News for Thursday, April 5, 2012


News 2012 April 5


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Behind the first-round numbers at the Masters

Masters numbers

Now for a little of this and a dash of that regarding numbers from the opening round of the Masters on Thursday.

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Babineau: Top guns stumble on Day 1

Top guns stumble

Jeff Babineau: The game's top guns - Mickelson, Woods, McIlroy and Donald - all stumbled out of the gate. That and other observations from Thursday at Augusta National . . .

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Vegas likes Westwood's chances in Masters

Masters odds, Round 2

Englishman Lee Westwood, the first-round leader at the Masters, has been installed by Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favorite.

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Dufner quickly becoming a sure bet on Tour

Dufner fires 69

Jim McCabe: Jason Dufner put in plenty of work ahead of the Masters, and it paid off in a major way with a 3-under 69 that left him two shots off the lead.

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5 Things: Westwood takes one-shot lead

5 Things: Westwood leads

5 Things: Lee Westwood overcame tough hole locations to take a one-shot lead into the second round, while Rory McIlroy made some late noise.

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Masters Tracker: Round 1 from Augusta

Round 1 at Augusta

It's Thursday at Augusta National and Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have officially kicked off the tournament. Stay up-to-date with news at Augusta with our Masters Tracker.

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Rude: Tiger escapes a 'loose' first round

Rude on Tiger's 1st round

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods hit the ball all over the course on Thursday, and somehow managed to shoot 72. That 'might have won him the tournament,' says a certain former coach.

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Notes: Jimenez succeeds in Tiger's shadow

Notes: Jimenez fires 69

Miguel Angel Jimenez shines in Tiger's shadow, while early-week storms created a soggy Augusta National, but the greens are holding off the low scores some players predicted. Notes

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Stenson's 18th a tale of Augusta horror

Stenson's snowman

Augusta National's 18th hole was a nightmarish experience for Henrik Stenson in Round 1.

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The annual Achie Awards: Masters Round 1

Masters, Round 1

Phil Mickelson was the recipient of two first-round awards from James Achenbach. One was admirable, the other dubious.

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Amateur hour: Cantlay, Matsuyama impress

Cantlay, Matsuyama impress

Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama are from opposite ends of the world, but on Thursday, they both impressed the world that is the Masters. Sean Martin

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Lawrie posts two eagles in opening round

Lawrie at 3 under

Despite a recent bout of bronchitis, Paul Lawrie, in his first Masters appearance since 2004, jumped into the early mix with two eagles during Thursday's opening round.

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Clark shakes off the rust with 73 at Augusta

Clark opens with 73

Augusta National is hardly the place to bring a rusty game, but on a wet Masters Thursday, Tim Clark was happy to be in the field. Jim McCabe explains why an opening 73 made Clark smile.

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Rater's notebook: Conestoga Golf Club

Rater's notebook

Conestoga turns stark desert terrain into strategic test. Rater's notebook

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Notebook: Cowboys must rustle up strong finish

College notebook

Because of the .500 rule in men's golf, Sean Einhaus and his Oklahoma State teammates are in jeopardy of missing NCAA postseason. College notebook

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O'Meara WDs with ailing back, ribs

OMeara WDs

Mark O’Meara, the 1998 Masters champion, withdrew from the 76th Masters with an injury to his back and ribs.

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Achenbach: Big Three recapture Masters glory

Achenbach on Big Three

James Achenbach: The Big Three not only kickstarted the Masters on Thursday but continue to recapture true Masters glory.

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Augusta’s greens: Secrets to magic carpet ride

Secrets to Augusta's greens

Bradley Klein: The rain has taken some of the bite out of Augusta National’s notoriously tricky greens. But the course's SubAir equipment might bring some of that bite back.

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Video: Foley talks Tiger, winning, Masters

Video: Sean Foley

Instructor Sean Foley has had a great two months, with three of his clients winning - Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose. An interview with the game's hottest teacher . . .