AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed became famous playing for his country. He won for himself Sunday and became a Masters champion. It was never easy, just the way Reed likes it. Rory McIlroy came after him early. Jordan Spieth roared to life with a final-round charge and briefly caught Reed with a 35-foot birdie putt. The last challenge came from Rickie Fowler, who birdied the last hole to leave Reed no room for error. Reed never flinched throughout a raucous afternoon at Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The only thunder was on the ground, not in the sky, a series of ear-splitting roars for Patrick Reed and his two eagles, Rory McIlroy and his final birdie, and everyone else who tried desperately to keep up with them in the Masters. “The roars ... it’s hard not to know what’s going on,” McIlroy said. By the end of a wet and wild Saturday at Augusta National, Reed helped bring this Masters into focus. He seized control with a pair of eagles on the
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Patrick Reed is leading a major championship for the first time, and his confidence is so high that he can only see what’s ahead of him. Maybe that’s just as well at this Masters. Reed started and finished the front nine with three straight birdies. He answered Marc Leishman’s bold shot for an eagle by polishing off another run of three straight birdies. It added to a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Leishman going into the weekend at Augusta National.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods attracted most of the attention. Jordan Spieth caused the most concern. Opening day at the Masters had a wide-open feel until Spieth hit his stride Thursday afternoon. He saved three straight pars with that superb short game. He ran off three straight birdies to take the lead. And then he fired an 8-iron at the pin on the par-3 16th, letting the club twirl through his hands as he walked away, knowing only that it was another good one. It plopped down 5 feet
AUGUSTA, Ga. — All three marveled at Tiger Woods as youngsters, then grew up and staked their own place in the game. Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth are stars at every tour stop, ranked Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the world. But this week at the Masters brings an eerily familiar sight. Though the game’s once most-dominating player sits well below the trio — at 103rd in those same rankings — they’re all looking up at Tiger Woods again. “I know he wants to
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Blame it on a generation that thinks nothing was ever as great as what just happened. Maybe it was a tough winter, and nothing melts frigid memories like the sight of azaleas, dogwoods and Rae’s Creek. It sure didn’t hurt that all the best players, as young as 23-year-old Jon Rahm and ancient as 47-year-old Phil Mickelson, are winning tournaments and hitting their stride. The competition is so steep that four players have a chance to be No. 1 in the world.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The roar sounded like Sunday at Augusta National. This was Monday afternoon, and it was so sudden and thunderous that it reached the clubhouse. It was loud enough to startle spectators who wondered what they had missed. They had a pretty good idea who it was. Tiger Woods is back at the Masters. Woods teed off with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples shortly before 3 p.m. when thousands of fans were making their way toward the exit. Thousands more crowded around the tee, lined
Sergio Garcia is the Masters champion, and he says nothing has changed. That’s not entirely true. He returns to Augusta National as a husband, having married Angela Akins last summer. He will have a slightly larger entourage with him, most notably a daughter born three weeks ago who will always remind him of the Masters, its beauty and his resiliency. They named her Azalea. And he has Tuesday night plans unlike any other as host of the Champions Dinner. But that’s it.
AUSTIN, Texas — Memories are strong in match play, which might explain why Ian Poulter picked up a new nickname. Golf held its version of a selection show Monday night at a downtown hotel when the 16 four-man groups were drawn for the Dell Technologies Match Play. Poulter is the No. 58 seed in the 64-man field, and when his number popped up, he was referred to as a “ninja” in match play. Not just once. Three times. “I’ve never really gone up against a ninja
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods spoke with sentiment and respect until a twist at the end. Woods hit safely onto the green during the opening round of the 2010 HSBC Champions in Shanghai, stepped to the side and looked over at Ernie Els shifting his hips to settle that 6-foot-4 frame over his shot. “You know, I’ve probably been around this guy longer than anyone on tour,” Woods said that day, perhaps reminiscing about his final major as an amateur, the 1996 British Open at