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Apr 11, 2014

Mickelson misses first Masters cut in 17 years

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Three-times champion Phil Mickelson missed his first cut at the Masters in 17 years, the victim of another whopping bad hole at Augusta National on Friday.

Mickelson, who posted a pair of sevens during Thursday’s opening-round 76, finished outside the cut by one stroke, undone by a triple-bogey six at the par-three 12th.

Apr 11, 2014

Watson welcomes more success after seizing Masters lead

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson had a hard time dealing with his success after winning the Masters in 2012, but the left-hander looked ready to give major success another try armed with the 36-hole lead at Augusta National.

Watson used a blistering run of five successive birdies to post a four-under-par 68 and seize the lead at seven-under 137 after Friday’s second round of the year’s opening major.

Apr 11, 2014

Mickelson’s bad ‘mental’ day puts him eight back

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson blamed a bad “mental” day and a lack of tournament sharpness for a four-over-par 76 on Thursday that matched his worst opening round at the Masters.

Three-times winner Mickelson, playing in his 22nd Masters, posted a stunning pair of sevens on the day and finished eight strokes behind first-round leader Bill Haas, who topped a crowded leaderboard after a sunny day at Augusta National.

Apr 11, 2014

Golf-Mickelson’s bad “mental” day puts him eight back

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson blamed a bad “mental” day and a lack of tournament sharpness for a four-over-par 76 on Thursday that matched his worst opening round at the Masters.

Three-times winner Mickelson, playing in his 22nd Masters, posted a stunning pair of sevens on the day and finished eight strokes behind first-round leader Bill Haas, who topped a crowded leaderboard after a sunny day at Augusta National.

Apr 10, 2014

Haas makes more Masters memories for family

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – For Bill Haas, a round at Augusta National brings back warm family memories and on Thursday he made a new one with a four-under-par 68 that gave him the opening round lead at the Masters.

Haas, 31, first played the fabled layout when he was in high school, his great uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 title and his father Jay Haas, a former Ryder Cup player and nine-time PGA Tour winner, played in 22 Masters with five top-10 finishes.

Apr 10, 2014

‘Why not?’ Couples says on winning Masters at 54

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Fred Couples carried on his love affair with Augusta National by shooting a one-under 71 in Thursday’s first round of the Masters and then posed a question that would have thrilled his legion of fans.

“Can a 50-year-old win here? I think so. I’m one of them,” said Couples, the 1992 champion whose silky smooth swing and laid back demeanor has made him a fan favorite.

Apr 10, 2014

‘Big Three’ still competitive in starting Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The ‘Big Three’ of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player showed their competitive juices still flowed after striking tee shots to launch the Masters Tournament at Augusta National on Thursday.

Elder statesman Palmer, 84, a four-times Masters champion, hit a solid blow up the middle with the first ceremonial shot, before three-times winner Player, 78, outdrove him by about 50 yards up the hill some 210 yards from the tee.

Apr 9, 2014

Confident debutants look to upset the odds at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – An impressive 2014 class of debutants descends on Augusta National Golf Club, with two dozen hopefuls yearning to become the first player in 35 years to win the Masters on his first crack.

Not since Fuzzy Zoeller won in his initial Masters in 1979 has a first-time player solved the fast-sloping greens, tricky winds and pine tree lined fairways to register victory.

Apr 9, 2014

Woods missing but not forgotten at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods is missing the Masters for the first time in 20 years, but the 38-year-old American still commands attention at Augusta National, site of the year’s first major championship.

The four-time Masters winner, stuck on 14 majors for the last six years in his quest to surpass the record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, is sidelined after undergoing surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.

Apr 8, 2014

Palmer recalls humble origins on 50th anniversary

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Arnold Palmer came to be known as “The King” but the man who helped popularize the game of golf in the 1950s embraced his humble origins on Tuesday.

Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of his last Masters win,

the 84-year-old Palmer said he often thinks about his days as a boy and dreaming of becoming a pro golfer.