Kevin Garside

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Nothing is left to chance, with the summer months spent perfecting the National’s sylvan idyll

Masters 2014: Augusta is how the world might look if you were given a blank piece of paper and a set of crayons, an Arcadia of power made perfect

To refer to the new practice facility at Augusta as a driving range would be both insult and gross misrepresentation. The area given over to the players and members to prepare for their rounds fills the north-western quadrant of the 360-acre site and is a golf course all of its own, including full-length fairways dotted by trees, half a dozen sculpted landing areas and a separate pitching and chipping zone.

Rory McIlroy strides out during the third round of the Masters yesterday

The Master 2014: Rory McIlroy slide gathers pace as Bubba Watson also falters

Thrilling final day in prospect as field bunches up behind nervous leader

Bubba Watson celebrates after making a birdie on the 14th yesterday

Masters 2014 leaderboard: Bubba Watson leads the way after day two

The 2012 champion inverted the McIlroy experience to set the Augusta telegraph ablaze

Rory McIlroy had three bogeys but did enough to show promise for the weekend

Masters 2014: Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott do battle with the bogeys at Augusta

Pair pleased to be in red numbers at the end of the opening day

Adam Scott is trying to become just the fourth Masters champion to retain the title the following year

Masters 2014: Adam Scott projects the Augusta aura to light up life without Tiger Woods

The reigning champion's blue-eyed stare and Hollywood smile draws the gaze of all, and his game is at a fine peak

Rory McIlroy watches a drive during his practice round at Augusta

The Masters 2014: I am happy being golf's Cristiano Ronaldo, says Rory McIlroy

24-year-old returns for sixth visit to Augusta ready to accept the responsibility that comes with being 'The Man'

Welshman Jamie Donaldson arrives at Augusta on a strong run of form

The Masters 2014: Chilled-out Donaldson is unfazed by big weather in Augusta

Last year I was buzzing, bouncing off the walls. This year I’ve treated it like a normal event

Floral tributes are placed by soccer fans at the 'Kop' end of Anfield Stadium in Liverpool on 17 April 1989 after the Hillsborough tragedy
Italian job: Matteo Manassero

The Masters 2014: From amateur hour to moment of truth for mighty Matteo Manassero

Italian prodigy targets second successful Masters and Ryder Cup place

I’m good to go: Phil Mickelson gives the thumbs up at the Houston Open

The Masters 2014: The tournament gets major lift out of Phil Mickelson

Relief all round as America's second-biggest draw declares himself fit

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