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  • AUGUSTA, Ga. — The first bad sign was the line of cars streaming away from Augusta National.

    Monday's practice round at The Masters was rained out just two hours after gates opened. Thousands of patrons, many of whom had surely waited years or entire lives for the coveted badge to enter the grounds, found themselves herded right back out the gates ... if they even made it in at all.

    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Patrons carrying umbrellas are evacuated from the course after play was suspended due to weather during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    The rains made the greener-than-green grass treacherous, and the lightning that followed soon after made the day an impossibility. So shortly before noon, Augusta shuttered the course and declared play done for the day.

    But what to do about all those patrons? While Augusta couldn't just let in all the Monday badgeholders on Tuesday, the club did the next best thing: refund their money and give them the right to purchase practice-round tickets next year. It was a good and welcome gesture; bypassing the annual Masters badge lottery takes plenty of pressure off the minds of those golf fans.

    And, although it

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  • The start of the Masters is now being counted in hours, and that means the questions get louder and louder about who will emerge from Augusta National victorious. While the champion is usually the story, there are always people that make late charges or choke on their own 6-irons that bring up plenty of stories as the cars pulls away from Magnolia Lane. We look at the 10 "what ifs" we are thinking about heading into the opening round of the Masters.

    What if Rory McIlroy goes another Masters without a top-10? — If there is one young golfer in this world that we are sure of, it's Rory McIlroy. Already a two-time major winner, and by a combined 16 shots, Rory is the 24-year-old that seems very well versed in professional golf, and has been a factor at golf tournaments since he was a teenager. But, the Masters is the only major championship that McIlroy has never finished in the top-10, and after his Sunday 65 at the Shell Houston Open, an incredible round of ball-striking and putting, it

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  • If you were going to make a list of the most entertaining golfers ever, you might find Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods on a lot of lists, but John Daly isn't far off.

    The two-time major winner has been a living roller coaster his entire career, but the 47-year-old has toned it down over the last few years and it shows. Daly talked with the Guardian's Ewan Miller before his annual trip to the Masters, an event he isn't invited to currently but still sells merchandise outside of the local Hooters in Augusta, and described a typical day in the life of Daly.

    Daly told Miller that he hasn't had an alcoholic drink in almost six years, which is pretty darn impressive for a man that has an admitted obsessive personality, but said he still knocks back cigarettes at a solid clip and is still fairly obsessed with Diet Coke.

    How many can he consume a day? Let Daly tell you.

    He still smokes – to the tune of 40-a-day – but his infamous Diet Coke fondness has been toned down a little.

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  • We know a ton of the traditions of the Masters, but no celebration is as famous in the golf world as the jump into Poppie's Pond.

    The winner of the Kraft Nabisco Championship always takes a leap into the water just to right of the 18th green with friends, family and their caddie as a traditional celebration after signing their scorecard, and on Sunday it was Lexi Thompson's turn to take the plunge.

    But it wasn't Lexi that stole the show. That belonged to her caddie, Benji Thompson (no relation), who did a full front flip into the water as the team got soaked in celebration.

    We've seen some pretty memorable moves into the water in the past, but Benji, a former Augusta National caddie, might have the best jump ever.

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    Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or

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  • Face it, you're probably never going to play Augusta National. Not only is the home of the Masters one of the most exclusive courses in the world, but it's only open part of the year and isn't exactly a course that posts tee times on Golf Now.

    Just like that moment when you realize that your dream of being a professional athlete are probably behind you, it's better to just accept the fact that you may never walk inside the ropes at Augusta and just hope to one day land a badge as a spectator.

    That said, it is absolutely possible to play a golf course that replicates Augusta. A few courses across the country allow you the ability to play a replica of Amen Corner and some of the other great holes at the home of the Masters, and we have them listed below.

    Tour 18, Houston — The Tour 18 idea is a simple one; make a golf course that builds 18 holes to replicate 18 famous holes across the country. The course in Houston replicates Amen Corner (holes 11-13 at the real Augusta) in the middle of

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  • In the old days of the Masters, you were lucky if you got to see a single shot from the front nine of Augusta National. These days the Masters does an incredible job of showing live golf on both the television and Internet.

    With the Par-3 Contest kicking off on Wednesday and the tournament starting on Thursday it can be confusing at finding just what time everything is going down, so we bring you a comprehensive guide to all the coverage your eyeballs can handle.

    Wednesday (all times Eastern)

    Par-3 Contest (Live Coverage)

    ESPN — 3-5 PM

    Thursday (Live Coverage)

    Masters.com/CBSSports.com

    10:45 AM  —6 PM — Amen Corner Live

    11:45 AM — 7 PM — Holes 15 and 16 Live

    12 PM — Completion of Play — Featured Groups 1 & 2

    ESPN

    3 PM — 7:30 PM — Live Coverage

    8 PM — Encore of first round

    Friday (Live Coverage)

    Masters.com/CBSSports.com

    10:45 AM  —6 PM — Amen Corner Live

    11:45 AM — 7 PM — Holes 15 and 16 Live

    12 PM — Completion of Play — Featured Groups 1 & 2

    ESPN

    3 PM — 7:30 PM — Live Coverage

    8 PM —

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  • We are just days away from the start of the 2014 Masters, meaning people all over the world will be throwing a coin or two on who they think will win.

    Without Tiger Woods in the field, normally the favorite to those oddsmakers that set the lines, it is a toss-up to see who the favorite is and who the best bet will be, so we present you with the odds below for all the 97 players in the field at the opening major of the season.

    Here are the odds, courtesy of golfodds.com. Let us know in the comments who you like and which value you think is the best considering their odds to win.

    THE MASTERS
    AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB - AUGUSTA, GEORGIA
    APRIL 10-13, 2014
     
    ODDS TO WIN:
    RORY McILROY                 10/1
    ADAM SCOTT                   10/1
    PHIL MICKELSON               12/1
    JASON DAY                    12/1
    MATT KUCHAR                  12/1
    DUSTIN JOHNSON               20/1
    BUBBA WATSON                 20/1
    JUSTIN ROSE                  25/1
    BRANDT SNEDEKER              25/1
    ZACH JOHNSON                

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  • This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from the past week in golf.

    Winners

    Matt Jones -- As a kid, spending hours practicing golf means you daydream of hitting that one golf shot to win your first PGA Tour tournament. Matt Jones did it twice on Sunday, making a 45-foot birdie putt on his 72nd hole to have an outside chance at a playoff, and after a Matt Kuchar bogey on his 18th hole, Jones holed out a really tough pitch shot on the first playoff hole to not only win his first PGA Tour tournament, but land the last spot in the Masters. Not a bad two hole stretch for the 33-year-old Australian who was facing one of the biggest names in the field in his first ever PGA Tour playoff.

    Lexi Thompson -- The 19-year-old American became the second youngest major winner ever with her complete domination on Sunday, firing a final round 68 while playing alongside the biggest name in women's golf,

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  • Since it is officially 12:01 AM on Monday morning, Masters week is upon us, which means we can stop thinking about the first major of the year, and actually live it.

    The Masters is a tournament favorite amongst golfers, and after the fireworks on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open we are even more excited for Thursday to come.

    No Tiger Woods? No problem, as some of the best in the world are either asleep in their Augusta homes or heading to the gem in Georgia to compete in the most coveted invitational in all of golf.

    Get ready, get prepared and get yourself in the mood with the most famous song in all of golf.

    It's here, baby, so make sure to follow us on Twitter all week for the updates you'll need and the breaking Masters news you'll want.

    Take it away, Dave Loggins ...

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    Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or

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  • Sometimes, there just aren't words. 

    Matt Jones, who made a bomb of a birdie on his 72nd hole to get to 15-under, a shot back of Matt Kuchar who was in the fairway needing just a par to win the Shell Houston Open, holed a pitch shot on the first playoff hole to win his first ever PGA Tour event and get into his first ever Masters.

    I could explain what happened, but just watch the shot and the reaction from the Aussie who now has the shot of the year on the PGA Tour. 

    And, for fun, here is the birdie he made on his final hole in regulation to give himself a chance at a playoff with Kuchar.

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    Shane Bacon is the editor of Devil Ball Golf and Busted Racquet on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shanebaconblogs@yahoo.com or

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