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Masters is big enough to knock Tiger


        It is a witness to how big the Masters is that the guy who is running the place is the one person in golf unafraid to take on Tiger Woods and say that "he disappointed all of us."

          Fellow golfers have been very, very reticent to say anything bad about Woods, who is their meal ticket. The PGA Tour, likewise. Anybody in any way connected with golf has felt compelled to say, "What Tiger does on his time is his own business."

          But Augusta National is beholden to no one. So club and tournament chairman Billy Payne, in his annual state of the Masters news conference, included in his prepared statement that Woods is "a very special player..." who ascended through "hard work and effort,"

           Then Payne added, "It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here; it is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children."

              "I hope he now realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing, but would settle for his smile."

            A reasonable person could say that the head of a club that does not allow women members is not the best arbiter on right and wrong. But this certainly is interesting.


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