MONDAY  | APRIL 9, 2018
by Gary Van Sickle

The Masters champion wore pink.

If Nike hadn’t scripted Patrick Reed’s wardrobe for Masters weekend, I would have assumed that Reed wore a pink shirt in Sunday’s tense finale just to get an edge. The day before, his final-round playing companion Rory McIlroy joked about hitting a shot from the azaleas on the hillside at the 13th hole. “All I saw was a sea of pink,” McIlroy said.


by Alex Miceli

Anyone who has grown up with golf has envisioned having to make a putt to win a major championship. Oftentimes, those dreamers might face a 4-foot putt for golf immortality. 

For Rory McIlroy, the 4-footer that he had on the second hole Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club would not have won the 82nd Masters, but it certainly would have gone a long way toward changing the complexion of the final round. It was a semi-match-play atmosphere between the Northern Irishman and his Ryder Cup protagonist, American Patrick Reed.


by Mike Purkey

It was billed as potentially the most exciting Masters in years, and when that happens, television first and foremost attempts to adhere to a phrase normally reserved for doctors: “First, do no harm.”

It’s especially true at the Masters, where CBS has held forth since 1956. The network’s announcers are hushed and reverent – mostly at the behest of Augusta National – and CBS depends on its pictures to do most of the talking. Since Augusta National is easily the most picturesque major-championship course, it’s a philosophy that lands safely in the middle of the green every time.


The essence of Hogan

Your recent article regarding Tiger Woods vs. Ben Hogan is one of the best articles I have ever read in the golf or human-interest space (“Woods’ comeback pales next to Hogan’s,” April 8).

Being around the golf industry and game for the better part of 50 years, I found your article to be spot on. I take nothing away from Woods, but you cannot compare it with what happened to Hogan. To see what happened after that frightful bus crash and how he endured through pain to win again is one of the best golf stories of all time.



Amount, in millions of dollars, that Patrick Reed will receive for winning the Masters Tournament on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club. The total purse was $11 million.


by Michael Breed

The key to victory for Patrick Reed was that he kept his mind focused during Sunday’s final round of the Masters.

So many competitors were posting low scores ahead of him. Jordan Spieth, who started the day nine strokes back, briefly pulled even before making bogey on the final hole for an 8-under 64. Paul Casey was 9 under through 15 holes – was a 59 really even a remote possibility during the final round of the Masters? – before he bogeyed the final two holes.


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

April 19-22
LPGA: Hugel-JTBC Championship

Wilshire CC, Los Angeles

European Tour: Trophee Hassan II

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco Tour: North Mississippi Classic

CC of Oxford (Miss.)

Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup

Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Blue), Rabat, Morocco

PGA Tour: Valero Texas Open

TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio

April 20-22
Champions: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.

12700 Sunrise Valley Dr, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191
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