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Question of the Day
Ten facts about the 77th Masters, to be played April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club:
1. THE GUY IN A RED SHIRT WANTS ANOTHER GREEN JACKET
Tiger Woods won the Masters four times in his first nine years on the PGA Tour. Since then, he has been shut out. Woods has gone seven years since he last won at Augusta National, his longest drought in any of the majors. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus first played a practice round with Woods when he was an amateur, and they predicted he would win more green jackets than their 10 combined. And at age 37, Woods is not even halfway there.
2. HALFWAY HOME
Rory McIlroy is only 23 and already is halfway home to the career Grand Slam. He already has won the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. A green jacket would give him the third leg of the Grand Slam. McIlroy had a four-shot lead going into the final round at Augusta in 2011 and shot 80. He was one shot out of the lead going into the weekend last year and went 77-76. If he wins this year, Boy Wonder would join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as the only players to win majors in three successive years dating to 1960. Pretty strong company.
3. TWO WOMEN IN A GREEN JACKET
The biggest change at the Masters is the membership. For the first time in the 80-year history of Augusta National, the club invited two females to join. That means former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have something dozens of players at the Masters want _ a green jacket.
4. A BOY AMONG MEN
Now this will make Tiger Woods feel old: One of the players at the Masters wasn’t even born when Woods won his first green jacket in 1997. Guan Tianlang, a 14-year-old from China, won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in November to earn a spot in the field. Guan is the youngest player in major championship history.
5. STARS & STRIPES
After three years of another “golden era” in European golf, looks who’s winning all the tournaments. Four Europeans had been at No. 1 in the world for 125 consecutive weeks until Tiger Woods returned to the top. Along the way, Americans began the year by winning the first 14 events on the PGA Tour schedule, the longest such streak since Americans opened the 1984 season with 14 straight wins. There’s little chance of a record streak, though. Americans won all 44 tournaments on the PGA Tour schedule in 1982.
6. ANCHORS AWAY
The Masters is the only major that no one has won using a belly putter or a broom-handle putter pressed against the chest. Golf’s ruling bodies have proposed a rule that would outlaw the anchored stroke used with long putters. A final decision is expected in the spring. One reason for the proposed ban is that three of the last five major champions used a belly putter _ Keegan Bradley at the 2011 PGA Championship, Webb Simpson at the 2012 U.S. Open and Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open.
7. LEFTIES GET IT RIGHT
This is the 10-year anniversary of Mike Weir showing the way for southpaws. Throw in the three Masters won by golf’s most famous “Lefty” _ Phil Mickelson _ and Bubba Watson’s victory last year, and left-handed players have won five of the last 10 green jackets. Could Ted Potter Jr. be next?
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