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Ex-Employee Steals Millions in Masters-Memorabilia

Just two days after this year’s Masters Tournament, it became known that millions of dollars worth of trophies and memorabilia had been stolen from Augusta National Golf Club. Now 39-year-old Richard Brendan Globensky has pleaded guilty in a Chicago court to stealing and selling the green jackets, tickets from the 1930s and many other valuable memorabilia, as reported by CBS. A total of around five million dollars is believed to have flowed into the pockets of the former Augusta National employee.

Former employee steals millions worth of Masters memorabilia

Among the stolen memorabilia were not only souvenirs of past Masters visits, but also the legendary green jackets of Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Palmer won the Masters four times, in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964, while Ben Hogan received his jackets in 1951 and 1953. Sarazan won in 1935, before the tradition of the special jackets was established, but received his model later in 1949.
Globensky has now pleaded guilty to stealing merchandise and memorabilia from 2009 to 2022 and transporting it away by truck. From a warehouse, the individual items were then sent to a fence in Florida, where they were sold in online auctions.

CBS reports that other memorabilia and fan items stolen by Globensky include Masters programmes from 1934 and 1935, an Augusta National clubhouse trophy, Masters tickets from 1934 to 1939, documents and letters signed by Augusta National founder Bobby Jones, as well as Masters flags, watches and other fan items.

By pleading guilty, Globensky faces only two to two and a half years in prison instead of up to ten years, and his sentencing was set for 29 October.
He must also submit a cheque for 1.57 million dollars within seven days to cover part of the compensation to Augusta National. In total, he owes the Masters venue around 3.5 million dollars and must forfeit the 5.3 million dollars in profits he made from the sale of the stolen items.

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Masters 2024: Scheffler’s Caddie Ted Scott Repeats Masters Double

If Scottie Scheffler’s sporting career continues like this, Ted Scott will become a kind of second Steve Williams. The New Zealander was in the pocket of the GOAT in Tiger Woods’ heyday and became the wealthiest sportsman in his home country thanks to the ten per cent share of the boss’s prize money.

Ted Scott and his unique way of celebrating the Masters win

This year, Ted Scott has already shared in Scheffler’s successes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship as well as the other top placings, and his Masters triumph adds another 360,000 dollars in prize money commission. This year, the man in his early fifties has certainly earned more money from the world number one’s pocket than, for example, Rory McIlroy on the fairways.

In total, the former mini tour pro is likely to have raked in just under six million dollars since Scheffler persuaded him to give up early retirement in 2021, which Scott decided to do after splitting with Bubba Watson. Interestingly, he won the Masters Tournament with the left-hander in 2012 and 2014, and exactly ten years later he repeated the feat with Scottie Scheffler. And because he secured the flag of 18 again yesterday, including the flagstick as a trophy, Ted Scott can celebrate the victory again like he did two years ago:

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The Masters Tournament 2024 Stats – How Difficult the Augusta National Golf Course Was

The Masters Tournament 2024 was characterised by adverse weather conditions. Strong gusts of wind left the pros at Augusta National baffled at times and pushed the balls of golf’s best players into unusual positions. It is therefore hardly surprising that some of the results of the Major opener were well over par.

The Masters Tournament 2024: Augusta National presented itself as a monster

The time-honoured Augusta National had some “hellish” conditions in this 88th Masters. The wind turned the fast greens into glass slabs and the challenging greenside bunkers almost magically attracted errant shots. The water hazards, especially in the Amen Corner, also caused some pros to lose golf balls and some penalty strokes. With gusts of up to 50 km/h, the wind swept across the course, driving the sand from the bunkers into the eyes of the stars and causing the balls on the greens to tremble.

But first the positive results of the Major week:

With a total of 21 eagles over the four days of the tournament, the stars of the golf world created some terrific memories. Hole-outs from the fairway and incredible putts from long range were anything but the order of the day, but the jubilation of the happy players was all the more rousing. The second hole of the course recorded the most two-under-par results. The 585-yard (535-metre) par 5 was holed seven times for an eagle, with holes 8 and 13 sharing second place in this statistic with four each.

Birdies were also played, albeit significantly fewer than in previous editions or other major tournaments. With 866 birdies, the Masters 2024 nevertheless achieved a considerable number. The two birdies by Rahm and DeChambeau certainly stood out, with both players saving themselves the trip to the green and holing out directly from the fairway.

Frustration and penalty strokes at the 2024 Masters

However, the 866 birdies were offset by 1099 bogeys. With around 90 more on the back nine, the first and last two holes of the back nine were particularly difficult. The average score on the par 4s was between 4.2 and 4.5 strokes and therefore well over par. In addition to the many bogeys, there were also 176 double bogeys or worse, again with more than twice as many high scores on the back nine compared to the first half of the round. Jordan Spieth’s renewed drama on hole 15 will probably be most memorable, when the American had to record a 9 in his first round after missing the green, chipping into the water and then needing a further four shots to hole out.

The result of the final round was that only eight players were able to maintain a total score of under par. Sunday seemed to be a little more favourable in terms of playing conditions, with eleven players recording a round in the 60s, compared to just seven players on Day 1.

Viewing figures for the Masters 2024 on an upward trend

Away from the action, the American media also repeatedly focuses on the dwindling viewer numbers for PGA Tour events. The Masters 2024, with the LIV golfers once again facing off against the PGA Tour ranks, resembled a kind of “test run”. And it seems that golf fans would rather watch their stars in a tournament field. As ESPN reported, viewer numbers rose significantly compared to the previous year, by 28 per cent to 3.2 million viewers in Round 1 on the American channel. The following days also delivered new top results last seen in 2018, with a high of 3.6 million on Friday.

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The Masters Tournament 20024: The Highlights of the fourth round

The final round of The Masters Tournament 2024, part of the prestigious PGA Tour, has concluded at the prestigious Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA. This exclusive golf club, synonymous with the Masters Tournament, unfurled its flawless greens and challenging pin positions for the world’s top golfers during the four rounds of the tournament. Among the players, five stood out on the leaderboard with their remarkable total scores.

In a culmination of the day Scottie Scheffler claimed his second Masters title at Augusta National, finishing with a four-shot lead. At the eight hole, he managed to score three consecutive birdies with which he first expanded his lead from the previous round. Despite challenges at Amen Corner, Scheffler managed to keep his lead with fewer mistakes than his competitors and concluded his victory with with a total score of -11. Close behind, Ludvig Åberg from Sweden secured second place with a score of -7. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, alongside Americans Max Homa.

Relive Scottie Schefflers road to victory, capturing every key moment of Scheffler’s remarkable journey to his second Green Jacket.

The Masters Tournament 2024: Scottie Schefflers highlights in round 4

About the PGA Tour

The PGA Tour is the largest American professional golf tour. There are 36 tournaments on the tour’s schedule this season. The tournaments mainly take place in the USA, but there are also some international venues over the course of the season. The signature events introduced in 2023 offer higher prize money and a smaller field of participants. There will be a total of eight of these events in the 2024 season. The four Majors and the Players Championship are also part of the PGA Tour. At the end of the tours season, the 70 best players in the FedEx Cup season rankings will play in a three-tournament play-off for overall tour victory and an extra 18 million dollars in prize money.

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The Masters Tournament 2024: This is how much prize money the players receive

At the 88th edition of the Masters Tournament, Scottie Scheffler once again proved why he is number 1 in the world rankings. At the first major of the season, Scheffler gave his competitors no chance and confidently secured his second Masters title. The organizers have now announced this year’s prize money to coincide with the final round. After the record sum of 2023, those responsible at Augusta National Golf Club are once again increasing the sum, this time by two million dollars, to more than 20 million. Scottie Scheffler can look forward to 3.6 million dollars.

How much prize money will the players receive at the Masters Tournament 2024?

As with other tournaments, the prize money will be divided up on a staggered basis, this time with 3.6 million dollars for the winner of the Major. This is followed by the other top three places, also with six-figure sums, up to 50th place with a further 50 thousand dollars. Unlike in previous years, the distribution is not 20 per cent for the winner, 18 per cent for second place and 6.8 per cent for third place. This year, first place will receive 18 per cent, second place will receive 10.8 per cent and third place will continue to receive 6.8 per cent of the prize money pot. The exact distribution of the prize money is therefore as follows:

Position Player Prize Money
1st Scottie Scheffler $3,600,000
2nd Ludvig Aberg $2,160,000
T3 Tommy Fleetwood $1,040,000
T3 Collin Morikawa $1,040,000
T3 Max Homa $1,040,000
T6 Cameron Smith $695,000
T6 Bryson DeChambeau $695,000
8th Xander Schauffele $620,000
T9 Will Zalatoris $540,000
T9 Tyrrell Hatton $540,000
T9 Cameron Young $540,000
T12 Adam Schenk $406,000
T12 Patrick Reed $406,000
T12 Matthieu Pavon $406,000
T12 Cam Davis $406,000
T16 Chris Kirk $310,000
T16 Sepp Straka $310,000
T16 Byeong Hun An $310,000
T16 Nicolai Hojgaard $310,000
T20 Taylor Moore $250,000
T20 Lucas Glover $250,000
T22 Adam Scott $175,500
T22 Keegan Bradley $175,500
T22 Rory McIlroy $175,500
T22 Joaquin Niemann $175,500
T22 Min Woo Lee $175,500
T22 Patrick Cantlay $175,500
T22 Harris English $175,500
T22 Matt Fitzpatrick $175,500
T30 Rickie Fowler $124,200
T30 Tom Kim $124,200
T30 Si Woo Kim $124,200
T30 J. T. Poston $124,200
T30 Jason Day $124,200
T35 Camilo Villegas $103,000
T35 Akshay Bhatia $103,000
T35 Kurt Kitayama $103,000
T38 Hideki Matsuyama $86,000
T38 Russel Henley $86,000
T38 Luke List $86,000
T38 Corey Conners $86,000
T38 Ryan Fox $86,000
T43 Phil Mickelson $72,000
T43 Shane Lowry $72,000
T45 Jose Maria Olazabal $57,200
T45 Jon Rahm $57,200
T45 Sahith Theegala $57,200
T45 Denny McCarthy $57,200
T45 Brooks Koepka $57,200
T45 Danny Willett $57,200

It’s not just the 50 players who made it through to the weekend who can look forward to prize money. The players who didn’t make the cut at the Masters Tournament 2024 will also receive at least a “small” consolation in the form of 10,000 dollars.

In addition to the six-figure prize money, the winner will also receive the legendary green jacket, a replica of the clubhouse and the right to play in the iconic major for life.

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Scottie Scheffler On Winning Masters And Becoming Father: “It’s a very special time”

Scottie Scheffler has won The Masters for the second time. This time Jon Rahm slipped the Green Jacket over him. Scheffler had only handed it to the Spaniard a year ago. Afterwards, the 27-year-old spoke to TV commentator Jim Nantz in the Butler Cabin at Augusta National. Scheffler spoke about how he handled the final day, what message he had for his wife and why he almost cried.

The Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler Talks His Success

Jim Nantz: What a pleasure to be here with Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley, the 88th edition. Fred, another spectacular memory made here today.

Chairman Fred Ridley: This has been a fantastic tournament. Our patrons here at Augusta National and around the world were treated to quite a Sunday Masters finish.

Jim Nantz: It was just amazing to see how things broke open on the second side for our champion. We’re pleased to have with us last year’s winner Jon Rahm to present the jacket and Scottie Scheffler along with the low amateur Neal Shipley.
Now, Fred, we have our champion for the second time in three years. Going to be kind of a neat exchange. We’ve seen these two go back and forth. What a performance by Scottie Scheffler.

Chairman Fred Ridley: It was unbelievable. Scottie, welcome back to Butler Cabin. Your play this week was simply spectacular. It seemed like every time someone made a run at you, you made another birdie. How did you stay so calm with all of that?

Scottie Scheffler: Yeah, I did my best. I did my best to stay calm out there. I tried to stay patient on the course and was able to make some key shots and key putts today to keep my round going. Ludvig played great today. He made a good move at me there on the back nine and I was fortunate to hold him off towards the end.

Scottie Scheffler On Becoming A Father

Jim Nantz: Scottie, just a couple questions for you. First off, the shots into 9 and 14, I thought the one at 9 changed the whole direction of the final round. Tell us about that one and what it meant to you at that moment.

Scottie Scheffler: I hadn’t hit many good iron shots, which is a bit unusual for me. I had hit some good ones but they weren’t really ending up where they were supposed to. I had that bogey there on 7 and a nice birdie putt on 8, and going into No. 9 it was nice to get that feeling of hitting a really well-struck shot and then it set me up to have a really nice back nine.

Jim Nantz: Meredith. I don’t know how you did it. This has been something the two of you have been talking about, the timing of everything for months. She’s back home watching. Is there a message you’d like to pass along to her right now?

Scottie Scheffler: I’m coming home. I’ll be home as quick as I can. Yeah, I love you and I’m coming home. That’s all.

Jim Nantz: What a time in your life. How do you put this into words? You win the Masters. You’re about to be a father for the first time. It’s pretty sweet.

Scottie Scheffler: You’re about to make me cry here in Butler Cabin. It’s a very special time for both of us. I can’t put into words what it means to win this tournament again. I really can’t put into words what it’s going to be like to be a father for the first time. I’m looking forward to getting home and celebrating with Meredith. Its been a long week here without her, but I’m just looking forward to getting home.

Jim Nantz: Chairman, it’s time for the Green Jacket.

Chairman Fred Ridley: It is, Jim. Jon, we’ll never forget your victory last year when you won on the birthday of your fellow countryman Seve Ballesteros. We look forward to you competing and wearing the green jacket many more years here at Augusta. We’d be honored if you would now present the green jacket to Scottie. Congratulations, Scottie.

Scottie Scheffler: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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The Masters Tournament 2024: Scottie Scheffler Wins Second Green Jacket

Scottie Scheffler wins The Masters for the second time. At the Masters Tournament 2024 he keeps his cool while the competition struggles and birdies his way to victory. With a final round of 68 he finishes the tournament four shots clear of Ludvig Aberg and the rest of the field.

Scottie Scheffler wins The Masters Tournament 2024

Scottie Scheffler played a solid game on the first few holes, keeping in step with his co-contenders. At one time of the first nine, four players were tied for first place. But starting on hole 8 he made three birdies in a row to take the solo lead for himself. Ludvig Aberg and Max Homa tried to keep up with him but both made double bogeys in Amen Corner as well as Schefflers flight partner Collin Morikawa. Scheffler escaped Amen Corner with a single lost shot and followed it up with birdies on 13, 14 and 16. While Aberg tried to keep pace with the World Number 1 he couldn’t close the distance. With a lead of four shots Scheffler claimed victory on 18.

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The Masters 2024: Rory McIlroy Scores 73 on Final Day

Rory McIlroy finishes The Masters 2024 with a round of 73 (+1). The 34-year-old leaves Augusta with an overall score of four over par. He narrowly misses out on a place among the top 20. He still has to wait for his career Grand Slam. McIlroy also failed to win The Masters at his 16th attempt and thus all four major tournaments. He has already won the US Open, the PGA Championship and the Open Championship.

Rory McIlroy Quotes After The Masters Tournament 2024

Question: Rory, can you give us your reflections on today and your Masters week?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah. I mean, I don’t really know what to say. Just sort of felt like my game was okay and managed it pretty well, but obviously Friday was a really tough day, and losing five shots sort of put me in a pretty difficult position going into the weekend.

Then the conditions were pretty tough. The greens are crusty and firm and hard to get the ball super close and hard to make a ton of birdies. Once you get seven or eight back going into the weekend here, it’s hard to make up that ground.

Question: Can you sum up your disappointment?

Rory McIlroy: I guess it’s more the same of what I’ve shown this year. It’s not as if it’s been a down week in comparison to the way I’ve been playing. It’s just a matter of me trying to get my game in a bit better shape going towards the rest of the season.

Question: Do you feel like you can get that confidence and momentum back with three majors coming up in quick succession?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, I need to take a little bit of time and reflect on this week and what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, and sort of try to make a plan for the next few months, especially from here going through obviously the end of July. As you say, major season, they’re going to come thick and fast here, so hopefully get myself in a bit better form for those last three.

Question: Will you scale back a little bit?

Rory McIlroy: No, the next two weeks I’m playing Hilton Head, I’m playing New Orleans. I’ll take a week off, playing Quail Hollow, play the PGA, take another week off, then play another four in a row. Loving golf at the moment. Loving it.

Question: Do you feel like you’re close?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, because all these disappointing weeks are 20ths, 25ths. They’re not terrible weeks by any stretch, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. I’m close in some ways, but then I feel quite far away in others. It’s a bit of a — once I get one thing, sort of put that to bed, then another thing pops up, and it’s just one of those at the minute.

Question: (On what’s missing in his game).

Rory McIlroy: Just a little bit of control, I think, with the ball-striking, especially in those sorts of winds. It really exposes any weaknesses that you may have. That Friday definitely exposed a few things. As the golf course changes here, you just have to be so precise, and I wasn’t quite precise enough this week.

Question: You’ve been on tears like Scottie is on. We talked about this at the API. What’s in his head right now?

Rory McIlroy: Nothing. Nothing. Not a lot of clutter. The game feels pretty easy when you’re in stretches like this. That’s the hard thing whenever you’re not quite in form. You are searching and you are thinking about it so much, but then when you are in form, you don’t think about it at all. So it’s trying to find that balance.

Question: We make a big deal about a first-timer hasn’t won here since 1979. When you look at Ludvig, does he strike you as a first-timer?

Rory McIlroy: No, I think he showed why at the Ryder Cup. I think every stage throughout his very, very young career, he’s shown that he belongs. Gets the win in Europe, plays the Ryder Cup, gets the win in the States, playing in his first Masters, contending on the back nine on Sunday. He’s sort of proven at every stage that he’s played at that he belongs.

Question: Michael Collins shared that at Bay Hill you had a bit of a longing for Bryson to be there, or at least you would see the value in Bryson being at Bay Hill. When you see what he does this week, a bit of an entertainment factor, does it reiterate the value of him and a few guys back into the pro golf world?

Rory McIlroy: Absolutely. The Masters stands alone in terms of every other golf tournament, but I think even in terms of the ratings the first two days on ESPN looked like they were up, which is a sign that when we’re all back together, then golf thrives. When we’re divided, it doesn’t. That’s just another example of why we should all try to put our heads together and get back together.

Question: When you talk about reassessing things, is there a way to measure when the time has come for that that’s almost analytical as opposed to emotional? How do you determine that?

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, probably not the right time to be analytical at the moment, but I think as well if you’re really going to make wholesale changes it’s hard to play a lot of golf and make them at the same time. I don’t feel like I need to make wholesale changes. That’s why I’m playing a lot. But if the time comes that I need to make wholesale changes with my golf swing and really try to reassess, it could be a six-month to a year process. Not saying I wouldn’t play any tournaments in that time, but the focus would be on the sort of technical side of things and really not result driven at all. I don’t think I’m there yet, but there may come a time where I need to address that and really go back to the drawing board.

But I think right now it’s little tweaks here and there and managing my game. I really feel like I can sort of play my way into form here over these next few weeks.

Question: (On what he did to his caddie.)

Rory McIlroy: No, I was very apologetic. I didn’t mean to do it. The club got stuck, and I just — anyways, he’s resilient. He’ll be all right.
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The Masters Tournament 2024 Live Blog: Scottie Scheffler’s Way to Victory

2022 was Scottie Scheffler’s finest hour. The young up-and-coming player first appeared on the radar of the golf world when he won four tournaments in the space of six weeks. Among these four victories, he celebrated the biggest success of his career: Scottie Scheffler won the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament.

Scottie Scheffler and the Masters Tournament

2022 was not Scheffler’s first time taking part in golf’s most traditional major tournament. He had already made his debut two years earlier in 2020, where he finished tied 19th, improved to tied 18th the following year and 2022 ultimately celebrated one of his greatest triumphs. The then 25-year-old beat the experienced Rory McIlroy by three strokes to secure not only the famous Green Jacket but also his position at the top of the world rankings.

With four rounds under par (Scheffler was the only one to achieve this that year), he proved that he could cope with the extraordinary challenges of Augusta National Golf Club. Scottie Scheffler makes no secret of his love for the tournament. In his acceptance speech after his 2022 victory, he reveals: “I love this place. I love this golf course. If I had to choose one tournament to win, it would be this one.”

Scheffler’s chances at the Masters Tournament 2024

Last year, the now 27-year-old was unable to defend his title and was beaten by Spaniard Jon Rahm. However, the American has nothing to hide with his tied tenth place and records his fourth top 20 finish in his fourth Masters start. This year, the cards will be reshuffled.

Scottie Scheffler will once again start the race as the world number 1 and is therefore one of the favorites. Having been in top form for several years now, he will go into the first major of the year in a stronger position and will certainly be in for an exciting battle with his strongest rivals. He has also impressed with his performance in the current season. In eight starts, Scottie Scheffler has finished in the top 20 eight times and won two of the tournaments. Among his two victories, the Players Championship was the unofficial “fifth major” of the PGA Tour – there could not have been a better dress rehearsal for Scheffler.

Besides his Masters victory in 2022, Scottie Scheffler has yet to win another major, but has finished in the top 25 at every single major since 2020. Last year, he finished three out of four majors in the top 10.

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The Masters Tournament 2024 – Jon Rahm: “It’s hard to put the jacket on somebody else”

Jon Rahm finishes the Masters Tournament 2024 with a weak final round of 76 shots. He made the same score on Friday, when conditions where much more difficult at the Augusta National Golf Club. His round places him at a total of nine shot over par tied for 45th place.

Jon Rahm with weak finish at The Masters Tournament 2024

Jon Rahm, who entered the tournament as the defending champion, was not able to make a convincing effort to take home another Green Jacket. And even with perfect conditions on Sunday he had a mixed first nine holes and finished the tournament with two double bogeys on the second nine holes.

Rahm started with three birdies on the first seven holes, only in round one he made more. He even had a magic hole out on hole 7.

But he kept having difficulties on the greens, losing a total of six shots from hole 8 onwards.

Jon Rahm on his final round: “A couple of bad swings”

Q. Talk about things you want to improve, the things that didn’t really work this week.

JON RAHM: I kind of went out there to try some things to see how it felt. Irons felt better, and off the tee felt good, to be honest. It felt pretty good. Just a couple of bad swings in there. There’s a lot of things that contributed to me not having my best week, and one of them I think was obviously on the greens, which is not easy. Never really had the pace of the greens, and a couple too many three-putts. That’s the easiest way to fix it, but that’s, I think, very subjective to this golf course and the conditions we’re playing on.

Q. Maybe the more positive things is describing what it meant to come here as a defending champion, everything that happened?

JON RAHM: Well, it’s harder to talk about it when I’ve played this bad. It’s been nice to have some receptions walking up to some tees no matter what my score was and seeing the appreciation. But when you don’t have your best week, it’s not that — it’s hard to have to stay now to put the jacket on somebody else and never really ever have a chance.