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Tiger Woods Turns Par-3 Contest at Masters Into Family Day

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015 05:56 Thursday, 09 April 2015 05:45

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) — Tiger Woods played in the Par 3 tournament at the Masters for the first time since 2004, and he made it quite a family outing with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn at his side, and his children caddying for him.

Vonn certainly completed the family portrait on Wednesday with her flowing green dress matching Tiger’s shirt while Woods’ daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie, each wore green ballcaps and white caddie jumpsuits in their first turn in this event.



From the Fairway: Piece of Eisenhower Tree Heading to Presidential Library

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:42 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:39

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Men in green Masters jackets gave a warm round of applause to a large wood chip.

It wasn’t just a scrap from any old tree. To be exact, it was a 6-inch-thick, 4 1/2-foot-in-diameter cross-section of timber cut from the Eisenhower Tree, a soaring loblolly pine that stood like a sentinel guarding the left side of the 17th fairway at Augusta National for some 80 years.

Tributes rolled in when the tree was felled by an ice storm in February 2014, in no small part because of its connection to former president and Augusta member Dwight Eisenhower. Masters officials eulogized the tree at the start of last year’s tournament as if it was a deceased family member.



From the Fringe: Will Masters Boast World’s Most Beautiful Parking Lot, Too?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:36 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:28

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Owning what is arguably the most beautiful golf course in the world apparently isn’t enough for members of Augusta National. Soon they may lay claim to the world’s most beautiful parking lot, too.

Chairman Billy Payne hinted as much while fielding questions following his annual "State of the Masters" address.

The club recently bought a roughly 2-square-mile parcel of land just north of the golf course that has been used as a parking lot for the Masters. Berckman’s Road, which currently separates the two properties, will be diverted farther north to form one contiguous parcel.

“While it will continually be maintained every year as a parking lot, it will look appropriately as though it belongs inside the fences of Augusta National,” Payne said.



Marc Leishman Withdraws from Masters to be with His Ill Wife

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:27 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:20

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) — Marc Leishman of Australia has withdrawn from the Masters as his wife recovers from a serious illness.

His wife, Audrey, thought she was battling the flu last week until it turned serious. Leishman says she has made it through what he described as a “life-threatening medical emergency” and is recovery well.

Leishman says it’s important for him to stay with his wife and their two young sons, ages 3 and 18 months.



Brooks Koepka Hurting as He Prepares for Masters Debut

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 19:45 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 19:34

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — This wasn’t how Brooks Koepka wanted to play in his first Masters.

Koepka is among 20 players making their debut at Augusta National, and the course would seem to fit well with his power. But three weeks ago, he injured a rib in his lower left back and withdrew during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to rest up for the Masters.

He still was feeling it during three days of nine-hole practice rounds.

“It’s not bad enough that I can’t play,” Koepka said. “But it’s not good enough to be 100 percent.”



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