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Apr 12, 2014

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.

Apr 11, 2014

Golf-Watson grabs clubhouse lead at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 11 (Reuters) – Bubba Watson rolled in five birdies in a row to snatch the outright lead in the second round of the 78th Masters on Friday and surge into contention for a second green jacket in three years.

While most of the world’s best golfers were struggling just to make par in brutally tough conditions at Augusta National, Watson produced a masterful display to grab the early clubhouse lead.

Apr 11, 2014

Oosthuizen grabs share of Masters lead with early eagle

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Louis Oosthuizen, who lost an epic playoff at the Masters two years ago, grabbed a share of the lead at Augusta National on Friday with an eagle in his second round.

With most players still struggling to cope with the lightning fast greens, the South African joined overnight leader Bill Haas and Sweden’s Jonas Blixt in a three-way tie for the lead at four-under-par.

Apr 11, 2014

Donald penalized by Masters officials

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Luke Donald incurred the wrath of Masters officials when he was penalized two shots for an infringement during his opening round at Augusta National on Thursday.

The Englishman took six shots on the par-four ninth hole but was later handed a two-stroke penalty for touching the sand with his wedge before playing a bunker shot.

Apr 11, 2014

Golf-Donald penalised by Masters officials

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Luke Donald incurred the wrath of Masters officials when he was penalised two shots for an infringement during his opening round at Augusta National on Thursday.

The Englishman took six shots on the par-four ninth hole but was later handed a two-stroke penalty for touching the sand with his wedge before playing a bunker shot.

Apr 10, 2014

Golf-Oosthuizen back in the hunt at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Louis Oosthuizen put a forgetful year behind him when he made a bright start to the Masters on Thursday, shooting a three-under-par 69 to finish the opening round tied for second place.

The South African, who has been plagued by back problems in the last year, had six birdies and three bogeys on a difficult day for scoring at Augusta National to put himself in great position to challenge for the title.

Apr 10, 2014

Relaxed Scott makes great start to Masters defense

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Adam Scott, playing with the freedom and unwavering self-belief of a man who has already achieved his life’s ambition, made a spectacular start to his Masters title defense on Thursday.

Unshackled from the pressure he had shouldered for years following his breakthrough major win last year, the Australian shot a three-under-par 69 to finish the opening round near the top of the leaderboard.

Apr 10, 2014

Golf-Relaxed Scott makes great start to Masters defence

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Adam Scott, playing with the freedom and unwavering self-belief of a man who has already achieved his life’s ambition, made a spectacular start to his Masters title defence on Thursday.

Unshackled from the pressure he had shouldered for years following his breakthrough major win last year, the Australian shot a three-under-par 69 to finish the opening round near the top of the leaderboard.

Apr 10, 2014

Player still amazed by Chinese teenager Guan

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – After competing in a record 52 Masters, Gary Player thought he had pretty much seen it all at Augusta National.

The South African experienced the ultimate high when he won the tournament in 1961, 1974 and 1978, as well as the agony of close defeat when he lost out in a three-way playoff for the title in 1962.

Apr 9, 2014

Masters officials stick with same rules as last year

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Augusta National officials say they are sticking with the same rules they used at last year’s Masters despite the controversy over the penalty handed to Tiger Woods for an infringement.

Woods was slapped with a two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop during the second round of last year’s tournament after his approach shot to the 15th hole ricocheted off the flagstick into the water.

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