The highly anticipated addition to the run-up to Masters week — a women’s amateur event beginning in 2019 — will make things look very different in early April. Beyond the most obvious differences the production will also look different as NBC Sports has won the broadcasting rights to the event.
“By providing this opportunity and shining a brighter light on this important segment of the sport we expect role models to emerge who will help inspire a new generation of golfers.”
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.”
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With the 2019 Masters beginning the following week this is a great opportunity to see Augusta National at its best under tournament conditions.
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.
Riboud believes that a French champion “at the same level of Tiger Woods” is what is needed to change the culture in France. There are no French players on the European Ryder Cup team and the only French golfer to have won a men’s major championship did so in 1907. Two French women have won LPGA majors in 2003 and 1967.
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.
Before Phil Mickelson tees off in next week’s Tour Championship he’s spending his free time preparing for the Ryder Cup in his own unique way. Mickelson who seems to be enjoying his first month on social media tweeted a video on Wednesday night while on a shooting range.
“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.
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.
Over two days of surveying at the PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship 59 players participated including four major winners one 2018 major winner and three of the top-20 players in the world. The result? Sweet sweet candor.