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Golf: Haas seizes clubhouse lead at Masters

Bill Haas grabbed a one-stroke clubhouse lead over defending champion Adam Scott and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa in Thursday's first round of the 78th Masters. Haas answered a bogey at 17 with a closing bogey to open on four-under par 68 after 18 holes at Augusta National. Scott, who last year became the first Australian winner in Masters history, was on three-under with one hole to play while Oosthuizen was level with seven holes remaining.

Golf: Storming start for Scott at Masters

Adam Scott made a storming start to the Masters on Thursday as he set out to become the first back-to-back champion at Augusta National since Tiger Woods in 2002. The Australian, who last year became the first player from his country to win the Masters, carded a three-under 69, which could have been even better had he not found water en route to a double-bogey five at the treacherous 12th. But he still tucked himself in nicely high up the leaderboard, just one stroke back from clubhouse leader Bill Haas, who sank a five-footer at the last for a 68.

Golf: Haas leads Scott by one, Rory by three at Masters

American Bill Haas grabbed a one-stroke clubhouse lead over defending champion Adam Scott in Thursday's first round of the 78th Masters. Haas answered a bogey at 17 with a closing birdie to finish on four-under par 68 after 18 holes at Augusta National. Scott, who last year became the first Australian winner in Masters history, bounced back from a double-bogey disaster at 12 with a birdie at 14 and finished on 69.

Golf: Storming start from Scott at Masters

Favorites Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy both made strong starts to the 78th Masters at Augusta National on Thursday. Scott, the defending champion from Australia, was three under at the turn and joint leader out on the course after opening with a birdie and adding two others at the sixth and eighth. McIlroy, the 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Champion from Northern Ireland, was playing in the grouping immediately behind Scott and shadowed him all the way with birdies at the third and fifth, but a six at the eighth dropped him back to one-under at the turn.

Golf: No Tiger but Masters still has bite

The 78th Masters will get underway at Augusta National early Thursday morning with living legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hitting the first balls as honorary starters. Another legend of the game, though, will be missing as, for the first time since he made his debut as a willowy amateur in 1995, Tiger Woods will be absent. The world number one and four time Masters winner announced on April 1 he would not be competing following surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back that had been troubling him for months.

Golf: Scott defends as Masters starts without Tiger

The 78th Masters got underway under blue skies at Augusta National early Thursday morning with living legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hitting the first balls as honorary starters. Another legend of the game, though, was missing as, for the first time since he made his debut as a willowy amateur in 1995, Tiger Woods was absent. The world number one and four time Masters winner announced on April 1 he would not be competing following surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his back that had been troubling him for months.

Lone European Tour golf tourney in S. Korea moves to Singapore

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Without corporate sponsors, the lone European Tour golf tournament in South Korea will move to Singapore this spring, officials said Thursday. The European Tour and the Asian Tour jointly announced that the tournament tentatively titled The Championship, originally scheduled to be played in South Korea in May, will be held in Singapore instead. Laguna National Golf and Country Club was unveiled as the new venue for the May 1-4 tournament.

Golf: Woosie gets Masters putdown from Rory

Rory McIlroy gave former Masters winner Ian Woosnam the ultimate thumbs down when the Irishman listed potential winners of this week's wide-open tournament. Asked at a news conference how many players in the field of 97 he thought were capable of winning, the Irishman pondered a moment and said 70. "I mean, obviously there's a few past champions that play that might not be able to compete. There might be a few first-timers or a few amateurs that won't compete.

Moore the merrier after American wins par-three event

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - American Ryan Moore won the event that no one wants to win on Wednesday when he triumphed in the annual eve-of-Masters par-three contest. In the 54 years the event has been staged since Sam Snead won the inaugural competition in 1960, no par-three winner has gone on to emerge victorious at the Masters in the same year. Raymond Floyd came within an eyelash of ending the jinx in 1990 but lost to Nick Faldo in a playoff.

Golf: Donaldson wins European monthly award

Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who will play in his second Masters at Augusta National this week, was named Wednesday as the European Tour Golfer of the Month for March. The 38-year-old Donaldson launched his 2014 campaign by finishing tied second in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, then rose to the top of The Race to Dubai standings with a top showing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in the second week of March.
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