Augusta to host women's tourney

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Patrick Reed tops the leaderboard after a six-under 66 at Augusta National, where a stunning approach into the par-four 14th set up one of nine birdies in his round. After a 36-hole cut to the low 30 scores, competitors will make their way to Augusta National Golf Club for the final round.

Augusta National, the iconic venue that hosts the Masters but didn't allow women members until 2012, is launching a women's amateur tournament, chairman Fred Ridley said Wednesday.

But the 42-year-old made it clear he felt he was not to blame for being put on the clock by rules officials at Augusta National.

The Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship will feature 72 of the top ranked players in the world and will be played out over 54 holes.




Ridley, who became the club's chairman last October, did not disclose details about how many fans would be allowed to attend the new event, but it will undoubtedly be a hot ticket and bring more attention to the women's game.What is known is that the tournament will have an worldwide field of 72 elite players. Invitees will be determined by awarding spots to winners of other recognised tournaments and using the world rankings. Let me just generalise and say "we". But it's a long week - I just hope it's a bit longer.

"It's never going to affect my golf, so I'm fine".

Ridley told reporters he had been in contact with Mike Whan, head of the LPGA, who reassured the current Augusta chairman that "from a big picture this is a win for women's golf". Spieth's Friday round is not televised or available for live streaming. A chance to play in a new national championship at Augusta National might stem the rising tide of adolescents by making the amateur option more appealing.The change may also persuade more female college golfers to remain in school, since there is a new title to chase. They're not really very good players, but they all love the game. Unless you stand on the 12th and 11th and you get a big wind switch, that's when obviously it's going to get tricky.

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