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Joe Bryce closed with rounds of 66 and 68 to lift the Battle Trophy.

On-form Joe Bryce wins Battle Trophy at Crail

Seven days after finishing with a flourish to win the Craigmillar Park Open, Bathgate’s Joe Bryce repeated the trick to complete a notable early-season double by adding the Battle Trophy at Crail.

Tiger Woods celebrates  with his caddie, Joe LaCava, at Augusta on Sunday.

Jack Nicklaus: Tiger was a man possessed. He deserved to win

‘He has got me shaking in my boots, guys,” said Jack Nicklaus as he signed off an interview on the Golf Channel on Sunday night. It was delivered in jest, but the very fact the narrative surrounding the record 18 majors held by Nicklaus has been
 re-ignited is pretty damn exciting.

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Tiger Woods with the Masters Trophy. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Tiger Woods: ‘Two years ago I could barely walk’

He’d gladly have settled for just playing again. That’s how Tiger Woods – who earlier in his career teed up in every single tournament believing he could win and, invariably did – felt as he was sidelined with back trouble.

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The announcement about the final-day tee times was made as Tony Finau stormed into contention with a 64. Picture: Getty Images

Weather threat prompts early start

Due to the possibility of “severe weather”, the tee times for the final round in the 83rd Masters have been brought forward. The action will start at 12.30pm UK time, with the leaders setting off at 2.20pm – five hours earlier than was scheduled. Players will also go out in groups of three, with a two-tee start in operation as well.

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Devon Bling reacts after his putt on the third hole during the first round for the Masters golf tournament. Pic: AP/Matt Slocum

Masters Diary: It’s 1999 again as four amateurs cut it

Not since 1999 has The Masters witnessed amateur dramatics on this week’s scale. Four players from the non-paid ranks made the cut – the most in 20 years. Step forward Viktor Hovland (Norway), Takumi Kanaya (Japan), Devon Bling (US) and Alvaro Ortiz (Mexico). Keep an eye on them in years to come. The quartet from 1999, after all, included Sergio Garcia, pictured, and Trevor Immelman, both of whom went on to claim Green Jackets.

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