The 2014 Masters - Latest News from the Augusta National Golf Club

The 2014 Masters - Latest News from the Augusta National Golf Club

The Washington Times has teamed up with the Augusta Chronicle to deliver the latest news and analysis on the 2014 Masters Tournament held April 7-13 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

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  • Bubba Watson waves after being presented with his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    With a second green jacket in closet, Bubba Watson knows more work is ahead

    By Doug Ferguson - Associated Press

    Bubba Watson was reminded of that hard work when he won the Masters by three shots over 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt of Sweden. Published April 14, 2014

  • Jordan Spieth clutches his club after his approach shot on the eighth hole during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Masters 2014: Jordan Spieth fades after taking lead, still ties for second in first appearance

    By Paul Newberry - Associated Press

    As the errant shots began to pile up, Jordan Spieth swung his club angrily and spewed out his frustration for everyone to hear. Finally, after three brilliant days, the kid showed his age Published April 13, 2014

  • Jordan Spieth watches his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Masters 2014: Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth tied in tight field

    By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

    Jordan Spieth has lived up to his billing as the next big thing in golf all week long. Now the 20-year-old Texan has the opportunity to become the youngest Masters Tour­na­ment champion – and the first player in 35 years to win in his first start at Augusta National Golf Club. Published April 12, 2014

  • Oliver Goss, of Australia, tees off on the second hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Masters 2014: Gary Woodland shoots 30 on front side

    By PAUL NEWBERRY - Associated Press

    With the leaders still waiting to tee off, Gary Woodland put on quite a show for the early arrivers at Augusta National. Published April 12, 2014

  • Phil Mickelson hits from behind a tree off the 17th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Without Tiger, Phil, Masters weekend 'not as exciting'

    By Wesley Brown - The Augusta Chronicle

    The absence of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson from the final two rounds of the 2014 Masters was a disheartening sight for many golf fans Saturday, but few were ready to concede that the two stars’ glory days are behind them. Published April 12, 2014

  • Marc Leishman, of Australia, tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 11, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Masters 2014: Marc Leishman misses cut hours after taking lead

    By Wayne Staats - The Augusta Chronicle

    The Australian was alone at 5-under before the wind curtailed his momentum and started a free-fall. After he took the lead with birdie on No. 3, Leishman carded five bogeys and two double-bogeys from No. 4 to No. 13, losing nine strokes in a 10-hole stretch. Published April 11, 2014

  • Lucas Glover tees off on the 12th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Strong finish lifts Lucas Glover to personal best at Masters

    By Chris White - The Augusta Chronicle

    Glover, 34, of Greenville, S.C., finished with back-to-back birdies to cap his best round at Augusta National — 3-under-par 69 — and pumped his fist to applause from patrons surrounding the last green. Published April 11, 2014

  • Masters 2014: Bubba Watson leads after blazing round 2

    By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

    Joining David Toms, Gary Player, Geoff Ogilvy and Hale Irwin as the only players to run off nothing but birdies from the 12th to 16th holes, Watson pulled four strokes ahead of first-round leader Bill Haas, who had an afternoon tee time. Published April 11, 2014

  • Jonas Blixt, of Sweden, hits out of a bunker on the 11th fairway during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 11, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Masters 2014: Couples' round stirs memories of '92

    By Mark Long - Associated Press

    Fred Couples' luck on No. 12 at Augusta National seems to have no expiration date. Published April 11, 2014

  • Spectators watch as Phil Mickelson hits out of the rough on the second fairway during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 11, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Masters 2014: Phil Mickelson misses cut for first time since 1997

    By Scott Michaux - The Augusta Chronicle

    Mickelson will be watching the final two rounds of the Masters from home for the first time in 17 years, and won't be hard to figure out why — two triple bogeys. Published April 11, 2014

  • Larry Mize pumps his fist after a birdie on the ninth hole during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Masters 2014: Larry Mize makes cut after gamble on 15th

    By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

     “It makes me feel great,” said Mize, 55. “It’s been a few years since I did play on the weekend. I’ve really been looking forward to this week all year to try to get back to be playing on the weekend. I’m excited to be playing.” Published April 11, 2014

  • Craig Stadler hits to the second green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Masters 2014: Kevin Stadler soars, father Craig sinks

    By Chris White - The Augusta Chronicle

    Kevin, the 34-year-old Masters rookie, finished the tournament's opening round comfortably at 2-under and sat near the top of the leaderboard as the early groups finished play. Craig, the 60-year-old veteran and 1982 Masters champion who shot 10-over 82. Published April 10, 2014

  • Phil Mickelson hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Masters 2014: Phil Mickelson's bid for a fourth title off to a rocky start

    By Paul Newberry - Associated Press

    When Phil Mickelson finally finished with the seventh hole, he had a triple-bogey on his scorecard. That summed up Lefty's wild ride on the opening day of the Masters. Published April 10, 2014

  • Bill Haas walks off the 18th green with his course notes after his first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Masters 2014: Bill Haas leads with 2 prior champs close behind

    By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

    Haas, who is playing in his fifth Masters, shot 4-under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over defending champion and World No. 2 Adam Scott, 2012 winner Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, who lost a playoff to Watson that year. Published April 10, 2014

  • Arnold Palmer, center, watches as Jack Nicklaus, left, and Gary Player touch fists after Palmer hit his ceremonial drive on the first tee during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Masters 2014: Nicklaus, Palmer, Player tee it up in Augusta

    By Wayne Staats - The Augusta Chronicle

    As a group, the three combined for 147 Masters Tournament appearances, with 13 wins. They also won seven years in a row, from 1960-1966. Published April 10, 2014

  • Martin Kaymer, of Germany, takes notes on the seventh green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    HARRIS: Masters has plenty of appeal in Tiger's absence

    By Mike Harris - The Washington Times

    While the presence of Woods, especially when he's playing well, adds something to any event, the idea that the tournament is somehow lessened this year because he isn't playing is worthy of a simple, one-word response: Oy. Published April 9, 2014

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Greg Norman, a two-time British Open champion, is within a stroke of the lead after the first round at Royal Birkdale.

    The Masters can inflict pain like no other tournament

    By Doug Ferguson - Associated Press

    The scars of finishing second linger because players return to the same course year after year. Published April 9, 2014

  • Dustin Johnson, right, listens to his caddie and brother Austin Johnson on the sixth hole during the second round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Masters 2014: With brother on bag, Dustin Johnson a threat at Augusta

    By John Boyette - The Augusta Chronicle

    Austin Johnson caddied for his brother in his victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in November. They've combined for two runner-up finishes since then. Last week's withdrawal from the Hous­ton Open after an opening-round 80 has been Johnson's only blemish this season. Published April 9, 2014

  • Sergio Garcia tees off on the ninth hole during the final round of the Houston Open golf tournament on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

    Sergio Garcia enters 16th Masters with momentum

    By David Lee - The Augusta Chronicle

    Garcia has finished in the top 25 in each of his six PGA Tour events this year, including four top-10 finishes. He finished third in the Houston Open on Sunday. Published April 9, 2014

  • FILE - In this April 5, 2010 file photo, Tiger Woods listens to a question during his news conference at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back. Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday, March 31, 2014, in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. (AP Photo/Harry How, Pool, File)

    Masters 2014: Tiger Woods is topic even when absent

    By Garry Smits - The Augusta Chronicle

    Whether he’s in a tournament or not, Tiger Woods is the 800-pound elephant in the room. Published April 9, 2014

  • Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club Billy Payne looks at television monitor before his news conference at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The tournament begins Thursday, April, 8. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

    Masters 2014: Networks not worried about Tiger-free tourney

    By John Boyette - The Augusta Chronicle

    It’s no secret that Tiger Woods boosts television ratings when he plays. But his absence at this week’s Mas­ters Tournament isn’t expected to detract from what is traditionally golf’s highest-rated telecast. Published April 9, 2014

  • Adam Scott, of Australia, catches a ball from his caddie on the driving range during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Masters 2014: Adam Scott hungry for second helping

    By Scott Michaux - The Augusta Chronicle

    Last year's winner has worked out all the bugs for his return to Augusta – both on the course and for the Champions Dinner. Published April 8, 2014

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the sand trap to the second green during practice for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Augusta, Ga.  (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

    Masters 2014: Rory McIlroy is veteran in grouping

    By Wayne Staats - The Augusta Chronicle

    As McIlroy prepares for his sixth Masters Tournament, he goes in as the experienced one in his Thursday and Friday group. First-time Masters participants Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are scheduled to tee off with him. Published April 8, 2014

  • The 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, of Australia, waves to a crowd during a trophy presentation for the "Drive, Chip and Putt" contest at Augusta National on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Rainier Ehrhardt)

    Masters tee times, groupings for Thursday, Friday rounds

    By The Augusta Chronicle

    Defending champion Adam Scott and his group tee off Thursday at 10:41 a.m. Scott is playing with Jason Dufner and U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. Published April 8, 2014

  • Henrik Stenson, of Sweden, reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Masters 2014: Henrik Stenson takes patient approach

    By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

    Henrik Stenson's dry Swedish wit was on full display Tuesday as he talked about his quest for a Masters Tournament title this week — and the world No. 1 ranking that would go with it. Published April 8, 2014

  • FILE - In this March 9, 2014, file photo, Patrick Reed watches his shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament in Doral, Fla. The rookie class at Augusta National might be the strongest ever at the Masters, from Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed to Victor Dubuisson and Jimmy Walker. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    Masters 2014: Talented rookies aim to join exclusive club

    By Scott Michaux - The Augusta Chronicle

    Fuzzy Zoeller is the only living member of the most exclusive club in Augusta National history — rookie Masters Tournament winners. The time might be ripe for another one to join him. Published April 7, 2014

  • Tiger Woods, left, walks to the 12th tee with Mark O'Meara during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 2, 2012, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara not as close as they used to be

    By The Augusta Chronicle

    O’Meara didn’t even know Woods had back surgery last week — which will keep him out of the Masters this week — until after the fact. Published April 7, 2014

  • Jason Day, of Australia, hits from a sand trap to the 17th green during practice for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 7, 2014 in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)  MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

    Masters 2014: Jason Day returns from thumb injury to place he loves

    By Chris Gay - The Augusta Chronicle

    As a child, Day would awake at 4 a.m. to watch the Masters Tour­na­ment. The 26-year Australian remains just as enthusiastic about the event. Published April 7, 2014

  • Arnold Palmer, right, slips into his green jacket with help from Jack Nicklaus after winning his fourth Masters golf championship on April 12, 1964. (AP Photo)

    1964 Masters brought Arnold Palmer last major title

    By John Boyette - The Augusta Chronicle

    After a meteoric run through golf’s biggest events – including four wins at Augusta in a seven-year span – Palmer’s number of major championships would end with seven. Published April 6, 2014

  • Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., in this April 11, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Masters 2014: Phil Mickelson has fruitful decade since Augusta win

    By Scott Michaux - The Augusta Chronicle

    It took 12 sometimes excruciating years after turning pro before Phil Mickelson broke through to win his first major. It hardly seems like another decade has flown past with all the accomplishments he’s piled up since. Published April 6, 2014

  • From The Vault

    • Angel Cabrera, right, of Argentina, hugs Adam Scott, of Australia, after Scott made a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

      Masters 2013: Angel Cabrera gracious in sudden-death defeat

      By Wayne Staats - The Augusta Chronicle

      Cabrera's quest for a second Masters Tour­nament win would end at the second playoff hole, with a congratulatory hug for Adam Scott. Published April 14, 2013

    • Adam Scott, of Australia, celebrates with caddie Steve Williams after making a birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

      Adam Scott wins 2013 Masters, edging Angel Cabrera in playoff

      By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

      Adam Scott made history Sunday, becoming the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament. Scott, who also became the first player to use a long putter to win a green jacket, drained a 15-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Angel Cabrera. Published April 14, 2013

    • Amateur Guan Tianlang, of China, during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

      Masters 2013: Tianlang Guan legend grows with 60-foot putt

      By Lance Lahnert - The Augusta Chronicle

      His popularity was obvious off the first tee when a throng of patrons watched his drive and then pretty much all departed with him. "The kid is good" constantly could be heard through the crowd. A group chanted his name on the 17th tee. Published April 13, 2013

    • Bubba Watson hits out of the crowd on the fourth fairway during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

      No. 4 continues to be tough hole

      By David Lee - The Augusta Chronicle

      When Augusta National Golf Club moved its tee back on No. 4, it transformed the par-3 into one of the most difficult holes on the course. Published April 12, 2013

    • Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

      Masters 2013: Defending champ Bubba Watson says Tiger Woods 'is playing the best'

      By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

      The high standard Tiger Woods sets for himself at Augusta National Golf Club — nothing short of a victory — hasn’t been met since 2005. He seems primed to change that starting Thursday with the first round of the 77th Masters Tournament. Published April 10, 2013

    • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice walks with fellow Augusta National members at the practice facility. Rice became a member of Augusta National last year. (Jeff Janowski  / Special to The Augusta Chronicle)

      Condoleezza Rice shoots round with Phil Mickelson

      By Wayne Staats - The Augusta Chronicle

      Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state and one of Augusta National's first two female members, completed a round Sunday with three-time Masters Tournament champion Phil Mickelson. Published April 7, 2013

    • Tiger Woods tied for 40th at the Masters, his his worst 72-hole position in any major as a pro. (Associated Press)

      Three wins before Masters is special, but no guarantee

      By John Boyette - The Augusta Chronicle

      So you’re ready to bet the farm that Tiger Woods will win the Masters this year? Not so fast. Published April 4, 2013

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