News for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Fitzpatrick adds some experience on his bag at Augusta

Matthew Fitzpatrick had to change caddies this week due to some physical ailments for his normal looper, Loren Duncan. Enter Ricky Elliott, who has seen Augusta National plenty of times carrying Ben Curtis' sticks.

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Zach Johnson: Learning curve at Augusta is steep

There are 24 first-timers in the field this week at the Masters and Zach Johnson knows exactly how they'll feel come Thursday, as there is plenty to learn by simply playing Augusta National.

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Palmer: Tiger's obstacle to majors record is psychological

Arnold Palmer suggested that Tiger Woods' biggest obstacle to winning another major might not be physical, but to overcome the psychological morass that comes with winning so much, so young.

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Achie's Awards: 16th hole is spectator heaven

In Tuesday's rendition of James Achenbach's daily awards, the 44-year vet of the tournament reveals his love of the spectacle that has become the 16th hole on Masters Tuesday.

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New Mexico State wins Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

New Mexico State posted a wire-to-wire victory Tuesday at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.

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UCLA claims 1st win of season at Redhawks Invite

UCLA capped off a victory in University Place, Wash., on Tuesday at the Redhawks Invitational.

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Miss. State edges Cincinnati for Old Waverly title

Mississippi State shot a final-round 7-under 281 for a come from behind victory at the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship Tuesday.

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Oklahoma wins Wyoming Cowboy Classic by 7

Oklahoma won its third team title of the season on Tuesday at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

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Spieth picks Crenshaw's mind about Augusta

Jordan Spieth is in love with Augusta National just like every other golfer with a pulse, but he has managed to focus enough to lean on a fellow Texas Longhorn, Ben Crenshaw, for some advice on course navigation.

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Virginia runs away with Jim West title

Virginia ran away with the Jim West Intercollegiate title on Tuesday for a 29-shot victory TPC Craig Ranch.

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Gonzaga grabs Gold Rush at Yorba Linda

Gonzaga, the 50th-ranked team in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, won the Gold Rush Tuesday at Yorba Linda (Calif.) Country Club.

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Wichita State posts wire-to-wire win in Kansas City

Wichita State led wire-to-wire in capturing the Gary Crossley Ford Kansas City Shootout Tuesday at Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo.

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Florida State cruises to Web.com Intercollegiate win

Florida State closed with a 5-under 283 to notch a 24-shot victory Tuesday at the Web.com Intercollegiate at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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McIlroy: 'It's all there' for Masters win, no excuses

Rory McIlroy has pronounced himself fit to win his first green jacket: “Mind, body, equipment, it’s all there,” he said two days before the start of the Masters.

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Florida's Banks rediscovers comfort level on course

Florida junior Eric Banks is feeling more comfortable on the golf course after undergoing open-heart surgery in 2012.

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Weir holes one on 16, but won't call it ace

The roar could be heard by the clubhouse. It was a Sunday type of roar, with lasting applause, and Augusta patrons knew it had to be an ace. But Mike Weir’s not counting his 10th hole-in-one, which came on a practice shot.

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Mickelson says Augusta National "frees" him up

Phil Mickelson is scuffling a bit coming into the Masters, but there is something about the landscape here at Augusta National that makes him feel that he can accomplish anything.

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McCabe: Veteran credits Casper for saving his life

Clebe McClary was ready to give up, lying in a hospital bed in Japan, having lost his left arm and left eye in Vietnam. And then a visit from PGA Tour great Billy Casper changed the course of McClary's life. On Tuesday, they reunited for the first time in 46 years.

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Masters defense, and bugs, on Scott's plate

Yes, Adam Scott is serving up bugs -- fancy that -- at the Champions' Dinner at Augusta National. But his important jobs this week are to chase the World No. 1 ranking and the title of back-to-back Masters winner.

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In prime, Rose says now is time to win majors

Justin Rose believes the time to win majors is now. Players can qualify their 20s as a learning curve, Rose said. But after that, there’s no excuse.

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Nicklaus isn't wavering: Woods will break record

Long on the record as thinking Tiger Woods will set the all-time record for wins in majors, the man who holds that mark -- Jack Nicklaus -- still thinks it will happen despite Woods' recent back surgery.

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Fun-loving Stenson takes Augusta's greens seriously

Henrik Stenson was a bundle of laughs on Tuesday at Augusta National, but knows that it will take a serious putting display to secure Sweden's first male major championship.

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2014 Masters: Upward, downward trends in rankings

Who is trending in the right direction heading into this week’s Masters? Who's moving in the wrong direction? Find out!

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Masters: Tee times at Augusta, second round

Among the favorites, Rory McIlroy will play in the same group as Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth as Phil Mickelson shares an Augusta National tee time with Ernie Els and Justin Rose during the opening two rounds of the Masters.

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Timeline: Notable Masters through the years

Looking back from 2014, there are several milestone years to observe. They include Arnold Palmer's final Masters victory and some international firsts.

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Once Masters low am, Matsuyama sees lofty goal

Hideki Matsuyama has experienced the winners' ceremony at Augusta National as the low amateur in 2011. The Japanese standout now sees a new status within his reach: Masters champion.

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Major Challenge: Win a new TaylorMade driver!

Play our Major Challenge and win a new driver from TaylorMade and Fujikura, a stand bag from Ogio, a new putter from SeeMore Putters or a coffeemaker from Keurig!

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Mahan’s scripted apparel for 2014 Masters

Hunter Mahan’s scripted apparel was announced for the upcoming 2014 Masters. Take a look at what he will wear from Under Armour.

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A gesture Toski can accept: Revisit Augusta

"He never lets me pay him a dime," Ken Duke says of instructor Bob Toski, 87. But in 2009, when Duke qualified for his first Masters, Toski thought of a gesture he'd accept: "Take me to Augusta," he asked.

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Masters 2014: What's on tap for Tuesday

So long as Mother Nature cooperates, Tuesday will mark the opening to Masters week for many, with the likes of Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson also doing their annual press conferences.