SUNDAY  | APRIL 8, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

You were expecting a great Masters Tournament this weekend. How about a great Ryder Cup rematch instead?

Enter Patrick Reed vs. Rory McIlroy 2.0. It’s the sequel we didn’t know we were waiting for, but now that we’ve got it, oh, yeah. 


by Steve Elling

For obvious reasons, the campaign quickly has cratered.

Tiger Woods, the man whose name this week appeared on more betting slips in Las Vegas, and with more money wagered on his Masters fate than any other player, isn’t going to win at Augusta National today, after spending parts of Saturday trying to avoid last place on the leaderboard. He was tied for 40th entering the final round (scores).


Some Augusta traditions should change

The frumpy membership at Augusta National Golf Club really has nothing to crow about regarding the remaining vestiges of racism and sexism. How many minority members? Probably not many as they trot out just a handful each April. As with everything else about the club, they respect the ol’ Southern traditions.

While I'm at it, how about more television time. And why must we use the following terms one week each year: first ninesecond ninefirst cutpatrons? It is annoying and pretentious.



Number of times that someone has shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Masters. Third-round leader Patrick Reed would be the first today with a round of 3-under 69 or better at Augusta National Golf Club. Reed shot 5-under 67 on Saturday for a 14-under 202 total and three-stroke lead (scores). Reed, 27, who played a key role in Augusta State’s 2010 and 2011 NCAA championships, is a five-time Tour winner who is seeking his first major championship. Rory McIlroy, 28, of Northern Ireland, a four-time major champion, shot 65 and stands at 11-under 205. Reed and McIlroy will be paired in today’s final round in a rematch of an epic singles match at the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in which Reed prevailed, 1 up. McIlroy lacks only the Masters title for the career Grand Slam (tee times).


by Michael Breed

Five guys have a chance today to win the Masters.

Looking at this leaderboard (scores), I think 16 under will win; 15 under will be in a playoff.

So, if in fact that’s true, how many can get to 15 under?


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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