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Tag:The Masters
Posted on: April 11, 2010 3:06 pm
 

Couples starts well

By Erin Brown

Fred Couples said he needed to be close to perfect to post a low round on Sunday. So far, he's been close to flawless.

Couples nearly eagled the par-5 second hole. His second shot, which landed on the opposite side of the green, benefitted from a long, slow roll toward the pin. Couples barely missed the eagle putt, but converted on the birdie try.

On the following hole, Couples chipped from the edge of the green, holing out for his second straight birdie.

Couples, who is vying to become the oldest Masters champion at 50, now stands two shots behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood .

Watch coverage of Augusta with Masters Live .

Posted on: April 11, 2010 3:01 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Woods off to ugly start

By Erin Brown

If Tiger Woods hopes to capture his fifth Green Jacket, he'll need to overcome an ugly start.

Woods opened with a bogey, thanks in part to a tee shot that went too far left.

One hole later, his second shot landed in a greenside bunker. When he tried to hit it onto the green, the ball landed right back in the sand. Woods salvaged a par on the par-5 hole.

He is 1-over for the day and 7-under for the tournament, four strokes behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood .

Watch coverage of Augusta with Masters Live .


Posted on: April 11, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Green aces No. 16

By Erin Brown

Although Nathan Green sits at the bottom of the leaderboard, he'll leave Augusta National with at least one positive memory.

Green made a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th. It is just the 12th in Masters history at the the hole known as Redbud.

The Australian finished 3-over for the day and 14-over for the tournament.

Watch coverage of Augusta with Masters Live .

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 11, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: April 11, 2010 1:29 pm
 

Comeback watch: Sizing up the contenders

By Erin Brown

Lee Westwood 's one-stroke lead is hardly a significant cushion heading in to the final round of The Masters. Four players -- including two of the world's top three -- are within five strokes of that lead.

The greatest comeback after 54 holes at The Masters belong to Jack Burke , who rallied from eight shots back in 1956. (Burke also dropped a shot in that final round, technically making his overall comeback a record nine strokes.)

Taking history into consideration, we look at 12 players who are within striking distance of the Green Jacket heading into the final round.

Lee Westwood (-12, 1st)
Average final round at Augusta National: 74.9
Best round at Augusta National: 67 (Rd. 1, 2010)
Best Masters finish: 6th (1999)

Phil Mickelson (-11, 2nd)
Average final round at Augusta National: 71.6
Best round at Augusta National: 65 (Rd. 1, 1996)
Best Masters finish: Won (2004, 2006)

K.J. Choi (-8, T3)
Average final round at Augusta National: 72.8
Best round at Augusta National: 67 (Rd. 1, 2010)
Best Masters finish: 3rd (2004)

Tiger Woods (-8, T3)
Average final round at Augusta National: 70.9
Best round at Augusta National: 65 (2 times)
Best Masters finish: Won (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)

Fred Couples (-7, 5th)
Average final round at Augusta National: 71.3
Best round at Augusta National: 66 (Rd. 1, 2010)
Best Masters finish: Won (1992)

Ricky Barnes (-6, T6)
Average final round at Augusta National: 73
Best round at Augusta National: 68 (Rd. 1, 2010)
Best Masters finish: 21st (2003)

Hunter Mahan (-6, T6)
Average final round at Augusta National: 72.5
Best round at Augusta National: 66 (Rd. 1, 2009)
Best Masters finish: 10th (2009)

Ian Poulter (-6, T6)
Average final round at Augusta National: 74.2
Best round at Augusta National: 68 (3 times)
Best Masters finish: 13th (2007)

Anthony Kim (-5, T9)
Average final round at Augusta National: 74
Best round at Augusta National: 65 (Rd. 2, 2009)
Best Masters finish: 20th (2009)

Y.E. Yang (-5, T9)
Average final round at Augusta National: 74
Best round at Augusta National: 67 (Rd. 1, 2010)
Best Masters finish: 30th (2007)

Bill Haas (-3, T11)
Average final round at Augusta National: N/A
Best round at Augusta National: 70 (Rd. 2, 2010)
Best Masters finish: First Masters

Jerry Kelly (-3, T11)
Average final round at Augusta National: 73.6
Best round at Augusta National: 67 (Rd. 3, 2010)
Best Masters finish: 5th (2007)

Steve Marino (-3, T11)
Average final round at Augusta National: N/A
Best round at Augusta National: 69 (Rd. 3, 2010)
Best Masters finish: First Masters

Watch coverage of Augusta with Masters Live .

Posted on: April 10, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Back-to-back eagles lift Lefty

By Erin Brown

Hold on, England.

Phil Mickelson carded two eagles and a birdie starting at No. 13 to assume the lead at The Masters.

Mickelson's eagles came back-to-back in a matter of minutes, allowing him to jump from 7-under to 11-under. He pulled even with Lee Westwood when the Englishman dropped a shot at No. 12.

After sinking an eagle putt on the par-5 13th, Mickelson holed out from about 140 yards on the par-4 14th.

"The bounces seemed to pay off and even out," Mickelson said after posting a 67. "You don't plan on balls like 14 going in the hole."

He nearly added a third consecutive eagle to his scorecard on the following hole, but his third shot on the par-5 setup landed inches from the pin.

Mickelson becomes just the third player in Masters history to do record two straight eagles in a round. Dan Pohl first achieved the feat in 1982. Dustin Johnson matched it last year.

Westwood is looking to end a 14-year drought for Englishmen at The Masters.

Watch coverage of Augusta with Masters Live .

Posted on: April 10, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Westwood pulling away at Augusta

By Erin Brown

The once-tight leaderboard at The Masters has loosened up.

Lee Westwood turned in a bogey-free 33 on the front nine and began the back with a birdie at the 10th. He holds a four-stroke lead over playing partner Ian Poulter , who is in second place at 8-under.

A little less than two hours ago, Westwood held a one-shot lead over Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods .

Poulter has remained at even par with a par of birdies offset by bogeys. Mickelson has a pair of bogeys on the day and is in third place at 7 under. Woods has dropped six shots behind Westwood thanks to four bogeys over his last seven holes.

Westwood is vying to become the first Englishman since in 14 years to win at Augusta National. Nick Faldo was the last to do so.

Watch coverage of Augusta with Masters Live .


Posted on: April 10, 2010 3:58 pm
 

Tiger shows... restraint?

By Erin Brown

There's been lots of talk this week about the negative emotion Tiger Woods has shown on the course in past years.

Monday, he vowed to "be more respectful of the game."

"I'm actually going to try and obviously not get as hot when I play," Woods said during a press conference on Monday. "But then again, when I'm not as hot, I'm not going to be as exuberant, either. I can't play one without the other, and so I made a conscious decision to try and tone down my negative outbursts and consequently I'm sure my positive outbursts be will calmed down, as well."

After hitting a shot on the par-3 sixth hole, one that did not go the way he desired, Woods scolded himself live on national television: "Tiger Woods... you suck!"

Woods bogeyed the hole, dropping to even for the day and 6-under for the tournament.

Category: Golf
Posted on: April 10, 2010 3:11 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Leaders off to hot start

By Erin Brown

Set aside your afternoon to watch The Masters, because it looks like we're in for some action from Augusta National.

As of 3 p.m., the top four on the leaderboard include: Lee Westwood (-9), Phil Mickelson (-8), Ian Poulter (-8) and Tiger Woods (-8). And to think, they've only been on the course for 30 minutes.

Poulter is the only of the four who not under par for the day.Woods opened with birdies at No. 1 and 3. Mickelson briefly jumped into a share of the lead with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 before Westwood moved ahead with a birdie on the first hole.

You can keep up with the action on CBSSports.com's Masters Live . We'll have Mickelson and Y.E. Yang as our featured group later this afternoon, followed by the final pairing of Westwood and Poulter.

Television coverage of today's round begins at 3:30 p.m. on your local CBS affiliate.

 
 
 
 
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