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Masters 2011

McIlroy remains out front

The weight of an impatient continent rests on Rory McIlroy's young shoulders in today's final round of the 75th Masters Tournament. A European hasn't won the Masters in 12 years, and the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland is in prime position to end that run.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

U.S. dealt yet another challenge

Back in 1986 when Jack Nicklaus was taking on the world for his sixth green jacket, international players were lumped into a simple category: "foreigners."
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Cabrera calls on his experience

Augusta National tends to shake the cobwebs off its champions, yet even Angel Cabrera didn't think he'd be one to rise to the top. With his length and comfort around Augusta, though, the Argentinian perked up at just the right time.
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Saturday challenges younger players

Rory McIlroy stood on the first tee Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club with a two-stroke lead and all eyes fixed on him. As the 36-hole leader, the 21-year-old couldn't help but keep glancing in the direction of the leaderboard at the 18th green.
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Friday surge falls flat in Saturday 74

On moving day, Tiger Woods made his move -- in the wrong direction. After climbing the leaderboard and surging into contention a day earlier, Woods might have played himself right out of the Masters Tournament with 74 in the third round.
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Woods hasn't lost appeal to galleries

As Woods pushed for a fifth Masters victory Saturday, he had hundreds of supporters rooting for his comeback story. His affairs and his broken marriage were not foremost in their conversations as they followed him from hole to hole.
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McIlroy ready for breakthrough moment

AUGUSTA, Ga. - A second-round 66 heightened expectations that Tiger Woods was back on his game, on the verge of rekindling past glorious Masters moments. Sure enough, time did get turned back Saturday in the third round at Augusta National. It just wasn't Woods that made it happen.
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Van Pelt hits breakthrough round

The wait was worth it for Bo Van Pelt. He missed the cut in his only other Masters Tournament appearance in 2005, but on Saturday he proved he belongs in what he calls "the greatest golf tournament in the world."
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Watson halfway to goal with 67

Bubba Watson spoke after making the cut Friday of putting together back-to-back 67s on the weekend and seeing where that put him. He's halfway to that goal. The former University of Georgia golfer tied for Saturday's best round.
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Mickelson is not conceding

The defending champion didn't do himself any favors Saturday, but few players in the field have put together long strings of birdies the way Mickelson has in the past -- and he'll aim for one of those hot streaks in today's final round.
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A healthier Amy follows Phil again

After his birdie putt on No. 15 found the bottom of the cup, Sophia Mickelson and Jennifer Mackay started their birdie dance. There simply weren't enough birdie dances Saturday, but just the presence of his family walking among the pines was welcome.
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Scott hopes experience pays off

Nine Masters Tournament appearances and, with the exception of a top-10 finish his first time around, Adam Scott has little to show for it. The 30-year-old Australian shot 5-under 67 on Saturday to move into a tie for sixth place and five strokes off the lead.
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Spotlight is not too bright for Choi

After being paired with Tiger Woods in all four rounds of last year's Masters Tournament, South Korea's K.J. Choi is comfortable in the Augusta spotlight. Choi played with Woods again Saturday, and kept himself in the hunt with 1-under-par 71.
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63 has been a major hurdle in golf

Twenty-five years ago, Nick Price set the course record using a wooden driver and laying up on all the par-5 holes. Technological advances in golf clubs and balls have been great since then, but only Greg Norman has matched Price's effort.
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McIlroy separates himself from peers

Rory McIlroy stood on the first tee at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday afternoon with a two-stroke lead and all eyes fixed on him. As the 36-hole leader, the 21-year-old couldn't help but keep glancing in the direction of the leaderboard at the 18th green.
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Schwartzel gets momentum with 68

Fifty years after Gary Player made history as the first international Masters winner, another South African has a chance to win. Charl Schwartzel finished three rounds at 8-under par, which tied him for second place with Angel Cabrera, K.J. Choi and Jason Day.
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Kuchar finds his rhythm

Matt Kuchar wouldn't say that his approach on the third hole served as a kick-start for a solid Saturday. The knockdown wedge he nearly holed out seemed to right the ship, though. Despite a roller-coaster round that featured six birdies, Kuchar shot 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to move to 4-under, tied for 14th.
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Molinari's 69 betters odds of returning

Edoardo Molinari likely will not win the Masters Tournament, but his third round Saturday improved his chances of coming back next year. Molinari shot 3-under-par 69 to move to 3-under for the tournament.
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Matsuyama keeps focus on game

Hideki Matsuyama wasn't in his native Japan when the massive earthquake hit last month, but he still worried about the effect of the devastation. When it came time for his first Masters appearance, the 19-year-old regained his concentration.
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Flags of victory are treasured

If the winner of the Masters Tournament comes out of the final pairing today, keep an eye on the champion's caddie. It's a tradition that caddies keep the flag from the 18th green if their player wins -- especially at a major championship.
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Johnson let down by putter

Coming off a 68 on Friday, Dustin Johnson was hoping for another low round to vault into contention on "moving day" at the Masters. But the South Carolina native struggled with his putter and saw his tournament hopes dashed after shooting 1-over 73 on Saturday.
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Day counts, even if round doesn't

Augusta amateur Jeff Knox knew exactly what it meant when Robert Allenby bogeyed the 18th hole in Friday's second round of the Masters. It meant Knox, an Augusta National Golf Club member, would be playing the weekend as a noncompeting marker.
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What's so hard about the 10th hole?

For 75 Masters Tournaments, the 10th hole has played as the toughest hole at Augusta National Golf Club. This Masters is no exception. The 495-yard par 4 ranks fifth this week in difficulty.
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Couples regains ground after mistake

As other contenders tried to climb up the leaderboard Saturday, Fred Couples was hoping to get back to where he began the third round. The 1992 Masters Tournament champion responded by closing strongly to finish with even-par 72 and remain at 5-under.
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Player notes

Even if Luke Donald didn't want to know where he was on the board as he made a charge, it would be a challenge to stay oblivious to it all. Donald, who is trying to become the first player to win the Par-3 Contest and the green jacket in the same year, had 3-under 69 on Saturday to stay in contention.
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Woodland struggles to two-over Saturday

AUGUSTA, Ga. — As his birdie attempt slipped by the hole on No. 18, Gary Woodland gave a little flip of his right hand. It was clear what it meant. "That's how it was all day," Woodland said following a frustrating third round Saturday at the Masters. "It was a struggle all day." The end result was a 2-over 74 that dropped Woodland back to even par for the tournament and tied for 38th with Robert Karlsson.
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Venturi overcame speech problem

Millions are familiar with Ken Venturi's name, but few are aware that the former U.S. Open champion and longtime CBS golf analyst has a speech problem. They don't know it because Venturi made a determined effort to overcome his stuttering problem.
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Watson, Van Pelt rally on Saturday

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- With a closing bogey by Tiger Woods for a 74, the U.S. standard-bearers entering the final round of the Masters Tournament are Bo and Bubba. Well, this is Georgia. Bubba Watson and Bo Van Pelt made early and fast sprints up the leaderboard Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club, Watson matching the day's low round with a 67, while Van Pelt had a 68 with a bogey on the final hole.
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What they're saying

Moving day at Augusta National Golf Club couldn't have moved slower. Folks around the course waited an awful long time -- which seemed even longer considering how electric Friday turned out -- for the pace to quicken Saturday at the Masters. Then the young man from Northern Ireland, perhaps Europe's answer to Tiger Woods, finally took charge.
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Fan Notes

It's been a lucky week for Chase Venn, 10. As he cheered on his favorite golfers Thursday and Friday, some big names showed him some love. "I got five golf balls a day from different pros," Venn said.
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High temperatures expected for final round

Saturday opened with threats of thunderstorms late in the day. Those storms never materialized. Instead, inordinately high temperatures greeted players during the third round of the Masters Tournament. It amounted to perfect scoring conditions on a day when "moving day" at Augusta National Golf Club proved to be just that.
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Golfers share moving day tweets

The tweets read like a normal Saturday: watch some sports, send birthday wishes, then play some golf. But the round of golf played had much higher stakes for those tweeting, since these posts came from golfers competing in the Masters.
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Masters Insider: Martin Laird

The 28-year-old from Scotland qualified for his first Masters by earning a spot in the Tour Championship last year. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month and shot 69 on Saturday to stand at 4-under for the tournament.
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What to expect: Final round

With good weather, expect a flurry of eagles and birdies in today's final round. If that happens, expect plenty of roars from the patrons. The course setup should reward players who are aggressive. Thirteen eagles, including a pair of holes-in-one, were recorded in the final round in 2010.
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Prize Money

The total prize money for the professionals competing in the 2011 Masters Tournament is $8 million, up from $7.5 million in 2010. The breakdown by position:
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Where to go: 18th green

Finding a spot around the green can be difficult, but patrons are generally rewarded with great finishes and emotional moments.
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Junior Patron of the day

Trent McLauchlin, 10, of Hickory, North Carolina, is the Junior Patron of the Day.
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