August 20, 2012 |
A decade after former Augusta National Golf Club chairman Hootie Johnson swore that the home of the Masters golf tournament would not admit women “at the point of a bayonet,” the club has quietly invited two prominent women to join. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore have accepted membership invitations, the club announced Monday - 22 years after admitting its first black members. The move came with little advance notice, and at a time when controversy over the previously all-male club in eastern Georgia had cooled somewhat.
April 8, 2012 |
On a day when Augusta National needed no more magic, when the trees kept perfect posture, the sun glistened and the greens ran like Usain Bolt, the Magical Masters Man began pulling rabbits out of hats. Phil Mickelson shot 66. That wasn't the best score of the day. Sweden's Peter Hanson shot seven-under-par 65. Nor did it get Mickelson the lead. Hanson had him by a stroke at nine under par. But with due respect to Hanson and his marvelous round, Phil is Phil and this is the Masters and the only bigger story and emotional mover here might be Tiger Woods, had he made a run. But he was long gone, perhaps at the shop having repairs done to the clubs he has slammed and kicked this tournament, when Mickelson started running in birdie putts and sending the galleries into a frenzy.
April 4, 2012 |
The expectation that the Augusta National golf club would do the right thing and avoid another wave of controversy over its male-only perception ended quickly here Wednesday. The issue, which created great noise and no action back in 2003, when Martha Burke campaigned for female membership at the host of the legendary Masters Golf Tournament, emerged again recently when IBM named a woman as its chief executive. Most previous IBM CEOs have been Augusta members, and IBM is one of the main sponsors of the Masters.
April 3, 2012 |
Augusta, Ga. The obvious plot line for this year's Masters golf tournament, which begins Thursday, was established and addressed Tuesday, well before the first ball was struck. Sports Illustrated started it with a recent article that said the only story lines in golf these days revolved around Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. That premise probably would not have been put forth had not Tiger finally won a tournament two weeks ago at Bay Hill, after a 30-month drought. And it was helped along by the revisiting by reporters Tuesday morning of McIlroy's collapse from a four-stroke lead on the back nine of the final round in last year's Masters.
April 8, 2011 |
Reporting from Augusta, Ga. — The crowds that had reveled in the Augusta National sunshine were either headed to the exits or already headed to dinner by the time Alvaro Quiros stepped to the 18th tee. After all, it already had been a long day. Masters icons Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were cheered as they hit their ceremonial tee shots. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson drew their usual flocks of followers. Rory McIlroy carried the banner of the next generation with a scintillating seven-under-par 65. And then Quiros finished it off with an unexpected flourish.
April 12, 2010 |
He was surrounded by deep green, he was covered in thick black, but I couldn't stop looking at the living pink. On the side of Phil Mickelson's cap Sunday, there was a decal of a pink ribbon, the international symbol of breast- cancer awareness. Through Augusta National's thick spring air, it glowed. Through the 74th Masters' weighty final round, it rocked. It sat atop Mickelson's head but played from his heart, his personal fight fueling his public battle, the pink pushing him past the coolness of Lee Westwood, the bluster of Tiger Woods, the charges from every corner, finally dropping him into the arms of his wife, Amy. Together, in afternoon shadows that felt like dawn, they tearfully hugged in celebration of a Masters victory that wrapped the sports world in a jacket of life.