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Masters 2011

Win proves it's more than golf

In a challenging time, Phil Mickelson's Masters triumph provided a moment to exhale. The 11 months before were about coping with cancer. The seven months after, arthritis. But for one moment, the Masters intervened.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

The bold shot on 13 just Phil being Phil

The defining shot of the 2010 Masters Tournament was classic Phil Mickelson -- a risk ultimately yielding reward in the form of a third green jacket. His blast from the pines on the 13th hole Sunday also brought perhaps the defining statement of Mickelson's career.
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Bones and Lefty 'a perfect match'

If a relationship is measured by its darkest moments, Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay's friendship was built to last. The man everyone calls Bones is as much a friend as he is an employee, and for almost 19 years, theirs has been a masterful partnership.
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Arthritis took its toll on Mickelson

Phil Mickelson turned 40 the day before the 2010 U.S. Open. With another green jacket in hand and his game in command, he was looking forward to erasing his most glaring career blemish. The sudden onset of psoriatic arthritis in the weeks before the championship robbed him of his chance.
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Bravado at 13 sparks Mickelson

Not many Masters Tournament champions refer to third-round shots as the key to their victory. Phil Mickelson, who seldom does things the conventional way, will think back on a three-hole, third-round run as the spark that ignited his 2010 victory.
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Video: Welcome To Augusta 

Augusta Chronicle reporters Billy Byler and Sarah Day Owen welcome golf fans to Augusta with tips on how to enjoy the Masters Tournament experience.
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Palmer, Nicklaus return as starters

Two of the most celebrated men in Masters Tournament history will be back this year to serve as honorary starters.
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McDowell's game hits next level

There are typically two directions a young pro can go after making a major breakthrough to win the U.S. Open. Drift back into relative obscurity, or take it to the next level. Graeme McDowell found a new gear straight into the elite ranks.
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At Open, it was all Oosthuizen

When British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen faces the challenge that is Augusta National Golf Club for the third time, he'll have more confidence on his side.
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Kaymer vaults to the top

Bernhard Langer, the only German to win the Masters (1985 and 1993), expects reigning PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer to win at Augusta National Golf Club one day.
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Nicklaus' '86 charge unmatched

Jack Nicklaus was either first or second heading into the final round for five of his six Masters wins. He needed comebacks on the final nine twice.Numbers show why 1986 is so special
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'I kind of enjoyed the last 10 holes'

He was too old (46), too rusty (no wins in two years) and too distracted (focused on business) coming into the 1986 Masters. At least, those were the sentiments about Jack Nicklaus, who had won more majors (17) and more Masters (five) than anyone.
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Numbers show why 1986 is so special

Plenty of famous charges have occurred at the Masters. Just not many in the past 25 years.
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Winners rose to challenge

Golfers who were born outside of the United States are now the norm, not the exception, at the Masters Tournament.
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Success sends roars to South Korea

K.J. Choi didn't know it at the time, but the precise moment he lost the 2010 Masters Tournament came rushing over him in one big roar. Choi was even with Phil Mickelson as he played his approach on 13. Then Mickelson rolled in a birdie putt on the 12th.
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Pieces coming back together

A year after his return from exile, Tiger Woods isn't any closer to reaching the milestones that have been his targets. The first winless season of his career has raised more questions than answers. Yet Woods is convinced he is on the right track.
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Furyk's form slipped in Augusta

It's not often that Jim Furyk strays from his game plan. It happened in the 2010 Masters Tournament, which was one of the few disappointing weeks that year for Furyk, who won three times, took home the FedEx Cup and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year.
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Mahan weathers Masters better

Hunter Mahan has put himself in some elite company over the past two Masters Tournaments. He's one of just three players to finish in the top 10 both years. The other two? Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who have combined to win seven green jackets.
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Kuchar hopes success will carry over

Matt Kuchar worked for eight years to get back to the Masters Tournament, and what did it get him in 2010? A lot of attention, but only because he was paired with Tiger Woods. A year later, Kuchar returns to Augusta National as an emerging PGA Tour star.
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Motivated Snedeker scores another trip to Masters

Life is good for Brandt Snedeker now that he's back in the Masters Tournament. The former Vanderbilt University golfer, who made a spirited run at the 2008 green jacket before tying for third place, played again in 2009 but didn't qualify for the 2010 Masters.
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Chance for Kim is now

Anthony Kim obviously isn't one of those players who has to play in a few Masters Tournaments before he feels comfortable. In just his second tournament round, Kim broke the Masters record for birdies in a round with 11 en route to 7-under-par 65.
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Watney needs 4 solid rounds

Walking up the fairway to the elevated green on the 18th hole in last year's Masters Tournament is something Nick Watney won't forget. Watney was in the process of completing a final-round 65, which tied for low round of the day with Anthony Kim.
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Masters return is feather in Byrd's cap

Jonathan Byrd was one of those young players who thought he'd be in the Masters every year.The former All-American missed the cut in 2004. Then a three-year dry spell before a return in 2008. He is back this year.
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Johnson says putting will decide his fate

The day trips from Columbia as a kid built a general kinship with the Masters for Dustin Johnson. While that bond remains, the specifics of those visits -- how old he was, who won -- are already lost on the 26-year-old.
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Team Watson renews focus

Bubba Watson lives in the present. He's a "one shot at a time" kind of player who doesn't look ahead. Watson, a University of Georgia golfer and graduate, has blossomed into a star since his last trip to Augusta National Golf Club, when he finished 42nd in 2009.
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Caddie for the ages 

Carl Jackson was 11 the day he started his caddie career. Now, 53 years later, Jackson is on the verge of a milestone: This week he'll caddie in his 50th Masters Tournament.
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Caddie's advice key for Crenshaw

Ben Crenshaw might not have won the 1995 Masters Tournament had Carl Jackson not taken the "caddie shortcut" to the edge of the ninth fairway to save some time. The move put Jackson about 150 yards away from Crenshaw, who was teeing off on No. 9.
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Fowler unawed by big stage

It's never been done. In 74 Masters, not a single champion earned his first career victory at Augusta National Golf Club. Five pros have a chance to make history in 2011. Rickie Fowler, at 22, is the highest ranked nonwinner in the world at No. 30.
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Dream finally true for Wilson

It's been quite a year for Mark Wilson, and it's about to get better. The highlights have been two PGA Tour titles and a Super Bowl victory by the Green Bay Packers. Now, in his ninth season, the Wisconsin native is getting ready for his first Masters Tournament.
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Vegas plays to keep sport alive at home

Jhonattan Vegas is on a mission to change the hearts and minds of Venezuelans about golf. It will never replace baseball and soccer as the nation's pastimes, but his success could save it from extinction.
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Casey's Masters apprenticeship thorough

There are two methods in Paul Casey's program toward a Masters degree -- earn it and learn it. Casey has six starts in the Masters, and personal experience is enhanced by the knowledge he gleans from the guys who know Augusta National the best.
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Love would like to match Nicklaus' age-defying feat

Davis Love III was such a fixture in the Masters Tournament for so long that fans expected him to be in the field each year. When his world ranking dropped after a leg injury, Love didn't qualify for the Masters in 2008, 2009 or 2010. Love qualified for 2011 by finishing in the top eight in the U.S. Open.
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Westwood's resume still lacks major

There has been too much time between majors for Lee Westwood, who keeps flirting with that elusive first major title. His streak of 17 consecutive major championships ended at the PGA Championship, and it has been nearly nine months since Westwood's last major.
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Donald is a consistent threat

After steamrolling the elite in Match Play -- needing just 89 holes to win his six matches while never trailing -- Luke Donald buried any notions that he's a mild competitor. He looks stronger than ever entering the major season.
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Sting of finish lingers for Poulter

Ian Poulter left Augusta angry last year. He comes back with a little something to prove. His best finish in six Masters starts was no comfort for the Englishman who was co-leader with Lee Westwood after 36 holes.
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Harrington can't relax just yet

One day, Padraig Harrington will fully appreciate the Masters Tournament. That probably won't be for a long time, though. He's too busy with the challenge of improving his golf swing, and learning the best way to play Augusta National Golf Club each year.
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No back pain for McIlroy this year

Timing is everything, and Rory McIlroy's was just off at last year's Masters. Still smarting from soreness in his back, McIlroy missed the cut in his second start at Augusta National Golf Club.
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Title defense never easy

Angel Cabrera is not easily intimidated, but the 2009 Masters Tournament champion admits that defending his title in front of the world was a challenge to his Latin bravado.
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Els is not conceding anything to age

Last year, Ernie Els didn't sound like he planned on coming back to Augusta. He had endured enough in 17 trips to the Masters that he appeared to have lost the desire to return. But Els has stowed the white flag, refusing to surrender to age or the ghosts of the club.
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Clark just wants to stay calm

Tim Clark has always said his biggest thrill in golf was playing in his first Masters Tournament as an amateur in 1998. Nothing has topped it. Not finishing as the Masters runner-up in 2006. Not even winning the 2010 Players Championship, which was his first Tour victory.
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Immelman works to recover with Masters in mind

Trevor Immelman feels so at home at Augusta National Golf Club that he could play the Masters Tournament with one hand tied behind his back. Good thing, because he pretty much has been forced to do just that since winning his green jacket in 2008.
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Down Under still down and out

Jason Day has a lot to learn about Augusta National Golf Club, and the first-timer might be well served to start with DVDs of some old Masters Tournaments.
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How MacKenzie, Jones met a mystery

Clues are scarce: a meeting at St. Andrews, a signed copy of a book and a monumental upset in California. The mystery of how Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie first met -- and how Jones picked MacKenzie to design Augusta National -- has never been fully explained.
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The course of their lives

"Many who play (Augusta National) for the first time may not like it, but as they play it, they will solve problems that they failed to conquer in the first round and find a new and interesting variety of shots every time they go over it. " - Alister MacKenzie, October 1931
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If a girl goes for it, guys will too

The key to the mystery of how Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie met might lie with Marion Hollins. She knew both men. With her role in Pasatiempo and Cypress Point, she had a huge impact on MacKenzie's career because she recommended him for the jobs.
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Winning design 'challenging, enjoyable'

Augusta's Sonny Pittman is the winner of the 19th hole design contest. His vision for the hole was to have the uphill hole with a tee box located between the ninth and 18th greens. The green would be guarded in the front by a sand bunker and in the rear with a large grass bunker.
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Two of one mind in regard to National

Not long after Bobby Jones retired, speculation began over what he would do next. It wasn't long before the public found out. In July 1931, headlines trumpeted the news: Jones was building a course in Augusta, and Alister MacKenzie would be the architect.
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College star enjoys perks

Amateur star Peter Uihlein's father, Wally, is a fixture at the Masters Tournament. This year, Wally will have more on his mind than business. Peter, his 21-year-old son, qualified to play at the Masters as the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion.
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Japanese teen inspired to go for it

Japanese teen Hideki Matsuyama drew inspiration from a heroic shot by Phil Mickelson in the final round of 2010 to win the Asian Amateur Championship and earn a spot in this year's Masters.
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Where champions are remembered

The field was loaded for the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament in 1934. There was Walter Hagen, Jones' chief rival from the 1920s. And Craig Wood, Paul Runyan, Denny Shute and many others. And Horton Smith.
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Champions Tour, win kindle Mize's competitive spirit

With most of the local talent watching this Masters Tournament from their sofas, Larry Mize will be representing golfers with Augusta ties by himself for the first time since 2000. But more satisfying to the 1987 Masters victor, Mize comes home this year a winner for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Practice made perfect

In 2010, Augusta National unveiled its Tournament Practice Range. Some of the key features are:
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Amateurs carry on proud tradition

Amateurs have always been part of the Masters tradition, mainly because Augusta National and tournament co-founder Bobby Jones was a career amateur. Here's how this year's amateurs qualified:
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75 memories of the Masters

As Augusta National prepares for the 75th playing of the tournament, these are the 75 moments that made the Masters:
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Tournament committee assignments

Chairman William P. Payne will lead the 75th presentation of the Masters tournament from Augusta National Golf Club.
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Fan Guide

Find out everything you need to know to enjoy your trip to the tournament.
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Billy Joe Patton, Frank Chirkinian and Boone Knox were three people with an impact on the tournament who died in the last year.
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Two authors will sign books about Masters

Local author John Boyette is one of two featured writers holding book signings during Masters Week. Boyette, The Augusta Chronicle's sports editor, and Tom Clavin will be at different events for their books about the 1986 Masters Tournament.
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Masters legends have permanent place in Augusta

They are no longer Masters Tournament competitors, but Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer play on at the Augusta Museum of History.
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