News for Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Masters odds: After Round 1, Tiger still favorite

Tiger Woods is still the favorite, but not by as much as when Thursday’s first round started moving from 3/1 to 7/2 after a 2-under, 70, four shots off the lead of Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia at the 77th Masters.

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After Round 1 of Masters, the envelope, please. . .

Take a look at some awards after the first day of play at the 2013 Masters at Augusta National brought to you by Jim Achenbach.

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Garcia drives late push to finish line, joins lead

After making a brilliant up-and-down at the par-4 17th to help cement a bogey-free 66 and get into a share of the Masters lead, Sergio Garcia smiled. And, yes, he remembered that it wasn’t this way a year ago at Augusta National.

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2013 Masters: Second-round tee times

Here are the tee times and pairings for the second round of the Masters at Augusta National.

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Boy wonder Guan wows his elders with 73

The biggest story of the day out of Augusta wasn’t on the leaderboard. The story that will have fans and pros alike talking long after the Georgia pines have cast their tall shadows across this magical property is that of 14-year-old Tianlang Guan.

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Couples, Johnson light up Augusta National

Dustin Johnson is starting to learn how to play Augusta National Golf Club, a course that only reveals its secrets slowly and subtly. Fred Couples figured this place out long ago.

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Field posts 10 eagles at Augusta's 15th hole

Firethorn -- the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National -- is not exactly a pitch-and-putt, but it is playing as easy as you could ask for in the first round of the 77th Masters.

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Mickelson recovers for first-round 71 at Masters

Phil Mickelson’s 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Masters was a tale of two nines. He was, by his own assessment, Captain Hack on the front nine and the Comeback Kid on the back nine.

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McIlroy at par after 4 bogeys on back nine

Rory McIlroy stepped onto the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club this week and proclaimed that the “real” golf season had started – unfortunately, his Opening Day at the Masters was something of a wash.

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Player diary: Brad Dalke (Part 5)

Brad Dalke joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013 junior golf season. Check out his blog about his trip to Naples, Fla., to play in the Terra Cotta Amateur.

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Immelman chases championship form of '08

Trevor Immelman's Masters victory at age 28 was expected to propel the South African to the next level. But it simply hasn’t happened.

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How it happened: Tiger (70) trails by 4 at Masters

Tiger Woods' quest for a fifth green jacket began with a 2-under 70 on Thursday. Woods trails Sergio Garcia and Marc Leishman by four shots after the first round at Augusta National. See how it all unfolded!

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Tiger Woods keeps head down in Masters' first round

This was your Masters favorite, Tiger Woods, a winner of 14 major championships, but his body language on several holes would have fooled you, his head slung low.

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Lyle draws attention with giant Black Swan

Former Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle turned heads Thursday using a Black Swan putter, which features one of the largest putter heads in golf.

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Fowler's wild-ride 1st round ends at 68

How about this scorecard for Rickie Fowler over his first 15 holes? He has two double-bogeys, at Nos. 1 and 10, an eagle at the par-5 15th and five birdies.

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No. 1 with a bang: Augusta's 'Tea Olive'

The first hole at Augusta National is a challenge not to be taken lightly; yet the glory of Tea Olive is consistent with the rest of Augusta’s holes: If you get it into the fairway, you just feel you can take a shot at certain Masters hole locations.

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Amateur Guan early surprise in Masters first round

Tialang Guan's surprising play has been the exception on a difficult scoring day for the Masters' amateur participants. Guan, still on the course, is 2 over through 16 holes.

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Lynn finds lead for a while at Masters

David Lynn, a 39-year-old veteran of the European Tour and rookie on the PGA Tour this season, said it had taken “a golfing lifetime” to reach Augusta after leading for a while during the first round of the Masters.

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Bubba Watson fires 3-over 75 in opening round

Bubba Watson struggled to properly gauge the speed of Augusta National's famed putting surfaces Thursday, resulting in a 3-over 75 for the defending champion.

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Bag of the day: Marc Leishman

A look inside Marc Leishman's bag that led him to a 6-under 66 on Thursday at Augusta National.

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Australia's Leishman catches hold of early lead

An Australian is atop the leaderboard at Augusta National, facing questions of when someone will bring a green jacket down under. It is Marc Leishman, who earned his spot here with his first PGA Tour victory, at last year’s Travelers Championship.

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Snedeker, Westwood overcome doubles for 70s

Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood were on the short list of expected contenders at this year’s Masters, as was Justin Rose, who also opened with 70 at Augusta National on Thursday.

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Woods switches to VRS Covert 3-wood

Tiger Woods carried a new Nike VRS Covert 3-wood in Thursday’s opening round of the Masters, replacing the Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 3-wood he had used for more than a year.

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Toy Box: Peterson's Masters Odyssey

Spotted at the U.S. Open with a putter hanging from his pocket on the greens, John Peterson had no such dilemma at the Masters – the putter he uses at Augusta National sports a cover too big to keep on him.

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Notebook: Is UNLV a contender or pretender?

This week's college notebook talks about UNLV being contenders or pretenders, how Alabama keeps on rollin' and the .500 rule in college golf for the postseason.

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Big Three salute the game with ceremonial drives

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus just "dinked" drives on the 1st tee to kick-off the Masters. But their ceremonial role allowed them to salute the game – and gave fans a chance to honor the Big Three.

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Peterson fires 71, misses Masters souvenirs

“I was hoping they’d leave their balls in the fairway so I could pick them up,” John Peterson joked of the ceremonial Masters tee shots by Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

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