News for Sunday, April 1, 2012
Yoo's unforeseen win
Five things: The list of players who had the opportunity to win the Kraft Nabisco is too long to count on one hand, but in the end, Sun Young Yoo captured the victory in a sudden-death playoff against I.K. Kim.
Sunday before Masters
The Sunday before the start of Masters week remains a study in serenity like no other golf day of the year. Not only are players taking in practice rounds, but also the merchandise.
Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco
Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.
Oregon, No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, had just enough to hold off No. 5 USC by a shot at Stanford Golf Course and earned its fifth victory of the season and their second in six days.
Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 76th Masters, scheduled to take place from April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.
Longhorns win in Augusta
TCU's Julien Brun captured medalist honors - his third win of the season - while Texas and Dylan Frittelli outlasted Augusta State in a playoff at the Augusta State Invitational.
Three UCLA players finished in the top 3, leading the top-ranked Bruins to a 12-stroke victory over host Arizona State at the Ping/ASU Invitational.
Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby won her first college title, and teammates Stephanie Meadow and Brooke Pancake also finished in the top 6 on Sunday to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide to a 12-shot victory over host Georgia at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.
Mahan wins Houston Open
Hunter Mahan shot a 71 Sunday to win the Houston Open, edging Carl Pettersson by a stroke. The victory moved Mahan up to No. 4 in the world rankings, the first time he's ever been the highest-ranked American.
Tait on Thorbjorn Olesen
Thorbjørn Olesen’s win at the Sicilian Open could be the first of many for the Denmark native.
McCabe on Charl Schwartzel
Young South African Charl Schwartzel, quietly confident from a steady climb up golf’s ladder, felt it in his gut: His Augusta moment was there to seize.
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a 69 to win the Sicilian Open by 1 shot on Sunday, holding off England’s Chris Wood, who equaled the course record with an 8-under 64 in the final round.
2012 Masters: The shortest hole at Augusta National is in the heart of Amen Corner, 155 yards of sheer hell. Jack Nicklaus called the tee shot on No. 12 the toughest on the entire golf course.
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4 Caddie: Betting tidbits
Golfweek’s own Forecaddie, the game's intrepid, sleuth-like Man Out Front, offers 30 betting tidbits that surely will help you don the champion's green jacket on your block:
A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the 76th Masters, to be played April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.
Key facts and figures for the 76th Masters, set for April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.
says "Augusta National syndrome" is about to strike again. It'd be best not to succumb to it.
Bradley Klein: The beauty you see on the TV screen from Augusta National during the Masters is real. It just doesn’t travel well to your home course.
Tait on South Africans
Since the days of Bobby Locke and Gary Player, South Africans’ title quests have begun in the British Isles. A new generation of frequent fliers expands those major hopes.
Klein on Gary Player
Gary Player is busier now than he was in his playing days, spending his time on golf course design and being a golf ambassador.
Martin on Masters amateurs
From Patrick Cantlay (above) to Kelly Kraft to Hideki Matsuyama, there are a handful of amateurs looking to make an impression at the Masters.
Augusta National flyovers
A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 76th Masters to be played April 5-8, with famous shots played at each one, and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934:
Texas freshman Jordan Spieth has received a sponsor exemption to the Valero Texas Open, tournament officials told Golfweek.