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Notes: Barnes just short
Amateur Ricky Barnes would gladly turn in his sterling silver cup for a trip back to The Masters.

Burk ready for next phase of Augusta fight
Martha Burk is ready for the next phase of her mission to get a female member into Augusta National.

Nicklaus embarrassed by Masters showing
The Golden Bear never wanted to become this -- a nostalgic figure at Augusta National.

Maisel: It's about time ...
After a flurry of top players climbed the leaderboard late Saturday, The Masters had finally begun.

Wojciechowski: Never a doubt
They better have Tiger's jacket size, because after Saturday's stunner, is there any doubt he's going to win?

Harig: Short hitters finding a way
If Augusta is supposed to be a bombers' paradise, why are so many short hitters in contention?

Burk and Co. get behind the bullhorn
Martha Burk and her National Council of Women's Organizations prepared to rally Saturday.

Notes: Els' up-and-down afternoon
Ernie Els has built a career making the impossible seem possible. That can be good and bad.

Kids are all right
For only the second time in the last 18 years, three amateurs made the cut at The Masters.

Singh in position
Two years ago, Vijay Singh helped Tiger slip into the green jacket. Now he'd like him to return the favor.

Litke: Full-bore freak show
A full-bore freak show broke out Saturday a couple of par-5s down the road from The Masters.

Maisel: They've come a long way
While most of the field was trying to survive, Mike Weir and Darren Clarke were out there having some fun.

Notes: Another downer for Duval
Another bogey. Another bad day. And coming up Saturday, another missed cut for David Duval.

Wojciechowski: Long, strange day
Nothing went as expected at Augusta on Friday, which is par for the course at this year's Masters.

Harig: Big Three take a tumble
Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Davis Love III entered Friday as Masters favorites, but left scratching their heads.

Jack's back -- way back
The greatest player ever -- this side of Tiger Woods, at least -- shot his worst round ever at The Masters.

Poll: Most don't support Augusta
In a poll commissioned by SportsNation, most Americans indicated they do not support Augusta's exclusion of women.

Maisel: Rite of spring? Try winter
Forget Martha, the rain and cold that has plagued Augusta has made this a Masters like no other.

Burk challenges Augusta members
Martha Burk called on Augusta members to take a stand against Hootie Johnson.

Tough to be a patron
Thousands of patrons waded through waterlogged Augusta trying to salvage something from Thursday.

North: Friday's gonna be tough
Only the mentally tough and physically fit will survive what's sure to be a grueling Friday.

North: Why Augusta suits Tiger
Augusta is a course where it's important to be in the right places, and Tiger understands that better than anyone.

Maisel: Tiger a tradition-setter
A threepeat? At Augusta? Because no one's done it before means that Tiger probably will.

Maisel: Five who could beat Tiger
Tiger is the favorite this week, but if someone's going to stop him, it'll likely be one of these guys.

This Week in Golf: Phil's major task
Phil Mickelson's pursuit of that elusive first major begins anew this week at Augusta.

Wojciechowski: What a Hoot ...
Hootie Johnson doesn't have anything against women -- as long as they don't want Augusta membership cards.

Wojnarowski: Time to cart Arnie off the course
The Masters should've held Arnie to his word when he said his competitive days at Augusta were behind him.

Maisel: Shorter the hitter, longer the odds
A soggy Augusta means trouble for the short hitters at The Masters, but it gives Tiger a big edge.

Notes: Par-3 contest a washout
Padraig Harrington and David Toms were declared co-winners of the par-3 contest, which barely got going before the rain.

The Hootie and Martha Story ...
ESPN.com takes a look back at the controversy that started as a simple spat and developed into an all-out brouhaha.

North: Something about Augusta
Andy North discusses the uniqueness of The Masters, the keys to the course and how rain changes things.

Tiger, field get in their first hacks at Augusta
While the skies were still dark and threatening, the rain held off Tuesday morning at Augusta National.

Judge denies Burk's request to protest at gates
A judge upheld a law that allows the sheriff to regulate protests like the one planned by Martha Burk.

Watch out for Love
Davis Love III has the pedigree, the history and the momentum to claim the green jacket.

Notes: Els says wrist back to 100 percent
Ernie Els took two weeks off to heal his wrist, and he arrived at Augusta in, well, fighting shape.

Voepel: Isn't it ironic?
With the biggest women's event of the year this week, it's ironic all the attention will go to Martha Burk.

Maisel: See no evil
The players believe protests will be neither seen nor heard once inside the Augusta gates.

Harig: Hootie's got the right
Hootie Johnson believes clubs have a right to choose members as they wish -- and he's correct.

Wojnarowski: Martha's still right
You may not like her tactics, but the truth of the matter is when it comes to Augusta, Martha Burk is still right.

Ratto: Drop the gloves
Enough of the public posturing. Hootie and Martha need to settle this the old-fashioned way.

Politically incorrect
Burning Tree Country Club is where our nation's Fore! fathers come to play golf without the bother of women.

Notes: Hoch's focus
The few players who hung around the clubhouse chatted about the rain, the course and the war in Iraq.

Beem's Augusta debut rained out
Rich Beem waited almost four years to get to The Masters. His first day lasted about 30 minutes.

Early arrivals find Augusta National bustling
Peter Lonard was among the early arrivals Sunday at The Masters, and he was surprised by what he saw.

Bjorn withdraws from Masters
Thomas Bjorn withdrew from The Masters because of family medical reasons he did not disclose.

Caught in the rough
Martha Burk, a sluggish economy and soldiers in Iraq are dampening the buzz at The Masters.

Burk, lawyers ask to overturn protest ban
Martha Burk asked a judge to override the decision prohibiting her from demonstrating at the front gate.

Not so Easy
Think Ernie Els is content with being the second-best golfer in the world? Think again.

McKendry: Enemy of the state
Martha Burk may get Augusta National to change, writes Page 2's Chris McKendry, but mentioning soldiers who are dying in Iraq simply crosses the line.

Harig: What's not to Love?
Davis Love III has victories II this season. Does that make him a Masters favorite?

Weekend Wrapup: Haas' consolation prize
Davis Love III was the runaway winner Sunday, but Jay Haas has to be happy with his consolation prize.

Augusta National reverses its policy for past champions
In a rare reversal, Augusta National Golf Club on Monday scrapped its new policy banning former champions from playing in The Masters after they turn 65, instead allowing them to tee it up as long as they feel competitive.

Palmer to play in Masters; Augusta to rescind age limit
Arnold Palmer, who bid an emotional farewell last year at the Masters, is returning for an encore.

Two members of Congress jump into Augusta fray
If women aren't invited to join Augusta National Golf Club, then senators, congressmen, judges and political appointees shouldn't either, several lawmakers are suggesting.

Protesters gather at CBS, urge network to drop Masters
A small group of protesters gathered outside CBS Saturday to urge the network not to broadcast The Master's golf tournament at Augusta National, which doesn't allow women to become members.

Nicklaus, 63, commits to playing 43rd Masters
Jack Nicklaus will play in the Masters for the 43rd time, convinced by two practice rounds at Augusta National that he feels good enough and hits the ball long enough to compete.







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 The Masters
Mike Weir and Len Mattiace recap their day at Augusta.
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 Sudden Death
Andy and Scott review Mike Weir's Masters victory.
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