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Apr 14, 2014

First 50-plus winner of a major could be around the corner

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The outstanding displays by veteran trio Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples at the 78th Masters suggest that a 50-something major champion could be just around the corner.

American Julius Boros is the oldest winner of a ‘Big Four’ event, having triumphed in the 1968 U.S. PGA Championship at the age of 48, but his record has been in danger of falling several times in recent years.

Apr 14, 2014

Ryder Cup comeback is ageless Jimenez’s next target

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – No sooner had the seemingly ageless Miguel Angel Jimenez secured fourth place at the 78th Masters on Sunday than he turned his attention to winning back a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

The Spaniard capped a memorable week by reeling off four birdies in the last nine holes to finish with a 71 and a four-under-par total of 284, four behind championship winner Bubba Watson of the United States.

Apr 14, 2014

Amen Corner stretch crackles with electricity

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Not much sporting theatre can rival the thrills and spills of Augusta National’s Amen Corner on the last day of the Masters and Sunday’s closing round was no exception.

Entire golfing careers have been both defined and ruined by the 11th, 12th and 13th holes that wind their way between the Georgia pine trees and are pock-marked by the bright red azaleas, the infamous Rae’s Creek and Ben Hogan’s bridge.

Apr 13, 2014

Golden oldies have proved they can compete, says Langer

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The performances of the golden oldies at this week’s Masters have proved the 50-plus brigade can mix it with the young powerhouses of world golf, Bernhard Langer said after finishing in the top 10.

The 56-year-old German, who won the coveted green jacket in 1985 and 1993, squeezed six birdies and an eagle into his closing three-under-par 69 on Sunday to complete a final level-par score of 288 at Augusta National.

Apr 13, 2014

Old hands hail youthful leader Spieth as an amazing talent

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth may be just 20 but he is rated as such an extraordinary talent by his peers that no one would be surprised if he eclipsed Tiger Woods on Sunday by becoming the youngest Masters champion.

Spieth belied his tender age by shrugging off what he described as “crazy fast greens” to shoot a two-under-par 70 in Saturday’s penultimate round at Augusta National to join fellow American Bubba Watson in a share of the lead on 211, five under.

Apr 12, 2014

Westwood and Rose scrap way into Masters title mix

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Lee Westwood, helped by his best round of the week, and Justin Rose, who holed out with a wedge for an eagle two at the third hole, scrapped their way into contention at the Masters on Saturday.

The 40-year-old Westwood, one of the finest players never to have won a major championship, followed opening efforts of 73 and 71 by shooting a 70 to tuck in three strokes behind joint leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth on 214, two under.

Apr 12, 2014

Title chasing Fowler salutes Harmon and Mickelson

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rickie Fowler’s idea to seek out decorated coach Butch Harmon in December was made specifically to improve his record at the majors and the move has paid instant dividends at the Masters.

The American, one of the poster boys of the PGA Tour with a penchant for flamboyant outfits, produced one of the best rounds of the week on Saturday as he fired a five-under-par 67 for a three-under tally of 213.

Apr 12, 2014

Six, six, six proves devilishly frustrating for McIlroy

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Three sixes proved devilishly irritating for Rory McIlroy in the second round as the world number nine survived the halfway cut at the Masters on Friday by the skin of his teeth.

The 24-year-old Northern Irishman had sixes at the second, 10th and 13th holes and needed to roll in a par-saving six-foot putt at the last for a five-over 77 and a four-under total of 148, qualifying for the weekend by one solitary stroke.

Apr 12, 2014

Mickelson heads long list of big names to miss Masters cut

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Triple champion Phil Mickelson led a host of big names to miss the cut at the Masters on Friday as the American failed to advance to the third round at Augusta National for the first time in 17 years.

Former winners Charl Schwartzel (2011), Zach Johnson (2007), Angel Cabrera (2009) and Trevor Immelman (2008) also failed to qualify for the final two rounds.

Apr 11, 2014

Stunning Senden show lights up Augusta National

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – A turbo-charged run of six birdies in 11 holes propelled Australian John Senden to a joint best of the week 68 in the second round of the Masters on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Championship winner bogeyed the first and fourth holes but went galloping through the field with birdies at the fifth, seventh, eighth, 11th, 14th and 15th to finish three shots behind tournament leader Bubba Watson.

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      "I am a senior sub-editor on the Reuters Sports Desk who often works as the chief sub-editor. I also have responsibility for the European golf file and among the tournaments I have covered this year are the Ryder Cup and British Open."
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