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The Masters

Coming soon: Live Coverage from Clemens Steroids Hearing, Five pieces for PGA.com

Quick reset for the week: First, next week I’ll be in the Senate Press Gallery with a true bird’s eye view of Roger Clemens’s latest act of self-immolation. Quite simply, if he can prove his innocence in this whole steroids mess, it will be the GREATEST comeback in sports history. If he can’t, we may be witnessing the greatest fall from grace...

Zach Johnson wins U.S. Open, oops, I mean Masters

Lets get something out up front – what you saw this week is NOT how “firm and fast” is supposed to play. As a result, we got a U.S. Open instead of a Masters. Fast and firm conditions are primarily – almost exclusively – found on courses built on sand, usually seaside courses. They allow the ground game; bump and run shots form up to 100...

Masters results day 1: who scares Woods?

With the free fall of the game’s top names, this is set to be a Tiger walk.  Phil and Ernie?  They’ll be lucky if they make the cut, although with the few red numbers being posted, the cut will be shockingly high too.  After that, look at that leaderboard.  I dare you, I double dare you… I triple dog dare you, find me one name that scares Woods or...

2007 Masters prediction

Boy is his going to be easy.  If Tiger makes his putts, he’ll win.  If he doesn’t, I’ll go with Vijay, who is playing well, has won the Masters before, putts well, has the length and the high ball flight and ice water in his veins. My sportswriter and golf course critic pals are playing a game of “Pick the Australian player who’ll come...

Great stories of the Masters: Ben Crenshaw in 1984

Geoff Shackelford once wrote in Grounds for Golf that temptation is the most important feature in a golf course. Temptation draws players in to try shots outside their comfort zone. Maybe the pressure of the situation or the need to make up some shots makes players overreach and either become heroes or zeroes. He’s right, as usual. Ben Crenshaw came to the par...