News for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Masters Tracker: Par 3 Contest at Augusta National

Celebrities, wives and children played caddie Wednesday for the Par-3 Contest at Augusta National, and stole the show! That included tennis star and girlfriend of Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki. There were also two hole-in-ones. Oh, and Nick Watney and Ernie Els were co-medalists. See how it all unfolded!

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5 Things: Potter Jr. wins Par-3 Contest title

5 Things: From Ted Potter Jr. winning the Par-3 Contest title, to two hole-in-ones to Caroline Wozniacki's popularity at Augusta National, we take a look back at Wednesday on the par-3 course.

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At Masters, Bradley sticks with Odyssey Sabertooth

Keegan Bradley considered switching to a slightly shorter version of his preferred Odyssey Sabertooth belly putter, but ultimately let "feel" make his decision.

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Masters Wednesday is the calm before the storm

Masters’ eve is not a time for last-minute cramming for the year’s first examination. No, it’s actually a day designed for relaxation, some light practice and family fun at the Par-3 Contest.

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Scott to wield 913D3 driver and Futura prototype

Adam Scott will compete at the Masters with a new driver and putter: a Titleist 913D3 driver and a Scotty Cameron Futura X Prototype putter.

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Laird chooses rest over Masters Par-3 Contest

Martin Laird, whose third Masters will be his fifth-straight week of competition, opted not to play in Wednesday's Par-3 Contest, choosing to rest for Thursday's first round.

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McIlroy grants Weaver's wish to play practice round

Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round.

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5 Things: Augusta National's Payne on latest issues

From female membership at Augusta National to new Masters qualifying criteria and an adjusted cut line, here are 5 Things discussed by chairman Billy Payne on Wednesday:

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The Toy Box blog: Equipment at the Masters

Check out in-depth equipment coverage from James Achenbach and David Dusek all week, as players unveil new gear at the Masters.

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Masters roundtable: Staff debates 5 key questions

Is this Tiger's tournament to lose? Has Rory McIlroy found his game? Who is most likely to break through this week at the Masters? Our staff debates 5 key questions on the eve of the first round.

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Masters moment: Nicklaus' waterlogged interview

A Jack Nicklaus post-round Masters interview was upstaged when some Tom Weiskopf shots being shown on TV sets in the room made a bigger splash with several reporters.

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Golfweek's Best: Canadian Modern 2013

Courses built 1960-present.

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Bubba picks up ace in Masters practice round

Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a Masters practice round on Wednesday.

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Masters moment: Mickelson's 1st tops 'MagicMeter'

In 2004, we all wondered if changes to Augusta National's back nine might rob fans of those incredible Sunday finishing stretches. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els provided a resounding answer to that question.

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Masters moment: Great pal outside the ropes

An encyclopedic golf mind provided thoughts and opinions worth sharing from chairs at a bend in the par-5 No. 13 fairway – and a familiar perspective for one golf writer.

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Masters moment: Friends Schwartzel, Oosthuizen

Bubba Watson's incredible playoff shot was one that will go down in history, but it denied defending champ Charl Schwartzel the chance to honor childhood friend Louis Oosthuizen.

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Observations from Wednesday's practice-round pairings

Sean Martin enjoys looking at the practice-round pairings. They give you an insight into which players enjoy each other's company, which ones want to mentor their younger competitors and who likes to go it solo.

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Harrington will use TaylorMade R1 driver at Masters

Padraig Harrington, playing a game of musical chairs with his driver, will go into the Masters with a TaylorMade R1 driver and an abundance of confidence.

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Scotty Cameron 2013 Masters putter headcover

Scoring a Masters badge is not easy, and neither is nabbing a commemorative Scotty Cameron headcover.

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Bubba takes to Twitter to reveal Champions dinner

Well, we finally learned what Bubba Watson served at the Champions Dinner, using Twitter to let the world know what was on the menu.

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Masters 2013: With Lynn on Tour, the joke’s on us

The PGA Tour hasn’t had a scratch-handicap prankster like David Lynn since the days of the late Payne Stewart slipping bananas into Paul Azinger’s shoes.

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Toy Box: At Valero, Laird goes long and straight

At the Valero Texas Open, champion Martin Laird used a TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 driver to earn the coveted weekly double – top 20 in driving distance (20th) and driving accuracy (tied for 8th).

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Golfweek's Best: Canadian Classic 2013

Courses built before 1960.

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