by Gary Van Sickle

Dr. Peter Venkman warned the mayor in “Ghostbusters” of a coming otherworldly disaster of biblical proportions. Bill Murray’s pseudo-scientific character underscored the level of alarm by wailing, “Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!”

It sounds a lot like Tuesday morning at the Masters. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played a nine-hole practice round. Together. As partners. At Augusta National.


by Alex Miceli

On Christmas Day, Jordan Spieth was the overwhelming favorite to win the Masters.   

Spieth had been the 7-1 choice of Las Vegas oddsmakers because of his record in four appearances at Augusta National: a victory in 2015, plus runner-up finishes in 2014 and ’16 and a T-11 last year. Spieth has led in eight of his 16 career rounds at the Masters, so why wouldn’t the bettors like Spieth to win a second green jacket?


by Juan Luis Guillen

The two living Spaniards to have won the Masters, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia, have been joined this week by a new Spanish green jacket.

Ana Patricia Botin, a banker whose sister Carmen was married to the late two-time Masters champion Severiano Ballesteros, became the fifth woman invited to join one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.


by Michael Breed

Augusta National is the only constant in major-championship golf. So, when players come to the Masters, experience kicks in for those who have played in the first major of the year while rookies will spend most of their time learning the course.

The first thing that anyone learns at Augusta National is the need to hit the ball at a high apex. From all of the research that I've done – and that goes way back – the players who have succeeded at Augusta National played a high ball flight.


A salute to Lindberg

I hope that the Masters buildup does not overshadow the performance of Pernilla Lindberg, particularly the final round, at the ANA Inspiration (“Keeping score,” April 3).

After watching the Sunday telecast and then Monday morning’s continuation of the playoff, I eagerly opened Morning Read on Tuesday in hopes of seeing an article about Lindberg. What a gritty, determined, inspirational performance she gave us all.



Price, in dollars and cents, for lunch – ham and cheese on rye or turkey and cheese on wheat ($2.50), chips ($1) and a soft drink, tea or bottled water ($2) – at Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters. Go ahead and splurge for dessert with a Georgia peach ice-cream sandwich for another $2. It’s a big sports-event tradition unlike any other.



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Ian Poulter talks about how he punched his ticket just in time for the Masters. Alex Miceli, Morning Read’s founder and publisher, offers his Masters preview thoughts on the Vertical Groove Hotline. Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw talks about his 1995 victory. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. examine this week’s play.


Lamkin has introduced three grips for the spring. The TS1, Sonar and Comfort Plus grips, using a variety of proprietary hybrid compounds in standard and midsize, will sell for $7.99 to $9.99.


Puma Golf introduced a special-edition heather and lime color scheme for its Ignite PwrAdapt Hi-Top line of shoes. The style coincides with this week’s Masters Tournament.


Weatherman has been awarded an Editors’ Choice Award for best umbrella by Golf Digest magazine, the umbrella maker announced. The umbrella, available in 62 and 68 inches, was introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in January.


Potomac Shores Golf Club in Dumfries, Va., will begin course renovations in July, the club announced. Among the improvements scheduled for the Jack Nicklaus Signature design will be regrassing of the fairways with Latitude 36 Bermudagrass and bunker renovations.


Casa de Campo Resort and Villas will play host to the fourth annual Latin America Pro-Am on Aug. 9-11 in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Teams of four amateurs and one professional will compete for 54 holes on the Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog. The resort is offering a four-night stay-and-play package that includes meals and unlimited golf, starting at $2,300 per player.


Paul Killgallon has been named the director of player development at Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala. Killgallon will be tasked with expanding the junior program at Highland Park, which dates to 1903 and is the oldest course in the state.


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., opened its golf season on the resort’s two Pete Dye-designed courses. Through Nov. 3, the resort will offer state-and-play packages for its courses: Shepherd’s Rock, which debuted in July, and Mystic Rock. Nemacolin Woodlands also recently received an Editors’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” from Golf Digest magazine.


Clothing manufacturer Galvin Green has won an Editors’ Choice Award for best golf rain gear from Golf Digest magazine. Galvin Green is the outerwear supplier for the European Ryder Cup team.


April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.

April 11-14
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 12-15
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

European Tour: Spanish Open

National Golf Center, Madrid

April 13-15
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Men’s amateur: Terra Cotta Invitational

Naples (Fla.) National GC

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