News for Sunday, April 7, 2013

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Which hole at Augusta National is hardest?

Here’s how the holes at famed Augusta National Golf Club stand up from the (relatively) easiest to the hardest.

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McIlroy adds endorsement deal with Omega

Rory McIlroy, coming off a runner-up finish in the Valero Texas Open for his best finish this year, is the latest brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Omega, joining Greg Norman, Sergio Garcia and Stacy Lewis.

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More heartache than celebration at 10th hole

Perenially the toughest hole at the Masters, No. 10 has claimed many a victim. Defending champ Bubba Watson eluded its grasp – famously, because so many others have been caught in it.

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Masters 2013: Augusta National facts, figures

From defending champ Bubba Watson to a Super Bowl comparison by Brandt Snedeker, here are facts and figures for the 2013 Masters at Augusta National:

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Oklahoma State, Yang sweep titles in Dallas

The Oklahoma State women and freshman Julie Yang swept the titles at the SMU Dallas Athletic Club Invitational.

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Masters 2013: 10 things to know heading to Augusta

From anchoring to azaleas, here are 10 facts about the 77th Masters, to be played April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club:

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Masters 2013: 20 potential contenders at Augusta

You're right, it's not as simple as Tiger vs. the field. Here's a capsule look at 20 potential contenders and the case for each:

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Baldry: Superior putting propels Park to easy victory

It didn't take Inbee Park long to put the field in her rearview mirror, opening a six-shot lead after the first hole on Sunday, cruising to her first leap into Poppie's Pond.

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Notes: Salas falters with 79; Ko takes low amateur

Notebook: Lizette Salas fires a final-round 79 in front of a "hometown" crowd, while Lydia Ko takes low-amateur status for the third time in a major.

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UNLV rallies past Cal to win ASU Thunderbird

Top-ranked California watched its back-nine lead slip away on Sunday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, as UNLV rallied to a one-shot victory over the Golden Bears.

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Alabama men cruise to fifth title of the season

Alabama cruised to its fifth victory of the season, lapping the field by 18 shots at the Aggie Invitational at the par-72 Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

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How it Happened: Park wins Kraft Nabisco

Inbee Park will have a three-shot lead to work with as she looks to win her second major title and take a leap into Poppie's Pond. Follow now!

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England's Kimsey wins Terra Cotta Invitational

Nathan Kimsey captured the Terra Cotta Invitational in Florida today at Naples National Golf Club.

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Masters 2013: Euro contingent owes thanks to Seve

Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.

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Texas captures Augusta State Invitational by two

Texas seems to be faring just fine without Jordan Spieth. The Longhorns won the Augusta State Invitational on Sunday for their third win of the season.

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Winner's Bag: Martin Laird

A look inside the bag of 2013 Valero Texas Open winner Martin Laird.

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5 Things: Laird punches Masters ticket behind 63

Martin Laird's putter came alive just in time to earn a spot on golf's grandest stage. Laird posted a course-record 9-under 63 to win the Valero Texas Open by two shots over World No. 2 Rory McIlroy on Sunday, earning a spot in the Masters as a result.

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Tracker: Laird wins behind 9-under 63 in Texas

There was plenty of movement atop the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, but it was the stellar play of Martin Laird that proved to be too much, even for the likes of World No. 2 Rory McIlroy. See how it all happened.

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Rice, Mickelson play together on members day

It was members day at Augusta National on Sunday, with the likes of Condoleezza Rice teeing it up with Phil Mickelson, while Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and a handful of others began their preparations for the year's first major.

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Weekly Top 5: Bright spotlights at Kraft, Masters

Top collegiate men and women golfers are finding the spotlight of majors at this time of year – women in this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship and men in next week's Masters.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Nathan Smith

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Nathan Smith.