Golf News – April 9, 2014

Golf News – April 9, 2014

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Par 3 Contest remains one of the best Masters Traditions

One of the great Masters traditions lives on today with the playing of the annual Par 3 Contest.

The idea for the Par 3 Contest came from Augusta National co-founder and former chairman, Clifford Roberts. It debuted in 1960 and was won that year by Sam Snead. The winner receives a crystal bowl.

Believe it or not, winning the Par 3 Contest is somewhat of a curse if you look at history. No player who has won the Par 3 has ever gone on to win the tournament proper that same week.

To read the complete story, click HERE.

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Eisenhower Tree, famous landmark on 17th hole at Augusta, looms large in its absence

Most players walking up the hill toward the 17th fairway at Augusta National can’t help but notice the famous Eisenhower Tree: A loblolly pine, far enough from the tee to be a nuisance, sprawling at 65 feet and getting taller by the year.

What got Stewart Cink’s attention was another tree behind it.

“Between 10 or 15 years ago, I noticed they planted a rather substantial new tree, about 20 yards further away from the Eisenhower Tree,” Cink said. “They were planning on the Eisenhower tree being lost at some point, coming to the end of its life.”

This was the year it did.

To read the complete story, click HERE.

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With Woods missing and youngsters rising, Masters primed for newcomer to claim jacket

Fuzzy Zoeller has lost track of how many interviews he’s given before the Masters, surprising for a guy who plays a limited schedule on the Champions Tour and stopped competing at Augusta National five years ago.

He doesn’t need to follow golf to know what’s going on.

Jordan Spieth started his rookie season without a card, finished at No. 10 on the money list, became the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup and ended his remarkable year at No. 22 in the world. This will be his first Masters. Patrick Reed won three times in seven months, including a World Golf Championship, and told a television audience he felt he was among the top five in the world. This will be his first major.

They are joined by plenty of others, most of them in the top 50 in the world, who until now have only seen the Masters outside the ropes or in front of a television.

And that’s why Zoeller’s phone keeps ringing.

To read the complete story, click HERE.

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Interesting Masters Facts You May or May Not Know!!!

There are a lot of different traditions that take place at the Masters.  A lot of them you may not know!  Click HERE to see the 21 things you may not know about the Masters!

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Andrew Bogren

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