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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.

Apr 9, 2014

Augusta still unsure how to replace Eisenhower Tree

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is not the only icon missing from this year’s Masters.

Augusta National’s famed Eisenhower Tree, which stood for years on the 17th fairway, was removed after being damaged by an ice storm in February.

Apr 9, 2014

Masters chairman set to vote for women at Royal and Ancient

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Two years after Augusta National Golf Club finally agreed to allow women to join its membership, the club’s chairman hinted he would vote to support a move to include female members to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Recognized as the spiritual home of golf and guardian of the rules of the game since 1754, St Andrews has come under increasing fire for excluding women members.

Apr 8, 2014

McIlroy confident of better showing at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy is living proof that time has a way of healing almost everything.

Three years ago, McIlroy was reduced to tears when he blew his chance of winning the Masters after a spectacular final-round collapse.

Apr 8, 2014

Aussie ‘bugs’ on menu at Masters Champions Dinner

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Kangaroo and crocodile may not be on the menu but Australia’s Adam Scott said he will serve ‘bugs’ to former Masters winners when they gather on Tuesday for the annual Champions Dinner at Augusta National.

But the dozens of former champions in attendance need not worry, the ‘bugs’ that the 2013 Masters champion has ordered are Moreton Bay bugs, a type of lobster from northeastern Australia.

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