Complete coverage of the 2010 Masters Tournament

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 11, 2010, 9:57 am

Masters Tournament

April 11, 2010
Hoggard: Mickelson's Masters to Remember
Mickelson claims third green jacket
Tiger Tracks: Bailing on Tiger
Shag Bag: A tradition like no other
Shag Bag: Els licking his Masters' wounds
Tiger Tracks: Reactions to Tiger temper
Shag Bag: Pins and prognostications
Shag Bag: Early bird
Shag Bag: Barnes waiting for ‘one hot moment’
Shag Bag: It's all about the roars
Shag Bag: Lefty took his lumps in Masters' prep
Tiger Tracks: Regular red
Shag Bag: Only at the Masters
Tiger Tracks: Nine not divine for Woods
Tiger Tracks: Woods finally finds his smile on this tough Sunday
Shag Bag: Couples' rickety back isn't slowing him
Tiger Tracks: Woods has blistered back nine before
Tiger Tracks: Event start
Shag Bag: Choi standing up in Tiger's world
Shag Bag: A new Thrill
Shag Bag: Couples' dream sinks at 12th this time
Shag Bag: Watson expecting news on U.S. Open invite this week
Tiger Tracks: Woods closes week with wild round
Shag Bag: One final roar for Mickelson
Woods finishes Masters in 4th place in return to golf
Another close call at a major for Westwood
Kim's game shines brighter than his belt buckle
Photos of the Week
Shag Bag: The Thrill returns
Tiger Tracks: What’s next for Woods?

April 10, 2010
Shag Bag: Three consecutive eagles would have been a record
Tiger Tracks: Woods sums up his third round
Tiger Tracks: Woods doesn't remember cursing
Notes: Poulter 'not happy'; Hollywood at Augusta
Mell: Lefty's Magic Carpet Ride
Hoggard: Reasons to Roar
Old man Couples playing like a youngster
Tiger trails Westwood, Lefty at Augusta
Shag Bag: Twenty-seven unforgettable minutes
Shag Bag: ‘Delicate little beast’ bites Marino
Tiger Tracks: Divine nine
Manassero heading back to high school after Augusta
Tiger Tracks: Woods lets loose profanity
Tiger Tracks: Woods finally birdies first hole on a Saturday
Tiger Tracks: Fast start
Shag Bag: Mickelson's family lifts Lefty's spirits
Tiger Tracks: Practice makes . . .
Shag Bag: Price is right
Tiger Tracks: Tiger taking his sweet time
Shag Bag: Rebound king
Shag Bag: Augusta National on $5
Tiger Tracks: Tiger Watch
Shag Bag: Manassero turning pro next month
Tiger Tracks: Choi’s second chance
Tiger Tracks: Woods wins green jackets on Saturdays
Shag Bag: Transformed Choi

April 9, 2010
Cut Line: The Wrap on Woods
Mell: Woods-Mickelson sequel possible
Hoggard: English Two-Ball
Poulter leads, Woods two back
Couples backs up thanks to bad back
Notes: Barnes finds comfort zone in majors
Manassero, 16, youngest to make Masters cut
Well, well, well, look who's back near the top
Tiger Tracks: Par 5s key for Woods
Tiger Tracks: Cleared for landing
Shag Bag: Fashion sense
Shag Bag: Jaidee makes early exit
Shag Bag: Early course assessment from Watney
Shag Bag: Where are all the roars?
Tiger Tracks - Tiger and his pace in Masters' victories
Tiger Tracks - Woods isn't ruining their day
Woods' return draws record viewership
Tiger Tracks - Tiger literally reaches out to tiny patron
Tiger Tracks - Woods scrambles his way around front nine
Tiger Tracks - Wrong cup for Kuchar
Tiger Tracks - Woods' 68 could have been lower
Tiger Tracks - Woods’ wild ride
Shag Bag - Big Friday for Gay
Shag Bag - Augusta showing its teeth
Tiger Tracks - No putting contest
Tiger Tracks - Early start for Woods
Tiger Tracks - Chilly reception on Day 2

April 8, 2010
Mell: Even Watson can't believe it this time
Shag Bag: Gone fishing
Shag Bag: Nicklaus, Palmer get Masters started
Tiger Tracks: Palmer backs Payne's Tiger stance
Shag Bags: Winds blown
Shag Bag: All in the family
Shag Bag: Reading the wind
Tiger Tracks: Woods ignores taunting banner
Shag Bag: Watson's son wins prize in Amen Corner
Tiger Tracks: Early start for Tiger
Tiger Tracks: Tiger gets off to solid start
Shag Bag: Watson's son wins prize in Amen Corner
Tiger Tracks: Eventful start for Woods
Shag Bag: Phil’s change of fortunes
Tiger Tracks: A birdie and a smile
Couples leads Mickelson, Woods at Masters
Mell: Remarkable Return
Hoggard: Fairytale Beginning
Oldies but goodies in Round 1
Woods receives warm reception in return
Shag Bag: Storm no problem for Augusta

April 7, 2010
Shag Bag: Mickelson hopes kids make it for Par 3
Tiger Tracks: Woods makes final turn with O’Meara
Shag Bag: Cabrera's green jacket entrusted to more than a friend
Tiger Tracks: Just nine for Woods
Hawkins: Bets on the Masters
Shag Bag: Players noticing subtle changes to the course
Augusta chairman says Woods disappointed fans
Tiger Tracks: Augusta National chief chastises Woods
Tiger Tracks: Trading places
Shag Bag: Not like the old days
Shag Bag: Kaymer’s conundrum
Mell: First Impressions
Hoggard: Setting the Table
Shag Bag: Cabrera’s return
Success this season has Ernie Els at ease
Old-timers become thing of the past at Masters
Shag Bag: Tiger shows up, collects GWAA award
Lerner: Hooks and Cuts from Augusta
Notes: Beating Mother Nature; Par-3 Contest

April 6, 2010
Tiger Tracks: Who's Tiger Woods becoming?
Tiger Tracks: Softer side of Tiger
Shag Bag: Floyd retiring from Masters
Tiger Tracks: Loose ends . . .
Fantasy Island: Masters Tournament
Tiger Tracks: The other TW . . .
Shag Bag: There’s no place like (near) home
Tiger Tracks: Tiger Woods' Masters pairing released
Woods’ official return comes during telecast
Thursday tee times at the Masters
Shag Bag: A champion’s menu
Tiger Tracks: Players looking for vulnerability
Tiger Tracks: O'Meara reports on his practice round with Woods
Tiger Tracks: Phil talks Tiger
Mell: Three's Company
Hoggard: Beauty and the Beast
Tiger Tracks: A golden prediction
Duval back st Augusta after ’06 flameout
Cabrera hoping to defend Masters title
Can a Tiger change his stripes?

April 5, 2010
Hoggard: Media asks, Tiger answers questions
Woods changed, but the goal to win is the same
Readers almost even on rooting interest for Woods
Woods' press conference transcript
Tiger Tracks: Pairing prognostications
Tiger Tracks: Tiger's guard coming down
Tiger Tracks: Woods touched by Augusta patrons
Tiger Tracks: Woods' Q&A
Tiger Tracks: Case closed, game on
Tiger Tracks: Woods answers Galea questions
Tiger Tracks: Couples sharper than Woods in practice round
Tiger Tracks: Furyk detects some Tiger nerves
Tiger Tracks: Woods connecting more with patrons
Tiger Tracks: Rubber-necking at Augusta National
Tiger Tracks: Woods and Co. slow and steady
Shag Bag: Where's Angel?
Tiger Tracks: Pairing prognostications
Tiger Tracks: Standing room only, almost
Lerner: It's Time to Play
Hoggard: Beauty and the Beast
Tiger Tracks: A golden prediction

April 4, 2010
Punch Shots: Tiger's big Monday at the Masters
Lerner: The New-Old Augusta
Lerner: Tiger meets, greets, plays Augusta
Woods officially arrives for Masters week
Video: Majors Roundtable: The Masters

April 3, 2010
Hoggard: A Tee Time With Tiger
Poulter an improbable rise to fame

April 2, 2010
Mell: Golf's Greatest Rivalries
Hoggard: 20th Anniversary of Faldo's win
Sim withdraws from Masters

April 1, 2010
Woods takes spotlight off other golfers
Player capsules for 2010 Masters
Key dates in Masters history
Masters Tournament winners
Tiger brings extra buzz to Augusta
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After Further Review: Woods wisely keeping things in perspective

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 3:17 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Tiger Woods' career comeback ...

Tiger Woods seems to be the only one keeping his comeback in the proper perspective. Asked after his tie for fifth at Bay Hill whether he could ever have envisioned his game being in this shape heading into Augusta, he replied: “If you would have given me this opportunity in December and January, I would have taken it in a heartbeat.” He’s healthy. He’s been in contention. He’s had two realistic chances to win. There’s no box unchecked as he heads to the Masters, and no one, especially not Woods, could have seen that coming a few months ago. – Ryan Lavner

On Tiger carrying momentum into API, Masters ...

Expect Jordan Spieth to leave Austin with the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play trophy next week.

After all, Spieth is seemingly the only top-ranked player who has yet to lift some hardware in the early part of 2018. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas have all gotten it done, as have Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and most recently Rory McIlroy.

Throw in the sudden resurgence of Tiger Woods, and with two more weeks until the Masters there seem to be more azalea-laden storylines than ever before.

A Spieth victory in Austin would certainly add fuel to that fire, but even if he comes up short the 2015 champ will certainly be a focus of attention in a few short weeks when the golf world descends upon Magnolia Lane with no shortage of players able to point to a recent victory as proof that they’re in prime position to don a green jacket. – Will Gray

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Davies not giving up on win, HOF after close call

By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 3:06 am

PHOENIX – Laura Davies knows the odds are long now, but she won’t let go of that dream of making the LPGA Hall of Fame.

At 54, she was emboldened by her weekend run at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. She tied for second, five shots behind Inbee Park.

“The more I get up there, I might have a chance of winning again,” Davies said. “I'm not saying I will ever win, but today was close. Maybe one day I can go closer.”

Davies is a World Golf Hall of Famer, but she has been sitting just outside the qualification standard needed to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame for a long time. She needs 27 points, but she has been stuck on 25 since her last victory in 2001. A regular tour title is worth one point, a major championship is worth two points.

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Over her career, she has won 20 LPGA titles, four of them major championships. She was the tour’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996. She probably would have locked up Hall of Fame status if she hadn’t been so loyal to the Ladies European Tour, where she won 45 titles.

Though Davies didn’t win Sunday in Phoenix, there was more than consolation in her run into contention.

“Now people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.

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Davies impresses, but there's no catching Park

By Randall MellMarch 19, 2018, 2:40 am

PHOENIX – Inbee Park won the tournament.

Laura Davies won the day.

It was a fitting script for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on Sunday, where nostalgia stirs the desert air in such a special way.

Two of the game’s all-time best, LPGA Hall of Famer Inbee Park and World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies, put on a show with the tour’s three living founders applauding them in the end.

Park and Davies made an event all about honoring the tour’s past while investing in its future something to savor in the moment. Founders Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork and Marlene Hagge Vossler cheered them both.

For Park, there was meaningful affirmation in her 18th LPGA title.

In seven months away from the LPGA, healing up a bad back, Park confessed she wondered if she should retire. This was just her second start back. She won feeling no lingering effects from her injury.

“I was trying to figure out if I was still good enough to win,” Park said of her long break back home in South Korea. “This proved to me I can win and play some pain-free golf.”

At 54, Davies kept peeling away the years Sunday, one sweet swing after another. She did so after shaking some serious nerves hitting her first tee shot.

“It’s about as nervous as I’ve ever felt,” Davies said. “I swear I nearly shanked it.”

Davies has won 45 Ladies European Tour events and 20 LPGA titles, but she was almost 17 years removed from her last LPGA title. Still, she reached back to those times when she used to rule the game and chipped in for eagle at the second hole to steady herself.

“It calmed me down, and I really enjoyed the day,” Davies said.

With birdies at the ninth and 10th holes, Davies pulled from three shots down at day’s start to within one of Park, sending a buzz through all the fans who came out to root for the popular Englishwoman.

“People were loving it,” said Tanya Paterson, Davies’ caddie. “We kept hearing, `Laura, we love you.’ It was special for Laura, showing she can still compete.”

Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Davies relished giving all the young players today, who never saw how dominant she once was, some flashes from her great past.

“Yesterday, after I had that 63, a lot of the younger girls came up and said, `Oh, great playing today,”’ Davies said. “It was nice, I suppose, to have that. I still am a decent player, and I actually used to be really good at it. Maybe that did give them a glimpse into what it used to be like.”

She also relished showing certain fans something.

“Now, people might stop asking me when I'm going to retire,” she said.

Davies was the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year in 1996, when she won two of her four major championships. She was emboldened by the way she stood up to Sunday pressure again.

In the end, though, there was no catching Park, who continues to amaze with her ability to win coming back from long breaks after injuries.

Park, 29, comes back yet again looking like the player who reigned at world No. 1 for 92 weeks, won three consecutive major championships in 2013 and won the Olympic gold medal two years ago.

“The reason that I am competing and playing is because I want to win and because I want to contend in golf tournaments,” Park said.

After Davies and Marina Alex mounted runs to move within one shot, Park pulled away, closing ferociously. She made four birdies in a row starting at the 12th and won by five shots. Her famed putting stroke heated up, reminding today’s players how nobody can demoralize a field more with a flat stick.

“I just felt like nothing has dropped on the front nine,” Park said. “I was just thinking to myself, `They have to drop at some point.’ And they just started dropping, dropping, dropping.”

Yet again, Park showed her ability to win after long breaks.

In Rio de Janeiro two years ago, Park the Olympic gold medal in her first start back after missing two months because of a ligament injury in her left thumb. She took eight months off after Rio and came back to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship last year, in just her second start upon returning.

“I'm really happy to have a win early in the season,” Park said. “That just takes so much pressure off me.”

And puts it on the rest of the tour if she takes her best form to the year’s first major at the ANA Inspiration in two weeks.



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Rose: 'Never' has Rory putted as well as Bay Hill

By Ryan LavnerMarch 19, 2018, 1:20 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – Justin Rose didn’t need to ponder the question for very long.

The last time Rory McIlroy putted that well was, well …?

“Never,” Rose said with a chuckle. “Ryder Cup? He always makes it look easy when he’s playing well.”

And the Englishman did well just to try and keep pace.

After playing his first six holes in 4 over par, Rose battled not just to make the cut but to contend. He closed with consecutive rounds of 67, finishing in solo third, four shots back of McIlroy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Full-field scores from the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Rose said this weekend was the best he’s struck the ball all year. He just didn’t do enough to overtake McIlroy, who finished the week ranked first in strokes gained-putting and closed with a bogey-free 64.

“Rory just played incredible golf, and it’s great to see world-class players do that,” Rose said. “It’s not great to see him make putts because he was making them against me, but when he is, he’s incredibly hard to beat. So it was fun to watch him play.”