The TOUR Championship hits Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club in less than one month. Preparations for the tournament have been underway for some time and that ball will keep rolling as the event draws closer.
This past week, the TOUR Championship committee and its sponsor, Coca-Cola, hosted a golf outing for local media that included a conversation with former winner Bill Haas.
Attendees also heard from the championship staff and Coca-Cola about this year's tournament, the state of the game and some of the latest innovations being added to improve the fan experience.
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss hit a hole-in-one during a round of golf with the president and two other lawmakers. The ace shot helped lead Chambliss and GOP teammate Sen. Bob Corker or Tennessee to victory over the Democratic duo of President Barack Obama and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall.
With ceremonial tee shots from three of golf's greatest players, the Masters has started on an overcast day. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player — with 13 green jackets between them — each struck a ball off the first tee to begin the first major of the year Thursday.
Golfers will take their first swings at Augusta National Golf Club Monday morning as practice rounds begin for the Masters Tournament. It’s been a banner year for housing rentals in the tournament’s host city.
Bubba Watson won his first major championship by turning in one of the more memorable moments in the history of the Masters. The University of Georgia product used a string a four straight birdies on the back nine to get into a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. Then, on the second playoff hole, Watson hit a spectacular hook out of the pine straw along the right side of the tenth fairway that landed safely on the green some 155 yards away.
Twenty years after his win at Augusta, 52-year-old Fred Couples grabbed a share of the second-round lead at the Masters, making seven birdies to get to 5-under par and a tie with Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Jason Dufner. They were all one shot ahead of Lee Westwood, who made double bogey on 18 to finish a round of 1-over 73.
The chairman of Augusta National says he expects the course to be ready for the first round of the Masters on Thursday despite a "significant" storm that downed "several" trees and left several bunkers "completely washed out."
The cost for a coveted ticket to watch the Masters Tournament is increasing by $50. The Augusta Chronicle reports that Tournament patrons who receive series badges each year were notified this week that the cost of a Masters badge is now $250. It's the first increase since 2009, when the price went up $25 to $200.
A green jacket that belonged to Masters Tournament co-founder Bobby Jones will be up for auction next month, and auction officials say they expect it to go for more than $100,000. The jacket will be put up for bid Aug. 4 in conjunction with the Chicago National Sports Show in Rosemont, Ill.