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๐ŸŒ๏ธ Masters Official Cocktail Recipe Revealed

Plus: How to improve leg action in golf swing

Good Morning. Seven days to the Masters tee-off, for the 88th time!

6-time Green Jacket winner Jack Nicklaus missed the cut just seven times in 45 appearances at Augusta National.

Todayโ€™s Trivia:ย Whoโ€™s the defending champion at the Valero Texas Open? Answer at the end of the email.

โ›ณ This day in history: On this date in 1937, Byron Nelson went birdie-eagle on Nos. 12 and 13 en route to a final-round 70 and two-shot victory over Ralph Guldahl in the 4th Masters.

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ALBATROSS
This Is How Rory and Tiger Prepare For Masters

Photo: Getty Images | Source: Sky Sports

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are leaving no stone unturned to give themselves the best chance of winning at Augusta National next week.

Both of them recently completed their scouting trip to the venue but there's more to their preparations than just that.

โ›ณ๏ธ Rory's Approach:

๐Ÿ“Œ McIlroy is struggling with his swing and made a 2,000-mile plus trip to Nevada to seek advice from legendary coach Butch Harmon. He believes that the session will help him fix his โ€˜two-swingโ€™ conundrum in time for next weekโ€™s Masters.

๐Ÿ“Œ McIlroy was spotted on the range preparing for the start of the Valero Texas Open with a prototype TaylorMade 4-iron. If it works out well this week, he could possibly use the same equipment at Augusta.

๐Ÿ“Œ McIlroy will arrive late at Augusta National (on Tuesday) and plans to skip the par 3 contest as he weighs up the best approach to his latest tilt at the career grand slam.

He feels that the run-up to the Masters drags too long which explains why he would like to arrive at Magnolia Lane later than he ever has in his career.

โ›ณ๏ธ Tiger's Approach:

๐Ÿ“Œ Woods is hitting the gym regularly and is focussing on a strict diet in the run up to the Masters according to a close friend.

๐Ÿ“Œ Woods has also eliminated sex until the Masters is over.

He isnโ€™t the first athlete to abstain from sexual activity before competition though - Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson apparently tried out this approach during their prime.

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EAGLE
Kim Leads As Korda Struggles In Vegas

Photo: AP | Source: LPGA

The opening round of the LPGA Tour's T-Mobile Match Play tournament was dominated by the underdogs as the stars struggled to keep pace.

๐Ÿš€ Kim Sole Leader: South Korea's Sei Young Kim carded a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after Round 1. Kim, the 2020 Player of the Year, carded birdies on six of her first 10 holes.

๐Ÿ“ Home Advantage: Las Vegas-area residents Danielle Kany and Rose Zhang made the most of home advantage and sit T-2, just a stroke behind.

๐Ÿšซ Stars Struggle: World No 1 Nelly Korda sits T-28 after shooting a 73 - she has work to do if she has to extend her winning streak.

Lydia Ko, who needs a victory to enter the World Hall of Fame, is in contention at T-9, five shots behind the leader.

The top 65 players plus ties after the first two days will advance to the third round Friday, and then the top eight players will compete in match play over the weekend.

Watch Round 1 Highlights

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What else is making news

T-Mobile Match Play:ย Sei Young Kim on top after first round; Nelly Korda sits T-28.

Caddie Corner: Justin Thomas has split with his long-time caddie Jim โ€œBonesโ€ Mackay ahead of the Masters.

ANWA: Scotland's Hannah Darling leads by one shot after the opening round at the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

PGA Tour: Charley Hoffman set to make his 500th career PGA Tour start this week at the Valero Texas Open.

New Coach: Two-time USGA champion and LPGA veteran Tiffany Joh named newest US national coach.

LPGA Tour:ย FM Global to provide athlete accommodations for 2024 FM Global Championship scheduled to be held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

BIRDIE
Recipe Revealed: Masters' Signature Azalea Cocktail

Source: Golf.com

The Masters Tournament has its own Pinterest page with all sorts of delightful, tournament-themed content: patron fashion inspo, Masters Dinner menus, concessions photos and its official Azalea recipe.

The Azalea Cocktail is an Augusta National speciality and here are the ingredients you need:

๐Ÿน Ice
๐Ÿน 1.25 oz vodka
๐Ÿน 5 oz lemonade
๐Ÿน 0.5 oz grenadine
๐Ÿน Cherry and lemon wheel garnish

You might be surprised that the recipe calls for lemonade instead of pineapple juice but it is what it is!

The description doesnโ€™t specify whether or not the mixture should be shaken or stirred, so weโ€™ll leave that up to personal preference.

DRIVING RANGE
Improve Leg Action In Golf Swing

In this video, we talk about knees and footwork in the golf swing to have a repeatedly solid contact, butt out the club correctly and have the best swing you can have.

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Trivia Answer: Corey Conners (2nd title).