Jim McCabe

Notes: Players' playoff; golf's 'adult spring break'

Two players who have lost the Players Championship in playoffs have mixed feelings about its new format; a PGA Tour player says the tournament after the Masters feels like 'adult spring break;' plus more news and notes.

Kuchar, Donald find top 10 often

Matt Kuchar's RBC Heritage win was his eighth top 10 of the season and 45th since 2010 -- outpacing Luke Donald, who has 37 in that span on PGA Tour, and Dustin Johnson, who has 33.

Some numbers say don't 'Bubba-proof' Augusta

If it sounds a bit extreme to suggest that alterations need to be made to Augusta National to combat Bubba Watson after he won his second Masters, plenty of numbers suggest such measures might be an overreaction.

After 21 years, will Watson's Ryder Cup thinking change?

As 1993 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson chose two players low on points but high on past victories. As the 2014 roster takes shape, it remains to be seen what Watson's priority will be.

5 Things: Kuchar co-leads; lefty Langley goes low; more

Despite cool weather and tough conditions, Matt Kuchar manages bogey-free 66 and is joined in the RBC Heritage lead by William McGirt and Scott Langley.

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

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.

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