Augusta National Golf Club

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Ice Storm Fells Augusta National's 'Eisenhower Tree'

Augusta National landmark couldn't be saved

(Newser) - One of golf's most famous trees has been felled by an ice storm—nearly 60 years after then-President Dwight Eisenhower tried and failed to have it removed from Augusta National Golf Club. The tree, a loblolly pine believed to have been up to 125 years old, was located 210... More »

3 Dead as Storm Sweeps South

System headed for the Carolinas

(Newser) - The severe storm system sweeping through the Deep South has now killed at least three people and left tens of thousands without power as it makes its way toward the Carolinas and the East Coast, the AP reports. After wreaking havoc in Missouri and Arkansas on Wednesday, the storm swept... More »

14-Year-Old Heads to Masters

China's Guan Tianlang becomes youngest player to qualify

(Newser) - At next year's Masters, there's a new kid in town: China's Guan Tianlang today won the Asia-Pacific Championship at the tender age of 14, becoming the youngest golfer ever to qualify to take a swing at Augusta National, reports the AP . Guan, who's in the eighth... More »

Augusta National Adds 1st Women

Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore become first female members

(Newser) - For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members. The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in... More »

IBM's Female CEO to Attend Masters

Debate swirls over all-male Augusta National Golf Club

(Newser) - As the first female CEO of Masters sponsor IBM, Virginia Rometty's name has surfaced over and over this week in arguments about Augusta National Golf Club's policy against admitting women. And while she still hasn't discussed the issue publicly, Rometty will attend the tournament, likely adding more... More »

Harvard Alum Romney Knocks Obama for Time at—Harvard

But in Pennsylvania speech, Mitt inches more toward center

(Newser) - As Mitt Romney campaigns in Pennsylvania, he's traded harsh attacks for a more centrist tone—mostly. The campaign "isn't about one person or about even one party," Romney told backers. "We're Republicans and Democrats in this campaign, but we're all connected with one... More »

White House to Augusta: Time to Admit Women

But it's the golf club's decision: Obama

(Newser) - As controversy over the Augusta National Golf Club's men-only policy resurfaces, the White House is taking sides. President Obama "believes women should be admitted," says press secretary Jay Carney. It's "up to the club to decide," but Obama's "personal opinion is that... More »

Teed-Off Ladies Still Barred at Augusta

Even CEO of Masters sponsor IBM is female-non-grata

(Newser) - The prestigious Augusta National Golf Club, host of the Masters, seems to be sticking to its maddening policy of banning female members. Augusta National Chairman William Porter Payne won't even deign to publicly discuss the issue. Some critics believe it's long past time to extend an invitation to... More »

Woman Reporter Barred From Locker Room at Masters

It's 'just wrong,' tweets banned journalist

(Newser) - A ban on female members at the Georgia golf club that hosted the Masters apparently extends to women reporters—which is teeing off journalists and sports fans. Tara Sullivan, a reporter for New Jersey's Bergen Record, was blocked from joining fellow writers in the locker room of the Augusta National... More »

Woods Thanks Fans for Support

Golfer blogs about Masters, thanks spectators

(Newser) - One little sex scandal seems to have turned Tiger Woods into a man of the people. Tiger thanked his fans profusely today, in his first blog post since October, for the warm reception they gave him at the Masters. “I honestly didn't know what to expect from the fans,... More »

Woods Solid, 2 Behind Poulter, Westwood

Tiger follows 68 with 2-under 70

(Newser) - Tiger Woods plodded along in today's second round of the Masters, making one par after another, mixing in the occasional birdie, and avoiding any major mistakes on his way to a 2-under-par 70—which has him two shots off the lead heading into the weekend. Woods still has some work... More »

More Tiger Woods Insult Banners Coming

Plus, check out the parodies of the Nike commercial

(Newser) - If you enjoyed the Tiger Woods banner that flew over Augusta National yesterday, you’re in for a treat: Five more are on the way. The first message, referring to Tiger’s recommitment to Buddhism, read, “Tiger: Did you mean bootyism?” A rep for the Ohio ad agency that... More »

Tiger Woods Starts Strong, Ignores Plane Banner

He doesn't appear rusty on the front nine

(Newser) - Tiger Woods didn't seem to have much rust in the early going today at the Masters. He got a nice ovation from the gallery before teeing off on the first hole, which he acknowledged with a smile and tip of his cap. He began with a pair of pars before... More »

Golfer at Masters Is 16—and Eclipsed by Tiger

Any other year, focus would be on youngest player ever

(Newser) - Matteo Manassero is 16, the youngest ever winner of Britain’s Amateur Championship, and he's making his debut at the Masters as the youngest golfer ever at Augusta. So why isn’t he the big story in the golf world? Oh, right. “Any other year, Manassero would be the... More »

Tiger Drives Masters Ticket Prices Sky-High

Meanwhile, Augusta chairman rips Woods

(Newser) - The prices of Masters tickets have gone waaaay over par, thanks to the participation of one Eldrick “Tiger” Woods. The New York Post reports seeing four-day tickets, which typically sell for about $2,500, going for $7,500, but as you can see from this screenshot, they’ve been... More »

Tiger Breaks Silence, Denies Using PEDs

Golfer faces the media for first full press conference

(Newser) - Tiger Woods put in his first public practice session in Augusta today, and followed it up with a press conference that represented his first full-length interview since his sex scandal broke. The most pointed questions revolved around his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who’s been connected with performance-enhancing drugs.... More »

Tiger Beats Crowds to Augusta

Scandal-battered golfer gets in some early practice for the Masters

(Newser) - A day before his eagerly awaited press conference, Tiger Woods hit the links at Augusta National this afternoon. Sporting what appear to be the beginnings of a goatee, the scandal-plagued superstar unexpectedly arrived around 1pm and played nine holes with Mark O'Meara. "He's one of the toughest guys mentally... More »

Don't Expect to See Tiger's Every Move on ESPN

Augusta allows ESPN to carry tee-off, but rest will be bundled

(Newser) - Excitement for Tiger Woods’ comeback at the Masters next Thursday runs high—so fans and intrigued scandal watchers may be disappointed to hear that ESPN is taking the NBC Winter Olympics route and bundling coverage instead of showing Tiger's every move live. The exception is Woods’ first stroke, which will... More »

Tiger Woods Practices at Augusta

Golf return is just two weeks away

(Newser) - Tiger Woods is officially back in the saddle. The promiscuous golf star was seen practicing at Augusta National Golf Club yesterday, a day after giving his first interviews since the scandal broke. Woods intends to return for the Masters on April 8. More »

Why Tiger's Comeback Is Sexist

Inside Woods' much-hyped Masters comeback

(Newser) - Tiger Woods’ return to golf is sure to be a ( much-watched ) zoo, and if you want to be there in person to witness it, it just might set you back $2,400. That’s how high resale ticket prices for the Masters have gone since Woods’ announcement, TMZ... More »

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