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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.

Bubba Watson carries his son Caleb after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bubba Watson wins his second Masters in three years

By David Westin - The Augusta Chronicle

Bubba Watson didn’t need a miracle shot from the pines in sudden death to win his second Masters Tournament in three years. Just the only round in the 60s among the contenders on Sunday. Published April 13, 2014

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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

- 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.

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'

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.”

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

- 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.

Bubba Watson points to his tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 11, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Masters 2014: Bubba Watson leads after blazing round 2

- 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.

Kevin Stadler hits on the second fairway 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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

Russell Hunley watches from the 13th tee during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Five winners on PGA Tour made stops at Georgia first

- The Augusta Chronicle

These days, the road to victories and riches on the PGA Tour starts in Athens, Ga., where University of Georgia golf coach Chris Haack is turning out battle-tested players ready to win. Haack’s never had a deeper and more talented group playing the PGA Tour than right now.

Phil Mickelson sits on the grass as watches his playing partners finish the 16th hole during the second round of the Texas Open golf tournament, Friday, March 28, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Mickelson wants Grand Slam - and a fourth Masters

- The Augusta Chronicle

Tiger Woods was PGA Tour player of the year, Adam Scott was global golfer of the year and Henrik Stenson was the champion of the year on two tours. Phil Mickelson, however, was the story of the year in 2013.

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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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.