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Augusta prepares for Masters

Posted: 03/27/2007 - The Masters is one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world...and preparations for the year's first major tournament are in full swing. It's a weeklong event that takes months of planning to pull off.

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Masters Rookie: Troy Matteson

Updated: 03/27/2007 - Despite the high-pressure environment, one of this year's Masters first-timers has managed to stay a kid at heart. "It's not just going to be a golf tournament; it's going to be a great experience..."

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Howell is Masters bound

Posted: 03/27/2007 - Augusta native Charles Howell III headlines a group of seven players who earned an invite by virtue of their play so far this season. The criteria: a spot in the top 10 on the PGA Tour money list or the top 50 in the world golf rankings.

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Putting Dooms Field

Posted: 04/10/2006 - The difference between Mickelson winning and finishing back in the pack was simple...putting and putting well. To win at the National, you have to.

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Phil Mickelson wins Masters

Updated: 04/10/2006 - It wasn't that long ago that Phil Mickelson was described as the best player never to have won a major. How things change in short order. With a second win at Augusta, Lefty now has three major victories.

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Rain delays Round 3

Posted: 04/08/2006 - Rain delayed the Masters tournament for four hours Saturday. Eleven players were able to finish all 18 holes. The rest will pick up where they left off Sunday morning, starting at 7:45 a.m.

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Masters patrons deal with Saturday rain

Posted: 04/08/2006 - With sunny skies all week, we were due for a rainy day at the Masters. Saturday was that day. The wet conditions affected players and patrons alike.

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Scoreboard one of many Masters traditions

Updated: 04/08/2006 - No trip to the Masters would be complete without at a stop--and maybe a picture--at one of the Augusta National's best-known landmarks. Not long after you enter the main gates, you're greeted by the large scoreboard on the right side of the fairway.

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First Friday big hit with Masters visitors

Posted: 04/08/2006 - Big Masters crowds were in downtown Augusta Friday night, checking out First Friday. From hot rides and live music to art shows and dinner at the sidewalk cafes, organizers had some special events planned.

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Wind plays major factor in Friday's Round 2

Posted: 04/08/2006 - After a near perfect day Thursday, the winds of change blew in Friday afternoon and changed the complexion of Augusta National. To a golfer, the crazy winds made scoring at a premium.

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Some Masters patrons come only to shop

Posted: 04/07/2006 - It's one of the most majestic golf tournaments in the world. And while most people come to the Masters to watch the golf, there are those who come for the shopping.

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Masters saps life, business from downtown Augusta

Posted: 04/07/2006 - The Masters brings big business to Augusta. Businesses on Washington Road and Broad Street are competing for the same dollar. But this week's profits are not an even split.

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Caddies proof that majors are team sports

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Their job is a tough one--lugging a 40-pound golf bag up and down a hilly Augusta National. But the job of the caddy is much more than heavy lifting...or club selection. Golfers often depend on them for a different kind of support--the emotional kind.

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Masters a true international event

Posted: 04/06/2006 - This 2006 Masters continues the tradition as an international golfing event. Nearly half the players this year come from outside the United States. Their presence is attracting international fans.

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Improvements to the National please patrons

Posted: 04/06/2006 - The Augusta National Golf Club is constantly making improvements to make visiting and watching the Masters more enjoyable for the patrons. This 70th Masters is even more memorable.

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Gun fired at Tom Lehman's car

Updated: 04/06/2006 - Tom Lehman has been on the PGA circuit for twenty years. While he's no stranger to Augusta, this kind of thing has never happened to him here before. Lehman was on Bobby Jones Expressway, heading to the airport Tuesday night when his Escalade was hit by a bullet.

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Nicklaus in favor of ball changes

Posted: 04/06/2006 - One of those being vocal about the course changes is none other than Jack Nicklaus. Of course with the equipment changes and just the pure strength of today's hitters, the ball is going a lot farther.

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Amateur Clay Ogden looks forward to excitement

Posted: 04/06/2006 - Unlike a lot of tournaments, the Masters invites a number of amateurs as a reward to solid play during big events. This year, five have been invited. One of them is 21-year-old Clay Ogden, who's currently on the BYU golf team.

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ANGC chairman defends changes to course

Posted: 04/05/2006 - Hootie Johnson kept his cool at the Augusta National Wednesday, but he was very forceful in defending the changes to this legendary golf course. The changes were major ones.

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Masters traffic routes cause delays

Posted: 04/05/2006 - Driving during Masters can mean more than just fighting traffic. You could have to find a new way to get around. The Washington Road exit on I-20 is one of several main areas that have been closed off this week. Traffic experts say it's all for safety. But it's causing confusion with some drivers.

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Par 3 fans camp out for best seats

Posted: 04/05/2006 - The Par 3 Competition at the Augusta National is a really nice experience. It's a chance for the players to have a little fun with the fans before the real competition begins. It's a tradition at the Augusta National.

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Masters drives golf fans to play at local courses

Posted: 04/05/2006 - Folks we spoke to Wednesday say that whether you are a golf fan or not, it's hard to fight the urge to play the game when you're in town during the Masters. You can imagine the impact that has on local courses.

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3 ticket scalpers arrested

Posted: 04/05/2006 - At least three ticket scalpers have been arrested. Scalping is not illegal, but scalpers are required to be at least 2700 feet from an event.

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