Stories for April 2004

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Saturday, April 17

2004 Masters: Mickelson is finally a Masters champion

Read Jeff Babineau's column on Phil Mickelson's first major and Masters victory.

2004 Masters: Mickelson uses patience to master Augusta

Phil Mickelson came to Augusta National early to improve his game which led to his victory.

Mickelson wins his first major at the Masters

Phil Mickelson finally got the monkey off his back to win his first major at The Masters in 2004.

2004 Masters: Mickelson shows maturity resulting in Masters victory

Read James Achenbach's column on Phil Mickelson finally finding the missing part of his game which gave him his first major victory.

2004 Masters: Rose shoots nine bogeys costing him a Masters victory

Justin Rose lost the lead of the 2004 Masters after shooting nine bogeys during the final round.

2004 Masters: Langer doomed by two par 5s at the Masters

Bernhard Langer was able to stay in the hunt till two par 5s on the final day cost him at the 2004 Masters.

2004 Masters: Nicklaus in his final Masters?

After 44 appearances, Jack Nicklaus could of played in his final Masters tournament.

2004 Masters: Dispite a dramatic finish, Masters TV ratings fell from previous year

The final round of the 2004 Masters was one of the most memorable but TV audiences were down from last year.

2004 Masters: Harrington wins the 2004 Par 3 at Augusta

Padraig Harrington won in extra holes over Eduardo Romero to win the 2004 Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.

2004 Masters: Augusta officials defend decision allowing Lian-Wei Zhang to play

Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson defends Masters officials' decision to allow Lian-Wei Zhang of China to play in the 2004 Masters tournament.

2004 Masters: Amateur Casey Wittenberg turns heads at the 2004 Masters

Casey Wittenberg lights up the back nine to have the best amateur finish since 1962.

2004 Masters: The Masters say goodbye to caddie Bruce Edwards

The 2004 Masters remembers Bruce Edwards, caddie to Tom Watson, after succumbing to ALS.

2004 Masters: Tiger Woods is a non-factor again at the Masters

It's been 24 months, to date, since Tiger Woods won a major tournament.

2004 Masters: Challengers Choi, Garcia and DiMarco make a run at Augusta

K.J. Choi, Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco were in contention on the final round of the 2004 Masters.

2004 Masters: Els comes close but can't claim the 2004 Masters

Ernie Els listens and reacts to Phil Mickelson winning the 2004 Masters tournament.

2004 Masters: Palmer during his final Masters tournament

Read Dave Seanor's column on Arnold Palmer's final weekend at the Masters Tournament.

Saturday, April 3

Tiger Woods’ woes open up at Augusta

Tiger Woods is in a rare vein of substandard form. He has shot five over-par rounds in his last two tournaments. Tiger Woods, the man who spoiled us by winning seven of 11 majors through mid-June 2002 – and none of the last six – remains the planet’s best golfer. His swing just happens to be out of kilter.

Clubmaker counterbalanced Jack Nicklaus' golf clubs

Jack Wullkotte has been making clubs for Jack Nicklaus since 1963, the year after Nicklaus joined the PGA Tour. He met Nicklaus at MacGregor Golf in Cincinnati, the city where Wullkotte grew up.

Many golfers using clubs that are too light

According to veteran teacher, Drew Pierson, heavier can be better. He says too many golfers are using clubs that are too light. When graphite shafts came along, many of us initially bemoaned the fact that we had grown up in the age of steel. A steel driver shaft weighs roughly 125 grams, whereas a graphite shaft can weigh only half as much.

Counterbalancing newest trend in golf

The newest trend in golf is this: Savvy players are spending $50 per club to have an interchangeable weight installed in the butt end of their woods, irons, wedges or putter. This is called counterbalancing or backweighting.

2004: Acushnet Australia under new management

Acushnet Australia, which markets Titleist, FootJoy, Cobra and Pinnacle products in the Outback, is under new management after establishing a wholly owned subsidiary to run its Australian operations on Oct. 1. Though instigated primarily by Acushnet’s dissatisfaction with International Brands, the switch marks a growing trend among equipment companies to rely less on third-party distributors and assemble their own teams to boost sales in foreign markets. Creating a subsidiary has its financial hurdles, but if feasible, provides companies significantly more flexibility and control to pursue their sales and marketing objectives.

2004: New Maxfli menu reflects strategy shift

The Noodle ball reversed Maxfli’s sagging sales, but in the process, usurped Maxfli’s identity, transforming its image as a ball for serious players into one for high-handicappers.

2004: Compton cruises to NGA title

For someone without a PGA Tour or Nationwide Tour card Erik Compton has had little trouble keeping busy this season. And, following a flawless final nine March 28 at the Landings-NGA/Hooters Pro Classic, he’s enjoying no shortage of success.

Adam Scott comes of age at Players Championship

Adam Scott, now 23, found himself in his own precarious “situation” March 28, as he came painfully close to snatching defeat from the jaws of a sure victory at The Players Championship. In a matter of seconds, Scott had gone from cruising to his most prestigious title to possibly throwing it away.

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