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Tiger Woods wins amazing fifth Masters 14 years after his last Green Jacket

• The 43-year-old wins 15th major by one stroke at Augusta• Johnson, Koepka and Schauffele share second placeTiger Woods wins the Masters. If ever five words did not do justice to an outcome …Let debate now rage as to where this sits in the pantheon of…

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Francesco Molinari two ahead at Masters but Tiger Woods is prowling

• Open champion Molinari is on -13 after third round • Tiger Woods and Tony Finau sit joint-secondMaybe Tiger Woods should employ the services of the security officer who earned infamy at Augusta National on Friday by slide-tackling the 14-times major …

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Tiger Woods in vintage form as he throws down Masters gauntlet

• Francesco Molinari leads European charge at Augusta National• Brooks Koepka shares lead after shaky start to second roundFrom within inches of disaster to touching distance of the Masters lead. Even taking into account the extraordinary circumstances…

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Rory McIlroy’s big-picture mentality could end in a Masters high-five | Ewan Murray

The world No 3 goes chasing the career grand slam on the back of winning the Players and with an altered mindsetGene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods. Rory McIlroy? In his wildest dreams as a young golfer, even when holing p…

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Tommy Fleetwood vows to continue taking risks for major Augusta reward

Southport’s world No 13 will not be changing his strategy on his third Masters visit while Justin Rose aims to become only the fifth world No 1 to secure a Green JacketTommy Fleetwood cites a moment when others raised eyebrows as being typical of an ap…

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‘I still find it crazy’: Matt Wallace hopes hard work pays off on Masters debut

Three wins on the European Tour in 2018 have helped propel the Englishman to No 36 in the world and a Masters debutMatt Wallace’s confidence could be regarded as problematic were it not backed up by results. “The world hasn’t seen the best of Matt Wall…

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Jennifer Kupcho wins first Augusta National Women’s Amateur

• American shoots excellent 67 to prevail by four shots• Club loudly trumpets progress after inaugural eventIt was all very sedate and ever so slightly staged. This felt more like an exhibition than a golf tournament. Which, being cynical, may have bee…

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Patrick Reed leads Masters but bullish Rory McIlroy closes the gap to three

• Reed sensationally hits eagles at the 13th and 15th • Northern Irishman’s 65, seven under par, equals day’s bestEighteen months have passed since Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy went toe-to-toe and blow-for-blow in an epic Ryder Cup tie. We ain’t seen …

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Tiger Woods and Ian Poulter bound up by more than Masters pairing | Ewan Murray

There has been needle in the past, with Poulter’s attempt to bracket himself with Woods raising eyebrows, but now they meet in Augusta’s third round amid contrasting comebacksTiger Woods and Ian Poulter have history with capital H. When they form a rar…

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Sergio García won back American hearts as well as claiming the Masters

US galleries were willing the Spaniard to victory despite his status as a Ryder Cup rival and his tetchy relationship with Tiger Woods

Sergio García’s relationship with American galleries is akin to his rollercoaster journey with golf itself. On Sunday evening both had come full circle. So, too, did a relationship between the latest Masters champion and Augusta National.

“Initially I felt like this course was probably going to give me at least one major,” García said. “I’m not going to lie, that thought kind of changed a little bit through the years because I started feeling uncomfortable on the course. But I kind of came to peace with it the last three or four years. I accepted what Augusta gives and takes.”

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Sergio García shines at Masters to raise hopes of end to major drought

• Spaniard’s great talent on display with birdies at Augusta’s first three holes
• Defending champion Danny Willett misses cut with finish at plus seven

If the weight of experience lurking with intent did not pose such a threat, this Masters could be characterised as a weekend chase for major number one.

Charley Hoffman, Sergio García, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler head the event at half way on four under par. At differing ages, positions in world ranking and career victory levels, their combined major haul? Zero. Hoffman is the surprise package, Pieters the surly young pretender, García the routine bridesmaid and Fowler the form horse. Cases can be made for each of them but, crucially, for another 25 competitors, too.

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Sergio García shines at Masters to raise hopes of end to major drought

• Spaniard’s great talent on display with birdies at Augusta’s first three holes
• Defending champion Danny Willett misses cut with finish at plus seven

If the weight of experience lurking with intent did not pose such a threat, this Masters could be characterised as a weekend chase for major number one.

Charley Hoffman, Sergio García, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler head the event at half way on four under par. At differing ages, positions in world ranking and career victory levels, their combined major haul? Zero. Hoffman is the surprise package, Pieters the surly young pretender, García the routine bridesmaid and Fowler the form horse. Cases can be made for each of them but, crucially, for another 25 competitors, too.

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Sergio García shines at Masters to raise hopes of end to major drought

• Spaniard’s great talent on display with birdies at Augusta’s first three holes
• Defending champion Danny Willett misses cut with finish at plus seven

If the weight of experience lurking with intent did not pose such a threat, this Masters could be characterised as a weekend chase for major number one.

Charley Hoffman, Sergio García, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler head the event at half way on four under par. At differing ages, positions in world ranking and career victory levels, their combined major haul? Zero. Hoffman is the surprise package, Pieters the surly young pretender, García the routine bridesmaid and Fowler the form horse. Cases can be made for each of them but, crucially, for another 25 competitors, too.

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Charley Hoffman dominates after Dustin Johnson’s Augusta withdrawal

• World No1 hampered by back injury and pulls out at 1st tee
• Hoffman shoots seven-under-par 65 to lead by four strokes

As the stricken Dustin Johnson walked from the 1st tee at Augusta National, thereby producing one of the most dramatic departures in major championship history, the Thursday narrative seemed set. Only something extraordinary would match the Johnson storyline.

Enter Charley Hoffman. Given brutally tough conditions, the afternoon 65 as posted by this 40-year-old from San Diego ranks among the finest opening rounds in 81 stagings of the Masters. It was a performance worthy of a trophy and 10 better than the field average. Hoffman birdied five of the last six holes when marching to the summit of the leaderboard, a position he holds by four heading into day two. Only Hoffman and William McGirt, who had a superb 69, could break 70.

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Lee Westwood: ‘You really don’t know how long you can go on for’

Two decades on from his Augusta debut, and a year after finishing second behind Danny Willett, the 43-year-old is ready for another tilt at the Masters

Lee Westwood’s love affair with Masters contention was a slow burner. In 1999, when reaching the Sunday turn holding the Augusta National lead, the Englishman was consumed by panic to the point of nausea. Having Tiger Woods for company perhaps did not help. “Take it away,” said Woods on the 10th tee; Westwood’s legs turned to jelly. He duly dropped four shots round Amen Corner, with the share of sixth hardly a disaster but disappointing in respect of earlier promise.

More pertinent in respect of Westwood now is the claiming of second place at the Masters of 2016. Do not dare suggest to the 43-year-old that this was a missed opportunity after the collapse of Jordan Spieth or, indeed, that fear again set in when he and Danny Willett found themselves as key beneficiaries of the Texan’s tale of woe.

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Rory McIlroy admits he ‘wouldn’t be fulfilled’ without claiming a Masters title

• Augusta remains the sole major to elude the Northern Irishman
• ‘If I didn’t have a Green Jacket there would be a piece that would be missing’

As Rory McIlroy prepares for a third attempt at completing a grand slam of major championships, he has admitted he “wouldn’t be fulfilled” without winning the Masters.

Related: Masters 2017: Contenders and outsiders to watch, from Johnson to Luck

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US Masters champion Danny Willett toasts mind-boggling Augusta triumph

• Willett capitalised on Spieth capitulation to end Europe’s barren run
• Englishman describes donning Green Jacket as crazy and surreal

Terminology used by Danny Willett suggested he would have no problem with any astonishment that he was the man to break a barren run for England, and Europe, at Augusta National. In no particular order, the new Masters champion claimed it was “crazy”, “surreal”, “mind-boggling” and “something I can’t put into words” to don the Green Jacket.

If golf followed popular opinion, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Justin Rose or Paul Casey would have prevailed for the English at Augusta long before Willett. There will also be inevitable claims that Jordan Spieth handed the 80th edition of the Masters on a plate to the 28-year-old Yorkshireman.

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Danny Willett wins 2016 Masters after Jordan Spieth’s disaster at the 12th

• Englishman triumphs by three shots after Spieth’s quadruple bogey
• Lee Westwood ties for second place with 2015 champion in second

The agony of Jordan Spieth admitted the ecstasy of Danny Willett. One hour which surely imposed psychological scarring on the 22-year-old Texan shaped a path for Willett to etch his name into the record books. That a 28-year-old vicar’s son from Rotherham walked it without so much as a wobble is worthy of immense credit.

More importantly for Willett, Masters champion, it befits winning a Green Jacket. The cruelty element is that Spieth was obliged to present it to him.

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Masters 2016: Jordan Spieth haunted by poor finish to third round

• American dropped three shots on 17th and 18th but still leads by one
• Bernhard Langer believes he can become oldest champion in history

Jordan Spieth admitted he will struggle to eliminate a bad finish to day three from his mind, despite the defending champion taking a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Masters.

Spieth held a four-shot advantage with two third-round holes to play but proceeded to finish bogey, double bogey to afford some hope to an earlier browbeaten field. Heading into the final day, 14 players are within six of his three-under-par 213.

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Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy stand firm and prepare for Masters duel

• Spieth leads field after two rounds, one shot clear of McIlroy
• Pair to play together for first time on weekend of major

Mere mortals in the 89-man field was gave the impression of trying to climb an ice wall whilst wearing slippers. Jordan Spieth had surged to eight under par and a five-shot lead. Given you-know-who’s previous for dominating the Masters, the notion of everyone else packing up and heading home was a live one. Most remarkably, Spieth was only four holes into his second round.

Rory McIlroy was battling to remain as part of the Augusta National conversation, having seen an encouraging Friday start upset by a double bogey at the 4th and dropped shot on five. McIlroy was one under par, where he remained until slipping back by one further stroke at the 11th.

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