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Rory McIlroy kept his swing and nerves under control at the Masters on Saturday to open a commanding four-shot lead after an absorbing third round as his main challengers all fell back.
IT WAS a day to remember for Rory McIlroy in The Masters yesterday - and one to forget for Padraig Harrington and world No 1 Martin Kaymer.
JACK Nicklaus saw the shadows stretching across the first tee Thursday morning at the Masters as he and Arnold Palmer prepared to start the tournament with a ceremonial tee shot.
RORY McILROY and Alvaro Quiros have made the best start to The Masters since Greg Norman shot a course and major record-equalling 63 in 1996.
IT was by universal acclaim, the best Masters in years. Well, six at least, since 2004 when Phil Mickelson saw off Ernie Els by a single shot over a birdie-festooned final nine holes.
WHILE Augusta galleries communicated with their old fashioned roars of appreciation, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples were egging one another on through text messages at the Masters.
PHIL Mickelson became the thrill-maker once again, pouncing for a third Masters victory in seven years to leave Lee Westwood a nearly man once again.
ITALIAN Matteo Manassero, the youngest player in Masters history at 16, achieved the best finish by a European amateur for 73 years.
JUST WHEN it looked as though Lee Westwood was having it all his own way in yesterday's third round of the Masters, a roar ripped through the pines to remind him that nothing about Augusta National can be taken for granted.
The world No 1 is snapping at the heels of the leaders but Paul Forsyth, for one, hopes that he falls short of the mark
AT LAST, the roars are back. Confirming the growing impression that the Augusta National course is gradually regaining the "Spirit of St Andrews" so sadly lost amidst the misguided planting of trees and growing of rough over the last few years, the 74th Masters came alive yesterday afternoon.
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WITH FRIENDS like this, Tiger Woods really doesn't have any need for enemies. Former NBA star Charles Barkley went on Fox Sports Radio the other day and got talking about his buddy, Tiger. For years now, Barkley, Woods and Michael Jordan have been close, a trio of black superstars often talking fondly in public about each other's accomplishments on the golf course and the basketball court.
TIGER Woods birdied the two par-5 holes on Augusta National's back nine to surge into a familiar position high up the leaderboard at the Masters.
TWO months after providing the finalists at the World Match Play, two Englishmen are now setting the pace in The Masters at Augusta.
THE ESPN television network enjoyed a 50 per cent surge in ratings for its opening-day broadcast of the Masters golf tournament as Tiger Woods made his comeback from a sex scandal, early audience figures suggested yesterday.
TROUBLED Rory McIlroy appeared to hit a new low in his golf career yesterday when he shot 77 to miss the cut at the Masters and spoke of possibly not playing again until six weeks' time.
A DAY after charging into contention at the Masters, former champion Sandy Lyle endured a nightmare second round as he toiled to a 14-over-par 86.