Sergio Garcia has turned in a bogey-free round to claim a share of the Masters lead. Garcia shot a 6-under 66 Thursday, leaving him tied with Marc Leishman and matching the Spaniard's best score ever at Augusta National.
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.
Richmond County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said authorities are likely to file charges against people found scalping tickets along local highways because of safety concerns. Those arrested will be charged with improper stopping on a roadway and other offenses.
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.
Augusta residents are renting their houses at a brisk pace ahead of this year’s Masters Tournament, according to the Masters Housing Bureau run by the area’s chamber of commerce. The number of bookings through January is double where it was a year ago.
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.
Golf fans are expecting this year's Master's Golf Tournament to be one of the best-ever. Players tee off this week at Augusta National Golf Club. It'll be hard to top last year's race to the finish line -- when at least eight-players had a shot at winning top prize on the last day. But top players appear to be at the top of their games, creating a huge buzz.