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Category: The Masters

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‘The Masters is my life’: the forgotten Augusta legacy of Philip Wahl Sr | Ewan Murray

Eisenhower’s drinking partner and the man who helped make the Masters what it is today surely deserves more recognitionTucked away in a corner of YouTube sits the kind of cheesy 1976 sales pitch Augusta National had to make to Asia decades before Hidek…

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Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters win set to boost home interest in golf at Olympics

Masters champion could light cauldron at Tokyo GamesGolf’s return to Olympics hit by withdrawals at Rio 2016Golf’s rocky relationship with the Olympic Games hardly looked like improving when Dustin Johnson, the world No 1, confirmed he would skip the c…

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Hideki Matsuyama is Japanese but his victory matters for Asian Americans

The Masters champion appears to have little in common with Asian Americans. But his win comes at a time when any Asian success story is welcome in the USAnd with that, Hideki Matsuyama is the first male Japanese player ever to win a golf major.Quite in…

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Hideki Matsuyama holds nerve to become Masters champion

Final round of 73 enough to secure Green JacketMatsuyama becomes first Japanese male major winnerOne can only assume Hideki Matsuyama did not feel the heavy burden of history at all. There is no other reasonable explanation for the manner in which the …

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The Masters 2021: fourth round – live!

Hole-by-hole coverage of the action at Augusta NationalMatsuyama surges to four-shot lead | LeaderboardCoaches ejected for flouting Augusta’s phone rulesGet in touch! Email Scott 4.34pm BST While a few of the early starters are in the red for their rou…

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Hideki Matsuyama surges to four-shot lead in weather-hit Masters

65 moves Japanese to 11 under, with four tied for secondJustin Rose among quartet after battling his way to a 72Moving day? Matsuyama’s day. In proving how even a brief delay in a tournament – in this case 75 minutes – can totally shift its complexion …

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The Masters 2021: third round – live!

Hole-by-hole coverage of the action at Augusta NationalOfficial Masters leaderboardRose holds on to lead but has Spieth in rearview mirrorAny comments? Email Scott your thoughts 4.06pm BST Having mentioned Gary Player, it would be remiss of us not to f…

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Penalty call: coaches ejected for flouting Augusta’s phone rules

As some players’ mentors have found out in Masters week, this grand old club will punish anyone who breaks its traditionsThe famously no-nonsense approach of Augusta National to matters of discipline has been evident once more during Masters week, with…

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Gary Player’s apartheid history is not quite as smooth as his Augusta retelling | Andy Bull

Player invited Lee Elder to play in South Africa and was praised by Nelson Mandela but admits his past is not blamelessIt has been almost 50 years since Lee Elder became the first black man to play in the Masters, and five months since Augusta National…

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Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy among those to miss cut at Masters

Johnson fails to defend Augusta title he won in November‘I just didn’t putt very good. It’s pretty simple’, says world No 1The defending champion, Dustin Johnson, led a high-profile exodus from the 85th Masters, after the 36-hole cut fell at three over…

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Justin Rose holds on to Masters lead but has Jordan Spieth in rearview mirror

Rose one shot clear of Will Zalatoris and Brian HarmanSpieth makes 68 to lie two shots off leadFor a dozen holes of this Masters second round, the biggest threat to Justin Rose looked as if it came from within. By close of play, Jordan Spieth had appea…

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The Masters 2021: second round – live!

Hole-by-hole coverage of the action at Augusta NationalOfficial Masters leaderboardRose leads Masters by four shots after brilliant first-round 65Any comments? You can email scott.murray@theguardian.com 2.03pm BST A fast start this morning for Bernd Wi…

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The Masters 2021: second round – live!

Hole-by-hole coverage of the action at Augusta NationalOfficial Masters leaderboardRose leads Masters by four shots after brilliant first-round 65Any comments? You can email scott.murray@theguardian.com 2.03pm BST A fast start this morning for Bernd Wi…

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Justin Rose leads Masters by four shots after brilliant first-round 65

Englishman comes home in 30 to put DeChambeau in shadeRose leads by four from Harman and MatsuyamaStep aside Bryson DeChambeau. Should Justin Rose press home the strong advantage claimed late in the first day of this, the 85th Masters, the Englishman c…

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‘He just needs some ice’: Rory McIlroy hits dad with wayward ball at Masters

‘I was trying to turn the ball off him,’ jokes McIlroyFour-times major winner recovers from tough start to make 76A smiling Rory McIlroy offered to “autograph a bag of frozen peas” for his father, Gerry, after striking him on the leg with an iron shot …

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The Masters 2021: first round – live!

Hole-by-hole coverage of the opening day at Augusta NationalCourse guide and the five holes that could decide the MastersAny thought? You can email scott.murray@theguardian.com 12.11pm BST Here we all are again, then, back at Augusta! It’s only been fi…

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Fiery fairways at Augusta National to provide major test at Masters | Ewan Murray

Dustin Johnson sauntered to victory in November but the soft conditions are gone and the iconic course could show its teethA safe distance from the gates of Augusta National, badge selling appears slow. Parting with $600 would secure a practice-day tic…

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Absence from the Augusta state of mind makes my golfing heart ache | Andy Bull

Plenty are immune to the Masters’ idiosyncratic charms, but I find myself in pandemic exile pining for the place The second weekend in April brings the Masters and with it all manner of pressing questions. Like whether Rory McIlroy just might, if Lee W…

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Rory McIlroy says visit to injured Tiger Woods gave him new focus on majors

Woods was seriously injured in February car accidentMcIlroy says Woods’ playing priorities are a good exampleRory McIlroy says a visit to the injured Tiger Woods will help him place extra emphasis on major championship weeks. McIlroy begins his latest …

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Bryson DeChambeau intends to blast his way into Masters contention

The US Open champion has no plans to tone down his unique approach to Augusta National and will attack from the first teeAnd now for his next trick. Any notion of Bryson DeChambeau toning down his approach to Augusta National will be dismissed within o…