Golf is ready for a women’s Masters, even if Augusta National isn’t | Anya Alvarez

A womens major at Augusta would go a long way toward growing the game and an even longer way toward dispelling the clubs rep as a bastion for sexism

LPGA veteran Paula Creamer received broad support from her hundreds of thousands of followers when she first called for a womens Masters two years ago on Twitter.

What the 2010 US Open champion did not have, however, was the backing of Augusta National. Namely, chairman Billy Payne, who said in response: I dont think so. I believe I had that question last year or the year before. We have a very short member season at Augusta National, its seven months only. The time that we dedicate to the preparation and conduct of the tournament is already extensive. I dont think that we would ever host another tournament here.

The Masters is bathed in tradition: the par-three contest on Wednesday afternoon, where players have their spouses, parents, friends, or children caddy for them; the pink azaleas dotting the course; Butlers Cabin; the white caddie jumpsuits; the pimento cheese sandwich; and last but not least, Amen Corner.

So exalted has the Masters become in the public consciousness that getting tickets is damn near impossible, unless you know a player or God. In fact, its a long-running rumor that many lapsed churchgoers only rediscovered their faith in the hopes that Masters tickets would suddenly fall into their hands.

The tournament itself is undeniably exciting, as the very best male golfers in the world tee it up for a bid at history. Its where legends such as Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus all hoisted the trophy, and were draped with an oversized green jacket. Its where Tiger Woods broke his maiden with his epochal, record-shattering win 20 years ago, clapping back at Augustas blatant and known racism in the most satisfying way imaginable. The first of mens golfs four bedrock events in any given year, it sets the tone for the rest of the season.

So it should surprise no one that players on the LPGA Tour are behind Creamers pitch for a womens event at American golfs hallowed ground. Said Demi Runas, in her second year on the tour: It would be incredible if there was a womens Masters. We all compete hard, week in and week out, and I think those women at the top of our sport deserve an event that honors that level of dedication.

Currently, the LPGA has five majors: the ANA Inspiration, the US Open, the Ricoh British Open, the Womens PGA Championship and the Evian Championship.

Of the five, the ANA has the most tradition: the caddies also wear white jumpsuits, theres a woman who passes out over 1,000 handmade ribbon flowers each year to players and spectators, and the winner customarily jumps into Poppies Pond just off the 18th green.

Sydnee Muncrief, an LPGA veteran, said of the ANA: Its such a special event and place with such rich history for the LPGA and womens golf. The whole vibe of the week including the star studded Pro-Am is just different in the best way. No other mens event champ gets to jump in Poppies Pond So in my mind, that is our Masters and I think we should be really proud of that.

But despite the ANAs best intentions, the LPGA has struggled cultivate the type of tradition in its major events that is the Masters stock in trade.

The introduction of a womens Masters at Augusta National would represent a major breakthrough for the LPGA. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Of course, tradition cannot be exactly replicated, and nor should it. However, should Augusta National decide to host a womens Masters in the future, there is a worry that it would somehow devalue or detract from the tradition of the mens tournament. That fear, advocates insist, is unfounded.

Does the womens US Open take away from the mens US Open? Muncrief said. The answer is definitely no.

One need only look at the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst, when the women played the same course as the men before the mens tournament. Runas believes that is proof enough that a womens event played in close proximity to the mens could work.

The tradition for the men is so deep-seated [at the Masters] that I dont believe having a womens tournament there would take away from the mens Masters at all, Runas said.

When Paula Creamer was asked to respond to Billy Paynes comments about only being able to host one tournament a year, she replied: Theyve only got one tournament a year. I understand that a lot goes into it, that one week and planning. The golf course is shut down. But I think it can handle two weeks at a time, whether its a week apart or back to back.

Members of Augusta National only play there a handful of times a year, with most of the millionaires and billionaires on their rolls playing far more frequently at courses in the cities where they live. The member season is short due to the Masters, but introduction of a womens event wouldnt shorten it in any significant way.

So lets be honest about the real reasons the board at Augusta National will not even consider a womens tournament: they dont think women belong.

In fact, Augusta National did not invite women to become members of their club until 2012, after 78 years of all-male members. Since then, only three women have joined the ranks of 300 or so members.

Augusta knows that it would not be the politically correct thing to say, We just dont want women playing a tournament at our golf course. So they say nothing.

During my just under four years playing on the tour professionally, I never thought about what a womens Masters would look like simply because I never even entertained the idea of it as a possibility.

However, with a little thought, here is how a womens tournament at Augusta would go down:

  1. The best female players in the world would be invited.
  2. There would be a par-three tournament.
  3. There would swiss cheese sandwiches instead of pimento (a personal preference).
  4. The caddies would wear white jumpsuits with cool green piping.
  5. Amen Corner would remain Amen Corner.
  6. The pink azaleas would remain pink.
  7. The golfer with the lowest score would win the tournament.
  8. The green jacket would actually fit the winner, and not be a ghastly two sizes larger than the person sporting it.
  9. And the biggest difference and least significant difference? The winner would be a woman.

Should Augusta decide that it wants to show that its aim is to grow the game, as Payne once said, it will need to be able to look outside of the scope of a mens tournament. There would be nothing greater for womens golf than to play an event at what is one of the most famous golf courses in the world. That it would involve winning the support of a place thats been seen as a cornerstone of sexism would only make it more satisfying and evidence of a tide that will need to change in order to get more women playing the game.

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Two enormous gators got into a fight on a golf course, proving golf can be really exciting

If you happened to forget that nature is insanely terrifying, look no further than these two angry gators.

YouTuber derekreed36d got lucky enough to see the holy grail of nature: two big-ass alligators whaling on each other at the 18th hole of a golf course in North Carolina. The uploader identified them as a 12-foot alligator and an eight-foot alligator getting into a real scuffle.

It’s fun to watch, but also a staunch reminder to leave gators alone, do not go into any lakes, and actually just never leave your house ever again.

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Frozen hash brown recall due to possible ‘extraneous golf ball materials’

(CNN)You have an early-morning golf match. You make coffee and contemplate the optimal breakfast to help you hit the ball straighter and calm those first-tee jitters.

For now, skip frozen hash browns sold in nine states under the Harris Teeter and Roundy’s brands. The potatoes may contain pieces of golf balls, according to the hash brown maker.
McCain Foods USA’s recall notice on the US Food & Drug Administration site says the hash browns could be “contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials” that “may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.”
“Consumption of these products may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth,” says the notice of the voluntary recall.
The have been no reported injuries, according to the company.
McCain Foods is recalling 2-pound bags of Roundy’s Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns from Marianos, Metro Market, and Pick ‘n Save supermarkets in Illinois and Wisconsin.
It is also recalling 2-pound bags of Harris Teeter Brand Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns sold in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia and Maryland.
The production code on the back of the packaging is B170119, the company says.
The contaminated products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
McCain Foods has not responded to a request for further comment.

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Tommy’s Honour review well-pitched performances bring golf biopic up to par

This story of teenage golf sensation Young Tom Morris is a decent rather than dazzling film to open the Edinburgh film festival, kept on course Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden as father and son

Jason Connery son of Sean is still probably best known for his mid-1980s stint in the TV series Robin of Sherwood, but hes been directing features for a few years now: mostly obscure sci-fi and thrillers, but this, his fifth, has got a modicum of wider interest to it. Tommys Honour is a conventional, old-fashioned, biopic of early golf champ Young Tom Morris, who remains the youngest ever winner of the British Open as a 17-year-old in 1868, and who succumbed to an appallingly early death just seven years later.

Morris is portrayed with enthusiasm and no little charm by Jack Lowden, who channels a sort of bristling young lion challenge towards his father, Old Tom Morris, played with gravelly, bearded dignity by Peter Mullan. Old Tom is the deferential club professional, little more than a skilled servant to the top-hatted members, while Young Tom is a modern-style athlete who expects to be well rewarded for his accomplishments. Their combative relationship not only provides the meat of the films drama, but also allows the film-makers to get across some (fairly sledgehammer) points about the social mores of the time.

In contrast to the rather ripe staging of some of the films more rumbustious confrontations, the golf itself is given fairly low-key treatment: no surging shots of balls soaring majestically through the clouds, or drawn-out closeups of them rattling in the holes. In fact, some of the action scenes are decidedly unceremonious, with cameras pulled some way back and little in the way of fancy editing. Eddie the Eagle this isnt. Its no real handicap, in truth, as the attention can focus more on punch-ups in the crowd or the gamesmanship of Morriss rivals.

Theres some question as to whether this film will appeal to those not much interested in golf, and the script aims to address that problem by homing in, in its second half, on Young Toms frowned-upon relationship with waitress Meg Drinnen (played by Ophelia Lovibond). It never scratches much beneath the surface of a misunderstood lovers narrative, with the local minister playing the role of moral villain.

In the end, its Lowdens fresh-faced enthusiasm and Mullans gravitas operating at about a quarter of the level we know hes capable of keeping things afloat. Tommys Honour draws attention to, and sketches out the main characteristics of, an interesting life, but in truth its all a bit Sunday teatime TV. Pleasant and watchable, perhaps, rather than brilliant.

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Kangaroos took over a country club, showing us how golf should really be played

Australia is an amazing place. Not only are its golf courses beautiful, but one allows you to play your 18 holes in the company of a large crowd of kangaroos. We literally can’t think of anything else we’d rather spend our time doing.

Just kidding, these kangaroos were not put onto the golf course of Sanctuary Point Country Club on purpose. No one seems certain of how the roos got there, but they certainly didn’t seem to mind sharing their space with golfers who attempted to play around them. They didn’t even seem to mind when a golf cart drove by.

Tbh, this is how all golf should be played. Or they should create a new event just for this, something like The Masters: Kangaroo Edition. We would definitely watch.

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Sergio Garca sets sights on the Open after Masters triumph

After defeating Justin Rose in a play-off at Augusta, Sergio Garca said the Masters was akin to the Champions League of golf, but that the Open was like the Champions Champions League

After finally burying the majors demon that haunted his career for nearly 20 years at the Masters, Sergio Garca now has his sights set on the Open title.

After four runner-up finishes at majors, the Spaniard finally won one of golfs showpiece titles on Sunday at Augusta, beating Englands Justin Rose in a play-off.

Its better late than never, Garca said in an interview with Radio Marca. I have to continue on the same path. I hope this is not the last.

The Masters is like the Champions League, but the British Open is like the Champions Champions League.

This years Open takes place at Royal Birkdale in July. The Spaniard has two second-place finishes in the event, at Carnoustie in 2007 when he lost in a play-off to Pdraig Harrington and Hoylake in 2014, when he tied behind Rory McIlroy alongside Rickie Fowler.

Garca played in 74 majors before finally winning one, with victory coming thanks to a 12-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole on Augustas par-four 18th.

He said: I hit it where I wanted to. I didnt ask my caddies opinion because the putt fell towards the left. In the five previous holes I had struck the ball very well. I knew there was the possibility of making a birdie in the play-off.

Garcas victory came on what would have been the 60th birthday of his late hero Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011. Another idol, Jos Mara Olazbal, also won at Augusta.

I dedicated the victory to Severiano. I was able to win in the same place that my two idols had done. Olazbal sent me a very nice message in which he told me that he loved me and that I should have a lot of confidence in myself.

Before the Royal Birkdale event comes the second major of the year, the US Open, which starts on 15 June at Erin Hills.

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Heading to the Masters? 10 ways to be a proper patron.

If you’re lucky enough to go to the Masters, you’re lucky enough!  If not, like me, you’ll be sitting in the comfort of your living room or hanging out at your local Golf Course Pub watching the Festivities and the many great shots we’ve come to expect at the Masters.  Here’s to an exciting and possible “nail biting” tournament.  If you ARE going, be sure to implement most, if not ALL of these guidelines.  As Jim Nantz would say,  “Here’s to a Win for the Ages”!

It’s obvious when you first step foot on the grounds of Augusta National for the Masters tournament that a certain kind of behavior is expected out of the patrons. It’s quieter, except for those birds chirping, and the patrons seem to have a reverent attitude. I mean, this is like going to the Holy Church of Golf. All the caddies are wearing white, many of the women are in their Sunday best, and yes, the golfers do plenty of praying, especially on Sunday.
But if you’ve never been before, how do you know how you’re supposed to conduct yourself as a patron? It’s not like we’re born with this ability; it’s learned. Admittedly, the list below seems to be more about don’ts than do’s, but it’s really not that hard. If you’re fortunate enough to have credentials (i.e. tickets), just follow these guidelines, and you’ll be fine.
1. Down in front

Okay, there’s an order to things here at Augusta National. Areas for patrons with chairs are even roped off, and patrons get there mighty early in the morning to claim their spot. If you’re wandering the course, trying to follow a particular group, you’ll need to be tall or find a nice hill or bleachers to watch the action. A great viewing area, by the way, is the bleachers behind the 12th tee, where you can see the 11th green, the par-3 12th and much of the par-5 13th, better known as Amen Corner.

Also, it’s a big no-no for patrons to run while on the grounds, whether it’s to get a front row spot to spy Jordan Spieth going for 13 in two or to get in line for a pimento cheese sandwich. You may be lucky to get away with a warning.
2. Leave your cell phones in the car

Or in the hotel room. I mean, they’re adamant about this. Forget the fact that almost all PGA Tour events allow cell phones on the course, even encouraging you to download the tournament app so you can follow the leaderboard, this is a tradition like no other, which means those mechanical scoreboards have done the job in the past and are doing the job today. And if you were planning to use your camera as a phone, fuhgeddaboutit. Even during practice rounds, when you can take your camera, you can’t bring those fancy Androids or iPhones that take better pictures than most $500 cameras.
3. Don’t wear a green blazer

If you’re going to be a good patron, you’ve got leave that green jacket in the car or at home or in the hotel room. Those are reserved for members and past champions. You don’t want to cause any confusion out there, impersonating Doug Ford or Condoleezza Rice. If you must wear a blazer, pick a plaid one from the tournament that follows the Masters.
Be sure to leave the denim at home and, while we’re at it, consider saving the Loudmouth Pants for another week.
4. Smoke the fattest cigar you can find

I don’t know if there’s a better place to smoke cigars than where most of the old legends used to smoke Lucky Strikes and Camels. (There’s a great Frank Christian picture of Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer waiting on the tee puffing away, during the 1966 Masters.) But please make sure it’s a good one, like a Cohiba, since everyone around you will be smoking it, too.
5. Shop, but not ’til you drop

Okay, if you’re going to the Masters, you have to bring back lots of souvenirs for everyone, but not too many. After all, if you’re one of the those patrons who comes out of the massive Masters merchandise building with $50,000 worth of memorabilia, it’s pretty obvious you’re hitting the secondary market for your own gain, and that ain’t cool.
Just buy your closest friends a gift. They love those $16 coffee mugs. Every golfer who has received one of those from me drinks out of it every day.
6. Save room for Masters Mini Moonpies

I mean, other than the Masters, when do you get to eat these things? I don’t even know where to find regular moon pies in the grocery stores anymore. They’ve had them at Augusta National forever. I think there’s marshmallow in them and there’s chocolate on the outside, a winning combo. It gives you energy to climb all those hills, which look way bigger in person than on TV. So don’t fill up on $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches or Masters potato chips or Masters trail mix or Masters peanuts; save room for those sweet little saucers.
7. Arrive early and stay at Augusta late

What else are you going to do while in Augusta? Sleep in at your $300-a-night Super 8 crash pad? Breakfast at the Waffle House and dinner at Hooters (two of many blue collar staples on Washington Rd.)? Instead, take it all in. Get there at the crack of dawn and stay until the last putt is holed. And why not? Food is affordable at the Masters.
8. No ‘Mashed potatoes!’ please

No, “You da mans,” “Get in the hole” or any other lame comments. This is the Masters, man. A polite golf clap will do nicely and when they do something really spectacular — like when Tiger Woods holed out that pitch shot from behind the 16th green — you can let loose like any other golf tournament.
9. Adults: Lay off the autographs

If you’re over say, 25, no autographs. Leave that for the kids. We know what those 50-year-olds are likely doing with those autographed flags they’re supposedly bringing back for family and friends: cashing in with the collectible guys.
10. No scalping tickets outside the grounds

Okay, so you’ve got tickets for the whole week and you want to take a day off to play golf at the nearby River Club in North Augusta or Aiken (S.C.) Golf Club just 20 minutes away. Don’t even think about scalping those tickets near the grounds to pay for the green fees. This is punishable by jail, fine or even worse, permanent expulsion from Magnolia Lane.
SOURCE: Mike Bailey, Golf Advisor


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