AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Ernie Els turned back the clock with a five-under 67 to sit three shots off the lead after the first round of the Masters on Thursday, rekindling belief a long predicted green jacket is still in his future.
Playing in his 21st Masters, the two-times runner-up at Augusta National surged into contention with his lowest opening round here by mixing five birdies and an eagle with two bogeys for a four-way share of second place.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy’s career grand slam bid got off to a solid but unspectacular start on Thursday as the world number one battled to one-under 71 on a steamy afternoon at Augusta National.
McIlroy, who has one top-10 finish in six previous Masters appearances, has never found his comfort level on the iconic layout and once again needed to rely on a workmanlike effort to move into contention.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Charley Hoffman began his day collecting autographs and then signed his own name to a five-under-par 67 and what might turn out to be the best first round score at the Masters on Thursday to grab the early lead.
The first competitor to start, Hoffman followed three of golf’s legendary names — Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player — after the trio had struck their ceremonial tee shots to open the 79th Masters at a steamy Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Once resistant to opening club doors to blacks and women, Augusta National, the manicured and staid home of the Masters, has often embraced change as enthusiastically as most Americans welcome higher taxes.
But in recent years, the club that did not admit its first woman member until 2012 has displayed progressive vision and long-range planning as it focuses its considerable resources and efforts on growing the game around the world and expanding the club’s boundaries at home.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – “Beware of Tiger’ warnings were sounded across Augusta National on Tuesday as golfers and fans geared up for the year’s first major with Tiger Woods back on the prowl for a fifth green jacket.
Out of sight for two months while he painstakingly pieced together a broken golf game, Woods has not been out of mind as everyone from old foe Phil Mickelson to young gun Jordan Spieth cast a cautious eye toward his chances of adding a 15th major title to his collection on Sunday.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Now ranked 111th, Tiger Woods appeared far more concerned about becoming the world’s number one dad on Tuesday than golf’s top player.
Surrounded by his two children and ski champion girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, an at ease Woods seemed oblivious to the thousands of spectators gathered around the Augusta National practice green and looked more prepared to head out on a family picnic than make a headline-grabbing comeback at this week’s Masters.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – For Jason Day, the Masters and the pursuit of a coveted green jacket has been an obsession since he first picked up a golf club.
And if Day wins the year’s first major on Sunday, everything else the 27-year-old Australian does on a golf course will be icing on the cake.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The Masters occupies a special place in every golfer’s heart.
For twice transplant recipient Erik Compton it is a place shared with Isaac Klosterman, the young man whose heart is beating inside the body of Compton as he prepares to realize a lifelong dream and tee up at Augusta National.
(Reuters) – Scribbled on the back of an airline boarding card is the 2015 game plan for the world’s best golfer, a top secret to-do list that Rory McIlroy has folded and securely tucked away in his wallet.
There are seven “little” goals to be ticked off, and if completed, that boarding pass would represent the ticket to one of the greatest golf seasons of all-time.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Qatar will be ready to deliver a World Cup no matter when it is played, the Gulf state’s 2022 organizing committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi assured on Thursday.
With FIFA set to vote March 19 on a recommendation for a World Cup staged over the cooler months of November and December to avoid the searing June-July heat, Al Thawadi removed the Gulf state from the debate.