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Mike Bianchi: At age 50, Annika Sorenstam is pushing to beat John Smoltz, grow women's golf

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The French poet and novelist Victor Hugo once said, “Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.”

Maybe that’s why Annika Sorenstam has decided to return to competitive golf again this week in Orlando at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Maybe, since she just turned 50, she’s starting to feel ...Read more

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Ralph Lauren drops sponsorship of golfer Justin Thomas because he said homophobic slur after missing putt

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This mistake cost him more than a stroke.

Ralph Lauren has ended its sponsorship of Justin Thomas because the No. 3-ranked golfer muttered a homophobic slur after missing a putt.

Thomas, 27, missed a short putt on the 4th hole of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii last Saturday. While walking to his tap-in bogey putt, Thomas muttered...Read more

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How a South Carolina lake helped forge Dustin Johnson's Masters dreams

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dustin Johnson won the Masters thousands of times before Tiger Woods helped him into that 42-long green jacket for all the world to see.

He won it from the front yard of his grandfather's home on the northeast side of Lake Murray, with he and his kid brother — and future caddie — lashing buckets upon buckets of drives ...Read more

Smith, Im good enough to win most Masters, but not this one

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im will go down in history as finishing second at the 84th Masters.

No need to mention they were five strokes behind the record-setting score of Dustin Johnson.

Smith and Im started the day tied for second, four strokes behind Johnson. They both finished with final rounds of 3 under par 69. Their ...Read more

Jim Souhan: Dustin Johnson closes out record-setting performance at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, GA. – Every golfer can learn from Dustin Johnson's record-setting victory at the Masters.

He shot a final-round 68 Sunday to finish at 20 under par, two strokes better than the mark set by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. Johnson earned his second major title, winning by five shots, the largest winning margin since Woods' 12-shot ...Read more

A November Masters to remember: Dustin Johnson wins in a landslide

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — If only all of us could handle 2020 like Dustin Johnson has.

Tumult, meet your Teflon in the newly minted Masters champion. No difficulties seem to stick to Johnson. Only a month ago, he was holed up in a Las Vegas hotel room, just him and his coronavirus, after testing positive at the C.J. Cup tournament there. He served an 11...Read more

Dustin Johnson wins his first Masters title with a record-setting score

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dustin Johnson can add Masters champion to his list of golf accolades.

Coming off a stunning third-round performance that vaulted him into a four-stroke lead at Augusta National on Saturday, Johnson became the first player to finish at 20 under par to win the Masters on Sunday.

Johnson, 36, finished his final 18 holes with a ...Read more

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Ahead by four in Masters, Dustin Johnson aims to avoid another final-round disappointment

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Even though he's in position to win his first Masters with a four-shot lead heading into the final day, Dustin Johnson knows better than to exhale.

Ten years ago, he had a three-shot lead after three rounds of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach ... then blew up with an abysmal 82 on Sunday.

In the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, he...Read more

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Abraham Ancer doesn't seem intimidated by the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Course knowledge is supposed to be vital at Augusta National. That's why older players like Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer so often play well at the Masters, and why Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson so often seem revived by the tournament.

Abraham Ancer doesn't have much course knowledge. He is playing in his first Masters, and...Read more

Tiger Woods remains stalled as leaders pull away in third round of Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods began the day where he started.

On Moving Day at the Masters, that's not good.

The defending and five-time champion shot an even-par 72 in the third round Saturday to remain at 5 under par for the tournament. It was the culmination of a 26-hole day as Woods had to finish his second round before returning to the ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Easy does it for Masters leader Dustin Johnson

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — After shooting a 65 on Saturday to take a four-shot lead at The Masters, Dustin Johnson walked up the hill from the 18th green and ... nothing happened.

This the space where fists are pumped and family members are hugged.

In the COVID Masters, there was no rope corridor to guide him through the crowd, because there was no ...Read more

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Steve Hummer: Dustin Johnson shows who's No. 1 in Masters third round

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — When they first announced that ESPN was going to graft the set for its Saturday college football preview show onto the Masters, maybe some eyebrows arched. Perhaps Bobby Jones even harrumphed from the great beyond.

But as it turned out, Augusta National was the perfect place for College GameDay this Saturday. For nowhere else ...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: International group chases DJ at Masters: 'Why not go for it?'

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Dustin Johnson will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters on Sunday. If it goes as expected then Johnson will add another major championship to his 2016 U.S. Open title. It's hard to imagine Johnson, unflappable on the course, blowing this after he finally took control of a major on the third day.

Yet more accomplished ...Read more

When it comes to sports gambling, golf is betting big on fan engagement

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Is this Masters different?

You bet.

And bet, and bet. Online bookmakers offer about 1,300 different ways to bet on the most prestigious tournament in golf, with most of those being in-play wagers such as whether Tiger Woods will play his next hole in birdie or better, or whether Bryson DeChambeau's next drive will be shorter ...Read more

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Five under over final four puts Cameron Smith atop Masters leaderboard

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — There are easier routes to the top of the Masters leaderboard.

Where is the fun in that?

Cameron Smith finds himself with a share of the lead at 9 under par after the suspended second round Friday. He finds himself along side major winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson and fellow international Abraham Ancer after all ...Read more

Michael Cunningham: Dustin Johnson's long day at Masters good, but could have been more

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Dustin Johnson finished his delayed first round at the Masters on Friday with four birdies over seven holes for a 7-under-par 65. He stopped for a moment to say he's glad he would be starting his second round in a few minutes. After presumably grabbing one of the Augusta sandwiches he professes to love, Johnson went out and showed why he ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Diverse, crowded Masters leaderboard makes for an exciting weekend at Augusta

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AUGUSTA, GA. — The hand-operated scoreboards at Augusta National do not care whether you putt cross-handed or cross-eyed, whether you hit driver or 3-wood, or which continent you call home.

Friday at The Masters was proof. By the end of the second day, the four players tied for the lead at 9-under included a Mexican, an Australian, a South ...Read more

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Top-ranked Dustin Johnson among four players tied for Masters lead

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Much of the talk leading up to this year's Masters surrounded the swing-for-the-fences crowd, the young guys with their explosive drivers who threatened to hammer Augusta National into submission.

Overlooked were the old guys.

But two days into the tournament, some of the most experienced players are hanging tough.

"It ...Read more

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Steve Hummer: It's a mixed bag of leaders heading into Masters weekend

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — When he got the invitation to play this year in his first Masters, Abraham Ancer immediately framed it and hung it in his living room. Now it's like a member of the family.

When finally he got to play Augusta National for the first time nine days ago in a warm-up for the Masters, he didn't want to leave short of an eviction ...Read more

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It's so quiet at the Masters, everyone seems to be on the ropes

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — That's not pine straw people are walking on, but eggshells.

Be still. Be quiet. Be mindful that you're standing in the right place.

This is the Masters. Unplugged.

Not only does this year's tournament have no spectators — or "patrons," as they're called here — but also there are no ropes. In many respects that makes the ...Read more