April 10, 1997
Steve Elkington: His bandwagon might have a flat, so many people are jumping on it. He's certainly playing well enough, isn't he? His wire-to-wire $630,000 victory in the Players Championship was his second win this year, tying Mark O'Meara for the most so far. He has had two top-five finishes at the Masters but missed the cut last year. * Nick Faldo: Anybody for a fourth? He already has won three times at Augusta, including last year. He won at Riviera.
April 6, 2000
When: Today through Sunday. Site: Augusta National Golf Club. Length: 6,985 yards. Par: 36-36-72. Format: 72 holes of stroke play, sudden-death playoff if necessary. Purse: To be determined ($4 million in 1999). Field: 95 players, including six amateurs. Defending champion: Jose Maria Olazabal. Television (times PDT): Today-Friday, 1-3:30 p.m., USA Network. Saturday, 12:30-3 p.m., CBS. Sunday, 1-4 p.m., CBS TEE TIMES All Times Pacific *--* TODAY FRI. GROUP 5:00 a.m.
April 12, 1999 |
It ended in tears Sunday afternoon at Augusta National, which is pretty much the norm whenever Greg Norman jockeys for the lead during the final round of the Masters. By now, it deserves its own bronze and marble historical marker, maybe planted in the shadow of the Eisenhower Pine: On this site in (pick a year), Greg Norman's quest to win the Masters met a sorry demise. Only this time, no one wept for Norman.
June 16, 1994 |
The reign in Spain? As far as sports go, Spain is having a pretty nice run in the games division lately. Check the scorecard. Jose Maria Olazabal won the Masters, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Sergi Bruguera won the singles titles at the French Open and Spain is in the World Cup. When the U.S. Open starts today, Olazabal and Seve Ballesteros are going to try to keep the ball going for Spain. Ballesteros said his nation's success has given him more confidence. But that's not all.
April 6, 2000 |
How does the defending Masters champion get himself ready to try it again? For Jose Maria Olazabal, it's like this: You play poorly leading up to the tournament, you think a lot about how you felt last year, you talk about your feet and, of course, you brush up on your cliches. The defending champion's news conference was held Tuesday afternoon at Augusta National and Olazabal sat behind a microphone and got rolling. What came out was pure Olazabalspeak, to be sure.
March 27, 2008 |
Five things to look for on the professional golf scene: 1. Even though Tiger Woods gets most of the attention when anybody talks about the Masters and who could win it, you can be sure that Phil Mickelson is amping up his own preparations, and right now too. Last week, Mickelson had one good round and three so-so rounds at Doral and got out of town with a tie for 20th. He's off this week, but next week, Mickelson is playing the Shell Houston Open to get his putting game in order.