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Masters: Stenson’s struggles at Augusta not limited to inside the ropes

Masters notebook…

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Henrik Stenson has played in the Masters nine times without much success. He has three rounds in the 80s. He has only one round in the 60s (just barely — a 69). And he has yet to record a finish higher than a tie for 14th.

He attributed that to not being in great form, not hitting his irons to the right spot on the greens, poor putting, a “combination of those things.”

“And any other thoughts, greatly appreciated,” he said with his dry delivery.

Stenson didn’t even have much luck as a spectator. That’s right — the world’s No. 2 player first came to the Masters as a fan.

His wife, Emma, was playing at South Carolina and arranged for tickets to a practice round on Monday in 1999. He was watching Jose Maria Olazabal, the 1994 champion, in the short-game area of the old practice range.

“He was nipping every ball so perfectly and playing great bunker shots and everything,” Stenson said. “I said that to someone, ‘I think he’s going to have a good week,’ and he ended up winning.”

Stenson wasn’t a big winner, though. He meant to place a bet on the Spaniard and never got around to it.

“It was different. It was harder to place bets back then,” Stenson said. “I actually had to set my alarm and call my mom in Sweden to go to the bookie, and I ended up forgetting. So yeah, it’s something that still haunts me.”

BUBBA’S MENU: Bubba Watson plans a repeat — if not as the Masters champion, then at least what he serves at the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night.

Watson has been keeping it a secret ever since he won last year for the second time, but he finally gave and it was somewhat of a letdown. He said he would be serving the same meal he did as defending champion in 2013.

That would be Caesar salad, chicken breasts, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn and macaroni and cheese.

“It’s the same meal because it’s from my mom — home-cooked meal,” he said. “And that’s why I do it.”

THE SOUND OF TIGER: Tiger Woods showed up at Augusta National with earbuds dangling around his neck. When he set up to start working on his short game, he plugged them in and turned up the music.

What was he listening to?

“Hip hop,” Wood said quickly.

That led to one reporter asking was he using the music to help find a rhythm in his swing to help with his chipping. That apparently was a little too deep.

“I wanted to just rock out,” Woods said.

“That’s what I practice in at home, and so having an opportunity to do that here, you see a lot of guys do it.”

Woods said he has been listening to music on the golf course since he was a kid. The technology, however, has changed.

“You remember the old cassette tapes?” he said. “I used to make my own cassette tapes, and then they had the Disc Man. They didn’t have a holder for the waist, so I took one of the cassette holders and took that off and epoxied it to the Disc Man and listened to my discs as I practiced.

“Times have changed, but still practicing for hours on end, it’s nice to have a little bit of tunes.”



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