THURSDAY  | APRIL 11, 2019
by Jeff Babineau

Jordan Spieth was with family in his rental house playing cards Monday night when a replay of the 2015 Masters that he won aired on a TV in the background. His dad asked him if it was OK to leave it on, or whether he wanted to change the channel. The dutiful son told his father that it was fine. Leave it on.

Soon, Spieth would be doing color commentary to his team assembled in the room, taking them through shots and course thoughts and big putts that he holed on that magical April afternoon four years ago.

“It was very memorable,” said Spieth, a three-time major winner, “because it was the highest of highs I've had in this sport.”



by Alex Miceli

Known as “Azalea” for the colorful spring blooms that frame the hole, the par-5 13th at Augusta National Golf Club has been lengthened only 30 yards over the years, to today’s 510.

Azalea has not undergone major changes to counter modern technology compared with the rest of the Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie-designed course, which opened in 1933. Oddly, in 1950, the dogleg-left 13th, for some unknown reason, was shortened by 10 yards, to 470, before being restored to its original length a year later. The 13th was stretched to its current length in 2002 but often is reached in two strokes with short-to-mid-iron shots by modern professionals. The 13th, with the par-4 11th and par-3 12th, plays a pivotal role in the renowned “Amen Corner,” some of golf’s most hallowed ground.


by Gary Van Sickle

The big oak’s shade was welcome on a warm, sunny, spring afternoon. It was Wednesday, the day before the Masters Tournament begins, and the usual crowd of members, guests, media, caddies, contestants and golf legends milled beneath Augusta National Golf Club’s most iconic spot.

Beneath the old oak. It’s The Place to be and hang out at the Masters. We’re behind the ropes, sequestered by our special endowed status. It’s the equivalent of sitting in first class.


Augusta National misses link to women’s history
I have been watching the Masters for so many years and have always felt that the member/owners of Augusta National Golf Club get so much right. What a great venue.

But I think they had a big miss with the recent Augusta National Women’s Amateur (“Women make big impression at Augusta,” April 8). I watched a replay of the opening ceremonies that included four great female champions, each with many wonderful accomplishments in the eras in which they played. There was a very obvious player missing: Kathy Whitworth. With 88 LPGA victories, she has won more professional golf events than any male or female and has been a tireless supporter of women’s golf at all levels in her retirement.



Number of extra holes that Masters rookie Matthew Wallace needed to defeat Sandy Lyle and win the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday at Augusta National’s nine-hole par-3 course. They had tied at 5-under 22. Wallace, an Englishman who will turn 29 on Friday, prevailed with a birdie on their second replaying of No. 8, a hole that Wallace had aced on his first time around (scores).



Hawk & Rude: Mulling the 2019 Masters
McIlroy? Woods? Spieth? Co-hosts John Hawkins and Jeff Rude tell you everything you need to know (with their usual flair) on the eve of the year’s first men’s major championship.

The Grill Room Golf Show
The azaleas are blooming, and spring is alive in Georgia for the Masters. Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. preview the week. Plus, some of the Masters’ top contenders offer their thoughts. Also, Morning Read co-founder Alex Miceli contributes.


The World’s Largest Golf Outing will be held Aug. 5 and for the fourth consecutive year will benefit Fisher House Foundation, organizers announced. Since its inception in 2011, the annual event has raised $4.1 million for military charities. Fisher House’s 82 facilities in the U.S., U.K. and Germany provide free, temporary lodging to service members and veterans’ families during medical procedures.


For the third consecutive year, Golfzon has received a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice Award in the category of best simulator/premium. The awards will be published in the magazine’s June issue and on will host a tent sale and demo event April 18-20 in Greensboro, N.C., announced Global Value Commerce, which owns the retailer. The event, to feature new and used golf gear, will be held at 1317 Pleasant Ridge Rd., at a facility which shares with the Rick Murphy Golf Academy.


BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has broken ground on a renovation to its South Course. The $7.5 million project is being led by course architect Rees Jones.


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