“While we aim to stage a first-class championship our motivation goes beyond the scores posted between the ropes” Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said in a press release.
But the French founder of the Evian Championship doesn’t think the event will do much to change French golf culture. “I’m going to be very nasty with my country” Franck Riboud said in a press conference ahead of this week’s Evian Championship according to a report from Global Golf Post. “My country is not a golf country. Even if we have the Ryder Cup it’s not a golf country. We don’t have the culture.”
Fujikawa 27 posted a picture to Instagram accompanied by a caption explaining his decision to come out. He told Outsports that he had not come out to anyone in the professional golf world until Tuesday’s post. “The love and support have been overwhelming” he said.
With the 2019 Masters beginning the following week this is a great opportunity to see Augusta National at its best under tournament conditions.
His best result in subsequent starts on tour was a T-19 at the 2012 Sony Open. He has continued to play competitive golf in recent years entering Q-School as well as various qualifiers and mini-tour events. He also won last year’s Hawaiian State Open.
NBC earning the rights is a bit ironic when considering the history of Masters broadcast rights. According to Scott Michaux a longtime Augusta Georgia sports writer NBC was once offered the broadcast rights to the Masters but the offer was mistakenly shipped to executives at CBS.
“I’m so glad that I came out” Fujikawa told Outsports. “I can finally be the best version of me.” Dustin Johnson addressed rumors about his relationship with fiancée Paulina Gretzky in a tweet on Tuesday night.
Tadd Fujikawa has inspired golf fans since he qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at just 15 years old. He’s now breaking new ground off the course. On Tuesday Fujikawa became the first professional golfer to come out publicly as gay hoping to serve as “an inspiration and making a difference in someone’s life.”
The post came several days after Gretzky deleted photos of Johnson from her Instagram account leading to speculation from a series of tabloids on the pair’s relationship.
“I don’t want this to be focused on me. I just want to spread love and acceptance to others who are in a similar situation. If anyone out there is struggling please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE ENOUGH…AS IS EXACTLY AS YOU ARE!
“So…I’m gay” he wrote. “Many of you may have already known that. I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.
The report comes from reporter Alan Blondin who spoke with Whitt McCullough and another assistant pro at the course. “I did not feel a pulse on Mr. Whitt so I began and took over compressions at that point” McCullough told Blondin. “As time elapsed I did regain a pulse and was able to feel it and sustain it.”