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Jordan Spieth’s special needs sister Ellie is “the real star of the Spieth family,” Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle writes in this profile of Ellie. “Ellie keeps things normal. A favorite family tradition is going to the Presbyterian church on Christmas Eve. Both boys eagerly anticipate singing Silent Night so they can hear Ellie’s unique interpretation of the lyrics – ‘Round yon furniture, mother and child.’ ‘They wait for it and start giggling every year,’ their mother said.” Rosalind Funderburgh, the founder of Ellie’s school, said, “Yes, Ellie has special needs, and no, Jordan does not, but it’s a very relaxed relationship that flows both ways. It’s not Jordan caretaking. It’s like any two siblings who adore each other.”
It was virtually a Tiger free day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, thankfully, Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi writes. “Seriously, do you want to know what was so nice about it? We could actually watch and enjoy Day and the other golfers in contention on Sunday — Kevin Chappell, Troy Merritt and Henrik Stenson — without having to focus every bit of attention and adulation on you-know-who. We could focus on what really matters — the golf — without being distracted by the never-ending Tiger conversation and confabulation. Refreshingly, nobody really talked about Tiger, thought about him or wrote about him this weekend.”
The Masters looms, a green jacket the only missing piece to completing the career grand slam for Rory McIlroy, who remains in search of his form. "I know it's nothing to do with my game, really. It's nothing to do with me technically; it's more mental," he said in this story by ESPN’s Jason Sobel. "I'm beating myself up over mistakes that I'm making on the course and then I'm not letting myself get over it, so that it sort of lingers there for the next few holes."