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Missing links: Bubba's tears, Augusta's roars and Jimenez' cigars

April 16, 2014

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A blubbering Bubba is a given anytime Bubba Watson wins a tournament. A serial weeper, Watson broke down as soon as he holed his final putt at Augusta National on Sunday (see photo below). Why, a headline on this story by Helen Branswell of the Canadian Press asked, do we cry tears of joy? Branswell sought an answer from a professor of clinical psychology, a crying expert.


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The roars at Augusta National, though largely missing on an anti-climactic back nine on Sunday, are magical. "You can hear the cheers and groans at Augusta like no other place," Ben Crenshaw said. John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal investigates the reasons why.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson virtually has guaranteed Tiger Woods a spot on the team. The question is why, given Woods' Ryder Cup record and the fact he's likely to miss much of the season in the run-up to the Ryder Cup? Good question, too, and it was posed by James Corrigan of the Telegraph.

Speaking of the Ryder Cup, the teams are beginning to take form, even five months before the matches begin at Scotland's Gleneagles. Martin Dempster of the Scotsman provides an early analysis.

Once again, Miguel Angel Jimenez captivated us with his performance, stretching routine, lifestyle. Now 50, he finished fourth in the Masters. Here, in an older story that resurfaced on its website in the wake of Jimenez' performance, is a Cigar Aficionado account of that lifestyle.