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Apr 10, 2015

Veterans Els and O’Meara have solid days during Spieth show

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.

Apr 10, 2015

Tiger shows flashes of old magic at the Masters

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.

Apr 10, 2015

Spieth sizzles at Masters, McIlroy seven back

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.

Apr 9, 2015

Tired finish leaves Bubba four shots off Masters pace

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.

Apr 9, 2015

McIlroy launches grand slam bid at the Masters

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.

Apr 8, 2015

Harrington revels in his Masters return

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.

Apr 8, 2015

Rory and Tiger command the Masters spotlight

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.

Apr 8, 2015

Preview: Rory and Tiger command the Masters spotlight

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.

Apr 7, 2015

In-form Spieth happy to play the sage to three rookies

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth was a baby-faced rookie when he tied for second at Augusta National last year but on Tuesday he oozed confidence like a veteran while dispensing advice to three Masters debutants.

Spieth, who has been the game’s hottest player over the past six months, was delighted to pass on a few tips about course strategy to his fellow Americans Morgan Hoffmann, Brooks Koepka and Byron Meth as they played a practice round together.

Apr 7, 2015

Bubba sticks to Southern cuisine for champions dinner

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson will host the traditional champions dinner at Augusta National on Tuesday for a second time as the reigning champion and he will serve up exactly the same southern menu.

“It’s the same meal because it’s from my mom, a home-cooked meal, and that’s why I do it,” the American left-hander told reporters while preparing for Thursday’s opening round.