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Masters 2011

Mickelson takes Tiger's crown

With all eyes on a host of young players poised to supplant Tiger Woods as the next generation of green-jacketed superstar, an older gent has usurped the throne as Augusta's reigning untouchable. This is Phil Mickelson's tournament now.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kaymer wants to play past Round 2

There's never been so much uncertainty surrounding the No. 1-ranked player's ability to contend in the Masters. Germany's 26-year-old Martin Kaymer, in his sixth consecutive week at No. 1, understands. He hasn't made a cut in three Masters appearances.
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Player retired but not resting

Gary Player is retired from the Masters Tournament, but he's not resting on his three green jackets. Player continues playing golf, designing courses and supporting his foundation. To remain in top shape for his worldwide ventures, he performs 1,000 sit-ups a day.
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Europeans on cusp of world domination

In the 1980s and '90s, Augusta National Golf Club was a European playground. Will it be again? "We have got enough world class players now from Europe that we ought to be contending and winning more I guess," said Lee Westwood, currently ranked No. 2.
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Nicklaus celebrating anniversary of win

Jack Nicklaus was late and no one faulted him. The 71-year-old Nicklaus had just spent some time at the VA Medical Center in Augusta. The six-time champion then made his way to the club for his press conference and the Champions Dinner.
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Par 3 Tournament Package

Find a map of the Par 3 Course and learn about the history of one of the favorite parts of Masters Week.
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Woods has no lack of confidence

Almost a year to the day after a much-ballyhooed Masters Tournament news conference at which a media ticket was required to enter the interview room, a much more relaxed Tiger Woods sat down for about a 20-minute media chat Tuesday.
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Rounds with champions unveil strategy, power

One of the surprise success stories of 2011, Jhonattan (pronounced Jonathan) Vegas is the first golfer from Venezuela to compete in the Masters Tournament. Jhonny Vegas will share his rookie Masters experience with The Augusta Chronicle:
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All pros must make downtime decision

With the possible exception of Rory Sabbatini, who played 10 weeks in a row this season on the PGA Tour, pros in the Masters Tournament try to keep their consecutive weeks on the road to a minimum. What is too little time and what is too much?
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After faltering in '09, Perry thinks about more than golf

Two years ago, Kenny Perry was one par away from the lifetime invitation that goes with winning the Masters Tournament. Now, he's not even in the field. "I had my shot and I blew it," Perry said at the Honda Classic in early March.
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National recovers from fierce storms

Spectators listened to the drone of chainsaws and chipper shredders Tuesday after a series of ferocious thunderstorms pummeled the Augusta area. At Augusta National Golf Club's famed Magnolia Lane, workers removed one of the club's historic trees.
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For some, practice made pointless by soggy course

Augusta National Golf Club is known for its fast greens, but on Tuesday players were fighting a different nemesis. A steady wind blew golfers and their shots around the course, causing many in the field of 99 to change their plans. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were among the golfers who bagged their practice rounds altogether.
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Vendors wait for sales as fans swarm

Most people come to Augusta during Masters Week to see golf. Freddie James came to sell barbecue sauce. James, a vendor from St. Louis, was set up this week across Washington Road from Augusta National Golf Club, offering Freddie Lee's Ghetto Sauce.
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Storm lead to pimento panic attack

There was momentary panic for some patrons of Augusta National Golf Club as they arrived Tuesday. Shelves with one of the staples of the Masters experience, the pimento cheese sandwich, were empty.
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Chirkinian is remembered as pioneer

Frank Chirkinian's 38th and final production of the Masters Tournament for CBS came in 1996. On Tuesday evening, the longtime CBS producer was honored by friends and family with a memorial celebration at West Lake Country Club.
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Architect's work part of National

If you look closely around the grounds of Augusta National this week, you'll see several pieces of H. Lowrey Stulb's architecture. Along with the Eisenhower Cabin, Stulb designed the pro shop. He also designed one of the course's landmarks, Sarazen Bridge.
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Masters notebook

Lee Westwood knows it isn't always best to go for the flags at Augusta National. Westwood, the world's No. 2-ranked player, said he has come to understand it takes patience to play the course correctly. It's about discipline and sometimes playing away from the flag and being happy with a 25- or 30-foot putt up the hill.
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Golf breakfast draws large crowd

Two-and-a-half hours before tee time, Ben Crane and his caddie arrive at the course. Every day of the 2011 season opens with a devotional, Crane told a morning crowd of golf fans gathered for the Augusta Golf Breakfast, a tradition at Warren Baptist Church.
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Revolutionary style influenced players

AUGUSTA - Tiger Woods played a different brand of golf when he exploded onto the scene in the mid-1990s. The "Tiger Craze" that brought unprecedented attention attracted players who might have played different sports, and they have revolutionized the game.
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Langer's in town, but not to play

Two-time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer wanted to make history at this year's Masters Tournament, but he'll be sitting it out instead. The German golfer had surgery 10 days ago for a torn ligament in his left thumb, leaving him unable to compete. Langer was the special guest at an event at Mercedes-Benz on Washington Road on Tuesday.
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Mercedes-Benz launches performance center tour

This week, Mercedes-Benz of Augusta customers can take a look at the company's latest luxury vehicles and get some advice on their golf swing.
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Golfers share Tuesday on Twitter

The big storm that blew through Augusta early Tuesday morning also affected golfers in town for the Masters. Golfers tweeted as they practiced and prepared for Par-3 Contest and Champions Dinner -- and ate some Augusta cake.
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At least 11 charged with ticket scalping

At least 11 people were charged with scalping Masters tickets Tuesday, a day after Richmond County sheriff's officers warned that they would no longer be issuing warnings for illegal ticket sales within 2,700 feet of Augusta National Golf Club.
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Golf by the book

Recently released books on golf and the Masters include sports editor John Boyette's The 1986 Masters: How Jack Roared Back to Win.
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Fan notes

On his first trip to Augusta National Golf Club, George Brown 's attention immediately went to the grass.
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Masters insider: Rickie Fowler

PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler is making his Masters Tournament debut. Fowler won the PGA Tour rookie of the year award for 2010, and his campaign included two runner-up finishes.
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What to Expect: State of the Masters

Billy Payne, the chairman of the Masters and Augusta National, will deliver his "State of the Masters" address at 11 a.m. today.
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Where to go: Par 3 Tournament

Golfers get a chance to relax today before the 75th Masters commences Thursday. Since 1960, the Par-3 Contest has allowed players to have fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. Expect to see plenty of children serving as caddies, and for some children to get pulled out of the gallery to try a putt or two.
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An Interview With: Jack Nicklaus


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An Interview With: Gary Player


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An Interview With: Phil Mickelson


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An Interview With: Tiger Woods


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An Interview With: Martin Kaymer


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An Interview With: Lee Westwood


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An Interview With: Nick Watney


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An Interview With: Graeme McDowell


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An Interview With: Louis Oosthuizen


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An Interview With: Peter Uihlein


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