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Masters Unlike Any Other Looks as Good as Any Other Masters as Dustin Johnson Wins Green Jacket

Dustin Johnson won what the entire world hopes will be the only Masters Tournament ever contested without patrons, delayed by a pandemic disease. But take away the Coronavirus masks, turn the color of the trees back about six weeks, and look at Augusta National Golf Club and the 2020 Masters with the right kind of eyes, and it’s plain as day that this “Masters Unlike...

Sergio Garcia, Joaquin Niemann Withdraw From 2020 Masters Due to Covid-19 Positive Test Results

Augusta National Golf Club announced Monday that 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia informed the club he would not participate in the event after the positive test result.Sergio Garcia joins Joaquin Niemann as players to withdraw from the 2020 Masters after testing positive for COVID-19. We’ll be covering the Masters here and at Golf News Net, with columns and...

Star Power! Major Champions Crowded Atop Leader Board at Halfway Point of 2019 Masters

Somewhere in Heaven Dan Jenkins is smiling, because this is what a major championship leader board is supposed to look like. Our great lion of a sports writer may be watching his first Masters from Heaven, but the heart of a true golf writer always aches for the greatest names to be in contention, not puzzling strangers. So right now, with five former major champions...

Odds to Win the 2019 Masters

Once again, VegasInsider.com has the best odds book around this side of Ladbrokes. Here are the odds to win the 2019 Masters. As we go to press, we think the smart money is on Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, and Adam Scott. Also, you get great value for Francesco Molinari (25-1), Jason Day (30-1), and Ian Poulter (90-1). Odds to win 2019...

Patrick Reed – Hero or Villain? It’s all a Matter of Perspective

I first heard it as a middle-schooler taking my initial steps in studying the craft of story writing. I hated its disingenuousness then, and my distaste for it grows with each passing year – that old journalistic saw: “Where heroes don’t exist, it is necessary to invent them. It’s good for public morale.” Author Dan Jenkins always said we sports writers can impugn a...

Handicapping Redux for the 2018 Masters

“Tiger and Phil! Tiger and Phil! Tiger and Phil!” For the last eight weeks, that’s all we’ve heard in golf. Turn on your television set, pick up a magazine, or scan a newspaper headline, and it’s almost as if prophets were delivering a message from God that they saw written in letters of fire 30 feet high. And as we’ve inched closer to the Masters, it’s grown more...

Tiger Just Became the Vegas Favorite to win the 2018 Masters

In just a week, Tiger Woods’s odds of winning the Masters went from 17-1 (good for third, behind Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson) to a 9-1 favorite. Justin Thomas and Rory are second at 11-1. DJ has faded to 23-2. Remember – odds are a reflection of who Vegas thinks people will bet on – not who they think will win. Clearly too many people were...

Tiger Woods Resurgence Tips Scales on Masters Betting Odds

What was it Heath Ledger said in “The Dark Knight?” “Tiger plays well in one…little…tournament…AND EVERYONE LOSES THEIR MINDS!” That’s exactly what happened. Tiger finished second at a tournament nobody normally watched, and everyone is back on the bandwagon, and DUI be damned! Betting odds are not a reflection of whom...

Ole, Sergio! Garcia Wins Green Jacket, First Major at 2017 Masters

We thought we’d seen this movie before, and we were ready for yet another heart-wrenching ending. If past history were any indication, Sergio Garcia was supposed to lose this Masters in the clutch, not win it. Something horrible always happens to Garcia, he’s played the flawed tragic hero perfectly for close on two decades. Shakespeare would have loved him. He’s such...

Rose in Bloom at the 2017 Masters

It was 1998 when we first met Justin Rose. Back then he was a green and grateful amateur, just 17 years old. But that week in July, he ignited the normally staid English crowd into one joyous celebration after another as he nearly won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. It was sparkling scene: the salty waves lapping at the feet of the mammoth fescue-covered...