Bubba Watson  poses with the green jacket after winning the 2014 Masters  by a three-stroke margin  at Augusta National.  Photograph:  Rob Carr/Getty Images

Bubba Watson was quick to play down his achievement of winning a second Masters title in three years as Jordan Spieth declared himself ready to(...)

 Rory McIlroy chats with marker Jeff Knox during the third round of the US  Masters at Augusta National. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Some hits you take on the chin, which is what Rory McIlroy did with some dignity in his third round of the Masters. The Ulsterman finished bird(...)

 Rory McIlroy walks out of the azaleas  behind the 13th green during the second round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy had quite the ride in his second round of the 78th Masters here at Augusta National and survived to tell the tale – if only barel(...)

 Bubba Watson lines up a putt on the first hole during the second round of the US  Masters. Photograph: EPA

Nothing is too complicated with Bubba Watson. The philosophy is a simple one: you hit the ball, go find it, hit it again. Sooner or later, you(...)

Phil Mickelson hits from a  sand trap on the second hole during the first round of the 2014 Masters  at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia . Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

You just never know, not here; not on this majestic course with its whimsical moods. If the 78th edition of the Masters swung into life with gl(...)

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland waits on a tee boxduring a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Rory McIlroy waits on a tee box during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters. The 24-year-old Ulsterman knows better than anyone how the deal is closed on a Sunday afternoon at Augusta. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The old-timers never want to leave, almost as if pulled by some magnetic force to the lawn in front of the clubhouse. Gary Player, respl(...)

 Jason Day of Australia hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Photo:  Rob Carr/Getty Images

The quest isn’t necessarily for perfection, for golf – as Dr Bob Rotella will tell you – is not a game of perfect. Jason Day, though, will keep(...)

The numbers game. Adam Scott, the master with the newest champion’s locker, felt there were 20 players capable of winning the green jacket in t(...)

 Rory McIlroy speaks with the media on Tuesday ahead of the   Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy admits there will be no excuses if he does not give himself a chance to complete the third leg of a career grand slam in the US Ma(...)

 Rory McIlroy  and English amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick  walk together during a practice round prior to the start of the  Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will play with two of the most exciting young talents in American golf over the opening two rounds of the Masters after being drawn wi(...)

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