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  • We are 54 holes in at the 2014 Masters, and with only one round to play the odds have tightened up on a leaderboard that is completely wide open.

    Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth are both tied atop at 5-under, but one of those names isn't a favorite with just one round to play, according to the oddsmakers.

    The good folks at golfodds.com sent over the updated lines, so check out who the favorite is and who you think should get your vote of confidence as we head into the best day of the entire golf calendar.

    Enjoy the final round at Augusta, everyone, and hopefully the ending will be dramatic as the last two years as we put the finishing touches on the opening major championship of the season.

    ODDS to Win (updated after Rd 3):
    Bubba Watson 5/2
    Matt Kuchar 5/2
    Jordan Spieth 7/2
    Rickie Fowler 10/1
    Jonas Blixt 12/1
    Lee Westwood 12/1
    Miguel Angel Jimenez 20/1
    Jim Furyk 25/1
    Thomas Bjorn 30/1
    Justin Rose 30/1
    John Senden 60/1
    Ian Poulter 60/1
    Fred Couples 60/1
    Kevin Stadler 80/1
    Adam Scott
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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — Each year when The Masters kicks off and the eyes of the sporting world turn to Augusta, this town on the banks of the Savannah River does all it can to capture the attention of tourists. Restaurants, liquor stores and exotic dance clubs run Masters-themed specials. Billboards throughout town try to lure in golf patrons with a few extra bucks to spend. And this year, some politically-minded folk are getting in on the bad-golf-pun act.

    Breitbart brings us this photo of some golf-themed anti-Obama posters popping up here and there around Augusta. It's important to note that Augusta Country Club, pictured in the photo above, is NOT Augusta National, home of the Masters, but is immediately adjacent to the home of the Masters.

    "If you like your handicap, you can keep your handicap," reads one, a reference to Obama's infamous and not-entirely-true "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" line used while promoting the Affordable Care Act. Another reads "Sub Par,"

    Read More »from Anti-Obama signs show up in Augusta near the site of the Masters
  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — If you're following the tired old cliché about the Masters not beginning until the back nine on Sunday, you're missing some fine golf. Yes, there's no Tiger, and Phil tapped out Friday night. But we've still got star power young and old up and down the leaderboard. Below, we run down the leading contenders for this year's Masters.

    Jordan Spieth (-5): The story of the Masters on Sunday. He's 20 years old; he's been on a rocket ascent that no one could have predicted. Every opportunity that Spieth has had to gag, he's risen to the occasion with uncommon grace and tenacity. If he manages to win in his first appearance, he'll be the first to do so since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, and he'll eclipse Tiger Woods' mark as the youngest Masters winner ever. No pressure.

    "[Sunday] is about seeing how I can control my game and emotions out on the golf course against guys that have even won here recently," Spieth said. "So they have been in the position. I haven't. Doesn't necessarily

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  • We have just one round remaining at the 2014 Masters, and while it looked like Bubba Watson might run way with this championship after his eagle on the second hole on Saturday, the 2012 Masters champion came back to the field.

    Watson hit a brilliant second shot on the opening par-5 at Augusta National to set up that eagle, but it was a lot tougher for the remainder of his day as he struggled to figure out the speed of the greens and it really hurt his chances of extending this lead.

    He never gave up the lead he carried into the day, though, so it will be Bubba and Jordan Spieth in the final group on Sunday, with both tied at 5-under and a shot ahead of Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt.

    Spieth was solid on Saturday, firing a second straight 70 to get himself in the final group at his first Masters with a chance of becoming the youngest winner ever at this major championship. Watson, of course, is looking for a second green jacket, but will need to take advantage of how good he's hitting his

    Read More »from 2014 Masters Day 3 Recap: It's anyone's game
  • If you've ever wondered how Bubba Watson can be so precise with such a looping, elongated golf swing, it's because of his hand-eye coordination.

    The guy has absolutely incredible timing, and it's one of the reasons he's able to do all the different things he does with a golf club and still produce major championship-worthy golf shots.

    Earlier this year, Watson filmed some "Sportscenter" commericals and during his taping, played a little ping pong in Bristol. But, it wasn't regular table tennis, as Bubba used his actual driver to return shot after shot.

    It's incredibly impressive, and just another example of how good Bubba's hands are and how he's able to do what he does on the golf course.

    Read More »from Bubba Watson shows off his incredible hand-eye coordination by playing ping-pong with his driver
  • Before the week began, a lot of people thought Graham DeLaet would have a chance to be the low rookie at Augusta National. It was the Canadian's first go around Augusta, and if you looked at the way he played over the last few months it seemed he might have a chance to do something special this week at only his third major championship start.

    That didn't happen, as DeLaet had an absolutely horrible start, making seven bogeys over his first 10 holes on Thursday, eventually shooting a birdie-free 80 in his first career round at the Masters.

    The 32-year-old had a much better showing of it on Friday, posting a very respectable even-par 72, and while he would miss the cut by a country mile, it was his tweet on Friday night that explains just how special it is to get an invite to this championship.

    DeLaet will have plenty of other chances to improve his showing at Augusta National, but it is that of attitude that

    Read More »from Graham DeLaet handles Masters missed cut as well as anyone
  • That gentleman above is Jeff Knox. No matter what you're doing this weekend, Jeff's got one up on you.

    Knox is the official Augusta "marker," a tournament representative who plays in the event that an odd number of players make the cut. Many other tournaments simply send that odd man out on his own, but at Augusta, you're always under the care of the club, even out on the course.

    This year, Rory McIlroy was the 51st and final player to make the cut, meaning that Knox got to tee it up Saturday morning with a two-time major champion. Not a bad way to spend a day.

    The purpose of a marker is twofold: to keep the pro's scorecard and to help with the pace of play. Plus, it can get lonely out there on a golf course all by yourself; why not have someone along to pass the time?

    Knox is no chump on the course; no, that would not do at Augusta. He holds the course record at Augusta with a 61, a score he achieved in 2002. (It should be noted that he played from the member tees; from the pro tees,

    Read More »from Meet Jeff Knox, the guy with the greatest job in golf: Augusta marker
  • The second round of the Masters is complete, and with it some very, very interesting happenings around Augusta National.

    Bubba Watson took full control of the Masters, hoping to win for the second time here in the last three years. His round was highlighted by five birdies in a row on his back nine, and he was a short miss on the 18th away from posting the low round of the tournament. Still, Bubba sits at 7-under, three clear of his competitors and in full control of his destiny at Augusta National.

    With Bubba leading, it was up to some of his competitors to make their way up the leaderboard on another tough day at Augusta National.

    John Senden and Thomas Bjorn were both able to post fine rounds to get within three and four shots of the lead, while the timeless Fred Couples posted a second straight 71 to sit at 2-under for the tournament, five back of Bubba.

    The two biggest names chasing Watson are the defending champion, Adam Scott, who despite three early bogeys was able to post

    Read More »from 2014 Masters Day 2 Recap: Bubba takes control
  • Party like it's 1987: A rush of 50-somethings make the cut at Masters

    Score one for the old guys. 

    While younger golfers like Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner and Graeme McDowell are heading home for the weekend, a handful of fifty-something former Masters champions made the cut at Augusta National on Friday. 

    Fred Couples, the 1992 champion, is making the most noise at -2 through two rounds. But while Couples has been a four-round mainstay for the past five years, the three others haven't seen the weekend as frequently. Larry Mize ('87 champion, +2) wasn't around for the weekend 11 of the last 13 years. Bernhard Langer ('85, '93, +2) missed seven straight cuts before tying for 25th last year. Sandy Lyle ('88, +4) missed three of four cuts at Augusta coming into this tournament. 

    Throw in 51-year-old Vijay Singh, the 2000 champion, at +2 and we've got a full-blown nostalgia party.

    It remains to be seen if any of the men will use their opportunity to make some noise and try to pass Jack Nicklaus as the oldest Masters champion — he was 46 in 1986 — by almost a

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  • Unless you've been filtering your golf coverage over the last few weeks, you've heard of Patrick Reed and his comments after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship in early March.

    Reed said after his win, "I feel like I'm one of the top five players in the world. I feel like I've proven myself," which raised plenty of eyebrows around the golf world. Reed wasn't lying when he said he has proven himself, winning three PGA Tour events since August, but the bravado he showed was one of the reasons people started raising their eyebrows.

    The comments have followed Reed around since his win at Doral, and on Friday at the Masters even Bubba Watson, the current leader at 7-under par, took a jab at the 23-year-old.

    Asked about what he's learned since his Masters win in 2012, Watson gave up this gem of an answer.

    “Learning to be a good dad, learning to be a better husband, it takes time on you, it takes energy,” Watson said. “And then learning how to refocus, repractice, get back to the level

    Read More »from Bubba Watson takes a jab at Patrick Reed in his post-round interview at the Masters

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