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Masters 2011

Field abuzz before start

There's something in the air at the 75th Masters Tournament, and it's not the pollen swirling around the pines. It's the feeling that something special is about to transpire over the next four days at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Donald takes on Par-3 challenge, wins

Luke Donald came to the final hole of the Par-3 Contest with two options: hit a ball into the water or go for the win, knowing that no Par-3 winner has ever won the Masters Tournament in the same year. Donald is not superstitious, so he made to win by one stroke.
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Tournament should change qualifications wisely

Triple digits are a typically unwelcome reality in the South every summer. It is a particularly unpopular threshold in the spring at Augusta National Golf Club.
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Goal to make golf, Masters accessible

Chairman Billy Payne talked about accessibility at his annual "State of the Masters" address. He announced earlier a new online ticketing system. The tournament already features a Junior Program. Now a video game will try to attract more youths.
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Woods quiet; fans fawn over Mickelson

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson did plenty of talking Tuesday. They spent Wednesday walking. The two Masters champions hit the course Wednesday, playing in front of patrons at Augusta National for the first time this week.
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Kim is looking for consistency in four rounds

Anthony Kim thinks his game fits well at Augusta National Golf Club, setting him up nicely to win the major championship he wants most. Kim proved his point with a Sunday charge last year, using a 7-under 65 to finish alone in third place a year after he set a Masters Tournament single-round record with 11 birdies en route to a second-round 65.
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Caddie sets record with 50th Masters

It was at the 2001 Masters Tournament that Carl Jackson did the math and set his goal. Jackson knew that if he continued caddying in the tournament for 10 more years, he would work his 50th Masters in 2011. And now it's here.
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92-year-old's tales date to first Masters

Not many people can say they saw Bobby Jones play in the inaugural Augusta National Invitation Tournament. Or that they dined with President Eisenhower. Dan Yates can. The Atlanta native is one of the oldest Augusta National members.
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Extra driver becomes constant companion

It would be unwieldy for golfers to travel to tournaments with a full backup set of clubs, but carrying an extra driver is another story. Many do that, including Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas and Ryan Palmer. They like to have a backup in case their driver is damaged in transit or during play.
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Former LPGA star recognized for charity

Lorena Ochoa is still winning awards, just not on the golf course, where she won 27 events in her short but brilliant career. Ochoa, who retired from competitive golf to concentrate on her foundation, received the Charlie Bartlett Award on Wednesday night.
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Furyk, Love are not feeling clock tick on hopes

Is time running out for Jim Furyk and Davis Love III at the Masters Tournament? Are they getting impatient, knowing there might be more starts behind them than ahead of them? "That should never cross your mind," said Furyk, 40. "But I can't say that it hasn't."
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Atwal calm in first try

It was as if Arjun Atwal didn't have an entire country following his every move. Without dwelling on it, Atwal carries the weight of being the first Indian-born player to win on the PGA Tour and the reason many children in India have decided to pick up a golf club.
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Golf trainer puts focus on mental game

If Dawn Grant can persuade Vijay Singh to believe he is the world's greatest putter, chances are she can help you with your golf game. Grant, who works with golfers through a combination of mental training and hypnotherapy, is in Augusta this week.
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Augusta National layout rated best

Golf Digest has confirmed what many players already knew: Augusta National Golf Club is the greatest golf course in America. Augusta National topped the magazine's list of the 100 greatest courses in the country.
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Patrons applaud makeover of Gate 9

Augusta National introduced the newly renovated Gate 9 to Masters Tournament patrons this week. What used to serve as a parking lot is now a manicured pathway decorated with a pro shop and a checkpoint for bags.
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ESPN adds more 3-D, lengthens broadcasts

A portion of the Masters Tournament's television coverage has included ESPN the past three years. This year, the network will offer an extra hour of live play today and Friday and more 3-D coverage.
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After some work on the back 9, it was time for fun

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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Field breakdown

One line reviews of dozens of players' chances in the 2011 tournament.
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Media Picks

We polled media members from across Augusta and around the world to see who their picks were for 2011 Masters champion.
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What they're writing

The Super Bowl has evolved from a funky little football game to a national carnival featuring $1,200 seats.
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Pick 5

Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Nick Watney, Luke Donald and Tiger Woods are among sports columnist Scott Michaux's five top picks.
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Player notes

Tim Clark 's right elbow is hurting -- to the point that his status for tournament golf is day to day.
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Fan notes

He's not sure if it's true, but there is a rumor that Barry Cooper was waiting to see play out during the Par-3 Contest on Wednesday. "I heard no player who won the Par-3 has ever won the tournament," said Cooper, of Snead Island, Fla. "I wonder if you're leading, would you throw a shot just to keep your chances to win the tournament?"
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Golfers tweet about Wednesday practice

Wednesday is the last day of practice before tournament play. It's also the day of the Par-3 Contest, a Masters tradition. Golfers shared their perspectives through Twitter.
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What to expect: First round leaders

The Masters is famous for its roster of great champions. Though plenty of big names have done well in the opening round, there are a great many lesser-known golfers who have grabbed the spotlight on the first day.
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Masters Insider: Peter Uihlein

The amateur from Oklahoma State is making his first Masters appearance. The 21-year-old won the U.S. Amateur to earn his invitation.
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Where To Go: Honorary Starters

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus will start the 2011 Masters this morning as honorary starters. They are scheduled to hit the opening tee shots at 7:40 a.m. on the first tee. Gates are scheduled to open at 7:25 a.m.
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An Interview With: Chairman Billy Payne

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Quick Quotes from The Big 3

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