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  1. Bubba Watson wins second Masters

    Golf

    AUGUSTA, Ga.

    In order to feel the pressure of the Masters, there must be people to provide it. Indeed, in order for the Masters to feel like the Masters, there must be moments when one roar is trumped by another, a full house suddenly and impossibly outdone by a straight flush. It is what defines spring Sundays …

    Bubba Watson holds his 2-year-old son, Caleb, as he leaves the 18th hole after winning the Masters by three shots over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt.
  2. Masters quickly goes wrong for Jordan Spieth

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jordan Spieth showed no nerves before Sunday's final round, high-fiving Justin Rose's swing coach Sean Foley, bantering with playing partner Bubba Watson and appearing completely in his element, a 20-year-old ready to prove that experience matters as much as the color of …

    After his two-shot lead disintegrates on the eighth hole, Jordan Spieth reacts to a poor approach on No. 9, which he bogeys.
  3. Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth share Masters lead after Round 3

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Give a good listen to Bubba Watson, to what he says and how he says it. Then do the same with Jordan Spieth. Then try to pick out who is the older, more accomplished golfer.

    Bubba Watson lines up a putt on the par-5 13th before making par in a round of 2-over 74 that includes five bogeys.
  4. Rory McIlroy loses Masters round to amateur partner

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Rory McIlroy birdied three of his final four holes in the Masters' third round Saturday, shooting 1-under 71, but he lost the matchup with his amateur playing partner.

    Rory McIlroy, left, has a laugh with Jeff Knox, a noncompeting marker who shoots 70 to McIlroy’s 71.
  5. Bubba Watson leads Masters after Round 2

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and that has positioned him for another green jacket.

    Rory McIlroy exits the azaleas on the green at the par-5 13th after a sprinkler head sends his second shot there. He bogeys, shoots 77, still makes the 4-over cut.
  6. Phil Mickelson misses first Masters cut since 1997

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickel­son will be watching the final two rounds of the Masters from home for the first time in 17 years.

    And it's no mystery why.

    TWINS? An English man thinks Rory McIlroy, left, looks like his chocolate Danish, so he bet $1,675 on a McIlroy Masters win.
  7. Adam Scott double bogeys after cheers

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    AUGUSTA, Ga. — The only wart on an otherwise clean card for defending Masters champion Adam Scott in the first round was double bogey at No. 12, where he hit it in the water.

    A MATCH: Rory McIlroy, right, says he told tennis-player fiancee Caroline Wozniacki to dye her hair to “match the azaleas.”
  8. Bill Haas leads Masters Round 1; Adam Scott second

    Pga

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at the Masters could be so enjoyable.

    Adam Scott, hitting his tee shot on 17, shoots 3-under 69, the score he shot in the first round a year ago, when he won the Masters. It’s the first time a defending champion opens with a round in the 60s since Vijay Singh in 2001. Winning “in some ways … took a little pressure off of me,” he says.
  9. Masters notes: Five arrested in sex-crimes sting

    Pga

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — An undercover sting operation targeting prostitution and child sex trafficking netted five arrests over the weekend, USA Today reported. The FBI said the activities are the target of a special task force made up of local and federal agencies in town because of the Masters.

  10. Young Masters rookies confident

    Pga

    AUGUSTA, Ga. —Since 1935, only one golfer has won the Masters in his first appearance: Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

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