Augusta National Takes an Unexpected Turn Toward Women's Golf

Augusta National Takes an Unexpected Turn Toward Women's Golf

Tee times start later over the weekend because the field has been cut down after the first two rounds, so even the first players out won't tee off until after 10 a.m.

As an amateur playing in the venerated Masters Tournament, you're completing a lifelong dream just being there.

The ripple effects could be considerable and multifaceted.Young girls around the world taking up golf can now aspire to a heretofore unfathomable ambition: winning a national women's championship at the celebrated home of the Masters.

But the 42-year-old made it clear he felt he was not to blame for being put on the clock by rules officials at Augusta National.

Augusta National opened its competitive doors to women yesterday, announcing it would host a women's amateur championship the week before next year's Masters.

Gini Rometty, appointed in 2012 as the first female CEO of IBM, also became a member in 2014 under Payne's chairmanship.

The 54-hole stroke play event will feature an global field of 72 players.

"We believe this event will have a long-lasting impact on the game", Ridley said.

The timing of the tournament could present some of the world's best women amateurs with a dilemma, since the first major championship of the LPGA season, the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in Rancho, Mirage, California, is traditionally played the week before the Masters.

"Our hope and expectation is that this event will further energize those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National". Let me just generalise and say "we".

This could potentially see some golfers having to make a decision between the two events. Spieth's Friday round is not televised or available for live streaming. "The greatest platform ever for the women's game and great respect for women's golf, which has never really happened from the powers that be in this sport".

Several notable players need a good round Friday to ensure they stick around for the weekend at the Masters.