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AUGUSTA, Ga. — For someone with a reputation of lacking a pulse and fist pumps, the raw emotion from Masters champion Dustin Johnson was as startling as a virtually vacant Augusta National.
The pimiento cheese sandwiches are still here, and so is the Hogan Bridge over Rae’s Creek. So much else has changed at Augusta National this week, when the first fall Masters will be held without many of the traditions that make it a tradition unlike any other.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods has spent some extra time with his green jacket.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Nick Taylor has never been to the Masters. He already is motivated to get back.
Tiger Woods slipped on the green jacket again on the second Sunday in April.
In choosing Tiger Woods’ victory at the Masters as The Associated Press sports story of the year, voters went with the uplifting escape of a great comeback over options that were as much about sports as the issues that enveloped them in 2019: politics, money and the growing push for equal pay and equal rights for women.
The Masters in his rearview mirror, Justin Rose is excited about what he calls the next stage of the golf year. Except in this case, objects might be closer than they appear.
The first green jacket was all about the future. The fifth green jacket Tiger Woods won Sunday at the Masters was more about the past, best measured by a powerful celebration and enormous popularity than by any ripple effect it might have in golf.
A Wisconsin man who claims to have never placed a bet on sports before risked $85,000 on Tiger Woods winning the Masters and is now more than a million dollars richer. James Adducci was presented with a check for more than $1.2 million Monday at a sportsbook in Las Vegas. Adducci’s win represents the largest golf payout ever for sportsbook operator William Hill US.
No comeback by Tiger Woods was ever going to be complete without a major. Now the question becomes how many more he can win.
Breakfast at the Masters can’t come soon enough. So get the pimento cheese sandwiches and coffee ready. Don’t forget something for all the heartburn – and all the heartache.
On a day for going low at the Masters, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen were stuck in neutral. It might cost them a shot at the green jacket. While three players were shooting 64 Saturday and a bunch of others were putting up lofty numbers in the red, the big-name trio of major champions combined for an even-par total that failed to keep pace with those at the top of the leaderboard.
Phil Mickelson brought his best stuff to the Masters, at least the drive down Magnolia Lane. Mickelson was paired Saturday was Matt Kuchar, a good friend and one of the few players for whom Mickelson never has an answer during their banter. He tweaked Kuchar during a Twitter post.
Francesco Molinari blocked out the buzz from Tiger Woods charging up the leaderboard at the Masters and produced more solid golf that only looked spectacular on his scorecard. Molinari played bogey-free for the second straight round at Augusta National and took advantage of the rain-softened course for a 6-under 66. The British Open champion has a two-shot lead over Woods and Tony Finau.
Given the airs that Augusta National puts on for those watching at home, one would think the Masters is contested in some genteel countryside. That assessment couldn’t be further from the kitschy truth. Welcome to Washington Road, where a hodgepodge of sprawling strips malls, fast-food joints, energy-drink hawkers and even John Daly rollick outside one of the world’s most exclusive clubs.
Valentino Dixon’s introduction to golf came when the warden dropped by his 6-by-10 cell at Attica Correctional Facility in New York with a photo of the iconic 12th hole at Augusta National and a simple request. Could Dixon draw the hole with his colored pencils? The drawing drew attention to his case, eventually leading to his release.
Dave Loggins had a prolific songwriting career in the 1970s and 80s but his most enduring song might be ‘Augusta,’ which has been featured in the CBS Masters promos and broadcast for nearly 40 years. Loggins wrote the song in 1981 after being inspired by while attending the Masters. He pitched it to the CBS, and it quickly became a fixture in the broadcast starting in 1982.
Adam Scott had a choice to make during the second round of the Masters. He had some time to do it. Scott came out of a 29-minute storm delay Friday to hit the shot of his day. He finished the round in the mix on a star-studded leaderboard. Scott heads into the weekend trying to end a long victory drought and win his second Masters title.
Charles Howell III has waited a long time to get back to the Masters. He’s taking advantage of his opportunity, shooting a 5-under 67 on Friday in the second round. The 39-year-old Howell hasn’t played in the Masters since 2012. The Augusta native enters the weekend three shots behind the leaders.
Phil Mickelson flashed the faraway look of a man approaching a half-century of life, clearly pondering where the time went. “It goes by fast,” he reminisced, glancing toward the rolling hills and towering pines beyond the Augusta National clubhouse. Then, just like that, Lefty snapped out of it.