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.
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.
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.
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.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – The rolling, sloping fairways of Augusta National are a sharp reminder of Joost Luiten’s childhood days on the ski-jump hills, the Dutchman said after making a safe golfing landing on his Masters debut.
The 28-year-old, who brought an end to his career on the snow after fracturing his elbow and nose at the age of 10, was a picture of contentment after a second-round 73 gave him a four-over aggregate of 148.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Former FedExCup champion Bill Haas tied his lowest score in a major to snatch the lead at the Masters on Thursday while holder Adam Scott experienced a real sense of deja vu in the opening round.
American Haas, whose great uncle Bob Goalby landed the coveted green jacket in 1968, recovered from a bogey five at the opening hole to set the pace on four-under 68.
AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 10 (Reuters) – Former FedExCup champion Bill Haas posted his lowest score in a major to snatch the lead midway through the Masters first round on Thursday while holder Adam Scott experienced a real sense of deja vu.
The 31-year-old Haas, whose great uncle Bob Goalby landed the coveted Green Jacket in 1968, recovered from a bogey five at the opening hole to set the pace with a four-under 68.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Masters debutants Jonas Blixt and Kevin Stadler sprinted out of the blocks to grab the early clubhouse lead on two-under-par 70 in the opening round of the 78th Masters on Thursday.
Miguel Angel Jimenez was setting the pace out on the course after the pony-tailed Spaniard squeezed four birdies into a four-under front nine of 32.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – American Ryan Moore won the event that no one wants to win on Wednesday when he triumphed in the annual eve-of-Masters par-three contest.
In the 54 years the event has been staged since Sam Snead won the inaugural competition in 1960, no par-three winner has gone on to emerge victorious at the Masters in the same year.
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Louis Oosthuizen learned more about the Augusta National Golf Club from missing the halfway cut last year than he did by coming perilously close to winning the Masters in 2012, the South African said.
The 2010 British Open champion failed to qualify for the weekend 12 months ago after rounds of 74 and 76 gave him a six-over-par tally of 150.