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Friday's golf roundup: K.J. Choi leads rain-delayed RBC Heritage

K.J. Choi reacts after sinking a putt for par on No. 16. Theophil Syslo / Associated Press

K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday. Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and two in front of a group led by former world No. More

Thursday's golf roundup: Masters contenders keep their roll going at Heritage

Matt Kuchar hits his approach on the 9th hole during the first round of the RBC Heritage. Theophil Syslo / McClatchy

There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt. More

Southeast Michigan courses get weather-delayed start to golf season

Westwynd Golf Course in Oakland Township is starting to green up. Charles V. Tines Detroit News

Paul Beaupre and his family have owned and operated Plumbrook Golf Course in Sterling Heights for the past 87 years and Beaupre, at age 64, can't remember a winter as cold as the one folks in Michigan and most of the Midwest just braved. More

Bubba Watson an endearing champion, but can he become the face of golf?

Bubba Watson and his wife adopted their son Caleb from an organization that helps women in crisis pregnancies. Harry How / Getty Images

Bubba lives in Tiger's old house. Bubba parks in Tiger's old spot. Bubba practices at Tiger's old course. And now Bubba is winning the old green jackets that Tiger used to win all those years ago. More

Masters' TV ratings plummet minus Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson

Bubba Watson winning his second Masters in three years wasn't enough to draw TV viewers. Rob Carr / Getty Images

Bubba Watson won his second Masters in three years, but without injured Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut, the final round earned a 7.8 rating, meaning 7.8 percent of American households tuned into the Masters. More

Bubba Watson holds off Jordan Spieth to capture second Masters in three years

Defending Masters' champion Adam Scott, of Australia, helps Bubba Watson, left, with his green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament Sunday. David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Watson claimed another green jacket by shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round Sunday, fending off Jordan Spieth's bid to become the youngest major champion since 1931. More

Sunday's Masters notebook: Old-timers have field day at Augusta

Miguel Angel Jimenez reacts on the 18th green after the final round of the Masters Sunday. Harry How / Getty Images

The 50-somethings were good early and late at Augusta National, providing the leaderboard with a little nostalgia throughout golf's first major. More

Jordan Spieth, 20, tied for Masters lead, with 50-somethings lurking

Jordan Spieth acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the third round of the Masters on Saturday. Timothy A. Clary / Getty Imatges

Spieth will have to fend off 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez and 54-year-old Fred Couples, both hoping to become the sport's oldest major champion. And let's not forget Bubba Watson, who go for his second green jacket in three years. More

Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy loses by a shot to non-competing amateur

Masters leader Jordan Spieth, 20, yawns before teeing off on the fourth hole during Saturday's third round at the Masters. Jim Watson / Getty Images

Jeff Knox, one of the best amateur golfers who happens to be a member at Augusta National, was selected to serve as a non-competing marker because an odd number of players made the cut. He shot a 70, beating McIlroy's 71. More

Defending Masters champion Adam Scott struggles with putter, drops well back of leaders

Fred Couples reacts to his approach on the 15th hole during the third round Saturday. Gerry Melendez / McClatchy

Scott needed 35 putts to get through the third round and finished with a 4-over 76 that left him 1 over for the tournament. He is six strokes behind co-leaders Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson heading into the final round Sunday. More

Bubba Watson rides birdie spree to Masters lead

Bubba Watson leads the Masters by three strokes — the biggest 36-hole advantage at Augusta since 2006. Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Even after making his second bogey of the tournament by missing a short putt at the 18th, Watson walked off with his second straight round in the 60s, a 7-under 137 total and a three-stroke lead — the biggest 36-hole advantage at Augusta since 2006. More

Phil Mickelson misses Masters cut for first time in 17 years

Phil Mickelson says he'll probably watch the rest of the Masters from home. Jim Watson / Getty Images

Mickelson made two triple bogeys at Augusta National two years ago and nearly won another green jacket. After making two of them in consecutive days this year he missed the cut for only the second time. More

Bill Haas grabs Masters lead, pair of past champs lurk at 1 shot back

Bill Haas watches his chip shot to the 17th green during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday. Darron Cummings / Associated Press

The son of longtime PGA Tour player Jay Haas broke 70 for the first time in five Augusta National appearances. The 31-year-old American started the tournament with a bogey, but bounced back to knock in six birdies. More

Thursday's Masters notebook: Kevin Stadler outplays dad Craig Stadler

Kevin Stadler shot 2-under 70 Thursday while his dad, former Masters champion Craig, struggled to an 82. Harry How / Getty Images

Father Craig Stadler shot 10-over 82 in the opening round and has work to do to make the cut today. Kevin, who teed off 40 minutes earlier in his first Masters, shot 2-under 70. More

Legends Nicklaus, Palmer, Player get Masters off to grand start

Honorary starter Jack Nicklaus hits a tee shot on the first hole Thursday morning. Nicklaus won the last of his 18 majors at the Masters in 1986. Rob Carr / Getty Images

The tee shot is ceremonial, yet there was a sense that competition still exists between the 'Big Three.' Or at least two of them. More

With Tiger Woods sitting out, no one standing out at this year's Masters

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus greet each other on the first tee Thursday. They were the honorary starters for the Masters. Rob Carr / Getty Images

If you're looking for someone not to pick at this year's Masters, go with Ryan Moore. By winning the Par 3 tournament, he surely sealed his fate. More

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