News for Friday, April 12, 2013

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Augusta's 15th transforms overnight to bite the field

All those crystal-makers who were forced to work overtime to produce those beautiful goblets that were needed after Thursday’s record-breaking day of eagles at Firethorn, Augusta National’s vaunted par-5 15th? They got to take a breather Friday.

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Masters tee times: Third round at Augusta

Tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round of the Masters at Augusta National.

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Day overcomes water ball to take Masters lead

A nice bogey-save after a water ball on No. 12, followed by birdies on Nos. 13 and 16 propelled Jason Day to a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead at the Masters.

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Woods finishes at 3 under after flagstick incident

Tiger Woods was tied for the lead when the course that’s been the site of so much success turned on him. Woods finished at 3-under 141, three shots behind 36-hole leader Jason Day, who shot 68 on Friday.

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In recognition of high scores and slow play

After 36-holes at Augusta National, and Jim Achenbach is back to hand out more awards.

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Experience pays this year at Augusta

On a trying day when the winds kicked up, a little experience came in quite handy. Look at some of the names on the board: Fred Couples, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk. And some Tiger guy.

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My Bag at the Masters: Angel Cabrera

Here's what Argentinian Angel Cabrera, who won the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont and the 2009 Masters, is playing this week at Augusta National.

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Tough 36 holes for amateurs, Cal's Weaver included

For Cal junior Michael Weaver and the rest of the amateur players at the Masters, it was a tough 36 holes as only 14-year-old Tianlang Guan made the cut at Augusta.

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Champ Watson squeezes inside cut line

Bubba Watson three-putted three times plus another from the fringe Thursday and Friday at the Masters. He says Augusta's famed greens are slower this year, and that his miscues are costly.

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Rude: Masters revs up old champ Couples' cool

Fred Couples not only is defying age at the Masters, he is trampling upon his own words of late March when he grumbled about his form and maintained he had no chance at Augusta.

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Guan shows resolve chasing cut line after penalty

Tianlang Guan rebounded from a slow-play penalty to save par on the 18th hole and, ultimately, make the cut on the number. It was an incredible display of focus for any player, let alone a 14-year-old representing a country of more than 1.3 billion.

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Lyle finds way to weekend play in major again

Scotsman Sandy Lyle made his first Masters cut since finishing T-20 in 2009; he is off the pace of leader Jason Day by seven shots at Augusta.

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How it happened: Day leads by one

Aussie Jason Day shot a second-round 4-under 68 for a two-day total of 6 under. Day is leading by one over Fred Couples and countryman Marc Leishman. See how the day unfolded with our Tracker.

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Leishman finds pressure among Masters leaders

Marc Leishman knows that the stakes are high at the Masters, but the Australian refuses to put Tiger Woods or any of the other stars on the leaderboard on a pedestal.

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Day leads at Masters, 14-year-old makes cut

Jason Day could have sent Tianlang Guan home early with a birdie from just off the front of the green on the 18th hole. But the Australian was wide left and tapped in for par, giving him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead.

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Strong field fits history of Western Intercollegiate

The Western Intercollegiate's past champions list is dotted with names such as Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi. This week’s 14-team field includes top-ranked Cal and four more in Golfweek’s top 20.

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Nicklaus uses namesake driver in ceremonial start

Jack Nicklaus' club of choice as an honorary starter at the Masters? A 45-inch, 9-degree Nicklaus ML4 driver with a stiff shaft. The club had a customized Secret Grip from Boccieri Golf.

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Donald's Masters arsenal includes MP-H4

Luke Donald is carrying an MP-H4 3-iron at Augusta. The 2-iron through 7-iron of this new Mizuno forged set are hollow, with the two-piece head joined together by plasma welding.

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Ping Scottsdale TR putters

Ping staff players, including Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan, used adjustable Scottsdale TR putters, featuring grooves designed to enhance distance control on off-center hits.

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Johnson finds unusual struggles on back nine

The Masters is the only major where Dustin Johnson has never collected a top-10 finish, although his long, right-to-left tee shots usually allow him to take advantage of the par-5s.

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Tianlang Guan awaits cut line at Masters

Tianlang Guan finishes near the changing cut line and awaits his fate after his second round at The Masters.

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Cabrera succeeds, yet says Augusta 'never easy'

At 4 under after the second round of the Masters, Angel Cabrera birdies five holes on the back nine Friday.

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Langer another surging senior to make cut

Bernhard Langer had missed the cut in the previous six appearances at Augusta National, and did not play in 2011. "I have a different attitude this year: I'm trying to win, trying to be on the leaderboard."

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Fitting Month: Trackman adds science to art of fitting

Using technology originally designed to track rockets and missiles, Trackman launch monitors provide essential data to tour reps, helping them fit the world's best players.

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Winds, hole locations put teeth back in Augusta

Many Masters golfers, including Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson, found themselves giving strokes back to Augusta National early Friday. “The wind and the pin placements are definitely trickier than yesterday,” said Thorbjorn Olesen.

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Rain, slick greens offer tough scoring conditions

Augusta National’s steep slopes are a little slicker this morning as the anticipated rain has arrived. White signs with the words “Caution: Slippery When Wet” lined where spectators walk right of the first fairway.

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Na goes against doctor's orders to fire 2-under 70

Kevin Na's doctor believes the 13-year professional should be home working with his physical therapist and not trying to hit shots off of a hanging lie into a tucked pin.

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