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  • Every golfer has his own traditions at Augusta National during Masters week, but Tom Watson might have the most touching — not to mention tastiest — of them all.

    As Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star notes, it was 10 years ago this week that Watson's longtime caddy Bruce Edwards died at age 49 because of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. Watson was in the champions locker room getting ready for the 2004 Masters when he learned the sad news.

    An egg salad sandwich at August (Jay Busbee/Yahoo Sports)Watson would later say that he felt like Edwards was with him during that round of 76 on April 8, 2004 — a loop he made with Edwards' old yardage book in his pocket.

    Touched by that presence, Watson paid tribute to Edwards that day with a gesture that he has often repeated in Amen Corner.

    From the Kansas City Star:

    “Bruce always ate an egg salad on the 13th tee,” said Neil Oxman, Watson’s current caddy and a long-time friend of Bruce. “So Tom left an egg-salad sandwich on the 13th.”

    Sure enough, Watson left an egg salad sandwich on the

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  • The opening round of the 2014 Masters is in the books, and with it came plenty of great headlines. Bill Haas opened with a 4-under 68 as he attempts to win a first major championship. Adam Scott and Bubba Watson, the last two champions at Augusta National, are a shot back at 3-under as is Louis Oosthuizen, the former Open champion that has contended here in the past (full Thursday recap is right here).

    The second round is underway and we are happy to bring you score updates, notes from the course and anything we can to make your Masters experience that much better.

    So jump in, enjoy and fire any and all comments to us on Twitter at @shanebacon and we will try to get some of the best up on the live blog.

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    Have a question? Direct it to @shanebacon on Twitter.  The best questions and comments will be added to the running blog. Here we go, friends ...

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — Luke Donald was penalized two strokes at The Masters on Thursday for grounding his club while the ball was still in a bunker on the ninth hole. A spokesman for Augusta National, where the Masters is played, told Yahoo Sports that the penalty was reported by a patron to an official on the course.

    According to Augusta National spokesman Steve Ethun, Donald was informed of the penalty after his round but prior to signing his scorecard. (Had he signed an incorrect scorecard, Donald would have been disqualified.) Donald took a first-round score of 79 (+7), a total that included the two-stroke penalty.

    Shortly after the conclusion of play on Thursday night, Yahoo Sports spoke to a patron from Atlanta who agreed to speak on condition of partial anonymity. John, 40, indicated that he and a companion were seated near the bunker on No. 9, about 15 feet from Donald.

    "He hit the ball fat, it hit the lip, and rolled back down to his right," John said. Donald then "smacked the sand,"

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  • One day is in the books at Augusta National and the 2014 Masters, and the day brought plenty of incredible rounds, some tough breaks for some of the top names and a leaderboard that is as stacked as one would expect.

    We take a second to recap all that happened on Thursday at the Masters.

    One of the stories of the day was just how hard Augusta National played for a Thursday. We saw twice as many rounds in the 80s as we saw in the 60s, with plenty of the names we expected to contend basically shooting themselves out of the tournament after 18 holes.

    What were some of the names that took advantage of the conditions and played solid golf at Augusta National? Bill Haas is the first, firing an opening round 68 to hold the first-round lead all by himself. Haas bogeyed the opening hole, but played his final 17 at 5-under to grab the clubhouse lead after day one.

    Right behind Haas are the two champions of this event, Adam Scott (the defending champ) and Bubba Watson, who alongside Louis

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  • Much like the short-lived meme which bears his name, Jason Dufner's scorecard in the first round of the Masters slumps lifelessly, and will be difficult to rouse.

    Dufner, golf's most recent major winner thanks to his victory at last year's PGA Championship, entered this year's Masters as a solid pick for a breakout win. That hope lasted all of nine holes. Dufner parred the entire front nine, looking solid enough. But then the wheels fell off, the bandwagon burst into flames, and women and children ran screaming from the carnage ... metaphorically, of course.

    A double-bogey on 10 began a four-hole stretch that would see Dufner leap from Even to seven strokes over par, capped by a quadruple-bogey 9 on 13. He then followed a birdie on 15 with two bogeys, and ended the day at a cringeworthy 80.

    "The margins are very small. Miss a shot and you're going to make a bogey or a double," Dufner said, "or in some cases a 9."

    This was in no way the way Dufner wanted to begin his latest charge at a

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — Beating your dad at what he does best is a true symbol of manhood, a rite of passage that has bedeviled sons throughout both history and fiction, as Oedipus, Luke Skywalker, and Michael Corleone can attest.

    As much as those gentlemen struggled with their fathers, however, at least none of them had to play Augusta National with their former-champion fathers. That's what faced Kevin Stadler on Thursday, and the youngster bested his old man Craig by a dozen shots. It marked the first time a father and son had played the Masters in its 78-year history.

    Kevin Stadler finished the day with a respectable four-birdie, two-bogey round to wrap at two under, two shots behind leader Bill Haas. The elder Stadler, meanwhile, was two strokes ahead of dead freaking last, his 10-over scorecard spattered with bogeys.

    After he finished his round, Craig Stadler didn't much focus on what his son had been doing, even though Kevin teed off 44 minutes earlier and stood atop the gargantuan

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    After a disappointing showing on the front nine, Phil Mickelson needed a good start on the back nine.

    The amazing birdie putt he sank on No. 10 more than qualified, but it ultimately didn't turn around Thursday's opening round at Augusta National for the three-time Masters champion. Mickelson finished the day at +4, one stroke worse than where he was at when he sunk what might end up being the putt of the tournament. His score of 76 puts him eight strokes back of first-day leader Bill Haas.

    "It wasn't the best day for me," Mickelson later admitted to reporters.

    But oh man, what a putt. Mickelson's birdie attempt on the par-4 10th came from an estimated 60 feet and had what the television announcers pegged at 15 feet of break. The ball took what looked like a 90-degree turn before rolling into the cup and Mickelson appeared to say "Are you kidding me?" as the crowd roared.

    Phil Mickelson reacts to a long birdie putt on the 10th green. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The birdie brought Mickelson's score to +2 on the day and washed away some bad memories from the seventh hole.

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Couples cut under two sets of ropes, shortcutting the roundabout route from the 10th green to the uphill 11th tee. As he strode through the pine straw, startling a couple patrons who didn't expect a golfer on their turf, Couples gnawed at a white golf tee. And he looked cooler doing that than you or I ever will doing anything.

    It's Thursday at the Masters, and that means once again that Fred Couples has forced his way to the top of the leaderboard. His 71 this year follows, in reverse order, a 68, 72, 71, and 66 over the past five Masters. He's entered the weekend in the top 10 in each of the last four years, highlit by a first-place standing in 2012. Over that span, he's finished alone in sixth, T15, T12, and T13, totaling under par in every instance.

    "The last few years have been very good, and I really played well today," Couples said in a brief interview after his round. "It's hard for me personally to play a course this hard day after day after day after day

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  • Keegan Bradley has been wearing modified Air Jordans out on the course for some time now.

    But with this being Masters week, you knew the 27-year-old star would have to break out something new for his rounds at Augusta. Bradley, who is friends with Michael Jordan and has served as his playing partner, posted two new pairs on Instagram this week — one is a pair of Jordan golf shoes with Masters green and the other is a pair of Jordan 11 Concords fitted with spikes.

    Behold them in their beauty:

    These don't appear to be for sale to the general public, so unless you have a 2011 PGA Championship title to your name, you'll be living vicariously through Bradley this weekend.

    Bradley isn't the only golfer wearing basketball shoes in Georgia this week, either.

    Here's Jason Dufner wearing some Kevin Durant kicks.

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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — Some gamblers betting on the winner of The Masters go with golfers riding a hot streak. Some back lefthanders, or strong putters, or players who have survived the back-nine crucible. And some ... well, some pick more insane reasons.

    Meet Rob Price, a UK college professor who decided to bet €1200, about $1,600, on Rory McIlroy after he thought he saw the Northern Irish golfer's face in his sweet roll. Yes, seriously. And if Rory wins at 11-1 odds, Price will win nearly $20,000. Not a bad haul.

    “It’s got to be a sign," Price said. "Rory’s face on a piece of food from his girlfriend’s (Caroline Wozniacki) home country. My mates have had a giggle and think I’m mad, but if I pocket €14,400, I’ll be the one laughing."

    It's not the most ridiculous show of support we've seen this year; the Kentucky fan who had "2014 National Champions" tattooed onto his leg before the NCAA tournament still holds that honor. Our problem is that this sweet roll looks less like Rory and more like

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