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Matsuyama Escapes with Green Jacket, wins 2021 Masters

It was either going to be the Green Jacket or a straightjacket; there was no middle road for Hideki Matsuyama. Japan’s newly-minted greatest golfer ever won the 2021 Masters, but only after nearly squandering a 6-shot lead and hanging on narrowly after late charges by Xander Schauffle and Will Zalatoris fizzled. Matsuyama’s 10-under score edged major championship...

Watching Justin Rose Bloom

It was a bullet-grey sky that blanketed Southport, England, on a July Sunday in 1998, but the low clouds that hung oppressively over Royal Birkdale Golf Club were parted by the radiant sunshine of a young, fresh-faced high school kid who carried all of England on his shoulders. Skinny as a broomstick, blushing with the rosy cheeks of youth, and his red sweater and...

Breaking Down the Front Nine at Augusta National for the Masters

Everyone always says the Masters doesn’t begin until the back nine on Sunday, but you can’t get to the back nine without playing the front nine. And that’s no walk in the park. Maybe Tiger Woods can fire a front nine 40 during the first round and still win the Masters, but mere mortals can’t. While both per-5s are reachable in two and birdie opportunities, the par-3s...

Odds to Win the 2021 Masters Championship

Odds to win the 2021 Masters Championship, April 8-11, Augusta National Country Club Dustin Johnson +850 17/2 Bryson Dechambeau +900 9/1 Justin Thomas +1000 10/1 Jon Rahm +1100 11/1 Jordan Spieth +1200 12/1 Rory McIlroy +1400 14/1 Brooks Koepka +2000 20/1 Xander Schauffele +2000 20/1 Collin Morikawa +2200 22/1 Patrick Cantlay +2200 22/1 Patrick Reed +2700 27/1 Tony...

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...