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In Major Shock, Willett Wins the Masters

Defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth threw it away

(Newser) - Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn't even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago. No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth. Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away Sunday with a collapse... More »

Spieth Stuns With Masters Win

Jordan Spieth makes history at Augusta National

(Newser) - Jordan Spieth got more than redemption and a green jacket today. He took his place among the best in the game with a Masters victory for the ages. One year after he lost a bid to become the youngest player to win the Masters, the 21-year-old Texan turned in one... More »

Adam Scott First Aussie to Win Masters

He beats Angel Cabrera in a playoff

(Newser) - Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters, beating Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff on a rainy day at Augusta National. The Masters went to a sudden-death playoff for the second year in a row when Scott and Cabrera made matching birdies on... More »

Tiger Woods Loses 2 Strokes Before Golf Even Begins

He gets penalized for a bad drop yesterday

(Newser) - The Masters' rules-keepers aren't letting much slide this year, no matter how big the name. Tiger Woods got penalized two strokes before the start of the third round this morning after officials reviewed a drop he took on the 15th hole yesterday, reports ESPN . It's a huge penalty,... More »

Kid, 14, Makes Cut Despite Penalty; Tiger Near Lead

Guan Tianlang survives after 1-stroke penalty for slow play

(Newser) - The two big story lines from the Masters continue to deliver:
  • Guan Tianlang: The 14-year-old from China, already the youngest player ever to tee off at the event, made the cut at 4-over. This despite the fact that he got penalized one stroke on the 17th for slow play. (It
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3 Dead as Storm Sweeps South

System headed for the Carolinas

(Newser) - The severe storm system sweeping through the Deep South has now killed at least three people and left tens of thousands without power as it makes its way toward the Carolinas and the East Coast, the AP reports. After wreaking havoc in Missouri and Arkansas on Wednesday, the storm swept... More »

Tiger in the Mix; 14-Year-Old Makes History

Woods is 4 shots back, as China's Guan Tianlang becomes youngest at Masters

(Newser) - The first round of the Masters is in the books, with Australia's Marc Leishman and Spain's Sergio Garcia tied for the lead at 6-under, reports AP . But the big story line of Tiger Woods is very much alive—he's just four shots off the lead. Meanwhile, 14-year-old... More »

14-Year-Old Heads to Masters

China's Guan Tianlang becomes youngest player to qualify

(Newser) - At next year's Masters, there's a new kid in town: China's Guan Tianlang today won the Asia-Pacific Championship at the tender age of 14, becoming the youngest golfer ever to qualify to take a swing at Augusta National, reports the AP . Guan, who's in the eighth... More »

Augusta National Adds 1st Women

Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore become first female members

(Newser) - For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members. The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in... More »

Watson Wins Playoff Over Oosthuizen

Bubba Watson takes green jacket with 'unbelievable shot'

(Newser) - Trapped in the trees, Bubba Watson had no chance. Good thing he's one of those guys who never hits the ball straight. Unable to even see the green from where he was standing, Watson curled a shot from out of the pine straw and safely onto the 10th green... More »

Mickelson Surge Sets up Masters Showdown Today

Peter Hanson has 1-stroke lead going into last day of tourney

(Newser) - A thrilling birdie-battle on the back nine yesterday between crowd-favorite Phil Mickelson and little-known Swede Peter Hanson has the Masters posed for an epic final-day showdown, reports ESPN . Mickelson hit a 20-foot putt for an eagle on the 12th and an amazing shot on the 15th that had the crowds... More »

IBM's Female CEO to Attend Masters

Debate swirls over all-male Augusta National Golf Club

(Newser) - As the first female CEO of Masters sponsor IBM, Virginia Rometty's name has surfaced over and over this week in arguments about Augusta National Golf Club's policy against admitting women. And while she still hasn't discussed the issue publicly, Rometty will attend the tournament, likely adding more... More »

White House to Augusta: Time to Admit Women

But it's the golf club's decision: Obama

(Newser) - As controversy over the Augusta National Golf Club's men-only policy resurfaces, the White House is taking sides. President Obama "believes women should be admitted," says press secretary Jay Carney. It's "up to the club to decide," but Obama's "personal opinion is that... More »

Teed-Off Ladies Still Barred at Augusta

Even CEO of Masters sponsor IBM is female-non-grata

(Newser) - The prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, host of the Masters, seems to be sticking to its maddening policy of banning female members. Augusta National Chairman William Porter Payne won't even deign to publicly discuss the issue. Some critics believe it's long past time to extend an invitation to... More »

Woman Reporter Barred From Locker Room at Masters

It's 'just wrong,' tweets banned journalist

(Newser) - A ban on female members at the Georgia golf club that hosted the Masters apparently extends to women reporters—which is teeing off journalists and sports fans. Tara Sullivan, a reporter for New Jersey's Bergen Record, was blocked from joining fellow writers in the locker room of the Augusta National... More »

After Wild Day, Schwartzel Wins the Masters

He closed with 4 straight birdies

(Newser) - Charl Schwartzel of South Africa closed with four straight birdies today to win the Masters over a pair of Australians in one of the most dramatic finishes ever at Augusta National. Schwartzel's final putt from 20 feet curled into the side of the cup for a 6-under 66, the best... More »

I Feel Sorry for Tiger Woods

He's 'desperate to matter again,' but his career seems over

(Newser) - "Somebody has to say it," and Bill Plaschke figures it may as well be him: "I feel sorry for Tiger Woods." Yes, he acknowledges in the Los Angeles Times , "the odds of many folks agreeing with me are the same as Amen Corner turning atheist,... More »

Woods Thanks Fans for Support

Golfer blogs about Masters, thanks spectators

(Newser) - One little sex scandal seems to have turned Tiger Woods into a man of the people. Tiger thanked his fans profusely today, in his first blog post since October, for the warm reception they gave him at the Masters. “I honestly didn't know what to expect from the fans,... More »

Tiger 4th as Mickelson Wins

Crowd lifts Lefty as Woods slumps in return to competition

(Newser) - Phil Mickelson, already a fan favorite and now the sentimental pick with his wife and mother battling breast cancer, won his third Masters today, shooting a 5-under 67 to pull away for a 3-stroke win over Lee Westwood. Tiger Woods, the week's sideshow in his return to competition, had an... More »

Tiger Woods Starts Strong, Ignores Plane Banner

He doesn't appear rusty on the front nine

(Newser) - Tiger Woods didn't seem to have much rust in the early going today at the Masters. He got a nice ovation from the gallery before teeing off on the first hole, which he acknowledged with a smile and tip of his cap. He began with a pair of pars before... More »

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