News for Saturday, April 10, 2010


News 2010 April 10


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Masters invite would add interest to NCAAs

explains why the individual winner of the NCAA Championship deserves a spot in the Masters.

I have never spoken with anyone on the The Masters Committee, and I don’t know if there has ever been any serious thought to inviting the NCAA champ to Augusta each year, but I do know that I am constantly hearing college golf coaches say they need a way to bring more attention to their national championship.

UNC takes Wolfpack title by seven shots

North Carolina claimed its second team title of the year Saturday with a seven-shot victory at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

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Saturday at the Masters: A quick 18

Observations from a very noisy and excitement-filled third round of the Masters.

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Woods can win, but it won’t be easy

Can Tiger Woods, four strokes behind after 54 holes, win the Masters after a five-month layoff?

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Augusta alive with noise in Saturday’s round

walked the back nine Saturday with Hank Haney and played a guessing game of “Where are the roars coming from now?”

The roars were restored in Masters Round 3. You could hear the thunderous ovations a mile or more away.

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Els shaken after disappointing Masters

spoke Saturday night to a shaken Ernie Els, who felt stung after another disappointing Masters performance.

Ernie Els has special feelings for Augusta National Golf Club. But as his chances of winning his first Masters were de-railed Thursday after a double bogey the 18th hole, the tall South African may have thought of the lyrics of Carly Simon’s song “Killing Me Softly”.

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Woods wins battle to stay in contention

says curse words, be damned. The only way Tiger Woods can win the Masters is to play with passion.

Mark this down: The third round of the 73rd Masters will be known as the day Tiger Wood nearly lost control of his emotions.

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Eaglefest gives Augusta fans a reason to roar

Phil Mickelson wasn’t alone in giving the crowd something to cheer about Saturday at Augusta. As James Achenbach writes, those who say the excitement doesn’t start until the back nine Sunday should think again.

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After a tough Friday, Couples still has a shot

says Fred Couples is still in it at Augusta. Wouldn’t a win be a great way to celebrate his 100th official round there?

Fred Couples has made enough trips around Augusta National – Sunday will mark his 100th official round, to be specific – to know some strange, magical things can transpire at the Masters.

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Lefty holding on to Saturday’s lucky ball

says not even Fred Couples could talk Phil Mickelson into giving him the ball Lefty used to make two eagles and a birdie Saturday.

Phil Mickelson’s caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, was standing outside Augusta National’s clubhouse, sharing the detalis of his boss’ amazing eagle-eagle-birdie stretch, when Fred Couples pounced on him from behind, put both his arms on Mackay’s shoulders, and excitedly said, “I want that ball!”

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CBS’ Masters coverage heavy on Woods

Masters coverage on CBS feels like the Tiger Woods Invitational.

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Kraft champ Tseng among Masters patrons

caught up with Kraft Nabisco champion Yani Tseng, who drove seven hours Saturday to enjoy the spectacle of the Masters.

Further proof that the Masters holds a special place in golf: Yani Tseng, winner of last week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, left her Orlando home at 6 a.m. Saturday and drove seven hours to watch the Masters.

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Early fireworks in Round 3 of the Masters

stood next to the first green early Saturday afternoon and now knows one thing: It’s going to be an exciting day at Augusta.

I hope you have a comfortable seat on the couch. If the play of the leaders in their first 30 minutes of action Saturday at the Masters is any indication, we’re in for a fantastic day.

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Westwood leads Lefty by 1; Woods lurks

Lee Westwood maintained his lead Saturday at Augusta as back-to-back eagles by Phil Mickelson, including a hole-out on the 14th, put Lefty within a shot of the lead. Tiger Woods is four strokes back.

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Tiger’s clubs up close and personal

has the scoop on the new driver, custom irons and new 62-degree wedge in Tiger Woods’ bag this week at the Masters.

Unlike the driver used by Tiger Woods – a stock 9.5-degree Victory Red Tour model – Tiger’s VR Blade irons are hardly stock. They have been bent and ground to his precise specifications.

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Complete 2010 Masters coverage

Inside the gates at Augusta is on the ground at Augusta National to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 Masters. Check back daily as brings you all the action from Augusta, Ga.

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Facts and figures from first 36 holes at Augusta

offers some facts and figures from a wild first two rounds at Augusta National.

While we sit and wait for the third round of the Masters to begin, some appetizers from the first 36 holes: