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Apr 9, 2015

Woods battles early in Augusta return, seven shots back

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, coming back from a two-month layoff to get himself tournament ready, battled some erratic play to stand one over par midway through his opening round at the Masters on Thursday.

The former world number one, who plummeted to 111th in the world as he struggled following back surgery last year, offset two bogeys with birdies on the par-fives but floundered at the ninth.

Apr 9, 2015

Tradition strikes again at Masters start

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tradition struck again at the Masters with three giants of golf — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player — hitting the first shots on Thursday to launch the 79th Masters Tournament.

Player won bragging honors by driving a few feet past six-times winner Nicklaus, who stole the spotlight on Wednesday with an ace at the Par-3 Contest.

Apr 8, 2015

Lefties rule, Europeans splutter in current Masters cycle

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Left-handers are winning the Masters and Europeans are being shut out, raising the question of whether there is a reason or just the latest turn of a cycle at Augusta National.

Lefties went 40 years between major titles, from the British Open triumph by New Zealander Bob Charles in 1963 until Canadian Mike Weir won the 2003 Masters.

Apr 8, 2015

PGA Tour making digital reach-out to younger audience

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Golf fans surfing PGA Tour’s websites and apps can now score rewards points in the golf organization’s efforts to reach younger audiences and fantasy game players, a tour executive said Wednesday.

More than one million daily visitors to the tour’s various platforms will be accumulating PGA Tour mPoints in conjunction with SessionM in a loyalty program launched this week.

Apr 7, 2015

McIlroy new face of game, but don’t compare to Tiger

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Major champion and former winning U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger says Rory McIlroy has a winning personality and is becoming the face of golf, but should not be compared to the game’s latest king, Tiger Woods.

“I don’t think Rory can ever beat Tiger,” Azinger told Reuters on Tuesday under Augusta National’s massive oak tree in front of the clubhouse as players set off for Masters practice.

Apr 7, 2015

One at a time for McIlroy, in line for career grand slam

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy is targeting the Augusta National par-fives at the Masters this week as a key to joining golf’s elite club of career grand slam champions.

McIlroy, 25, would not predict his chances of reaching Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 majors, or of matching boyhood idol Tiger Woods’s mark of 14, but knows what he needs to do to wear the green jacket.

Apr 7, 2015

Woods shows flashes of old form in Masters practice

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods strolled up to his second shot at the short par-four third hole and routinely hit a 35-yard pitch shot at the pin that finished about eight feet from the cup to cheers at Augusta National.

It was only a practice round with old friend Mark O’Meara on the Monday of Masters week, but it gave hope that the four-time winner of the green jacket might still be capable of major championship magic.

Apr 6, 2015

Woods shows flashes of old form on Masters practice day

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods strolled up to his second shot at the short par-four third hole and routinely hit a 35-yard pitch shot at the pin that finished about eight feet from the cup to cheers at Augusta National.

It was only a practice round with old friend Mark O’Meara on the Monday of Masters week, but it gave hope that the four-time winner of the green jacket might still be capable of major championship magic.

Apr 6, 2015

Rory relaxed at Masters, says British Amateur champ

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy may have a lot riding on this week’s Masters but his 19-year-old practice partner at Augusta National on Monday said the Northern Irishman seemed free and easy.

British Amateur champion Bradley Neil said you would not know that McIlroy, 25, gets his first chance to complete the career grand slam this week at the year’s opening major.

Apr 6, 2015

Frozen in time, Masters conjures a golf heaven

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Golfers glide along as if walking on air and the crowd is polite and smiling at Augusta National Golf Club, where time stands still like a Norman Rockwell study of bygone days when the Masters rolls around.

The deep green grass is perfectly groomed and azaleas are in bloom when the first major championship of the year returns to the Georgia pines each April for a glorious reunion where more golf history will be made.