News for Monday, April 6, 2009

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Who’s the best teenager at the Masters?

Danny Lee figured he would see Tiger Woods at some point during the Masters, but it was no less surprising to look up from the putting green at golf’s biggest star hitting a 3-wood off the 10th tee.

Tiger’s Bear-like aura at Augusta

It is eerie to compare Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods at Augusta. Preparing for his 13th Masters as a pro, Woods owns four green jackets; Nicklaus also had four in his first 12 pro tries. As Jim McCabe explains, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Tanco sporting all-pro attitude in ’09

It wasn’t enough for Victoria Tanco to play in the U.S. Women’s Open. She had to steal the show for a couple minutes.

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Spieth primed to dominate in 2009

Jordan Spieth says he’s not the type of guy to think about golf 24/7. But after listening to him recount his breakout 2008 — down to club selection and pin positions — without taking more than a few breaths, you have to think otherwise.

Recurring theme

If history is anything to go by, then British Amateur champion Reinier Saxton has a tall order at Augusta this week.

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Casey clinches maiden PGA Tour title

He had nine wins around the world, but Paul Casey had never won in the U.S. Until now. Casey topped J.B. Holmes in a playoff Sunday at the Shell Houston Open. Holmes needed a win to play in the Masters.

Player says 2009 will be his final Masters

Gary Player is calling it a career at Augusta National after his 52nd Masters appearance this week.

Dove Mountain greens face a do-over

It didn’t take long for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain Course in Marana, Ariz., to get tweaked.

Pristine Bay lots go on sale

Pristine Bay Resort, a new property (site pictured) with a Perry and Pete Dye golf course that’s slated to open later this year, is selling lots, villas and condominiums on the island, which is located 35 miles off the coast of Honduras.

Woods a late arrival for Monday practice

The fans lined up behind the wooden gates along the first fairway, waiting for 8 a.m. so they could go onto the course for the first practice round of the Masters. That’s usually the best time to see Tiger Woods.

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ESPN duo makes perfect double play

It’s 11 a.m. on a sunny day in late February, and nearby the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros already are starting their third week of spring training. Karl Ravech and John Kruk, the two most visible cogs on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” also are here, but not to check in on the Grapefruit League. They’re beginning the day as they usually do during the regular season – on the golf course.

Club Car study: Vandalism on the rise

Golf cars driven recklessly, dumped in creeks and spun around on greens. These are some of the problems created by vandals who are costing course operators millions of dollars annually in repairs, replacements and lost revenue. What’s worse, such incidents are increasing, according to a report by Club Car.

Monday Scramble: Masters techies unite!

Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we still like Padraig Harrington this week.

True Player

Gary Player has left his mark on the Masters.

Bill Powell receives PGA’s top honor

The PGA of America has named William J. (Bill) Powell of East Canton, Ohio, as the recipient of the 2009 PGA Distinguished Service Award.

Chung sparks Stanford at chilly USCC

The Golf Club of Georgia is a southeastern golf course that was played in northern weather conditions Monday. And to add a full national flavor, a West Coast team is leading the pack after two rounds of the U.S. Collegiate Championship.

TMAG properties bulk up tour staff

TaylorMade and its latest acquisition, Ashworth, have bolstered their tour staff.

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