Payne, Augusta find plenty to smile about

In the afterglow of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition Sunday, Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne was in a jovial mood at his annual news conference Wednesday on the eve of the Masters.

Niebrugge's Masters plan: Keep it simple

The goals for Jordan Niebrugge in this week's Masters are simple: Earn low amateur honors and finish in the top 12 and ties to get an invite back to Augusta National.

Masters Tracker: Par 3 Contest at Augusta National

Celebrities, wives and children played caddie Wednesday for the Par-3 Contest at Augusta National, and stole the show! That included tennis star and girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki. There were also two hole-in-ones. Oh, and Nick Watney and Ernie Els were co-medalists. See how it all unfolded!

5 Things: Potter Jr. wins Par-3 Contest title

5 Things: From Ted Potter Jr. winning the Par-3 Contest title, to two hole-in-ones to Caroline Wozniacki's popularity at Augusta National, we take a look back at Wednesday on the par-3 course.

Masters Wednesday is the calm before the storm

Masters’ eve is not a time for last-minute cramming for the year’s first examination. No, it’s actually a day designed for relaxation, some light practice and family fun at the Par-3 Contest.

McIlroy grants Weaver's wish to play practice round

Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round.

Masters roundtable: Staff debates 5 key questions

Is this Tiger's tournament to lose? Has Rory McIlroy found his game? Who is most likely to break through this week at the Masters? Our staff debates 5 key questions on the eve of the first round.

Bubba picks up ace in Masters practice round

Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a Masters practice round on Wednesday.

Observations from Wednesday's practice-round pairings

Sean Martin enjoys looking at the practice-round pairings. They give you an insight into which players enjoy each other's company, which ones want to mentor their younger competitors and who likes to go it solo.