News for Friday, April 8, 2011


News 2011 April 8


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Tiger looks like old self Friday at Augusta

Tiger looks like old self

And so the world seemed to return to a familiar axis. Tiger Woods played as if the last year and a half never happened, as if the bumper never met the hydrant, as if there were no demons, no divorce, no scandal, no rehab, no swing overhaul, no scars. Jeff Rude reports ...

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Five Things: Youngsters steal show at Augusta

Five Things: Round 2 at Masters

What started out as a novelty pairing of the game’s up-and-comers turned into the show of the day Friday at Augusta as Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day all walked away in contention.

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McIlroy leads by 2 at Masters; Tiger 3 back

Tiger moves into contention

Yes, Rory McIlroy still leads the Masters, but the big story Friday at Augusta National: Tiger Woods moved back into contention after a second-round 66.

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Achenbach: More awards for Round 2

Round 2 Masters awards

Phil Mickelson may not be as high up the leaderboard as he would have liked at Augusta. That didn't stop James Achenbach from giving him a pair of his second-round Masters awards.

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Have Crenshaw, Jackson played last Masters?

Miceli: Crenshaw's last Masters?

Has Ben Crenshaw played his final Masters? That was the lingering question after Crenshaw walked off the 18th green Friday alongside his longtime Augusta caddie, Carl Jackson.

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Notes: Ogilvy turns in another 3-under 69

Masters notes: Friday

Masters notes: Geoff Ogilvy turns another 69 to put himself in position to put pressure on leader Rory McIlroy.

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Matsuyama's play helps Asian Amateur

says Hideki Matsuyama's solid play at the Masters was a good thing for the Asian Amateur.

Many were skeptical of the decision to award the winner of the Asian Amateur an exemption into the Masters, but college student Hideki Matsuyama's strong performance last week validates the move.

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A Couples victory would be one for the ages

Couples still contending

Fred Couples knows every corner of Augusta National, so it comes as no surprise that even at 51 and with an ailing back, Boom Boom is near the top of the leaderboard. Jeff Babineau explains.

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Choi's equipment changes paying off at Augusta

Choi using 4 hybrids

K.J. Choi made the decision earlier in the week to use four hybrids to get the ball in the air and land it soft. The decision seems to be working, as Choi has put himself in third place.

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Schwartzel makes most of legends' lessons

Experience is an asset at Augusta National. Charl Schwartzel is only playing here for the second time, but he has advice from the Masters’ greatest competitor on his side.

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Zamora among trio making a case for POY

College Notebook

Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora takes over the top spot in the rankings, prompting a hard look at who might win Player of the Year honors. Julie Williams explains.

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Yang goes out fast, finishes slow

Back nine hurts Yang

After a breakfast of Korean rice, Y.E. Yang blitzed the field early, making four front-nine birdies. But a shaky putter down the stretch left him in a tie for fourth place.

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Photos: Masters Friday in Augusta

Photos: Masters Friday

The weather is rolling in at Augusta National, and some fans got some early rain ... one in the form of a golf ball, with Ian Woosnam playing the part of Mother Nature.

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Masters Chat: Friday at Augusta

Friday at Augusta

The early tee times are making their way to Amen Corner. Share your thoughts and ask your questions about Round 2 of the Masters. CHAT REPLAY

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Blog: Paddy injures neck, roots for Rory

Blog: Paddy injures neck

Masters blog: Fred Couples may not be a fan of Twitter, but his game made big waves on the social media site as he climbed the Masters leaderboard with a 68.