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Apr 07, 2016 | 08:42 am

Make your picks!

On the eve of the 80th Masters, a selection of the LINKS staff made their selections for who will win the event. The discussions took place after last night's GWAA Awards dinner, where our own George Peper won the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Congratulations to George!

George Peper, Editor, Jason Day

Jack Purcell, Publisher, Henrik Stenson

Nancy Purcell, Editorial Director, Jason Day

Tim Carr, Art Director, Adam Scott

Graylyn Loomis, Assistant Editor, Jordan Spieth

You will notice there were no picks for Rory McIlroy... do you agree? Let us know in the comments below! Also, make sure to follow LINKS on Twitter throughout the day for your "man on the ground" at Augusta.

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Apr 06, 2016 | 08:00 am

'Yes, Sir!'

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the greatest Masters of all, Masters.com is streaming the three-hour telecast of the 1986 Masters for this week only. It's fascinating to relive (or perhaps watch for the first time) all the drama and see all the changes between then and now. One big difference is that CBS called the tournament “The Masters” instead of just “Masters.” Also, only a couple of players wore hats or visors, like Seve Ballesteros, whose Nike visor had two logos on top of one another, oddly. The persimmon drivers are so small that the announcers have trouble distinguishing them from 3-woods. Jack Nicklaus doesn’t make an appearance until more than 24 minutes into the show with his birdie at 9 and it’s almost an hour before you see him hit a full shot, the tee shot at 12, while the only drives of his the network shows are on 17 and 18. The telecast is also a reminder of just how good Ben Wright was in the 15th tower. Verne Lundquist gets credit for saying “Yes, Sir!” when Nicklaus birdied 17, but he was just copying Wright who said it first when Nicklaus eagled 15. And the beginning of the telecast puts to rest once and for all the notion that Jim Nantz came up with the now copyrighted slogan, “A tradition unlike any other.” Host Brent Musberger says it at the 1 minute, 38 second mark.

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Apr 05, 2016 | 08:57 am

Masters Tickets—There’s Still Time

Yes, it’s the toughest ticket in sports, but it’s not impossible—just expensive. According to TiqIQ.com, an event ticket search engine and aggregator, the current lowest price for a secondary-market (ticket broker) ticket to Thursday’s opening round is $2,875. The good news is that the price drops in half for the ensuing rounds—$1,375 for Friday, $1,545 for Saturday, and $1,488 for Sunday. You can also take your chances—and likely do a bit better—with the scalpers who line the roads leading to the course. But unless you live within driving distance of Augusta, count on another $1,000+ for travel and hotel costs, assuming you can still find a flight and a room (figure on flying into a distant airport such as Atlanta (150 miles) or Columbia, S.C .(75 miles) and sleeping at least 30 miles outside Augusta). Or you can watch it on TV. 

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Apr 04, 2016 | 10:10 am

Support Your Clubs, Support Our Veterans

In 2015, Ogio—a manufacturer of golf bags, shoes, apparel, and accessories—created a special “Stars and Stripes” collection of bags and luggage that raised $83,000 for NS2 Serves, an independent, non-profit foundation that helps train and place veterans in high-tech careers. This year, Ogio is offering a “Special Ops” collection (rendering the original stars and stripes in gray tone), which includes a cart bag, stand bag, carry-on luggage, travel bag cover, and toiletry kit. Again, a significant portion of all proceeds will be donated to NS2 Serves. The Special Ops gear will only be available in stores for a short time, roughly from Memorial Day to July 4th, but you can order it in advance from Ogio’s website. It's great gear for a great cause.

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