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Masters notes: Five arrested in sex-crimes sting

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.

Big events such as the Masters and the NCAA Final Four bring a lot of people to towns, which brings an increase in illegal activity in the sex trade, the FBI said.

"People come to these events to have a good time," Special Agent Stephen Emmett said. "And some people's definition of a good time differs from what the law's idea of a good time is."

Three women, all Georgia residents, were charged with prostitution. A man and a woman, also both Georgia residents, were charged with attempted child molestation.

A pink hair day: Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, the fiancee of Rory McIlroy, showed up at Augusta National for Wednesday's Par 3 contest with her blonde hair dyed bright pink. And she wore matching shoes. Wozniacki caddied for McIlroy and got a fair share of attention for her hair during the fun event.

Winner for a day: Ryan Moore shot 6-under 21 to win the Par 3 tournament, calling it a "perfect practice day." Since the Par 3 contest began in 1960, no winner has gone on to win the Masters later in the week, making the Par 3 more of a curse than a Masters forecast.

"I'm not afraid of it," Moore said. "You never know. Someone has got to break that curse at some point in time, so hopefully it's me, if I end up winning. Who knows? I might go shoot 8 under or something, make a couple hole-in-ones. We'll see."

NO CHANGES: The Masters is the only major that doesn't have a rules official assigned to every group on the course. And it will stay that way.

One of the suggestions that emerged from Tiger Woods' infamous rules brouhaha last year was that it might have been avoided if a rules official had been on the scene.

Woods hit a wedge to the 15th green that hit the flag stick and caromed into the water. He said he purposely took his penalty drop a few yards back to avoid hitting the pin again. That was a violation, and it led to a two-shot penalty. Woods was assessed the penalty shots after he signed his card, but he was not disqualified because the rules committee felt it erred in not talking to him before Woods signed the card.

Masters notes: Five arrested in sex-crimes sting 04/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:05pm]
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