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McIlroy’s new low: Beaten by marker

  • 3:34 pm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Rory McIlroy walks marker Jeff Knox during his round Saturday. Knox beat him by a stroke. (AP photo)

AUGUSTA – Rory McIlroy’s recent trips to the Masters have resulted in him discovering uncharted territory to land a golf ball at Augusta National, from the quiet cabins off the 10th fairway, to a fence behind the fourth green, to the azaleas far up a hillside behind the 13th. He’s like Magellan on hallucinogens.

On Saturday, after barely qualifying for weekend play, McIlroy established another first: He turned club member and local amateur Jeff Knox into a folk hero.

“Go marker!” one fan yelled to Knox at the 15th green.

“Kick his ass!” another said at the 17th.

“This guy’s in the wrong profession,” [More]

Tiger Woods out; Masters, ratings will take hit

  • 12:45 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Tiger Woods would draw crowds wherever he went at the Masters, including the practice range. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The Masters has been one of the world’s premier sports events for decades, so this isn’t to suggest that Tiger Woods’ stunning announcement that he’s pulling out of the tournament because of back surgery will reduce the tournament to a local putt-putt tournament on the giraffe course at Mountasia.

But the Masters just became less interesting.

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First the Eisenhower Tree goes down, now this:

Woods, who has been suffering from back spasms recently, announced on his website TigerWoods.com that he underwent a microdiscectomy on Monday in Park City, Utah, and is [More]