks Chicago project and President Obama's phone call

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods confirmed what had been an urban legend in Chicago golf circles: President Obama called to ask him to take on the Jackson Park/South Shore golf project.

"He actually called me about it," Woods said Saturday after his third-round 72 at the Masters. "I'm not affiliated with the library (Obama Presidential Center), but ...Read more

Patrick Reed goes low to take second-round lead at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson strolled to the interview area with a huge smile, asking: "How's it going, guys?"

The temptation was to reply: "Wait, didn't you just shoot 79?"

Mickelson had a rough Friday at the Masters, but he was hardly alone. Tiger Woods came home in 75, barely making the cut. First-round leader Jordan Spieth retreated with...Read more

Tiger Woods happy to play the weekend

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He left his last putt off the left edge at No. 18 but it didn't matter. With a closing par, Tiger Woods made the cut at the 82nd Masters on Friday.

His 3-over 75 in the second round got him into the weekend by two strokes. The last and only time he missed the cut came in 1996, the last year he competed as an amateur.

The day ...Read more

Reed soars to second-round lead at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Prior to Friday, the list of things that Patrick Reed won't do was pretty clear.

Sing "Glory Glory to old Georgia" in the shower.

Back down to any European in skinny-cut golf pants.

Modesty.

Contend in majors.

Time for a slight rewrite, perhaps? Reed had himself his best day ever at the Masters by several miles Friday, ...Read more

Rain or shine, Spieth likes his chances

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth thinks he still has this.

His first-round lead was gone almost before he finished breakfast. Patrick Reed and Marc Leishman threatened to stampede him and everyone else down Washington Road. Spieth at one point went 12 holes without a birdie.

But he's five shots down at the midway point of the 82nd Masters. He has...Read more

Mickelson finds trouble among azaleas at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The azaleas are lovely at Augusta National this time of year.

Phil Mickelson wasn't enthralled by the flowering shrubs deep in the pine trees along the ninth fairway.

The three-time champion had his second round of the 2018 Masters fall apart on the final hole of the front nine Friday. Mickelson took a triple-bogey after his ...Read more

Masterful Spieth reasserts himself at Masters for two shot lead after first round

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It was early Thursday at what was being advertised as the most electric and anticipated Masters since Bobby Jones was in knickers.

And all around the acoustically perfect Augusta National vale, where cheers tend to pool and amplify, there was the sound of ... silence.

It was crickets -- metaphorical, of course, since every ...Read more

15th hole dooms defending champion Sergio Garcia

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For a guy who waited 19 years to win his first major championship, Sergio Garcia met a stunning end in his first attempt to defend it.

He drowned.

In a stupefying few minutes on the par-5 15th hole on Thursday, Garcia hit five consecutive shots in the pond guarding the front of the green, finishing with an octuple-bogey 13 -- ...Read more

With one bogey, Matt Kuchar makes his move at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- His first round was nearly halfway complete and Matt Kuchar's Masters was going nowhere. Standing on the eighth tee, he was already 2 over par on a day that Augusta National was yielding some scores. So he steeled himself to find some of that action for himself.

That, of course, is not true. The Masters doesn't work that way. ...Read more

Here's how favorites fared in Round 1 of Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This was billed as the most anticipated and competitive Masters in some time with a number of the world's best golfers at the top of their game entering the tournament.

Could Tiger win again? How about the world's No. 1 player Dustin Johnson? Or Rory McIlroy's attempt to win the career Grand Slam?

After the first round at ...Read more

Masters crowd showers Tiger Woods with love, but he gives them little to cheer on Day 1

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Around the practice green they waited. And waited.

Tiger Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava, appeared first. Observers noticed that LaCava, who lives in Connecticut, had a New York Rangers T-shirt under his white caddie uniform.

"Last-place-Ran-gers," a man chanted, ever so softly.

Then Woods emerged, a dashing figure dressed entirely ...Read more

Nicklaus foresees length added to Nos. 2, 5 and 13 at Augusta National

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jack Nicklaus knows that Augusta National Golf Club can keep up with changing technology in the game.

He doesn't necessarily like that it must do so.

Even as an Augusta National member made a subtle gesture for Nicklaus not to elaborate on specific changes to the golf course, the six-time Masters champion indicated three holes ...Read more

Masters anticipation soaring with Woods, top players in form

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Two years ago, the 80th Masters was approaching.

All the chatter and projections about who would be the 2016 champion at Augusta National was about the young "Big Three" -- Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.

Spieth arrived as the defending champion. Day was the world No. 1 and coming off a major breakthrough triumph in ...Read more