Complete coverage of the 2011 Masters Tournament

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 11, 2011, 5:45 pm
Masters Tournament

April 11, 2011
The Masters: South African media hail Schwartzel's win
The Masters: No American major holders for first time in 17 years
The Masters: Schwartzel's father resists urge to ignore Masters
The Masters: Newspapers take shots at McIlroy after Masters meltdown
John Hawkins: A Masters to Remember
Randall Mell: Augusta National, Take a Bow

April 10, 2011
Punch shots: Who has best shot of catching McIlroy at Augusta?
Shag Bag: Green goes with everything
Shag Bag: On Sunday it’s all about location, location, location
Shag Bag: History's on McIlroy's side
Shag Bag: Donald can overtake No. 1 Kaymer with a win
Shag Bag: Masters Live Chat with Win McMurry, Jay Coffin
Shag Bag: No Letterman for McIlroy
Shag Bag: Quiet countdown
Shag Bag: Shades of 2005 for Woods
The Masters: McIlroy gives up Masters lead with horrific 10th
Shag Bag: Field seeing red at Augusta
Shag Bag: Frustrating week for Lefty
Shag Bag: Tiger's charge falls short
Shag Bag: McIlroy: '10 sort of derailed me'
The Masters: Notes: Matsuyama headed from Augusta to Japan to help countrymen
The Masters: A wacky Sunday like no other at Augusta National
Shag Bag: Aussies make it close with bold runs
The Masters: A g’day for the Aussies - just not good enough
Rex Hoggard: Tranquility amid the mayhem
Quotes of the Week: Masters Edition
Photos of the Week: Masters Edition
The Masters: Schwartzel wins Masters after a wild Sunday
Video: Live From: Sunday at the Masters
Video: A Day of Learning for Rory
Video: A Champion in Charl
Video: The South African Connection
Shag Bag: More progress for Woods
Shag Bag: Long haul awaits Schwartzel, McIlroy

April 9, 2011

The Masters: The kids showing the grown-ups how it's done
Shag Bag: Putter abandons G-Mac
Shag Bag: Ogilvy finally finds success at Augusta National
Shag Bag: Saturday’s Sunday buzz
Punch Shots: Which would be the best final pairing at the Masters?
Shag Bag: Foley working to make Tiger's new swing feel natural
Shag Bag: Winds of change at Augusta
Shag Bag: Bubba shrinks third hole
Shag Bag: Mickelson needs a third driver?
Shag Bag: Masters Live Chat with Gary Williams
Shag Bag: Matsuyama will return to devastation after Masters
Shag Bag: Equipment timeout
Shag Bag: Mickelson: 'I won't count myself out.'
Shag Bag: Masters Monday
Shag Bag: Cabrera’s charge
Shag Bag: Couples: With big Sunday, `who knows'
The Masters: McIlroy leads by four into Sunday at the Masters
Video: Live From discusses who can catch McIlroy
Video: Rory McIlroy heads an international leaderboard
Video: John Mahaffey breaks down Round 3 action
Rex Hoggard: The Aussie Curse
Randall Mell: Pushing the Boundaries
Shag Bag: Donald looks to break Par 3 Contest jinx
Shag Bag: Equipment malfunction
John Hawkins: Tiger Still Searching
The Masters: Notes: Seve's birthday; Mickelson stalls on Saturday
Shag Bag: Where are the Americans?
Shag Bag: Beer talk in Masters media room

April 8, 2011
Shag Bag: Efficiency golf’s new buzz word
Shag Bag: Major putting woes at Masters
Shag Bag: Aussies go at 'unspoken thing' at Masters
Travel Blog: Impressions of a Masters first-timer
The Masters: Tiger's 66 puts him in contention at the Masters
Shag Bag: The power of three
Shag Bag: Golden advice from the Golden Bear
Shag Bag: Masters Live Chat with Rich Lerner
Shag Bag: To the tape for Moore
Shag Bag: Eleventh no heaven at Augusta National
Randall Mell: Love Affair: Couples and Augusta
Shag Bag: Choi’s choices
Shag Bag: Lost in translation
Shag Bag: Amy Mickelson back at Augusta National
Shag Bag: Mickelson: Masters' weekend `my favorite two days in golf'
Video: Live From: Couples in Contention
Video: The game's present and future
Video: Live From: Friday at the Masters
Shag Bag: Kaymer misses cut; No. 1 up for grabs
Shag Bag: Kuchar, caddie avoid penalty at the 12th
The Masters: Els advances to weekend; Looking amateur
Rich Lerner: Hooks and Cuts – Having a Ball

April 7, 2011
The Masters: Nicklaus, Palmer get 75th Masters underway
Shag Bag: Nicklaus, Palmer nostalgic at 75th Masters
Punch Shots: The best thing about the Masters
Shag Bag: Arnie, Jack perfect at Augusta
Notes: Clark's elbow passes Par 3 test
Shag Bag: Seeing early red at Augusta
Shag Bag: Quiet start for Woods
Shag Bag: Caddie Carl Jackson beaming after starting 50th Masters
Camillo Villegas hoping to turn season around
Shag Bag: Channeling the green jacket
Shag Bag: Woods trails leaders, not McDowell
Masters Live Chat with Kelly Tilghman
Shag Bag: McIlroy's pigskin reprimand
Rex Hoggard: Rory Off and Running
Tim Clark questionable for Day 2
Shag Bag: McDowell's trusty putting stroke betrays him
The Masters: World No. 1 Kaymer struggles to 78
Shag Bag: Woods ‘pleased’ with opening 71
Randall Mell: A New Man
The Masters: McIlroy, Quiros share Masters lead
Shag Bag: Yang a surprise no more
Shag Bag: It’s the finish, not start that counts for Woods
Rich Lerner: Hooks and Cuts – Masters Movers and Shakers
Shag Bag: Wild Mickelson scrambles to 70
Shag Bag: Watson inspires Woodland's sizzling finish
Video: Mickelson lackluster in Round 1
Video: Live From: Thursday at the Masters
Video: Rory roars to a share of the lead
Video: Woods shoots 71 on Day 1

April 6, 2011

Shag Bag: Golf Channel on-air line-up
John Hawkins: Top 6 Masters Tournaments
The Masters: Nicklaus pulling for Tiger to break his major record - sort of
The Golf Guy Grill Room
Shag Bag: Long ball still rules at Augusta
Shag Bag: Palmer, Nicklaus rivalry continues
Shag Bag: Choi’s cutting edge choices
The Masters: Augusta National embraces technology - to a point
John Feinstein: The Major Difference Between Tiger and Phil
Shag Bag: Atwal says Woods unaffected by doubters
Rex Hoggard: Great Expectations
Shag Bag: Avoiding the Par 3 curse
Randall Mell: The Eve of the Masters
The Masters: Masters with endless possibilities
Shag Bag: Donald not afraid of Par 3 curse

April 5, 2011
Shag Bag: Storm stalls gate opening at Augusta
Shag Bag: Phil goes with Filet at Augusta
Fantasy Island: Masters Tournament
Power Rankings: Phil's Playground
75th Masters First and Second Round Pairings live chat schedule
Randall Mell: Woods battling more than just Augusta this week
Shag Bag: Woods says streaky putting's hurt him at Masters
Shag Bag: Nicklaus believes Woods is true favorite
Shag Bag: Kaymer says short game key to his Masters' bid
U.S. Am champion Uihlein on the slow road to the PGA Tour
Notes: Crow's Nest scare; the Par-3 Contest jinx
Rex Hoggard: Masters Mojo
Video: Majors Roundtable: 4G Speed Round
Video: Live From: Talking with Tom Watson
Video: Masters Roundtable: Tiger, Phil and Euros

April 4, 2011
Rex Hoggard: Augusta: A Drawer's Paradise
The Masters: Europe poised for another run at green jacket
The Masters: Caddie gets kudos on 50th Masters
Shag Bag: Glover’s ‘second cut’
Shag Bag: Hit and hope at Augusta
Leading Edge: Nike debuts special Masters-inspired shoe, ball
Video: Masters Moments: Nelson wins in 1937
Video: Masters Moments: Hogan starts Champions Dinner in 1952
Video: Masters Moments: Hogan starts 1953 major run with victory
Video: Masters Moments: Palmer wins first green jacket
Video: Masters Moments: Palmer prevails again in 1960
Video: Masters Moments: Nicklaus becomes youngest winner in 1963
Video: Masters Moments: Nicklaus wins back-to-back in 1966
Video: Masters Moments: Nicklaus wins fourth green jacket in 1972
Video: Masters Moments: Elder becomes first African-American to play in 1975
Video: Masters Moments: Nicklaus wins No. 5 in 1975
The Masters: Six of top seven in the world can reach No. 1 at Augusta National
Brandel Chamblee: Mangrum: Golf's forgotten man
Randall Mell: The Game's Two Masters
Video: Live From: Saturday at the Masters

April 3, 2011
The Masters: Woods gets in 18 holes of practice at Augusta
Rex Hoggard: Between the Pines 25 Years Ago

April 2, 2011
Randall Mell: Greatest Shots in Masters History
The Masters: Memorable Masters Images

April 1, 2011

John Hawkins: One Thinking Man's Favorites
Rex Hoggard: Hello, My Name is ... Martin
The Masters: Masters ... By the Numbers

March 31, 2011
The Masters: Masters Memories
Shag Bag: Masters Fashion Alert: Bubba Whites

March 28, 2011
Shag Bag: Early reports from Augusta National

March 25, 2011
Jay Coffin: Virtual Augusta Just Like the Real Thing
Rex Hoggard: Tiger's Video Game: It is Rocket Science

December 20, 2010
The Masters: Qualifiers for the 2011 Masters
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Beef's beer goggles: Less drinks = more wins

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

An offseason spent soul searching is apparently paying quick dividends for Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who is in contention to win Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Johnston acknowledged he was “burning the candle at both ends” last year, playing both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, but he told reporters Saturday that it wasn’t too much golf that hindered his efforts.

It was too much “socializing.”

“I'm a social person,” Johnston said. “If you go out with friends, or you get invited to something, I'll have a beer, please. But I probably had a few too many beers, I would say, to be honest. And it reflected in my golf, and I was disappointed looking back at it. I want to turn that around and have a good season.”

Johnston posted a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, moving into a tie for sixth, three shots off the lead. He said he arrived in Abu Dhabi a week early to prepare for his first start of the new year. It’s paying off with a Sunday chance to win his second European Tour title.

“Last year was crazy, and like getting distracted, and things like that,” Johnston said. “You don't know it's happened until you've finished the season. You’re off doing things and you're burning the candle at both ends. When I got back from last season, sort of had time to reflect on it, I sort of said to myself, 'You've got to keep quiet and keep disciplined and get on with your work.’”

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Johnston finished 189th last year in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. He was 116th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

Johnston’s fun-loving personality, his scruffy beard and his big-bodied shape quickly made him one of the most popular and entertaining players in the game when he earned his PGA Tour card before the 2016-17 season. Golf Digest called him a “quirky outlier,” and while he has had fun with that persona, Johnston is also intent on continuing to prove he belongs among the game’s best players.

His plan for doing that?

“Just put the work in,” he said. “I didn’t put enough work in last year. It’s simple. It showed. So, just get down, knuckle down and practice hard.”

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McIlroy making big statement in first start of 2018

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 3:40 pm

Rory McIlroy marched the fairways of Abu Dhabi Golf Club Saturday with that fighter pilot stride of his, with that confident little bob in his step that you see when he is in command of his full arsenal of shots.

So much for easing into the new year.

So much for working off rust and treating these first few months of 2018 as a warmup for the Masters and his bid to complete the career Grand Slam.

McIlroy, 28, is poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

With back-to-back birdies to close his round, McIlroy put up a 7-under-par 65, leaving him just one shot off the lead going into the final round.

“It’s good,” McIlroy said. “I probably scored a bit better today, short game was needed as well, but I hit the ball very well, so all in all it was another great round and confidence builder, not just for this week but obviously for the rest of the season as well.”

McIlroy can make a strong statement with a win Sunday.

If he claims the title in his first start of the year, he sends a message about leaving all the woes of 2017 behind him. He sends a message about his fitness after a nagging rib injury plagued him all of last year. He sends a message about his readiness to reassert himself as the game’s best player in a world suddenly teeming with towering young talent.

After his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro, McIlroy is eager to show himself, as well as everyone else, that he is ready to challenge for major championships and the world No. 1 title again.

“It feels like awhile since I’ve won,” McIlroy said. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

A victory would be all the more meaningful because the week started with McIlroy paired with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and reigning European Tour Player of the Year Tommy Fleetwood.

McIlroy acknowledged the meaning of that going into Saturday’s round.

“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent healthy,” he said. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and one of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”

It’s worth repeating what 2008 Masters champ Trevor Immelman said last month about pairings and the alpha-dog nature of the world’s best players. He was talking about Tiger Woods’ return at the Hero World Challenge, when Immelman said pairings matter, even in off season events.

“When you are the elite level, you are always trying to send a message,” Immelman said. “They want to show this guy, `This is what I got.’”

A victory with Johnson in the field just two weeks after Johnson won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in an eight-shot rout will get the attention of all the elite players.

A victory also sets this up as a January for the ages, making it the kind of big-bang start the game has struggled to create in the shadow of the NFL playoffs.

Johnson put on a tour-de-force performance winning in Hawaii and the confident young Spaniard Jon Rahm is just a shot off the lead this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour. Sergio Garcia is just two off the lead going into the final round of the Singapore Open. Tiger Woods makes his return to the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines next week.

To be sure, McIlroy has a lot of work to do Sunday.

Yet another rising young talent, Thomas Pieters, shares the lead with Ross Fisher. Fleetwood is just two shots back and Johnson five back.

McIlroy has such a good history at Abu Dhabi. Over the last seven years, he has finished second four times and third twice. Still, even a strong finish that falls short of winning bodes well for McIlroy in his first start of the year.

“I have never won my first start back out,” McIlroy said.

A strong start, whether he wins or not, sets McIlroy up well for the ambitious schedule he plans for 2018. He’s also scheduled to play the Dubai Desert Classic next with the possibility he’ll play 30 times this year, two more events than he’s ever played in a year.

“I’m just really getting my golf head back on,” McIlroy said. “I’ve been really pleased with that.”

A victory Sunday will make all our heads spin a little b it with the exciting possibilities the game offers this year.

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Garcia 2 back in weather-delayed Singapore Open

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 3:06 pm

SINGAPORE - Danthai Boonma and Chapchai Nirat built a two-stroke lead over a chasing pack that includes Sergio Garcia and Ryo Ishikawa midway through the third round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open on Saturday.

The Thai golfers were locked together at 9 under when play was suspended at the Sentosa Golf Club for the third day in a row because of lightning strikes in the area.

Masters champion Garcia and former teen prodigy Ishikawa were among seven players leading the chase at 7 under on a heavily congested leaderboard.

Garcia, one of 78 players who returned to the course just after dawn to complete their second rounds, was on the 10th hole of his third round when the warning siren was sounded to abruptly end play for the day.

''Let's see if we can finish the round, that will be nice,'' he said. ''But I think if I can play 4-under I should have a chance.''

The Spanish golfer credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his first major championship title at Augusta National because of the stifling humidity of southeast Asia and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament.

Full-field scores from the Singapore Open

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore in 2017, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the subsequent week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. He is feeling confident of his chances of success this weekend.

''I felt like I hit the ball OK,'' Garcia said. ''My putting and all went great but my speed hasn't been great on this green so let's see if I can be a little more aggressive on the rounds this weekend.''

Ishikawa moved into a share of the lead at the halfway stage after firing a second round of 5-under 66 that featured eight birdies. He birdied the first two holes of his third round to grab the outright lead but slipped back with a double-bogey at the tricky third hole for the third day in a row. He dropped another shot at the par-5 sixth when he drove into a fairway bunker.

''It was a short night but I had a good sleep and just putted well,'' Ishikawa said. The ''greens are a little quicker than yesterday but I still figured (out) that speed.

Ishikawa was thrust into the spotlight more than a decade ago. In 2007, he became the youngest player to win on any of the major tours in the world. He was a 15-year-old amateur when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup.

He turned pro at 16, first played in the Masters when he was 17 and the Presidents Cup when he was 18. He shot 58 in the final round to win The Crowns in Japan when he was 19.

Now 26, Ishikawa has struggled with injuries and form in recent years. He lost his PGA Tour card and hasn't played in any of the majors since 2015. He has won 15 times as a professional, but has never won outside his homeland of Japan.

Chapchai was able to sleep in and put his feet up on Saturday morning after he completed his second round on Friday.

He bogeyed the third but reeled off three birdies in his next four holes to reach 9-under with the back nine still to play.

Danthai was tied for 12th at the halfway stage but charged into a share of the lead with seven birdies in the first 15 holes of his penultimate round.

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McIlroy (65) one back in Abu Dhabi through 54

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 1:09 pm

Rory McIlroy moved into position to send a powerful message in his first start of the new year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Closing out with back-to-back birdies Saturday, McIlroy posted a 7-under-par 65, leaving him poised to announce his return to golf in spectacular fashion after a winless year in 2017.

McIlroy heads into Sunday just a single shot behind the leaders, Thomas Pieters (67) and Ross Fisher (65), who are at 17-under overall at Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

Making his first start after taking three-and-a-half months off to regroup from an injury-riddled year, McIlroy is looking sharp in his bid to win for the first time in 16 months. He chipped in for birdie from 50 feet at the 17th on Saturday and two-putted from 60 feet for another birdie to finish his round.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy took 50 holes before making a bogey in Abu Dhabi. He pushed his tee shot into a greenside bunker at the 15th, where he left a delicate play in the bunker, then barely blasted his third out before holing a 15-footer for bogey.

McIlroy notably opened the tournament playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who started the new year winning the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in an eight-shot rout just two weeks ago. McIlroy was grouped in the first two rounds with Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood, the European Tour’s Player of the Year last season. McIlroy sits ahead of both of them going into the final round, with Johnson (68) tied for 12th, five shots back, and Fleetwood (67) tied for fourth, two shots back.

Those first two rounds left McIlroy feeling good about his off season work.

“That proves I’m back to full fitness and 100 percent health,” he said going into Saturday. “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now and of, if not the best, drivers of the golf ball, and to be up there with him over the first two days proves to me I’m doing the right things and gives me confidence.”