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/ 11 April 2008

Who will finish runner-up to Tiger?

One of the many joys attached to attending the Masters is watching the local television coverage. The biggest joy of all is the now established tradition that, starting on Monday at 6.30am, some poor sod masquerading as a traffic reporter has to set up a pitch at the side of the four-lane highway that runs menacingly in front of the Augusta National Golf Club.

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/ 10 April 2008

Gary Player breaks Masters record

Gary Player finally has Arnold Palmer beaten. When Player tees off on Thursday, it will be his 51st Masters. That tops by one the record he shared with The King for most Masters played. Player already holds the record for most consecutive British Opens played — 46. ”The word that comes to mind is ‘thankful’,” the 72-year-old said.

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/ 8 April 2008

All eyes on Tiger in build-up to Masters

Golf superstar Tiger Woods takes aim at a fifth US Masters crown this week amid breathless speculation that it could be the first step toward a once-unimaginable Grand Slam. ”I think he’s the only player capable of doing that,” American Steve Stricker said on Monday as the world’s best golfers began their preparations for the first Major championship of 2008.

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/ 18 December 2007

Tiger eyes legacy away from sport

Tiger Woods has already established himself as arguably the greatest golfer in history, but he fervently hopes his legacy will focus instead on his contributions to society. He created the Tiger Woods Foundation with his father Earl after turning professional in 1996, paving the way for the first Tiger Woods Learning Centre.

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/ 29 September 2007

Austin’s double drenching lifts US Cup spirits

American Woody Austin twice ended up in water, first with his ball and then comically on his stomach, while playing the par-four 14th in Friday’s foursomes matches at the Presidents Cup. Although he and partner David Toms lost the hole to Internationals duo Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman, he ended his round with three consecutive birdies to halve the match.

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/ 28 September 2007

US take command at Presidents Cup

Three tense last-hole foursomes triumphs on Thursday sparked the United States to a 5½ to ½ edge over the Internationals at the Presidents Cup, matching the largest first-session lead in its history. The Americans nabbed the biggest first-session edge since they grabbed 5-0 leads on their way to victories over their non-European rivals in 1994 and 2000.

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/ 26 September 2007

Who will tame the Tiger at Presidents Cup?

Tiger Woods has a history of taking on the home-nation hero in singles matches at the Presidents Cup, but Canada’s Mike Weir, a captain’s choice for the Internationals, is not buying into the talk. United States captain Jack Nicklaus raised eyebrows on Tuesday by suggesting Woods should face Weir, the lowest-ranked global player.