Shy, intense and obsessive about his golf game, Hideki Matsuyama has been quietly working toward his elite place in the sport for the past several years.
By winning the Masters, the publicity-shy golfer will face a news media spotlight that trails every move of Japanese athletes abroad.
Matsuyama led the final round from start to finish at Augusta National, becoming the first Asian-born man to win the Masters.
After a 78-minute rain delay, the golf course was far more forgiving with significantly slower greens, and Matsuyama will head into Sunday’s final round with a four-stroke lead.
The shot by the Canadian golfer was the sixth hole in one on No. 6 in tournament history.
Our staff photographer Doug Mills brings us an inside look at Augusta National.
Experts say $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches are not just about hospitality. Instead, they are a low-cost way to cultivate one of the biggest brands in American sports.
Woods’s crash raised questions about how law enforcement officers treated his case.
The greens are firm and fast. Spectators are back. The course is blush with azaleas, not autumn’s colors. For young players, this tournament is an opportunity for a more traditional Masters experience.
The claw. The two thumbs. The alternative reverse overlap. Every golfer at this week’s Masters Tournament has a preferred way to putt and a reason for doing it.
Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from the Atlanta area, but Georgia’s most cherished sporting event remains firmly rooted in the state.
Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and other golfers who live near Woods in Jupiter, Fla., have visited regularly as he recovers from his serious car crash.
As Augusta National faces life without Woods, possibly even beyond this year, several young golfers look ready to usher in a new era.
It is easy to cling to memories of Tiger Woods at his peaks, but his vulnerability tells as much, if not more, about his powerful hold on sport and culture.
Woods, 45, has been sidelined before as he recovered from various ailments. But this time, after a car crash that left him with serious leg injuries, feels different.
Woods was said to have been driving at a “greater speed than normal” when his S.U.V. went over a median strip and rolled over several times.
The greatest golfer of his generation sustained leg injuries that, along with a back surgery in January, could raise questions about the future of his career.
Watching Woods and his son, Charlie, on the golf course offers a rare window into a side of Woods fans never see: dad.
After a horrific appearance at No. 12, the five-time Masters winner did not fade — even with no hope of another green jacket and almost no one around to watch.
Johnson, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, completed a historic win at 20-under, becoming the first player to reach that total at Augusta National.
Johnson entered Sunday’s final round with a four-stroke lead over the Masters field.
The No. 1-ranked golfer played in one lead-up event before the Masters after a positive coronavirus test felled him in October. Despite the rust, he leads the field by four strokes after three rounds.
The course has many quirks, and these Masters pros are intimate with them.
The cut line is set at even par and some of the youngest players are near the top of the standings. Then there’s Bernhard Langer who, at 63, is the Masters oldest golfer to make it to the weekend.
Passes to the Masters are some of the most expensive tickets in sports. But with fans barred from Augusta National Golf Club and other venues this year, many resellers are under pressure.
After predictions that he would dominate Augusta National, DeChambeau had a meltdown on the third hole Friday that put him below the projected cut line with six holes of his second round left to finish on Saturday morning.
Despite the coronavirus crisis, many of the older men who won the Masters reunited at the tournament that helped make them famous. Some are even playing.
The club’s green jackets — awarded to its members and Masters winners — are not supposed to leave its grounds. A rare few have, becoming an expensive holy grail for memorabilia collectors.
DeChambeau aims to conquer genteel Augusta National with brute force. Given his play since bulking up over the past year, lots of golfers — and bettors — think he can.
A lot. No sporting event does springtime iconography like the Masters. But many of its traditions have been altered as men’s golf’s first major moved to fall.
A plan to honor Lee Elder, the first Black golfer to compete in the Masters, highlights the glacial pace of change at the club that hosts golf’s marquee event.
Woods’s 2019 Masters win was one of the most dramatic revivals in sports. Despite his back pain and the tournament’s odd November start, most expect him to contend for a record-tying sixth victory.
The bittersweet joy of watching vintage games during the coronavirus pandemic.