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Jordan Spieth Wins Masters

Jordan Spieth wears the Green Jacket of the 2015 Masters Champion at the 79th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in August, Ga. on April 12, 2015.
Jim Watson—AFP/Getty Images Jordan Spieth wears the Green Jacket of the 2015 Masters Champion at the 79th Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in August, Ga. on April 12, 2015.

The 21-year-old never wavered

(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — What a difference from one year to the next for Jordan Spieth.

In 2014, the young Texan squandered a lead at the Masters on the final day with back-to-back bogeys just before the turn, and could only watch as Bubba Watson pulled away to claim his second green jacket.

On Sunday, Spieth firmly seized control of a tournament that has been his from the start — at the very same spot on the course, no less — strolling confidently to the 10th hole with a commanding five-shot advantage.

Better start sizing him up for his first green jacket.

Showing no signs of cracking, the 21-year-old stretched a four-shot lead at the beginning of the day, pretty much wrapping things up with a birdie at the eighth and a par at the ninth, gaining two shots on his playing partner Justin Rose.

Rose was only three behind after Spieth bogeyed the seventh, missing a short but icy putt. Spieth quickly bounced back — as he had each time anyone put a semblance of heat on the kid — with a birdie at the par-5 eighth. Rose missed his birdie attempt from about 6 feet after a sloppy pitch from just off the green.

At No. 9, Rose put his approach 20 feet from the flag but three-putted from there. Spieth made a nice, comfortable par to keep his score at 17-under par — five shots ahead of both Rose and Phil Mickelson, who just up ahead had birdied the 10th.

The only drama, it seemed, was whether Spieth would break another Masters scoring record on a cloudy day at Augusta National. He already set new standards for 36 and 54 holes, and he pushed his score to 18-under par with a gutsy birdie at the 13th.

Rather than laying up, he went for the green for 208 yards away, the ball clearing the creek that has ruined so many contenders.

“Go hard! Go hard! Go hard!” Spieth screamed, letting out a sigh of relief when the ball stopped just 14 feet past the flag.

He missed the putt, which would have made him the first player in Masters history to reach 19-under par. But the tap-in birdie got him to 18 under and still five shots ahead of Rose with five holes remaining.

Tiger Woods set the Masters record with an 18-under 270 in 1997, winning the first of his four green jackets in a runaway.

Spieth, just a few months older than Woods that day, was dominating in similar fashion.

He already had 27 birdies for the week to eclipse another record, the 25 birdies that Phil Mickelson made 2001.

Spieth, who set the tone in the very first round with an 8-under 64, was poised to become the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976 and only the fifth in Masters’ history.

Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion playing in the final group of a major for the first time, kept up his strong finish to the third round by making two straight birdies to start Sunday. At that point, he had birdied seven of his last eight holes.

Spieth never wavered, and Rose faded away. A bogey at the sixth broke a streak of 18 consecutive holes with nothing but pars and birdies for the Englishman. The stumble at No. 9 left Rose with a 36 on the front side, not the sort of charge he needed the way Spieth was playing.

Mickelson, seeking his fourth Masters title, never really got it going either. The closest he got to the lead was four shots.

Charley Hoffman, playing in the next-to-last group with Lefty, finally faded away after three strong rounds. The 38-year-old was doomed by a shaky putter, the kiss of death on Augusta’s devilish greens.

Woods played in the third group from the end with the world’s top-ranked player, Rory McIlroy. It was a glamorous pairing but didn’t produce too many cheers, both players facing 10-shot deficits coming into the day and not doing anything to show they were capable of a historic comeback.

Woods, in particular, had all sorts of problems with his driver, failing to hit a fairway until the 13th. He drove into the adjacent ninth fairway with his first shot of the day, then missed that same fairway when actually playing No. 9. Winding up on the pine straw right of the fairway, he struck a hidden root on his swing, yelling out in pain and letting the club fly from his grasp.

 

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Phil Mickelson Drops the Best Golfing Humble Brag Ever

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David Cannon — Getty Images Phil Mickelson speaks to the media following a practice round ahead of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.

Lefty’s got 99 problems but a green jacket ain’t one

Phil Mickelson likes to have one of his prized green blazers on him during a round of golf, you know, in case it gets cold.

According to the three-time Masters Tournament winner, he relishes in showing up to corporate events with a green jacket in tow. (The jackets are awarded to the winners of the annual Masters Tournament).

“If it was chilly in the morning, I would pull it out,” Mickelson told reporters ahead of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t carry three [green jackets] around with me, but I would say, ‘I’ve got two more if you’re cold.’”

However, Mickelson admits he’s got to be careful whom he brags in front of.

“Some people can take it, some people can’t,” he joked.

Mickelson is scheduled to tee off on Thursday morning alongside Rory McIlroy for the first round of the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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The Most Important Thing to Know Before Applying to Grad School

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A record number of college students think they'll need a master's to land a job. They'd be smart to weigh the costs against the benefits before applying.

Four years of college is no longer enough to give you an edge in the job market—at least that’s what most of the nation’s college students seem to believe.

More than three-fourths of freshmen at four-year colleges plan to go to graduate school, according the latest in a 49-year long UCLA survey of the attitudes of college first-years. (More than 150,000 full-time students at 227 universities were polled.)

That’s up from 51% in 1974, and only slightly below the record sent in the depths of the recent recession, says Kevin Eagan, interim managing director of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute.

Usually, interest in grad school spikes during economic downturns. But with the economy healthy, there’s clearly something else going on.

“The percentage of freshmen who think it is important to be well-off financially is at its highest point ever—more than 82%,” explains Eagan, “and during the recession these students were hearing of all of these folks with bachelors’ degrees who were unemployed. So they are recognizing that in order to achieve their objective they need additional credentials.”

Higher Degrees = Higher Pay

Indeed, recent evidence indicates that those with more education have better job prospects. The unemployment rate for those with professional degrees is almost half of the 4% rate for those with just a bachelor’s, for example.

And an analysis by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce found that while the average bachelor’s-degree holder earns about $2.3 million over a lifetime, a master’s degree holder typically earns about $2.7 million and a professional degree earner typically takes home $3.6 million.

Higher Pay ≠ Fast Payoff

But Eagan and other analysts who’ve crunched the numbers say that graduate degrees are also an expensive gamble—and in some cases, have low odds of a financial payoff.

Tuition and fees for a two-year master’s program exceed $20,000 at the average public college, and $45,000 at the average private school. The tuition and fees for a degree from an elite graduate program such as Harvard Business School totals more than $120,000. Living costs can another $12,000 to $24,000 per year, depending on location. All together, you’re looking at a considerable expense on top of the more than $28,000 in undergrad debt new grads who borrow are carrying.

Plus, many graduate programs don’t result in big salaries.

Besides, in some fields, those with advanced degrees aren’t immune to the challenges of finding a job: For example, Eagan says he cautions students pursuing PhDs in humanities about the low odds of finding full-time jobs as professors, as more colleges are replacing tenured instructors with part-time adjuncts.

When a Grad Degree Makes Sense

Wondering if continuing your education pay off for you? There are three situations in which going back to school will put you ahead, according to several recent studies:

  1. You are aiming for a job in a field that either requires a graduate degree or in which employers use graduate degrees as a hiring screen. Besides the traditional graduate-degree-requisite jobs of doctor, lawyer and professor, a growing number of jobs require graduate study, including as librarian, social worker and physical therapist.And, in a study of 19 major employers, Sean Gallagher, an administrator at Northeastern University, found that a growing number of human resources administrators are giving preference to job applicants with masters’ degrees, and that masters’ often helped in competitions for promotions.
  2. You need the degree to get the public service career you want anyway. Students who use the federal direct Stafford and PLUS loan programs to borrow the full cost (including living expenses) of their graduate study and then spend 10 years working for a government agency or a non-profit can have much of their graduate school expenses forgiven under the government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.According to research by Jason Deslisle, director of the federal education budget project at the New America Foundation, a new veterinarian with the typical education debt load of $132,000 who gets a government job and signs up for Income-Based Repayment (which caps payments at 10% of disposable income) will likely pay a total of only $36,000 in debt payments over 10 years. After the 120th on-time payment, the government would forgive a total of $147,000, which is all of the original debt, plus some unpaid interest. But beware: if you don’t end up making 120 on-time payments while working at public service, you will likely either have to pay off your debt in full, or have to keep making on-time income-based payments for at least 20 years, after which you may be eligible to have any remaining debt forgiven.
  3. You are in a field in which graduate degrees tend to lead to higher earnings. The Georgetown study found that graduate degrees typically add about $1 million to the lifetime earnings of, for example, chemists and financial professionals. But graduate degrees appear to have little overall impact on the average earnings of writers, editors, architects and many kinds of health-related therapists, such as audiologists. You can see the affects of advanced degrees on other occupations by viewing the full report.

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What’s Not To Love About Bubba Watson’s Masters Win?

Bubba Watson's amazing Masters win combined humility, a special moment with his son and even a run to Waffle House

For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson won the Masters tournament on Sunday, and this time the celebration was a family affair.

The 35-year-old golfer celebrated with his wife and two-year-old son, Caleb, in front of a cheering crowd at Augusta National. Watson had tears in his eyes as his son walked out to greet him on the 18th green.

And to make Watson’s Masters win even sweeter, the player hit a Waffle House somewhere near Augusta National with family and friends to celebrate. “Champ dinner @WaffleHouse” he tweeted at about 2.40 am.

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Bubba Watson Delighted to Win Second Masters in Three Years

American golfer Bubba Watson collected his second green jacket after taking first place at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., on Sunday, beating 20-year-old Jordan Spieth who appeared ready to break a slew of records before his worst score of the tournament

Bubba Watson was clearly overjoyed after emerging triumphant again at the Masters Sunday, beating 20-year-old Jordan Spieth to the fabled green jacket at Augusta, Ga.

“I really don’t know [how I won] … I don’t remember the last few holes,” Watson said. “I just remember hanging on and all I thought about was ‘make par, make par.'”

The 35-year-old posted a 3-under-par 69 for the final round to finish 8-under with 280 total for the tournament.

Spieth’s dreams of becoming the youngest Masters winner ever, youngest major champion since 1931 and the first rookie to win in Augusta since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, were dashed by a poor final day, despite showing remarkable pluck for such a young player.

Back-to-back bogeys for Spieth on the eighth and ninth as Watson made birdies turned the tournament on its head. Watson’s previous victory came in 2012.

 

 

 

 

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At Least Two Dead as Severe Storms Deluge the Southeast

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Jay Reeves—AP Firefighter Rusty Murphy wades through flood waters in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Heavy rains inundated the American Deep South on Monday, causing widespread flooding throughout the region that killed two people

Severe thunderstorms flooded large swaths of the American southeast for the second straight day and have caused at least two deaths, including that of a nine-year-old girl in Mississippi who was reportedly swept away by floodwaters on Sunday night.

Officials recovered the body of Patrauna Hudson on Monday after she was last seen playing outside near her parent’s home in Mississippi’s Yazoo City northwest of Jackson the previous evening, according to the Associated Press.

The second reported death occurred outside of Atlanta in the suburb of Lilburn when a car swerved off the road and crashed into a local creek on Monday. Local firefighters were only able to recover the driver’s body hours later.

In nearby Augusta, Ga., a practice round ahead of this weekend’s U.S. Masters golf tournament was called off on Monday due to the excessive rain, the first time in an more than a decade such a cancelation had occurred.

Flood warnings remained in place across much of the southeast on Tuesday morning, with more rain forecast to inundate the affected areas for the next 48 hours.

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Photos: How Tiger Woods’ Descent Into Injury Began

Woods announced Tuesday that he will miss the 2014 Masters after undergoing back surgery earlier this week. Although this is the first time he won't play in the event in 20 years, he's pushed his body to breaking point in recent years

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Tiger Woods Drops Out of Arnold Palmer Invitational Due to Back Pain

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Lynne Sladky - AP Tiger Woods bows his head on the fourth green during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla. Woods made bogey on the hole.

Persistent injury plagues golf’s top ranked player

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he is not in good enough health to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament in Orlando this week.

The world’s number one golfer cited ongoing bouts of back pain and muscular spasms as his reason for pulling out the week’s contest, which falls within a month of the Masters in Augusta in April.

”I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” wrote Woods in a post on his website.

”I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event.”

Just three weeks ago, Woods dropped out of the Honda Classic after completing 13 holes in the final round due to intense pain in his lower back.

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