Souvenir cups in high demand at Augusta National

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - On the course, it’s all about going low. Outside the ropes, it’s more about stacking high.

Masters cups are the most sought-after souvenirs at Augusta National. Fans buy drinks - beers are a modest $3 - empty the logo-etched cups and start stacking them high. Really high. Others even dig through trash cans to get extras.

Mike Fletcher, of Moore, Okla., had 16 of them piled up Saturday.

“We’re trying to get 50 cups between us,” said Fletcher, who is attending his ninth Masters with his girlfriend and some friends.

Fletcher says they make great cups to use around the pool. They’re a conversation piece, too. After all, there’s only one place and one time of the year you can get those keepsakes.

- Mark Long, https://twitter.com/@APMarkLong

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EARLY UPSET: Rory McIlroy was hoping for a little sympathy on the 18th green.

Not on this day. Not from this guy.

McIlroy birdied three of his final four holes in the third round, shooting a 1-under 71, but got beat by his amateur playing partner.

Jeff Knox, who owns the Augusta National record for members with a 61, was selected to serve as a non-competing marker because an odd number of players made the cut. Knox shot 2-under 70 on his home course from the championship tees despite bogeying No. 18.

“I thought he was going to be nice and three-putt the last and we would have a half, but he beat me by one,” McIlroy said. “He obviously knows this place so well and gets it around. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone putt the greens as well as he does around here. He was really impressive.

“I was thinking of maybe getting him to read a few of my putts out there.”

- Mark Long

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