Spieth hopeful Masters memories can help him end slump

Golf 04/10/19, 14:28

Tiger Woods is a winner again, making him even more appealing at the Masters."I've worked my way back into one of the players that can win events," he said.Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite — perhaps even the sentimental favorite. Facing a fifth chance at completing the career Grand Slam ...

Conners rides incredulous week all the way to the Masters

Golf 04/09/19, 18:58

As the man in the green jacket recounted the incredulous events of the past week, Corey Conners cocked his head to one side and smiled ever so slightly.Almost as if he couldn't believe it, either.A little over a week ago, Conners snatched the last spot in the Valero Texas Open ...

Column: Can Tiger Woods still win the Masters at 43?

Golf 04/09/19, 17:08

Tiger Woods had the putting green pretty much to himself as storms approached Augusta National on Monday. As a handful of fans lingered to watch, he stroked the 5-footers that always seemed to go in during his prime.It's been 14 years since enough went in to win on the fabled ...

Golf’s mad scientist experimenting on Augusta National

Golf 04/09/19, 00:57

Bryson DeChambeau seemed about as excited as a mad scientist gets as Masters week kicked off, which meant he stopped just short of jumping for joy.Not to worry. The jump might come Sunday for DeChambeau, assuming the planets align, the morning dew on the golf ball is at proper levels ...

Eyes wide open for Mitchell in Masters debut

Golf 04/08/19, 17:39

Keith Mitchell has attended the Masters four or five times, and he has played Augusta National five times through friends, his time playing at Georgia or a practice round when he qualified by winning the Honda Classic.None of that prepared him for Monday."I was nervous just simply walking across the ...

Rose looking to take next step at the Masters

Golf 04/08/19, 16:13

Justin Rose has been atop the leaderboard at the Masters after every round except the one that matters.He is making his 14th appearance, so he has the experience.He has been runner-up twice, most recently in a playoff that would have been more crushing if not for seeing close friend Sergio ...

Jin Young Ko wins ANA Inspiration for first major title

Golf 04/07/19, 20:32

Jin Young Ko won the ANA Inspiration on Sunday at Mission Hills for her first major title and second victory in three weeks.Ko closed with a 2-under 70 in hot and mostly calm conditions for a three-stroke victory over Mi Hyang Lee.After bogeys on 13 and 15 cut her lead ...

Conners wins Valero days after qualifying, will play Masters

Golf 04/07/19, 19:08

Corey Conners claimed his first PGA Tour victory and earned an invite to the Masters on Sunday, winning the Valero Texas Open less than a week after qualifying.Conners only entered the tournament field Monday, and he's the first golfer to win on the PGA Tour after qualifying on a Monday ...

Ko takes 1-shot lead over Kim into ANA Inspiration finale

Golf 04/06/19, 20:34

Jin Young Ko turned a four-stroke deficit into a five-stroke lead in 10 holes at the ANA Inspiration. She nearly gave it all back, setting up a final-round shootout in the first major championship of the golf season.Ko ended up with a one-shot advantage over second-round leader In-Kyung Kim, shooting ...

Anniversary look at past Masters champions

Golf 04/06/19, 08:14

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the Masters:75 years ago (1944): Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts decided after the 1942 Masters to stop the tournament for the rest of World War II. According to the Augusta Chronicle, the club's greenskeeper raised turkey and cattle on the ...

A tough fifth hole gets a little longer, harder

Golf 04/06/19, 01:27

Tucked away on the far end of Augusta National is the toughest par 4 on the front nine.For this Masters, it has become a little tougher.The fifth hole, a slight dogleg to the left, was untouched for 30 years until the club extended the two bunkers left of the fairway ...

Si Woo Kim leads by 4 after 2nd round at Valero Texas Open

Golf 04/05/19, 19:35

First-round leader Si Woo Kim used a late-round hole-in-one Friday to build a four-shot lead at the halfway point of the Valero Texas Open. Kim, the 2017 Players Championship winner, led by one heading into the second round before shooting a 6-under 66. Kim aced TPC San Antonio's 16th hole and is ...

Masters memories come to life for women amateurs

Golf 04/05/19, 16:58

Moments after Marta Perez teed off in a practice round unlike any other, she ventured to the right of the 10th fairway at Augusta National to see where Bubba Watson hit that 40-yard hook with a sand wedge in 2012 that won the Masters.After so many Masters memories in front ...

In-Kyung Kim back on top at ANA, 7 years after 1-foot miss

Golf 04/05/19, 16:35

Seven years after missing a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation and losing a playoff, In-Kyung Kim was back on top at the ANA Inspiration.Kim shot a 7-under 65 in mostly calm morning conditions Friday at Mission Hills to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the second round ...

Masters: 15 contenders for a precious green jacket

Golf 04/05/19, 09:42

A capsule look at 15 top contenders for the Masters, to be played April 11-14 (listed in predicted order of finish):RICKIE FOWLERAge: 30.Country: United States.World ranking: 8.Worldwide victories: 8.Majors: None.Masters appearances: 8.Best Masters: Runner-up in 2018.Masters memory: Making birdie on the 18th hole in 2018 for his best finish. He ...

Masters atmosphere keeps everyone on best behavior

Golf 04/05/19, 02:29

Francesco Molinari learned on the eve of his first appearance at the Masters this major was different from the others.He was at Augusta National in 2006, not to play but as the caddie for older brother Edoardo, the U.S. Amateur champion. Their father caddied in the Par 3 Tournament, and ...

Woods, McIlroy have Masters on mind for different reasons

Golf 04/04/19, 02:01

The Masters should have been the first major Rory McIlroy won.Now it is the only one he is missing.Augusta National was thought to be the domain of Tiger Woods when he won four green jackets before turning 30.FILE - In this April 12, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods tees off ...

Kupcho, Campos share lead in Augusta Women’s Amateur

Golf 04/03/19, 15:46

NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest was first to tee off in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur and kept right on going until she had a 4-under 68 for a share of the lead after the opening round Wednesday.Zoe Campos, a 16-year-old Californian, birdied the last hole at ...

Another clutch 6-iron for McDowell leads to big win

Golf 04/02/19, 16:37

Two of the most significant shots Graeme McDowell has hit in his career were a 6-iron, for different reasons and on entirely different stages.The most famous was on the 16th hole at Celtic Manor in 2010 at Ryder Cup, which came down to the final match between McDowell and Hunter ...

Column: Masters perfect week to forget golf squabbles

Golf 04/02/19, 14:06

The Masters can't get here soon enough.Not because Tiger Woods is only six months removed from a victory in Georgia (East Lake) as he tries to end 11 years without a major and 14 years since he last won a green jacket. Or because Rory McIlroy won The Players Championship, ...