AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 11 (Reuters) – Bubba Watson’s title defence at the Masters effectively ended with a roller-coaster third round on Saturday that began with a damaging triple-bogey on the opening hole.
Watson, who had been seeking to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win consecutive green jackets, went on to card seven birdies and five bogeys in an adventurous one-over-par 73 that left him well off the pace.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Totally overshadowed by the brilliant play of American young gun Jordan Spieth at this week’s Masters has been the remarkable resurgence to form by Tiger Woods.
While Spieth has electrified the fans at Augusta National with a record-breaking total of 14-under-par 130 after 36 holes, Woods has resurrected a short game that just two months ago left many experts convinced he is suffering from the “chipping yips”.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Justin Rose and Paul Casey kept the English flag flying at the Masters on Friday, giving themselves a chance to end a 15-year title drought for Europe should runaway leader Jordan Spieth slip up.
American young gun Spieth surged five strokes clear with a six-under-par 66 in the second round, his tournament record low of 14-under 130 leaving Rose and Casey seven shots off the pace in a tie for third.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – While American young gun Jordan Spieth turned the 79th Masters into a one-man show with a record-breaking display on Friday, some of golf’s senior citizens proved that they can still flourish in the majors.
American veteran Mark O’Meara vaulted up the leaderboard with a four-under-par 68 in the second round at Augusta National and 45-year-old Ernie Els of South Africa remained in the title hunt after following his opening 67 with a 72.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Tiger Woods, competing this week after a two-month absence to retool his game, showed flashes of his old magic as he fired his best score at the Masters in four years in Friday’s second round.
The former world number one has been under intense scrutiny after struggling badly with his chipping when last seen on the PGA Tour but he played solidly at steamy Augusta National to card a three-under-par 69.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods dominated the build-up to this week’s Masters but it was exciting American Jordan Spieth who produced the fireworks in a gripping opening round at Augusta National on Thursday.
Spieth, the hottest player in the game over the past six months, raised hopes of shooting the first 62 at a major championship before he ran out of steam over the closing stretch to fire an eight-under-par 64.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Fatigue got the better of reigning champion Bubba Watson during a protracted opening round at the Masters on Thursday as he hit errant tee shots on the last two holes to card a one-under-par 71.
The American left-hander, who is seeking to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win consecutive green jackets, did well to salvage par at the 17th where he chipped in from just off the green.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy launched his bid for a career grand slam of the four majors with a rock-solid par on his opening hole in the Masters first round on Thursday.
Watched by massive galleries on a glorious morning of unbroken sunshine at Augusta National, the Northern Irishman struck a superb approach shot to 10 feet and narrowly missed his birdie putt before tapping in for par.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bitterly disappointed to miss out on last year’s Masters because of a declining world ranking, Padraig Harrington feels revived in ending his absence from Augusta National.
The Irishman has been warmly welcomed by his peers and, following a morale-boosting victory at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic last month, is excited about his prospects at this week’s opening major of the year.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – This week’s Masters is one of the most intriguing ever with the prospect of a career grand slam for Rory McIlroy and uncertainty over the state of Tiger Woods’ game heading a plethora of compelling storylines.
Northern Irish world number one McIlroy is gunning for his third consecutive victory in a major, and a first green jacket at the spiritual home of the American game, to complete a full set of all four of golf’s blue riband events.