News for Monday, April 8, 2013

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5 Things: Henley feels nerves Monday at Augusta

Take the electricity of the Masters and add a homecoming to his college state, and you can understand why Russell Henley is feeling nerves already – while Matt Kuchar treats the week in special ways as well.

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Two Tour players speak out against amateurs

On Monday, PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan took to Twitter to express their position on whether amateurs should get to play in the Masters. Let's just say they aren't too happy.

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Masters odds: Tiger the clear favorite at Augusta

On the eve of the Masters, Tiger Woods finds himself in his usual spot as the favorite going into the first major of 2013.

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Mid Pines has 20th-century look back

Nearly a century ago, Donald Ross applied the final touches to his new course at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club. Having spent much time in North Carolina’s Sandhills – notably for his work at nearby Pinehurst – Ross was familiar with the sandy ground, wiregrass and tall, slender pines that define golf courses in the region.

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Winner's Circle: April 8, 2013

Winner's Circle: April 8, 2013

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Masters 2013: Guan gets advice from old guard

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan got quite the on-course education Monday, playing with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. He also has practice scheduled with Tom Watson and a Par-3 tee time with Nick Faldo.

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Cobra's limited-edition Masters driver headcover

Fowler plays an orange Cobra AMP Cell driver and at this season's Masters, that club is covered by a Limited Edition Monoline headcover.

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Fitting Month: Callaway shares advice from the King

Jeff Opheim, Callaway's tour rep for the Champions Tour, shares club-fitting advice gleaned from the King.

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"Pete's Army" is making the trip to Augusta National

It was at Augusta in 1958 that Arnie's Army was born. It's now 2013 and "Pete's Army" is being formed. The regular on the Web.com Tour, John Peterson, who qualified by tying for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open had tee shirts designed for the week.

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Toy Box: What it means to play the Masters (Video)

In this video, produced by Titleist, Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson and other stars talk about what Augusta means to them.

Player of the week: Davis Baxter

Davis Baxter, of Nolensville, Tenn., won the SJGT Hampton Cove Junior Classic at RTJ Trail Hampton Cove course April 7.

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Player of the week: Ashlan Ramsey

One of five amateurs to make the cut at the Kraft Nasbico Championship, Ashlan Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., shot 71-75-73-71 for a 2-over total.

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Team of the week: UNLV

UNLV won the ASU Thunderbird Invitational by firing a final-round-low 7-under 277 over top-ranked California.

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Player of the week: Cory Whitsett, Alabama

Alabama junior Cory Whitsett won The Aggie Invitational to claim his second consecutive medalist honor and the fifth of his career.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State won the SMU Dallas Athletic Club Invitational with a five-shot win over Oklahoma.

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Player of the week: Sophia Popov, USC

Junior Sophia Popov claimed medalist honors at the SDSU Farms Invitational on April 2.

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Masters blog: Laird's victory a good 'omen'

Our editor Jeff Babineau and Senior Writer Jeff Rude are gamblers at heart and always look for an 'omen' at the outset of any major. Rocky Hambric provided some food for thought on Monday in Augusta.

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Masters blog: Local paper isn't always Masters focused

It takes a lot to top the Masters for newsworthiness in its hometown of Augusta. But 10 times, the local newspaper has deemed a story more worthy of lead play on its front page.

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Masters 2013: Bubba won’t part with his Ping S59s

Since 2004, when he parted ways with his Ping i3+ irons, Masters champion Bubba Watson has depended on Ping S59 irons to hit his impressive curve shots.

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Clarke withdraws from Masters with hamstring injury

The Masters field, already the slimmest of the major championships, was reduced by one Monday when former Open Champion Darren Clarke withdrew.

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Registration ends soon for Augusta youth event

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, national skills competition for junior golfers, will begin at courses in 19 states and Washington, D.C. – and end at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday before the 2014 Masters.

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Gronlund (NR, 2014) commits to SMU

Ryan Gronlund, of Pleasanton, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at SMU in 2014.

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Masters 2013: Mickelson's secret club revealed?

Phil Mickelson teased that he would put a "special club" in play this week at the Masters. Could it be this new Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood?

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Fletcher (NR, 2014) commits to Mississippi State

Michaela Fletcher, of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Mississippi State in 2014.

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Masters 2013: Tiger, Bradley lead staff predictions

Will Tiger Woods finally pick up another green jacket? Will Keegan Bradley win his second major title? Our staff of experts offers up their 2013 Masters predictions.

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Greatest tee gift ever received: Masters tickets

Players at the Augusta State Invitational get to go to the Maters practice round on Monday. What they are most looking forward to? Everything.

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ASU looking to add event to get into postseason

Augusta State head coach Kevin McPherson had an important task Monday: try to find a one-day event that the Jaguars can play in order to get their record above .500 and become eligible for an NCAA postseason bid.

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Masters 2013: Masterful shots from champions

From Bubba Watson's incredible shot in 2012 to Arnold Palmer's critical birdie in 1960, we look at eight shots in Augusta National lore.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Scott Piercy

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: Scott Piercy.

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Masters 2013: Clock ticks for Woods at Augusta

Given his early brilliance there, his 1-for-10 and 0-for-7 sound like factual errors, if not something out of Alex Rodriguez’s last postseason. Rather, they are indicators that Augusta has indeed been Tiger-proofed.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know John Peterson

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: John Peterson.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know T.J. Vogel

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: T.J. Vogel.