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Poor driving costs Kuchar and Fowler at Masters

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Sub-par driving during a pressure-packed final round at the Masters undermined the respective title bids made by Americans Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler at Augusta National on Sunday. Georgia native Kuchar lacked the sharpness off the tee he had so impressively delivered in the previous round and his challenge for a maiden major victory ended as he carded a two-over-par 74 to tie for fifth place.

Golf: McIlroy still to master Augusta National

Another Masters and another flop for Rory McIlroy, for whom Augusta National and how to play it remain something of a mystery. The 24-year-old Irishman came into the year's first major as the tournament favorite once Tiger Woods had pulled out though injury. But a second round of 77, marked by two double-bogey sixes, sealed his fate and even though he finished well with a 69 on Sunday, giving him a career-best Master finish of tied for eighth, it was scant consolation for what had been otherwise a disappointing week.

Americas News Agenda for April 13

Duty Editor: Veronika Oleksyn Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Sunday: + Day four of golf Masters at Augusta AUGUSTA, Georgia: The last day of the 78th Masters golf tournament takes place at Augusta National, with a crowded field that offers no clear favorite and several rising young stars -- and with Tiger Woods absent for the first time after back surgery. Picture. Graphic (GOLF-MASTERS) -- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

Safe landing for former ski-jumper Luiten

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The rolling, sloping fairways of Augusta National are a sharp reminder of Joost Luiten's childhood days on the ski-jump hills, the Dutchman said after making a safe golfing landing on his Masters debut. The 28-year-old, who brought an end to his career on the snow after fracturing his elbow and nose at the age of 10, was a picture of contentment after a second-round 73 gave him a four-over aggregate of 148.

Jimenez leads Spanish contingent after Masters 1st round

U.S. Sports Desk, Apr 11 (EFE).- Miguel Angel Jimenez posted the lowest first-round score among the four Spaniards taking part in The Masters, carding a 1-under 71 that placed him three shots off the lead after 18 holes. Countrymen Sergio Garcia and 48-year-old two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal, meanwhile, each recorded a 2-over 74 on Thursday to give themselves a solid chance to make the cut at golf's first major tournament of the season.

Dufner makes nine on 13th hole at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Because of his ultra laidback approach to golf, Jason Dufner's body language is often harder to read than the greens at Augusta National. The unflappable American rarely shows any hint of emotion, even when he won last year's PGA Championship to capture his first major title. In the opening round of the Masters on Thursday, Dufner's easygoing nature was put to the ultimate test when he took nine shots to complete the par-five 13th hole, statistically one of the easiest holes on the course.

Masters officials stick with same rules as last year

By Julian Linden AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Augusta National officials say they are sticking with the same rules they used at last year's Masters despite the controversy over the penalty handed to Tiger Woods for an infringement. Woods was slapped with a two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop during the second round of last year's tournament after his approach shot to the 15th hole ricocheted off the flagstick into the water.

Masters chairman set to vote for women at Royal and Ancient

By Julian Linden AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Two years after Augusta National Golf Club finally agreed to allow women to join its membership, the club's chairman hinted he would vote to support a move to include female members to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Recognized as the spiritual home of golf and guardian of the rules of the game since 1754, St Andrews has come under increasing fire for excluding women members.

Golf: Spieth gets Crenshaw advice, paired with McIlroy

Jordan Spieth, in a 20-somethings prodigy pairing with Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed to start the Masters, has some advice from Ben Crenshaw and Tom Watson to help him. Spieth is among a record 24 newcomers in this year's Masters and while Fuzzy Zoeller's 1979 win is the only one since 1935 by a first-timer, Spieth is confident he has what it takes to claim a green jacket on Sunday. "I don't see that it's a big deal at all," Spieth said. "I think that if I get my game ready, then it's possible."

Golf: Stormy Masters practice a washout for spectators

Severe storms halted practice for the 78th Masters on Monday and forced spectators to be cleared from Augusta National as a safety precaution. The course was not expected to reopen due to thunderstorms that were expected to linger in the area for the remainder of the day. Those who bought practice round tickets will be sent refunds next month and assured of the chance of buying practice round tickets to next year's Masters, according to a statement from the club.
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