March 16, 2010 |
Tiger Woods released a statement Tuesday announcing that he will return to golf at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club., which begins April 8. We can now start counting the days (23) until he returns to competition at Augusta National , which will take place after a four-month hiatus that started when he became embroiled in a scandal over extramarital affairs. [Updated at 9 a.m.: "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in the statement.
November 12, 2002 |
Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said she was surprised only by the timing of Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson's message that the club would not alter its membership policy to admit a female member.
April 1, 2014 |
Augusta National Golf Club could resemble a hospital ward at the start of the Masters next week. With Tiger Woods already announcing Tuesday he's out at Augusta after back surgery, Phil Mickelson and other top players are limping toward the first round on April 10 with persistent injuries. A pulled muscle forced Mickelson to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open last week. Hunter Mahan failed to complete the Arnold Palmer Invitational with hip problems, and Jason Day could not even get to the first tee after a thumb injury flared up during practice.
September 9, 2013 |
Nearly eight decades have passed since Horton Smith won the 1934 Masters, so he isn't exactly a household name among golf fans. But for aficionados who collect memorabilia from the sport, Smith is a Holy Grail-type figure because he received the first green jacket ever awarded by Augusta National Golf Club. The hallowed garment was only recently discovered by a family member -- it had been hanging in a closet all this time -- and was promptly put up for sale. According to Green Jacket Auctions, it fetched $682,229.45 from an unidentified bidder over the weekend.
April 5, 2012 |
Mitt Romney agrees with President Obama on at least one thing: Women should be admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. In response to a reporter's shouted question about the issue at a campaign appearance Thursday, Romney said: “Well of course. I'm not a member of Augusta. I don't know if I would qualify -- my golf game is not that good -- but certainly if I were a member and if I could run Augusta, which isn't likely to happen, but of course I'd have women in Augusta. Sure.
October 16, 1990 |
The heavy rains and flooding in east Georgia also hit the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters tournament, heavily damaging the legendary "Amen Corner." The green on No. 11, the first of the three holes that compose Amen Corner, was washed away when Rae's Creek overflowed its banks late last week. The water also damaged a bunker on No. 12, damaged the Byron Nelson Bridge and destroyed the members' tee box at No. 13. Workers were removing mud and sand left on the No.
April 11, 2003 |
Though barred from the front gates of Augusta National Golf Club, Martha Burk will still protest. "In the pits," she said. And no more debating Chairman Hootie Johnson over the issue of admitting women as members to the club that holds the Masters. It's all about the corporations now, Burk said Thursday at the Martin Luther King Center. It's all about pressure now. It's about holding accountable the chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who belong to the male-only Augusta National.
September 2, 2012 |
GOLF URBAN LEGEND : Augusta National Golf Club changed their rules to keep an African-American player from possibly qualifying for the Masters in 1962. With the recent news that the Augusta National Golf Club has added a female member to their club, I thought it would be interesting to examine another controversial period in Augusta history, the years before Lee Elder became the first African-American player to compete in the Masters Tournament in 1975. Charlie Sifford was a pioneer among African-Americans in the world of golf.
April 9, 1998 |
It was a Thursday afternoon last April and Tiger Woods was finishing a round of 70 on his way to just doing it at the Masters. Along Washington Road, which runs in front of Augusta National Golf Club, a sleepy Georgia town was responding by doing a remarkable imitation of the New York Stock Exchange. The price of a $100 badge that would allow a spectator to rub elbows with 35,000 or so of the rich and famous spiked after starting the day at something over $4,000.