While five amateurs have already qualified for invitation the next 60 spots will be filled via the World Amateur Golf Ranking. A scary scene at the World Amateur Handicap Championship turned into a heroic moment for a Myrtle Beach golf pro two weeks ago.
That comes as some reasonable surprise as — though the two events are not directly linked — CBS has owned the broadcasting rights at the Masters for decades. NBC Sports has just grabbed its piece of the Masters pie.
Rounds one and two will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club (on the Island and Bluff nines) on that week’s Wednesday and Thursday. Highlights for both of those rounds will be provided by Golf Channel which is owned by NBC. Then the top 30 players and ties will have a practice round day at Augusta National on Friday April 5.
The Rules of Golf have long been ridiculed for their strictness and ambiguity but this stands as a positive step for clarity on how the game is governed. Also included in the Player’s Edition are colored diagrams for further context and clarification.
“From the project’s inception our one goal was to make the Rules easier to understand and apply for all golfers” said Thomas Pagel senior managing director of Governance for the USGA.
Harry Whitt 65 was playing in the event when he collapsed under cardiac arrest on the 15th hole of Indian Wells Golf Club. Whitt’s playing partners sprang into motion calling 911. According to this feature story they also called the pro shop where they reached assistant pro Bobby McCullough.
“Can you tell me which sport really developed because of an event? None. It’s a champion who pushes the young people and develops the sport” Riboud said. “That’s what Yannick Noah Roland Garros and Jean-Claude Killy did. We need a champion. Perhaps it’s crazy but that’s the thing we have to dream about it.”
The 21-second video shows Mickelson leaning over a rifle (and sporting a U.S. Ryder Cup hat). “Twelve-hundred-fifty yards” he said. “Slight crosswind.” Boom! The 48-year-old then slowly turns his head toward the camera. “Nailed it” he said. The Ryder Cup will be played in France for the first time ever in just a few weeks.
An emergency crew soon arrived and transported Whitt to a local hospital where he miraculously survived. According to story the chance of survival in a situation like that is roughly 2%. Just days later Whitt stopped by the golf course to meet the man who saved his life.
“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.
What’s really on the minds of the best golfers in the world? In the polite confines of the PGA Tour it’s often hard to know. Until now. With the goal of letting players let it fly we granted them anonymity and picked their brains on a wide range of hot-button topics (cheating on Tour! Tiger v. Phil! Brandel Chamblee!).
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.