The Masters

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The Masters, one of golf's most prestigious events, tees off this morning at Augusta National Golf Course.

 

Defending champion Patrick Reed will be looking to earn his second green jacket, the treasured prize bestowed on every Masters winner.

AUGUSTA NATIONAL

The Masters begins tomorrow at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It's among professional golf's most prestigious tournaments, bringing in big names like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Last week, the golf course made history, hosting its first women's tournament: the Augusta National Women's Amateur. On Second Thought spoke with Bob Harig, senior golf writer for ESPN who joined the program from Augusta, about what it took to get women on the famous green. Anya Alvarez, former Ladies Professional Golf Association player and women's sports journalist, also joined the conversation from New York.


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The first ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur Tournament ended this weekend with Wake Forest senior Jennifer Kupcho coming out on top.

 

Kupcho bested 71 other golfers to win the tournament, finishing 10 strokes under par to close out the event on Saturday.

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AUGUSTA NATIONAL

It is springtime at Augusta National Golf Club, and that means The Masters is in town.

About 250,000 people are expected in Augusta this week. That brings millions of dollars to the local economy.

GPB’s Drew Dawson is in Augusta and has the latest on what’s happening around town.

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Billy Payne Retiring As Masters, Augusta National Chairman

Aug 23, 2017
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Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, ending 11 years of substantial change that included the club having its first female members and playing a leading role in growing the game around the world.

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With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

Masters officials suspended play at 1:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday, cutting short the final afternoon of practice before the start of the tournament as well as the popular Par 3 Contest.

Fans were ordered to leave the course as line of dangerous storms swept across the Deep South, sparking tornado warnings in Georgia and neighboring South Carolina.

Augusta National was also forced to close Monday because of heavy rains.

Big Hail, Heavy Rains Pelt Deep South As Storms Move In

Apr 5, 2017
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Big hail and heavy rains pelted the Deep South early Wednesday, and schools and churches shut down as severe storms that forecasters said could spawn powerful tornadoes moved across the region.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat, resulting in multiple school closings, and schools in South Carolina planned to dismiss classes early.