AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Young American Jordan Spieth stretched his overnight lead to four strokes with a pair of birdies that took him to an impressive 10 under par early in the second round of the Masters on Friday.
The 21-year-old Spieth, whose opening round of eight-under 64 has been bettered only twice in the 79-year history of the Masters, birdied the par-five second and the par-four fifth on hot, humid day at Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth made a rousing start in a quest for his first major title on Thursday with an eight-under-par 64 that has only been bettered by two other rounds in Masters history.
Twenty-six players have shot a record 63 in major championship play but only Nick Price in 1986 and Greg Norman in 1996 have posted that at Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, returning from a two-month hiatus to retool his game, battled some erratic play and scrambled to a one-over 73 in the first round of the Masters and described his uneven performance as, “a good day”.
The see-saw round of four bogeys and three birdies left him nine strokes off the pace set by 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, who fired an eight-under 64 at Augusta National.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.