Ray Cox

Ray Cox has been at the AJC since 1998 and is the sports content editor for print and digital.

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Masters 2017: Stars align for Garcia in victory
 The stars couldn’t have aligned any better for Sergio Garcia’s first major title. Sunday would have been the late two-time champ Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday. Ballesteros took a young Garcia under his wing 20 years ago and some of Garcia’s best golf moments have been with Ballesteros in the Ryder Cup. Garcia appeared...

11:34 PM Sunday, Apr. 09, 2017

The stars couldn’t have aligned any better for Sergio Garcia’s first major title. Sunday would have been the late two-time champ Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday. Ballesteros took a young Garcia under his wing 20 years ago and some of Garcia’s best golf moments have been with Ballesteros in the Ryder Cup. Garcia appeared...
19th hole: Sunday finale could be one for the ages
 The top of the leaderboard after 54 holes of the 81st Masters on Saturday eventually turned into a who’s who of professional golf, with 16 players within six shots of the lead and seven of the top nine boasting winning pedigrees. Sunday’s final round promises to be one for the ages sure to bring the expected roars to Augusta National...

11:31 PM Saturday, Apr. 08, 2017

The top of the leaderboard after 54 holes of the 81st Masters on Saturday eventually turned into a who’s who of professional golf, with 16 players within six shots of the lead and seven of the top nine boasting winning pedigrees. Sunday’s final round promises to be one for the ages sure to bring the expected roars to Augusta National...
19th hole: Can Garcia snap majors’ third-round woes?
 Major chatter With a shootout all but certain for the weekend, thoughts turn to three European players, all somewhat within reach after 36 holes, all lacking a major, all with a lengthy string of major appearances without a victory. Sergio Garcia has had 73 starts in majors without a victory, second among active players, and finds himself...

11:30 PM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

Major chatter With a shootout all but certain for the weekend, thoughts turn to three European players, all somewhat within reach after 36 holes, all lacking a major, all with a lengthy string of major appearances without a victory. Sergio Garcia has had 73 starts in majors without a victory, second among active players, and finds himself...
19th hole: Mickelson poised for a charge
 Yes, it’s early, but Phil Mickelson, 46, a three-time Masters champ, has positioned himself to challenge Jack Nicklaus as the oldest winner at Augusta National by a few months. He was enthusiastic about his 1-under 71 and what lies ahead. “I love it around here especially because the wind is going to magnify your misses, and a...

11:36 PM Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017

Yes, it’s early, but Phil Mickelson, 46, a three-time Masters champ, has positioned himself to challenge Jack Nicklaus as the oldest winner at Augusta National by a few months. He was enthusiastic about his 1-under 71 and what lies ahead. “I love it around here especially because the wind is going to magnify your misses, and a...
19th hole: The chairman’s news conference
 Chairman’s day With golf restored to the Olympic menu for the Rio de Janeiro Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Masters chairman Billy Payne would face a question about bringing the Games back to Atlanta so that Augusta National might host the world. Payne, chief architect of the Atlanta Games, championed a move to reintroduce Olympic...

6:48 PM Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017

Chairman’s day With golf restored to the Olympic menu for the Rio de Janeiro Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Masters chairman Billy Payne would face a question about bringing the Games back to Atlanta so that Augusta National might host the world. Payne, chief architect of the Atlanta Games, championed a move to reintroduce Olympic...
Masters 19th hole: The pressure on a major champ
 You’re a real golf fan if you know that Danny Willett is the reigning Masters champion and that Jimmy Walker won the most recent major, the 2016 PGA Championship. Willett discussed the pressure that winning puts on the champion. Excerpts from his Tuesday interview: A: I think the last 12 months has shown it’s made me a little...

9:05 PM Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2017

You’re a real golf fan if you know that Danny Willett is the reigning Masters champion and that Jimmy Walker won the most recent major, the 2016 PGA Championship. Willett discussed the pressure that winning puts on the champion. Excerpts from his Tuesday interview: A: I think the last 12 months has shown it’s made me a little...
Masters 19th hole: Of champions and history
 The question was posed to 2016 PGA champion Jimmy Walker. Q: From your perspective, if you took the top four guys — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and throw Henrik Stenson in there just from a power standpoint — what’s the difference between them? Which is the last guy you would want to see on the first tee Sunday...

12:02 AM Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2017

The question was posed to 2016 PGA champion Jimmy Walker. Q: From your perspective, if you took the top four guys — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and throw Henrik Stenson in there just from a power standpoint — what’s the difference between them? Which is the last guy you would want to see on the first tee Sunday...
Masters 19th hole: Top amateur, now a pro

10:59 PM Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016

Bryson DeChambeau, the reigning NCAA and U.S. Amateur champion, shot his third even-par round of 72, was the low amateur at 5-over and heads to Hilton Head Island to make his pro debut this week at the Heritage. He was asked if he was ready. “I think so. I hope so. I’ve had six or seven months to prepare to be professional. I&rsquo...
19th hole: Kaufman says ‘no stress like LSU football’

11:32 PM Saturday, Apr. 09, 2016

While the often stoic Bernhard Langer brought thunder in the third round Saturday, it was Smylie Kaufman who found himself in a tie for second place and in position to become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win at Augusta National Golf Club in a first Masters appearance. A few things to know about Smylie: It’s a family...
Masters 19th hole: Els, a champion golfer

10:26 PM Friday, Apr. 08, 2016

Ernie Els proved to be human Thursday and the champion golfer that he is Friday. A six-putt first hole Thursday left the four-time major winner and 19-time PGA Tour champion talking to himself during that first-hole meltdown and exasperated after the round of 80. On Friday, he rebounded with a back-nine 34, including several short birdie...
Six-putt torment knocks Els off stride
 No player can win any golf tournament, much less a major, on a Thursday, but World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els showed everyone how to put oneself in an almost impossible position after only one hole in the first round of the 80th Masters. He took six putts after chipping onto the par-4, all but one within 3 feet, and one miss from 11 inches...

11:15 PM Thursday, Apr. 07, 2016

No player can win any golf tournament, much less a major, on a Thursday, but World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els showed everyone how to put oneself in an almost impossible position after only one hole in the first round of the 80th Masters. He took six putts after chipping onto the par-4, all but one within 3 feet, and one miss from 11 inches...