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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Rory McIlroy’s Masters duel never happens
 If Rory McIlroy had been asking for divine provenance on Sunday, he received a bunch of the stuff immediately, when he somehow parred the first hole from a wooded preserve far removed from the right fairway. That bit of conjury wound up shaving a stoke off strutting Patrick Reed's lead and their Masters sword fight was on. Except it wasn't...

11:58 PM Sunday, Apr. 08, 2018

If Rory McIlroy had been asking for divine provenance on Sunday, he received a bunch of the stuff immediately, when he somehow parred the first hole from a wooded preserve far removed from the right fairway. That bit of conjury wound up shaving a stoke off strutting Patrick Reed's lead and their Masters sword fight was on. Except it wasn't...
19th hole: No record but a green jacket
 Patrick Reed had several records in his sights as the final round of the 82nd Masters began on Sunday. In the end he got the one prize that professional golfers covet most, the green jacket to the winner. But he did miss on three marks that would have stood a test of time in the record book. After getting his substantial third-round lead...

10:58 PM Sunday, Apr. 08, 2018

Patrick Reed had several records in his sights as the final round of the 82nd Masters began on Sunday. In the end he got the one prize that professional golfers covet most, the green jacket to the winner. But he did miss on three marks that would have stood a test of time in the record book. After getting his substantial third-round lead...
Masters 19th hole: Of career slams, old stars
 Three golfers entered the 2018 golf season needing to fill one major hole in their resumes - winning the career grand slam. Rory McIlroy, 28, needs only a green jacket to complete the task. He’ll be first up on Sunday, and will be in the final pairing, three shots back, with leader Patrick Reed. Jordan Spieth, 24, will have to...

10:41 PM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

Three golfers entered the 2018 golf season needing to fill one major hole in their resumes - winning the career grand slam. Rory McIlroy, 28, needs only a green jacket to complete the task. He’ll be first up on Sunday, and will be in the final pairing, three shots back, with leader Patrick Reed. Jordan Spieth, 24, will have to...
3 questions with No. 1 Dustin Johnson
 Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 player, put himself into position to contend on the weekend at the 82nd Masters with a 68 on Friday. Here’s what he thought of his round. Q. What do you think of your position after 36 holes? Johnson: “I feel like I'm in a good position. Even the guys on the golf course, there's some birdie...

11:09 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 player, put himself into position to contend on the weekend at the 82nd Masters with a 68 on Friday. Here’s what he thought of his round. Q. What do you think of your position after 36 holes? Johnson: “I feel like I'm in a good position. Even the guys on the golf course, there's some birdie...
19th hole: Amateurs, champs and high scores
 Vijay Singh, the 2000 champion, is the Champions Tour leading man this week. He hadn’t broken par in Augusta since 2015 when he made his previous cut until he shot a 1-under 71 Thursday.  He was on his way to a stellar round on Friday but bogeyed three of his last five holes to shoot 74. Still he was the low Champions Tour player...

10:45 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Vijay Singh, the 2000 champion, is the Champions Tour leading man this week. He hadn’t broken par in Augusta since 2015 when he made his previous cut until he shot a 1-under 71 Thursday.  He was on his way to a stellar round on Friday but bogeyed three of his last five holes to shoot 74. Still he was the low Champions Tour player...
How Spieth ascended to top of Masters
 There was a time when Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus would banter at the Masters about how many green jackets Tiger Woods would win after his runaway 1997 victory at age 21. And he has won four, matching Palmer and two short of Nicklaus’ record. But Jordan Spieth, 24, has stamped himself again as the player to beat after a first-round...

1:47 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

There was a time when Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus would banter at the Masters about how many green jackets Tiger Woods would win after his runaway 1997 victory at age 21. And he has won four, matching Palmer and two short of Nicklaus’ record. But Jordan Spieth, 24, has stamped himself again as the player to beat after a first-round...
3 questions with Phil Mickelson
 Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champ trying to become the oldest to win the tournament at age 47, spoke about his 2-under 70 in Thursday’s opening round of the 82nd Masters. Question: What was happening for you? Mickelson: “I was fractionally off today. I just wasn't quite sharp. I didn't strike it the way I wanted to. My...

12:40 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champ trying to become the oldest to win the tournament at age 47, spoke about his 2-under 70 in Thursday’s opening round of the 82nd Masters. Question: What was happening for you? Mickelson: “I was fractionally off today. I just wasn't quite sharp. I didn't strike it the way I wanted to. My...
3 questions with former UGA golfer Kevin Kisner
 Kevin Kisner fought to a 72 on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club, the best score of the four former Georgia Bulldogs in the field of the 82nd Masters. Question: Despite the missed put on No. 18, how do you feel about your round? Kisner: “Oh, man, it was a weird day. I made a lot of putts, I shot even par, you would think you would...

12:20 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Kevin Kisner fought to a 72 on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club, the best score of the four former Georgia Bulldogs in the field of the 82nd Masters. Question: Despite the missed put on No. 18, how do you feel about your round? Kisner: “Oh, man, it was a weird day. I made a lot of putts, I shot even par, you would think you would...
19th hole: Day’s dunk, ex-Dogs, Jackets and more
 Jason Day, ranked No. 12 in the world, had a less-than-stellar second golf shot on the opening hole in the first round of the 82nd Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday. His shot hit a tree, bounced off a fan and into his beer cup. After he chugged the beer, the fan gave the ball back to Day. “Thanks, mate,” Day replied...

10:49 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

Jason Day, ranked No. 12 in the world, had a less-than-stellar second golf shot on the opening hole in the first round of the 82nd Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday. His shot hit a tree, bounced off a fan and into his beer cup. After he chugged the beer, the fan gave the ball back to Day. “Thanks, mate,” Day replied...
Masters 19th hole: Par-3 contest dramatics and more
 A quick look at the Masters from Wednesday: Golf’s greats – and their grandsons – got the Masters off to a dramatic start. The 68-year-old Tom Watson won the Par 3 Contest. The 15-year-old Gary Nicklaus aced the ninth hole as the caddie for his grandfather Jack Nicklaus. Watson would have damaged his chances to win another...

9:15 PM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

A quick look at the Masters from Wednesday: Golf’s greats – and their grandsons – got the Masters off to a dramatic start. The 68-year-old Tom Watson won the Par 3 Contest. The 15-year-old Gary Nicklaus aced the ninth hole as the caddie for his grandfather Jack Nicklaus. Watson would have damaged his chances to win another...
They said it: Tiger Woods’ return
 Fellow competitors discuss the return of Tiger Woods:   “He's got a little bit of an intimidation factor still. But it is Tiger Woods. He's probably one of the best players to ever play the game. So you would have to think he's going to figure out a way to get it back. He has. He's played pretty well this year so far and ‑...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

Fellow competitors discuss the return of Tiger Woods:   “He's got a little bit of an intimidation factor still. But it is Tiger Woods. He's probably one of the best players to ever play the game. So you would have to think he's going to figure out a way to get it back. He has. He's played pretty well this year so far and ‑...