HOT BLAST: The Masters and the South
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The Augusta (Ga.) National clubhouse is seen in the early hours before the first round of the Masters golf tournament today. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The Augusta (Ga.) National clubhouse is seen in the early hours before the first round of the Masters golf tournament today. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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This is a big weekend for golf fans. The Masters in Augusta, Ga., started today and continues through Sunday.

Writing in Salon under the headline The Masters presents a phony, sanitized South, Thomas Hackett has a less-than-enthusiastic view:

Except for tournament programs and a haphazard official club history written by [Clifford] Roberts (who, in 1977, killed himself on the course, a .38 to the head), Augusta National has been extremely guarded about its history. Any member who talks publicly about the club risks being expelled. With rare exceptions, the sporting press has been content to grovel and glorify the club and its tournament. “A gift for all of us to enjoy,” The Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner twaddled this week. To Charlie Sifford, however, the whole production has always been a crock. “Can somebody explain to me,” he once asked, “how the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, became such a revered sporting event?”
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