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Long Island golf courses and golfers mixed with a splash of PGA and other pro tours.

Phil comes out early to see the Big Three

Every one of the fabled Big Three was impressed. As they hit their honorary tee shots to begin the Masters, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player noticed that one of the many spectators out there to watch them was Phil Mickelson, wearing his champions green jacket—six hours before his own tee time.

        “I thought it was wonderful that he was out...

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Gary Player to join Arnie, Jack as Masters Honorary Starter

       In the 1960s, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player dominated golf's majors and were seen as such a powerful group that they appeared in a regular TV series, "Big Three Golf." Well, now the Big Three will be revived in a formal way. Player will be one of the honorary starters at the Masters, starting in 2012, joining Palmer and Nicklaus.

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Tiger Woods owns the day now

    Just back from the front nine, was at the eighth green when Tiger Woods made his eagle to go 10 under. Explosion of sound was louder than anything I've heard on a golf course in quite a while. Woods had great body rotation on the fist pump, too. Then he followed it with a classic Tiger downhill 10-foot putt for par (out of the trees) on No. 9.

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Give credit to Tiger, Phil, Jack

Some thoughts I typed out yesterday, but didn't use in the paper:

 Augusta, Ga.—Early in the week, all of three of the 2010 first-time major champions spoke of how their experience gave them entirely new confidence as they entered another major. It’s a good thing they had their say early in the week because none of them is still around now.           ...

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Tiger starts, Phil just misses eagle

   Just as Tiger Woods reached the first tee, hoping to catch lightning in his final round of this year's Masters, Phil Mickelson had a chance to make it onto the leader board. Mickelson, on the second green, had a putt for eagle. And just lipped out. He is at 4 under instead of 5 under, which would have tied him with Woods in the top 10....

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What Rory McIlroy has in common with Tiger

        Rory McIlroy was gracious in saying that he never could supplant the legacy of Tiger Woods at Augusta. He also was correct. McIlroy has a chance to be a 21-year-old green jacket winner today, as Woods was. But it won't be the transforming event that Woods' win was.

         What they do have in common, however,...

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Jason Day goes for broke (or his bag does)

 

     You wouldn't particularly want to be Jason Day's caddie this afternoon. It's pushing 90 here at Augusta National and the strap on Day's golf bag broke. At least for a while, the caddie has to carry the big heavy bad by the handle.

       Then again, it's got to be fun to be Day's caddie. The guy is hot, having made two birdies...

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Tiger's start the same as yesterday

   Tiger Woods is having a bumpy start, a bogey, birdie and bogey in the first four holes. The good news for him is that he had the exact same score through four holes yesterday, when he really took off from the eighth hole on.

      At the moment--and this changes by the second--Woods is tied for sixth, five trokes behind Rory McIlroy (par-par-par-birdie)...

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Will Augusta's greens speed up today?

     There had been whispers before the Masters that Augusta National's greens, renowned for being slick as well as intensely contoured, were a tad slower this year. There was even a little background speculation that the winning score could be as low as 20 under par.

       Here we are halfway through and Rory McIlroy is at 10 under....

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Phil Mickelson was, is 2 under

     Phil Mickelson finished his round at 2 under, the same way he began it. He missed a birdie putt on No. 18 and has some work to do this weekend. At the moment he is 8 shots behind Rory McIlroy, but the latter is on the back nine, which no one seems to be conquering today.

       TIger Woods just birdied No. 6 and is 1 under, just the way...

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