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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...

Whether Wuhan Flu or Coronavirus, it KOs Masters, Major Sports, Vail and Alterra Resorts

Call it Black Friday or Friday the 13th, whichever you like, but that was the day the sports world went dark, along with Broadway and colleges across the country. Wuhan Flu or Coronavirus, whatever it’s called, it’s here. Time to get those 90-day emergency supplies out. Not ready…out. The time to prepare for this has passed. If you weren’t...

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...

The 2018 Masters – Patrick Reed Won the Green Jacket, but Jordan Spieth won our Hearts

I suppose it’s fitting that on the 30th anniversary of Sandy Lyle donning the Green Jacket that our generation’s heel of a golfer – a person as sour, dour, and sometimes unlovable as Lyle – won the 82nd Masters. Patrick Reed slouched and slogged his way into Butler Cabin and the Green Jacket with a workmanlike but uninspiring, up-and-down final round 71 for a...

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...

2017 Masters Preview – Remembering Larry Mize and the Greatest Miracle in Masters History

You may find yourself In a beautiful house With a beautiful wife. You may ask yourself “Well, how did I get here?!” —Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime” The immortal words of David Byrne, that’s what we all might have asked ourselves in April of 1987, even Larry Mize, as he strode out of Butler Cabin clad a Green Jacket, the newly-minted Masters Champion. He...