SATURDAY  | APRIL 13, 2019
by Jeff Babineau

Jason Day was at his favorite golf tournament Thursday, about to head to the first tee for his early-afternoon tee time at the 83rd Masters, when he bent down to plant a kiss on his 3-year-old girl, Lucy.

And, bam, just like that, Day’s back went out on him.

 


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by Gary Van Sickle

Put yourself in these golf shoes for just a minute: You’re tied for third after two rounds of the 2014 British Open at Royal Liverpool. In the third round, you’re paired with Rory McIlroy, who leads by six strokes, and Dustin Johnson. They’re both big hitters and big winners. You feel as if you’re joining Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder … but you’re Weird Al Yankovic.

You are Francesco Molinari. You’re from Italy, which is not the home of golf. These guys are battleships. You’re a tugboat.

 


by Alex Miceli

It was 7:13 on Friday evening, and the rain had stopped and the wind subsided after a weather front had moved across Augusta National Golf Club earlier in the afternoon.

In a white mock turtleneck, navy cap and trousers, Tiger Woods stood with an iron in his hand for the par-4 18th hole, nicknamed “Holly,” where Woods had won four of his 14 major championships.

 


Jones’ views on Augusta's 13th should guide change
There’s been a lot of talk recently on the possible lengthening of the 13th hole at Augusta National (“Augusta takes long view of iconic 13th,” April 11). The club has acquired property from neighboring Augusta Country Club behind the current 13th tee, and Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley has obliquely suggested the hole might be lengthened.

Dr. Alister MacKenzie, Augusta National’s architect, called the 13th hole “ideal,” and, indeed, it’s a beautiful hole that doglegs along a creek on the left which then swings along the front of the green, putting it in play on the drive and on the approach shot. At least that was the intent.

 


5

Number of players who were tied for the 36-hole lead Friday at the Masters, a tournament record. All five – Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott – are former major champions. They were tied at 7-under 137 at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club (scores).

 


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CALENDAR
April 11-14
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 17-20
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 18-21
Web.com Tour: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship

RTJ Capitol Hill (Senator), Prattville, Ala.

PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Junior boys: Sage Valley Junior Invitational

Sage Valley GC, Graniteville, S.C.

April 19-21
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.


      
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