All the quiet and propriety generally reserved for golf, especially at Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters, was abandoned 25 years ago this week. A bear -- a Golden Bear -- was charging. Every Masters offers a blend of nostalgia and drama. For a tournament that has been a PGA Tour staple since 1934, both elements are as essential to the overall package as pink azaleas and undulating greens.
Phil Mickelson looks primed for The Masters. He closed out the Shell Houston Open with a 65 Sunday. This followed a 63 Saturday. He outlasted Scott Verplank (68) who tied for second place with Chris Kirk. Both were three shots back. Butch Harmon is picking Rory McIlroy to win the Masters. But, just not this year. "Rory is a great talent and should one day be Masters Champion," the swing coach told the Irish Times.