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Kraft tames wind, conditions for bogey-free 65, share of lead at Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kelly Kraft on Thursday almost shot his best round ever at Colonial Country Club.

Still, an opening-round 65 in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational was enough to put him in a three-way tie for the lead with Derek Fathauer and J.T. Poston.

In 2012, Kraft shot a 64 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, ...Read more

Fresh faces dominate first-round leader board at Colonial

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- At a PGA Tour venue known for crowning established veterans for more than seven decades, Colonial experience took a free drop in Thursday's opening round at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

By and large, newcomers or infrequent visitors to Fort Worth had their way as they climbed to the top of the leader board while battling...Read more

Colonial newcomers, past champ Mickelson set sights on Spieth

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- It is difficult to round a corner at this week's Dean & DeLuca Invitational without spotting an image of Jordan Spieth, the tournament's defending champion.

He's featured on banners in the neighborhood near the course and on signage throughout Colonial Country Club. Based on past performances, which show the Dallas resident...Read more

Billy Horschel beats Jason Day in playoff at Byron Nelson

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IRVING, Texas -- Jason Day picked the worst possible time for his only three-putt green of tournament week at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Day, the No. 4 player in the world golf rankings, completed all 72 holes of regulation without a three-putt but posted one on his first playoff hole to open the door to a Nelson triumph by Billy Horschel.

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High-tech stats eclipsing golf's long-held fundamentals for PGA Tour success

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Known as a shotmaker's course, Colonial Country Club comes under scrutiny every year when the world's best come to Fort Worth for the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

And while history affords a certain level of respect to the moniker of shotmaker, whether a player has the ability to draw and fade the golf ball as a consistent ...Read more

Revealing Colonial's golf secrets: Every Tour stop has a story

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Because of its transient nature, many sports fans are intrigued but surprised by the realities of life on the PGA Tour.

When the venue for the competition is a private club, which is the case for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, the curiosity level rises for ticket-buying patrons whose only access to Colonial ...Read more

North Carolina golfer, 15, never lets age hold him back

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Akshay Bhatia is like a lot of 15-year-olds. He's growing taller, growing into his body. He has braces. He fiddles with his phone.

But Bhatia isn't a typical 15-year-old on the golf course. A left-hander, he combines a solid, functional golf swing and good short game with a degree of focus and grit that can help separate him ...Read more

Jordan Spieth now a Wheaties cover athlete

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IRVING, Texas -- Jordan Spieth's name adorns the Wall of Champions at Colonial Country Club, but now he's a Breakfast of Champion.

Spieth debuted his likeness on a Wheaties cereal box Tuesday at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

"Actually found a new partner in Wheaties," Spieth said. "I'm going to be on the cover of four million Wheaties boxes later ...Read more

Tony Romo hopes to begin path to US Open in Texas qualifier

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tony Romo has been showered with plenty of love since announcing he'd walk away from football.

But he'll have to earn his way to the U.S. Open the hard way.

Romo, 37, will try to take his first step in local qualifying Monday at Split Rail Links & Golf Club in Aledo. Romo is listed in the USGA's database of 9,485 entrants,...Read more

Sergio Garcia wins his breakthough major with Masters victory on first playoff hole

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The record will show that Sergio Garcia won his first major on his 74th try on the 73rd hole of the 81st Masters tournament.

But most who were watching on Sunday will tell you that he won the tournament on the 13th hole when he and Justin Rose both made pars.

Two pars decided the tournament?

It makes sense if you relive Sunday...Read more

Sergio Garcia overcomes Justin Rose to win Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Seve Ballesteros would have so loved this Masters, played over this heaven on earth on what would have been his 60th birthday.

Wasn't it two-time Masters champ Ballesteros, dead far too young in 2011, who put Spanish golf on the map? Didn't his genius lie in his ability to turn car wrecks into victory parades? Wouldn't he have ...Read more

Rose says he will be back contending at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Justin Rose had one arm in his first Masters green jacket.

He had withstood a charge by Sergio Garcia to take a one-shot lead with a birdie at No. 16. But his drive on 17 went into the pine trees on the right. He got his second shot into the bunker that is in front of the green, blasted out to 7 feet, but missed the par putt to ...Read more

For Fowler, Spieth, the Masters charge never came

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday, just as Sergio Garcia's sword fight with Justin Rose broke out in earnest and the Masters' back nine was fully engaged, in the twosome just ahead, Rickie Fowler was doing this:

Drive through the pine grove off No. 11 left rough; recovery shot off a gallery-mushed lie over the green; chip up and two ...Read more

Rose, Garcia lead, but Spieth's two back and charging at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- What a leaderboard heading into the final round of the Masters.

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia at the top.

Rickie Fowler one stroke back.

And, most menacing, two shots back is Jordan Spieth, who has never finished lower than second at Augusta National Golf Club.

Sunday's final round will bring with it the kind of drama this ...Read more

Mickelson loses chance to contend at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Old Man started hot with birdies on his first two holes.

Could Phil Mickelson do it again at the Masters? Could he put himself in position to win his fourth green jacket?

The answers, emphatic "No's" (we may couch as "Not yet"), came quickly.

After reaching 2 under, the 46-year-old carded one more birdie, three bogeys and ...Read more

From out of nowhere, Rose claims a piece of Masters lead

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Six holes down and 12 to play, Justin Rose was going backwards.

While the leaders had gone off five shots ahead, Rose was 1 over par for his third round and the Masters seemed to be going forth without him. About then, he and caddie Mark "Fooch" Fulcher had a chat Saturday afternoon.

"We kind of knew we were being tested at ...Read more

Fowler and Garcia among four tied for lead, with other stars lurking at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A day after Charley Hoffman fired possibly the most impressive first round in recent Masters history, things returned to normal Friday at Augusta National Golf Club.

There's a leaderboard that even the casual golf fan can get excited about, with four players tied at four-under-par 140.

There's the rebel. Sergio Garcia, labeled ...Read more

Masters leaderboard gains pizzazz after Round 2

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This is not to say the first round of the Masters lacked for panache, but the tournament could have powered its leaderboard with a 10-watt portable generator.

The weekend finds that the scenery has changed and a host of the world's top-ranked players are now fully engaged.

First-round leader Charley Hoffman is a nice guy you ...Read more

Mickelson has an off day on the green at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- On an afternoon Phil Mickelson might have commanded the lead in the Masters, an old ally let him down.

"I struggled with the putter today and a lot of it was wind-aided," Mickelson after shooting a 1-over 73 that included three bogeys on the day's final five holes. "It's easy if you have to hit them. The wind is having more of ...Read more

No. 1 at Augusta National playing historically tough

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tea Olive, the first hole at Augusta National, may have its name changed to Poison Ivy after the first two rounds of the Masters.

No one wants to get near it, and by the time you are finished you feel like one big rash.

"That may be one of the hardest starting holes in golf," said William McGirt, who bogeyed it Friday. "...Read more

 

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