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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.

Apr 8, 2014

Matsuyama to make first Masters appearance as a pro

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Patience is starting to pay off for Hideki Matsuyama, the lone Japanese entrant in this week’s Masters.

While Matsuyama has largely been overshadowed by compatriot Ryo Ishikawa, he is now emerging as Asia’s best shot at winning an elusive green jacket.

Apr 1, 2014

Woods to miss Masters after back surgery

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday he would miss next week’s Masters after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve that has troubled him for months.

The world number one pulled out of his traditional Masters warm-up event in Florida last month and released a statement on his website on Tuesday saying he was withdrawing from the first major of 2014, starting at Augusta National on April 10.

Feb 24, 2014

Short track: Ahn’s switch creates new world order

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – It took just one disgruntled man to change the world order of Olympic short track speed skating at the Sochi Winter Games.

Viktor Ahn won three gold medals in Sochi to take his lifetime tally to six and confirm his place as the sport’s greatest Olympian.

Feb 24, 2014

New sports prove a hit in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – There was a revolution at the Sochi Olympics that took place right under the noses of the Russian security forces as the whole world watched.

But this was an uprising that had everyone’s stamp of approval and changed the Winter Games forever.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Short track-Ahn’s switch creates new world order

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – It took just one disgruntled man to change the world order of Olympic short track speed skating at the Sochi Winter Games.

Viktor Ahn won three gold medals in Sochi to take his lifetime tally to six and confirm his place as the sport’s greatest Olympian.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-New sports prove a hit in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – There was a revolution at the Sochi Olympics that took place right under the noses of the Russian security forces as the whole world watched.

But this was an uprising that had everyone’s stamp of approval and changed the Winter Games forever.

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