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Apr 14, 2014

Spieth emerges as shining light after Masters debut

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth may have missed his chance to become the youngest Masters champion but the 20-year-old showed he could yet be a champion for the ages.

The baby-faced Texan belied his tender years with a stunning debut at Augusta National, finishing tied for second behind Bubba Watson after flirting with history.

Apr 14, 2014

Scott frustrated after challenge fades

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Adam Scott was left to rue what might have been after his Masters defense ended with a whimper on Sunday.

The Australian’s prospects of claiming back to back titles were already a long shot after he started the final day six shots behind the eventual winner Bubba Watson.

Apr 13, 2014

McIlroy finishes Masters in top-10

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating Masters on a high with his best round of the tournament on Sunday to record his first top-10 finish at Augusta National.

A day after he suffered the embarrassment of being beaten by a non-competing amateur marker, McIlroy provided a reminder of what is capable of with a final round of three-under-par 69.

Apr 13, 2014

Watson upbeat about Masters prospects

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson was feeling good about his chances of winning a second Masters title despite squandering a sizeable lead in Saturday’s third round, and for good reason.

After starting the day three shots in front then extending his lead to five strokes early in his round, the American’s advantage quickly whittled away.

Apr 13, 2014

Scott’s title defense all but over after third round

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Adam Scott’s reign as Masters champion was as good as over after the Australian tumbled down the leaderboard in Saturday’s third round.

The fist-pumps and screams of “C’mon Aussie” that marked his breakthrough victory last year were a distant memory as he was unable to conjure up any of that same magic when he won the coveted green jacket.

Apr 13, 2014

Golf-Scott’s title defence all but over after third round

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 12 (Reuters) – Adam Scott’s reign as Masters champion was as good as over after the Australian tumbled down the leaderboard in Saturday’s third round.

The fist-pumps and screams of “C’mon Aussie” that marked his breakthrough victory last year were a distant memory as he was unable to conjure up any of that same magic when he won the coveted green jacket.

Apr 12, 2014

Woodland flirts with course record after hot start

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Gary Woodland had the Augusta National crowds buzzing with excitement after he equalled the record for the lowest score for the first nine holes during the third round of the Masters on Saturday.

The American made four birdies and an eagle, at the par-5 second hole, to reach the turn in six-under par to light up the course.

Apr 12, 2014

Golf-McIlroy beaten by marker at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 12 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s miserable run at the Masters continued on Saturday when he was beaten by a noncompeting amateur in the third round at Augusta National.

McIlroy was the last of the 51 players to make the cut and because there was an odd number, he was assigned a marker, Augusta local and club member Jeff Knox.

Apr 12, 2014

Australian Goss secures low amateur title at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – A year after Adam Scott provided Australia with its first Masters champion, teenager Oliver Goss gave the country another success when he secured the silver cup as the low amateur.

On the eve of his 20th birthday, Goss upstaged some of the sport’s biggest names to shoot a one-under-par 71 in Friday’s second round to reach the halfway stage at a respectable three-over.

Apr 12, 2014

Bubba Watson leads Masters at halfway stage

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson made five birdies in a row to snatch the halfway lead at the 78th Masters on Friday as some of golf’s biggest names, including Phil Mickelson, failed to make it past the second round.

While most of the world’s best golfers struggled to make par in the brutally tough conditions at Augusta National, Watson surged into contention for a second green jacket in three years.

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