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Best Seat for Masters’ Finish Requires Chair, Early Arrival

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:50 Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:42

Chairs at the MastersCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Teresa M. Walker/AP) — Grabbing a front row spot for the chance to watch a historic finish at the Masters is easy: Be at the gate when the doors open, walk briskly to No. 18 and plop down a chair.

Then wander off.

Grab some breakfast, go shopping or walk around Augusta National enjoying the day. When golfers start on the back nine, return to find that chair still in the same spot.

Yes, the Masters takes saving a seat to an entirely different level.

"You know if you put your chair down, nobody's going to move it," Anne Costigan of Baltimore said. "It's safe where it is. Nobody does that. It's so unique."

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Spieth Goes to Final Round of Masters with 4-Stroke Lead

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:53 Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:48

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Paul Newberry/AP) — This is becoming routine.

For the second year in a row, Jordan Spieth will be playing in the final group at the Masters on Sunday.

Only now, it will be a big surprise if he doesn’t leave with a green jacket.

Spieth has already set Augusta National scoring records for 36 and 54 holes. He joined Tiger Woods as the only players to reach 18-under par at the venerable course. If not for a double bogey at the next-to-last hole Saturday, he would have gone to the final round needing only to avoid an epic collapse.

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Rose Pushes Mickelson Out of Final Pairing with Spieth

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:39 Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:31

Justin RoseCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Teresa M. Walker/AP) — Justin Rose beat Phil Mickelson in a mini-competition Saturday. The prize was the right to play alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round of the Masters.

It looked like it would be Mickelson, first in the clubhouse at 11 under.

Then Rose sank a 20-foot, winding putt that he curved downhill into the cup on 18, leaping Lefty for a spot Sunday in the last group, where he can keep an eye on — and maybe apply a little pressure on — the record-setting Spieth.

“Jordan is playing incredible golf,” said Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion. “It would be great to keep an eye on him and try and to sort of keep pace.”

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McIlroy Starts Fast, But Stumbles Home in Masters Finish

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:31 Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:28

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Rory McIlroy roared off the starting line and almost as suddenly ran out of gas.

Two bogeys in the last three holes of what began as a very promising round at Augusta National Saturday may have doomed McIlroy’s chance of winning the Masters — and wrapping up a career Grand Slam in the bargain. With the memory of that finish still fresh, McIlroy put in a brief, almost-gloomy appearance in the interview room afterward.

“Look, I’m going to need something basically around 61, 62 (Sunday) to have a real chance,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s going to happen, but we’ll see.”

No one has ever shot better than 63 in any major championship.

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Four-Time Masters Champ Tiger Woods is Back! Maybe.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:28 Sunday, 12 April 2015 07:19

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Tiger Woods is back.

Maybe.

He shot a 68 Saturday at Augusta National, putting together his first back-to-back rounds in the 60s at the Masters in 10 years, and his first in a major anywhere since 2012. But he was certain it could have been even better.

“Oh, man,” Woods said afterward, “It could have been something seriously low.”

He finished off a recap of his round a moment later by adding ruefully, “All-in-all, if you probably look at it, it should have been about two shots better.”

Instead of lingering on what he’d accomplished already, Woods set his sights on Sunday.

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