Jim McCabe

Taylor, Marino looking to follow Stefani's Tour path

Vaughn Taylor has traveled the globe in 2014, but a two-hour drive to Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage has been the highlight of his year. Meanwhile, Steve Marino is using this week to reintroduce himself to the Tour.

Spieth hit by ball during pro-am at RBC Heritage

Jordan Spieth, fresh off a T-2 finish at the Masters, was hit by a wedge shot from his amateur playing partner during the pro-am at the RBC Heritage.

Ageless master Toski settles into the right position again

Bob Toski continues to have an amazing effect on the golf world.

Masters 2014: A look back through the numbers

There were plenty of interesting numbers to dissect at the conclusion of play at the 2014 Masters, including who showed the most prowess on the four par 5s for the week.

Notes: Defending title at Masters nearly impossible task

Much was made of Adam Scott’s tough task of successfully defending his Masters title – and for good reason. Statistics shows that it’s the toughest of the majors to defend.

Blixt's roller-coaster ride ends smoothly at Augusta

Jonas Blixt is not a big fan of actual roller coasters, but his up-and-down play on Saturday showed that he can withstand the turbulence to stay in contention.

Left out: Mickelson, Garcia headline shocking cuts

Three-time champ Phil Mickelson can blame three blow-up holes for his absence this weekend at Augusta National, while the likes of Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson are shockingly heading home as well.

Augusta's 12th hole proves to be a gigantic pain

Augusta National's par-3 12th looks like a cupcake on paper. So why was it the second-toughest hole Thursday at the Masters? You can ask Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and . . . well the list keeps going.

Kevin Stadler outshines father with 2-under 70

After all the talk of the first father-son duo to compete in Masters, Kevin Stadler shot a 2-under 70 in the first-round at Augusta National to outshine his father.

A different tack on predicting the Masters winner

Why should folks from Australia or Northern Ireland feel a bit better about their chances this week? Our Jim McCabe explains . . .

Goss looking to ride wave of Aussie success

Adam Scott? Defending champ. Jason Day? A perennial contender in all things majors. Steven Bowditch, John Senden, Matt Jones? All coming off wins on the PGA Tour over the last month. So Aussie Oliver Goss has to be liking his chances at Augusta, right?

McCabe: Veteran credits Casper for saving his life

Clebe McClary was ready to give up, lying in a hospital bed in Japan, having lost his left arm and left eye in Vietnam. And then a visit from PGA Tour great Billy Casper changed the course of McClary's life. On Tuesday, they reunited for the first time in 46 years.

Reed taking on history with first Masters trip

Patrick Reed knows that only three first-timers have ever won at Augusta National, but the confident 23-year-old isn't one to back down from a challenge.

Players get first look at 'new' 17th hole at Augusta

As veterans and youngsters alike took to early practice rounds at Augusta National on Sunday, it wasn't just the lack of the 17th hole's Eisenhower Tree that was noticeable.

Drive, Chip and Putt succeeds wildly

The inaugural Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship featured 88 youngsters who had advanced through a competition backed by the PGA of America and USGA -- and was turned into a home run by Augusta National’s total support.

Youths target winning putt at Augusta

The Drive, Chip and Putt finals will give youngsters from throughout the U.S. an opportunity this Sunday to feel the sort of magic that allows Masters winner to walk a little taller when they visit Augusta National each spring.

Pro notes recap: Mindsets leading up to Masters; more

From Matt Every backing out of two tournaments in Texas to Jim Furyk stressing confidence over numbers, Masters preparations take different mentalities, while the age-50 set earns dual PGA Tour and Champions Tour status; plus more in our pro notes recap.

Notes: Mickelson's audible; Toms' slump; more

Phil Mickelson found himself in a sponsor's "shift" out of a pro-am, while David Toms talks about the core of a slump and Stephen Ames' son does him proud as a 14-year-old caddie.

Durant sees opportunity, not dilemma, in age 50

Ah, the perks of reaching age 50 in pro golf. Double the options, for some -- including Joe Durant, who will continue playing the PGA Tour when he can while adding Champions Tour events.

Tour players discuss pre-Masters no-shows

Would playing in the Valero Texas Open have hindered Matt Every’s Masters preparation? Perhaps. But to hear at least one PGA Tour veteran's take, it would have enhanced his character.

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