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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 10:48am

How some of the first-time qualifiers made it to the 2016 Masters Tournament.


Cameron Smith, Australia

AGE: 21

RANKING:  No. 89 in OWGR after his finish at U.S. Open.

HOW HE GOT THERE: Smith delivered perhaps the shot of the U.S.

By Scott Michaux
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 9:35pm

John Derr was 95 years old in 2013 when Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer and I sat down with him in the library named after him at Mid South Golf Club in Pinehurst.


Derr was in his element holding court and telling the well-rehearsed stories of his remarkable lifetime in journalism. Few

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 1:07pm

A Major League Baseball game set a record Wednesday night by playing in front of zero fans. It’s a shame it came to that.


A major boxing event will take place Saturday night in front of what is expected to be the largest pay-per-view audience in history. In my book, that’s a much bigger shame.


By Scott Michaux
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:06pm

GRANITEVILLE – Rory McIlroy was back in the Augusta area on Friday, more relaxed with a clearer head and fresher perspective on the events two weeks ago that left him still searching for the culmination of his career slam at the Masters Tournament.


Fifteen miles from Augusta National Golf Club,

By Scott Michaux
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:38pm

It was a Masters performance few saw coming – wildly spectacular beyond anyone’s expectations.


Not Jordan Spieth. You could sense his green jacket moment hurtling towards us from a year away.


I’m talking Tiger Woods. As T17s go, his was both wild and spectacular.


Woods arrived at Augusta

By Scott Michaux
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 5:40pm

Ready or not, here he comes.


At 3:20 p.m. on Friday after his second pre-Masters scouting trip to Augusta in four days, Tiger Woods officially decided to play in next week’s Masters Tournament.


“I’m playing in the Masters,” Woods announced on his website.

By Scott Michaux
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 8:09pm

Tiger Woods came to Augusta on Tuesday on an exploratory mission. Now we’ll see if the rehearsal was good enough to warrant an official return engagement next week.


Woods’ Gulfstream G5 was parked in front of the terminal for private aircraft at Augusta Regional Airport on Tuesday morning and

By Scott Michaux
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:37am

Tiger Watch has become another Masters tradition unlike any other.


What used to be a exercise in following HOW Tiger Woods played, however, has devolved into monitoring IF he’ll play.


For the second consecutive year, April approaches with no word on whether or not Woods will compete in the

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 9:40am

UPDATED March 29, 4:30 am EDT


That's it. Nobody new made it. And Paul Casey survived inside the bubble.


This was the last week for bubble players to book their passage into the top 50 and stamp their passports for Augusta.

By Scott Michaux
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:51am

The Masters Tournament is approaching a milestone its stewards have carefully tried to keep at bay for a half century.


When the deadline for inviting top-50 players hits at the conclusion of this week’s events, the tournament field will be on the brink – if not there – of triple figures for only

By Scott Michaux
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 2:35pm

Harris English has been painfully close all year. Matt Every has been painfully far away. Their paths criss-crossed in the opposite direction on Sunday at Bay Hill.


Every ended a long slump with his second consecutive victory at Bay Hill to earn a return trip to Augusta.  Every has been largely

By Scott Michaux
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 3:26pm

Augusta fans tuning into Wednesday night’s NCAA Tournament might recognize the name of a Boise State player – but they won’t recognize his game.


James Webb III played two seasons at Curtis Baptist in Augusta and another at Adelphi Christian in Aiken before following his coach to a prep school in

By Scott Michaux
Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:10pm

Bubba Watson finally revealed his Champions Dinner menu for his green-jacketed peers.


“We are definitely going to have food,” Watson promised on Monday in a teleconference with Augusta National Golf Club announcing his promotional trip to New York next week on behalf of the Drive, Chip & Putt

By Scott Michaux
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 8:17pm

South African George Coetzee emerged from a six-way 54-hole hole tie to win the Tshwane Open in Pretoria on Sunday, but the victory merely plops him into the high-60s in the world ranking.

By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 2:20pm

DORAL, Fla. – Despite a dislocated shoulder that has slowed his gait and prevented him from playing golf, Arnold Palmer has no intention of missing his appointed tee time at Augusta National next month.


“I’m looking forward to being out on that tee even if I fan it,” said the 85-year-old Palmer

By Scott Michaux