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Thomas hopes to keep hot hand going into Masters

By Scott Michaux on March 19, 2017 - 3:10 am
By January, Justin Thomas had already won three times this season, successfully defended his first title, won in back-to-back weeks, shot 59 and set a PGA Tour tournament scoring record.

Westwood hopes to top 2016

By Scott Michaux on March 18, 2017 - 12:48 am
Lee Westwood barely qualified for the 2016 Masters, so barely missing another opportunity to win a major was more therapeutic than stinging.

Garcia's game improves

By Scott Michaux on March 18, 2017 - 12:37 am
Sergio Garcia, 37, is no longer the carefree “El Nino” who first arrived at the Masters as an amateur in 1999 and a few months later as a teenage professional dueled with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship.

Michaux: The Tiger we want

By Scott Michaux on March 12, 2017 - 12:56 am
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Hope and optimism are fragile things. As fragile these days as Tiger Woods’ body.

Michaux: Locals on bubble

By Scott Michaux on March 11, 2017 - 1:50 am
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — It’s the season of bubbles, and nobody knows that better than golfer Charles Howell.

Michaux: We should all thank Palmer

By Scott Michaux on September 25, 2016 - 10:22 pm
Golf will never be the same for two reasons. First, that Arnold Palmer lived. Second, that Arnold Palmer has died.

Michaux: Dustin Johnson has the talent to win many more major championships

By Scott Michaux on June 20, 2016 - 1:21 am
Only Dustin Johnson could finally end his long-suffering major championship history on America’s meanest golf course in the middle of a Twitter riot with the Sword of Damocles hanging over his head. Despite the United States Golf Association’s best efforts to clutter up the game’s most uncluttered mind with the unnecessary threat of a retroactive penalty, Johnson buried any uncertainty and his tortured past with a decisive three-shot* victory in the 116th U.S....

Michaux: Jacket will soften blow

By Scott Michaux on April 15, 2016 - 12:20 am
The short term for Jordan Spieth has to be painful. But the long term? He will be fine.

Michaux: Masters had highs and lows

By Scott Michaux on April 12, 2016 - 8:25 pm
Any way you look at it - as disaster or triumph - this year's Masters joined the most memorable of all time.

Michaux: Spieth faces heartbreak

By Scott Michaux on April 10, 2016 - 11:15 pm
Jordan Spieth looked like a man on a coronation walk after birdies on Nos. 6-9 gave him a commanding five-stroke lead. But like so many Masters, fate always waits until Amen Corner.

Michaux: Showdown a letdown

By Scott Michaux on April 9, 2016 - 10:35 pm
Rory McIlroy slapped it around in 77 strokes without a single birdie for the first time in a major round since 2010. Jordan Spieth let everybody back in the tournament with a bogey-double bogey finish that left him wanting to "break something."

Farewell to media center

By Scott Michaux on April 9, 2016 - 5:45 pm
The building that opened in 1990 is playing host to the worldwide media for the last time this year.

Michaux: DeChambeau unfazed

By Scott Michaux on April 8, 2016 - 10:19 pm
Bryson DeChambeau is in his last week as an amateur, but his attitude heading into the weekend of the Masters Tournament is professional grade.

McIlroy in final group

By Scott Michaux on April 8, 2016 - 7:44 pm
Rory McIlroy, seeking the conclusion of his career Grand Slam quest, will be in the final group Saturday with the defending Masters champion who chased the Grand Slam a year ago.

Putting disaster claims Els

By Scott Michaux on April 7, 2016 - 9:53 pm
Even for a 46-year-old golfer with a history of putting struggles, what transpired on Ernie Els' very first hole of the major he covets most was shocking.

Opinions on Olympics differ

By Scott Michaux on April 7, 2016 - 7:24 pm
Golf returns to the Olym­pic Games this summer after a 112-year hiatus. It is either the most or least important development in the game, depending on which likely competitor you talk to.

Media members make picks

By Scott Michaux on April 7, 2016 - 12:49 am
PICKS TO WIN 21 - Rory McIlroy 15 - Jason Day 8 - Bubba Watson 6 - Jordan Spieth 6 - Rickie Fowler 5 - Louis Oosthuizen 4 - Phil Mickelson 4 - Adam Scott 3 - Dustin Johnson 3 - Henrik Stenson 3 - Brandt Snedeker 3 - Justin Rose 2 - Brooks Koepka...

Michaux: Time to salute Arnie

By Scott Michaux on April 6, 2016 - 8:02 pm
Despite failing health that will keep him from taking his signature lashing swing at the ball, Arnold Palmer will be on the first tee to open the Masters. Anyone with a badge who cares anything about the Masters and golf should be present.

Scare puts golf in perspective

By Scott Michaux on April 6, 2016 - 12:14 am
A year ago, Marc Leishman left Augusta National in a hurry in the wee hours after getting an emergency call from his wife. His entire world was crashing down when his wife, Audrey, was barely clinging to life in a Virginia Beach, Va., hospital with toxic shock syndrome. He wasn't sure he'd ever be back.

Michaux: Pressure on McIlroy

By Scott Michaux on April 5, 2016 - 11:49 pm
Only 26 years old but playing his eighth Masters, Rory McIlroy comes to his second career slam opportunity at Augusta Na­tional Golf Club knowing full well the stakes that are in play.
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