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August 22, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, officials of the Augusta National Golf Club flatly declined to discuss their membership policies, particularly when questioned about whether a woman would ever become a member at the stately but stuffy home of the Masters. That's why it was rare that Augusta National chairman Billy Payne released a statement Monday on the issue and announced something even more extraordinary, that two women - former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina finance executive Darla Moore - had accepted invitations to become members.
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July 10, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Examining the membership makeup of the Augusta National Golf Club at Masters time is a ritual almost as routine as the awarding of the green jacket to the tournament champion. The club, established in 1932, accepted its first African-American member in 1990 but has yet to add a woman to its 300-member roster. The usually tight-lipped chairmen of the club, the most recent being Hootie Johnson, have explained that Augusta National has no exclusionary policies, but say no more. Yesterday, however, Johnson dropped his reticence on the matter and issued a three-page statement critical of a national women's group that has urged the club to admit female members in time for the 2003 Masters next spring.
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April 8, 2009 | Daily News Staff and Wire Services
What: 73rd Masters tournament When: Tomorrow through Sunday Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga. Par: 36-36-72 Purse: To be determined ($7.5 million in 2008) The field: 96 players, including five amateurs CHAMPIONS OF 2000s: 2000: Vijay Singh 2001: Tiger Woods 2002: Tiger Woods 2003: Mike Weir 2004: Phil Mickelson 2005: Tiger Woods 2006: Phil Mickelson 2007: Zach Johnson 2008: Trevor Immelman THE COURSE: Length: 7,435 yards 1. Par 4, 445 Yards 2008 Difficulty: fourth 2. Par 5, 575 Yards 2008 Difficulty: 16th 3. Par 4, 350 Yards 2008 Difficulty: 14th 4. Par 3, 240 Yards 2008 Difficulty: fifth 5. Par 4, 455 Yards 2008 Difficulty: sixth 6. Par 3, 180 Yards 2008 Difficulty: 11th 7. Par 4, 450 yards 2008 Difficulty: third 8. Par 5, 570 yards 2008 Difficulty: 17th 9. Par 4, 460 yards 2008 Difficulty: seventh 10. Par 4, 495 yards 2008 Difficulty: second 11. Par 4, 505 yards 2008 Difficulty: first 12. Par 3, 155 yards 2008 Difficulty: 13th 13: Par 5, 510 yards 2008 Difficulty: 15th 14. Par 4, 440 2008 Difficulty: 12th 15. Par 5, 530 yards 2008 Difficulty: 18th 16. Par 3, 170 yards 2008 Difficulty: 10th 17. Par 4, 440 yards 2008 Difficulty: ninth 18. Par 4, 465 yards 2008 Difficulty: eighth Did you...
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November 19, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Times suggested in an editorial yesterday that Tiger Woods skip the Masters next year because of the all-male membership at Augusta National Golf Club. "A tournament without Mr. Woods would send a powerful message that discrimination isn't good for the golfing business," the editorial said. Augusta National declined to comment. In interviews this month, Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson was adamant that a woman would not be among the 300 members at Augusta by the start of the Masters in April.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson plays the majors these days looking comfortable and confident, and he'll own that same expression this week in the Masters. But it wasn't always that way for the popular lefthander. In his first 11 appearances at Augusta National Golf Club, Mickelson ended up third on four occasions and posted three other finishes in the top 10. He also had come agonizingly close in other majors and had seen his streak as a professional reach 42 starts without a victory prior to the 2004 Masters.
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne said Wednesday that the Masters has not changed the way it positions its rules officials, a policy that came under criticism last year during controversy over an illegal drop taken by Tiger Woods at No. 15. Woods was found to have not taken a proper drop after finding the water with his third shot on the par-5 hole in the second round. It was not until the next day that Woods was penalized 2 strokes, but he was not disqualified for having signed an incorrect scorecard that had not included the assessment.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Arnold Palmer enjoyed his fourth Masters victory in 1964 more than his first three because the result already had been determined by the time he walked up the 18th fairway. On the 50th anniversary of his final Masters championship, Palmer said Tuesday that his titles in 1958, 1960, and 1962 resulted in "a squeaker every time" - 1-stroke wins in the first two, an 18-hole playoff victory over Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in the third. The fourth was better; Palmer won by 6 shots.
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December 19, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
The major championship that has haunted Greg Norman throughout his career is giving him another chance. He received a special invitation yesterday from Augusta National Golf Club to play in next year's Masters. "I'm not one to say a course owes me one, but given my record there and the fact that I know Augusta so well, perhaps something special will happen in April," Norman said. Norman has been a runner-up at the Masters three times, including his most memorable collapse in 1996, when he squandered a six-stroke lead against Nick Faldo in the final round by shooting a 78. Norman finished third three other times and was fourth when he debuted in 1981.
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April 7, 2005 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Anybody hoping for an update on any plans Augusta National Golf Club has for adding a woman member can forget it. "We've adopted a new policy," Hootie Johnson chairman of the club, said yesterday. "We don't talk about club matters, period. " The chairman's comments came yesterday during his annual pre-Masters news conference, which in recent years has been a bit contentious. Not this year, not with the powerful club having vanquished Martha Burk and any other foes on the issue of female members.
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April 10, 2003 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two members of the Augusta National Golf Club, the two who have combined to win 10 Masters championships, teamed up to persuade club chairman William "Hootie" Johnson to rescind the age limit policy for the tournament. According to Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer drafted a letter last month to send to Johnson to get him to rethink the rule which would have set 65 as the maximum age for past champions to compete, effective next year. The letter set in motion a series of events that ended with Johnson inviting Palmer and Nicklaus to Augusta National to inform them that the lifetime exemption for Masters champions had been reinstated.
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April 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Jordan Spieth is doing a lot of talking to himself this week at the Augusta National Golf Club. After all, the 20-year-old Texan is determined to make a good showing in this, his first time competing at the Masters. Well, Spieth is doing just fine, so fine that he has a chance on Sunday to become the youngest winner of a green jacket in tournament history. With the sun baking out Augusta National's greens Saturday to a rock-hard firmness, Spieth kept his cool and fired his third straight subpar round, a 70, to make up a 5-stroke deficit and tie Bubba Watson for the lead with 18 holes to play.
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April 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Bill Haas knows well his family's history in the Masters. His great-uncle, Bob Goalby, won the green jacket in 1968. His father, Jay, made a run at the championship in 1995 but wound up in a tie for third. Two uncles also have competed in the year's first major. Now carrying the family flag up Magnolia Lane, Bill Haas began the 78th edition of the Masters with a 4-under-par 68, good for a 1-stroke lead Thursday over a field that basked in brilliant sunshine but struggled with difficult hole locations at Augusta National Golf Club.
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April 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne said Wednesday that the Masters has not changed the way it positions its rules officials, a policy that came under criticism last year during controversy over an illegal drop taken by Tiger Woods at No. 15. Woods was found to have not taken a proper drop after finding the water with his third shot on the par-5 hole in the second round. It was not until the next day that Woods was penalized 2 strokes, but he was not disqualified for having signed an incorrect scorecard that had not included the assessment.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson plays the majors these days looking comfortable and confident, and he'll own that same expression this week in the Masters. But it wasn't always that way for the popular lefthander. In his first 11 appearances at Augusta National Golf Club, Mickelson ended up third on four occasions and posted three other finishes in the top 10. He also had come agonizingly close in other majors and had seen his streak as a professional reach 42 starts without a victory prior to the 2004 Masters.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Arnold Palmer enjoyed his fourth Masters victory in 1964 more than his first three because the result already had been determined by the time he walked up the 18th fairway. On the 50th anniversary of his final Masters championship, Palmer said Tuesday that his titles in 1958, 1960, and 1962 resulted in "a squeaker every time" - 1-stroke wins in the first two, an 18-hole playoff victory over Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in the third. The fourth was better; Palmer won by 6 shots.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Masters this year welcomes its largest rookie class since 1935, when it was two years old and known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. The group of 23 contestants is considered to be one of the most talented ever and leads to anticipation that a player will win the event in his initial try for the first time since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. Then again, this is the Masters, the year's first major, the Augusta National Golf Club, the tradition, and the rich history of great golfers who have won there.
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April 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Since playing in his first Masters just three years ago at the age of 23, Jason Day has twice walked most of the back nine at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday with a chance to have a green jacket slipped onto his shoulders. After these near-misses - a tie for second in 2011 and a third-place finish in 2013 - Day gets another chance to break through for his first major championship when the Masters begins Thursday. This year, such an achievement comes with an extra benefit: the No. 1 world ranking.
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April 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - There were no tears this time for Brandt Snedeker, who cried when he blew his shot at winning the Masters in 2008. But the lost opportunity Sunday still hurt. Snedeker, who shared the lead going into the final round, did not perform well in the rainy conditions at Augusta National Golf Club. He fired a 3-over-par 75 to drop into a tie for sixth at 284, 5 strokes out of the playoff won by Adam Scott over Angel Cabrera. "Just frustrated and disappointed," the 32-year-old Nashville native said.
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April 14, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The roars through the hills and valleys of the Augusta National Golf Club let you know that Fred Couples was closing in on the leaders in the third round of the Masters. But other than yells of encouragement, there was mostly silence on Couples' last five holes, which he played in 5-over-par for a 77 that dropped him into a tie for 18th at 216. "I was very mediocre," said the 53-year-old Couples, the 1992 Masters champion. "I made a lot of pars, but I had just some mediocre swings.
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April 13, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - China's Guan Tianlang had been the talk of Augusta National Golf Club this week, impressing everyone with his golf game as a 14-year-old and the youngest contestant in the history of the Masters. After being assessed a 1-stroke penalty for slow play on the 17th green Friday during his second round, Guan impressed everyone with his class even though it could be said he was being made the scapegoat for the entire field playing at a snail's pace in the windy conditions. "I respect the decision they made," Guan said after a 3-over-par 75 left him at 4-over 148 for 36 holes and, for a time, in danger of missing the cut (though he did make it)
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