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I've been reading.....haven't been commenting......but will say one thing:  The powers to be who select the majors locations have chosen Augusta since 1934.  Augusta is a private club. Their membership is by invite.  The membership votes on who to accept.  There is absolutely nothing any of us can do about it.  When they decide to accept women as members they will.  Minorities are members.  But since the membership list is kept secret we'll never know how many or their ethnic or racial background.  Tiger Woods is not the only minority to play in the Masters.  VJ Singh is a past champion too.  And when you think about it, minorities are not well represented on any of the tours.....something the PGA Tour is working on but it needs to begin at the grassroots.  Golf is an expensive sport.....shoting hoops or batting balls is much cheaper!!

Perhaps the PGA, and European tours need to have a chat about the Masters, how the club's policies regarding membership do not reflect current vogue in our diverse world.  Yes, it is a wonderful venue; however, there are many, many other courses that give the same challenge to the world's top players. 

Quite frankly.....this gray haired, female retiree has absolutely no desire to find a member of Augusta to extend their invitation to me for membership :-)))  But I'll watch the tournament and surely cheer Tiger on to the green jacket presentation!!!! 

 

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Villages, I hear what you are saying.

   The Masters is in reality a self appointed major.  They are not ruled by the PGA in any shape or form.  The only rules they abide by are the rules of golf.

  In this day and age the PGA  would never sanction a tournament being run by such sexists and racists.

 The Masters is in many ways an anomaly. 

  
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True......however, it is sanctioned by the tours as evidenced for Fed Ex Cup points as well as OWGR points.  If the tours pulled those sanctions.....the Masters would become just a ho-hum nice place to play, lots of history, but players would turn their heads and play where the points are..... 

Substitute the Masters with the Players :-)

 


Edited 4/4/12   by  villagesgolfer
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Villages. I agree it is recognized my the various tours. 

 The bottom line is a draconian committee of right wing neo fascists run Augusta. They are racist and sexist.  An old boys club that is still stuck in a bygone age.

  They will eventually change. It's a question of time.
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Villages.

 It's certainly time to change the format of the majors. The USA hosting 3 out of 4  is ridiculous in this day and age. The game is global.  One of the US majors should go global IMO.

   The PGA or The Masters should go.
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Sounds like a good option!  Hasn't the European Tour suggested that previously???  Golf is a global sport and would be nice to have more than the Open and WGC's played around the world.  Especially as we prepare for golf in the olympics.  Might be a great way to grow the game!!

 

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 Should have the US and UK Opens and have two other majors that go global. 3 majors in the US is NUTZ. 
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If it's so private Billie.......what the h*ll were you doing sticking your nose in Tiger's private life?  Jason Sobel needs to address that in one of his articles! 

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Wonder how many of them are members of "Skull & Bones" or "Bildergerg?"  Just saying.....
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Exactly! But if Sobel does he will be escorted off the property.

I would rather say something and get escorted out than to sit back and say nothing..





Edited 4/5/12   by  Paul_Sr
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Hi upt......little local fact:  Jack Nicklaus with his architect designed a course in the mountains south of Yosemite National Park.......Beautiful!  After the design was finished and the final step - seeding was done, no one could play on it for 2 years!  Closest conditions to Augusta I have seen and been privileged to play on and it's a pubic/private course.  Too many courses open up way to early and with the money Augusta makes for 1 week they can afford to close it down for the summer and make sure, in that heat, that it is watered and untouched.  Wonder if they have taken some of that money for a free parking area and put in some of the new underground water systems like many of the new PGA courses have done?  Then again, with Billie Payne, he's not the sharpest tool in the shed, maybe sneaky, sleazy but not forward thinking.  Don't know for sure.
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Von......the Scottish reporter was the last to ask Payne of 7 reporters to address the issue.  He asked Payne in that question, how would Payne explain to his grand daughters why they couldn't be members if they wanted.

PRICELESS........he stated he wasn't going to answer that question!  IDIOT!!!

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an underground sprinkler system would great @ Augusta.

but then again, they might already have one.  

i do understand now though, that because they host a major

tourney there every year, which is shown on tv,  they have to

keep the course in top notch shape.

i only wish we could at least follow the tournament on shottracker, etc.

hopefully that will change in the near future.

:-)

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She's trying to tell Payne something!!!!  BTW, they keep talking about how Rory came back at the Congressional by 8 strokes, everyone forgets, that is supposed to be the hardest set-up for all the majors!  They couldn't get the stimp meter where they normally do because Mother Nature saturated the greens.....so we all know how many short putts he misses but because the greens were so soft when he got it close he was able to drop it in.  I'll admit, Rory can stick the pin pretty close, much like Tiger has but he was soooo....bad at 3 footers he reminded me of PM.  Maybe Stockton has changed that for him but this WONDERFUL COMEBACK had nothing to do with anything other than MOTHER NATURE.  They talk about the weather now, at the Masters but forget to remind us of the weather at the Congressional last year.  I would bet Rory wouldn't have won by so much if the course had been normal, if at all!
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I'm with ya Paul!!
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upt......I keep hearing TGC that they will have 7 hours of coverage tomorrow and I looked forward to tomorrow and ESPN starts coverage for 4 hours straight at noon PST.  4 hours is about right for regular golf and 5 hours for a PGA event.  Even last year, TGC didn't change their line-up on the guide but still covered the round.  Oh, it was ESPND......so check out both in your time zone.  I think TGC said 8am.....so for me that would be 5am....anyway, check your channels accordingly.  Hope they get it right with all the hype they have put into the Tiger/Rory ahem....rivalry, it would seem that they would cover it.

I did just hear from PM that Augusta has an air system under the greens so they can dry them out....we'll see, time for Tiger to stick it close like he used to.

Only reason Rory won the Congressional by so much is he can stick it close but misses 3 footers all the time.....he's been working with Stockton so maybe that has improved.  But at the Congressional last year the greens were so wet that his approaches stuck, the Congressional is supposed to be the toughest of the majors on the greens stimp meter - they couldn't even get close. 

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To answer the question: No, I have no idea why they're faxing scorecards. Gee, if only there was some CEO from IBM around here to help..

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Rory McIlroy posts opening-round 1-under 71. Greatest retribution from a cabin since Abraham Lincoln.