Rules officials from golf organizations around the world work at the Masters Tournament, most of them assigned various parts of the golf course. But it remains the only major championship that doesn’t have a rules official walk with every group.
Even more peculiar is that the Masters has the smallest field. There were only 93 players this year.
Could that change in light of the ruling involving Tiger Woods’ incorrect drop in the second round?
Fred Ridley, chairman of the competition committees, would not say whether the Masters would have officials with each group next year. That likely would be up to Masters chairman Billy Payne.
“If there’s one thing about the Masters Tournament … we look at everything,” Ridley said. “And do that with the competition, so we’ll be looking at this situation. What could we do in the future? Is there any different processes we could employ? We look at the entire competition every year and try to get better.”
MISSING A MAJOR: Lee Westwood can officially be considered the best player to have never won a major. Sergio Garcia is right behind.
Westwood now has played 60 majors without winning, the most of anyone among active players. He has seven finishes in the top 3. He also missed a playoff by one shot in the 2008 U.S. Open and 2009 British Open.
Garcia has played in 58 majors. He lost the 2007 British Open in a playoff, and he was runner-up twice in the PGA Championship.
He also tied for eighth at Augusta, despite 66 in the first round for the outright lead.
Both are closing in on Tom Kite, who played 63 majors as a pro before he won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he was 42.
USGA RETIREMENT: The USGA is losing 50 years of experience and passion when Rhonda Glenn retires on May 9.
Glenn’s affiliation with the USGA began in 1963 when she played the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur, the first of her 11 USGA events, which included five U.S. Women’s Amateurs. Over the years, she has expanded her role as a writer, broadcaster and historian, and she later became a fixture running interviews at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Perhaps her most impressive feat was helping to pull together the Mickey Wright Room for the USGA Museum. Glenn is a longtime friend of Mickey Wright, considered by many to be the greatest female ever. It was the USGA Museum’s first room to honor a female player.
Glenn became the first full-time female broadcast for a national network when she went to work for ESPN in 1981. She won the USGA International Book Award in 1992 for “The Illustrated History of Women’s Golf,” and she is working now on a biography on Nancy Lopez.
DIVOTS: IMG has acquired IGP Sports & Entertainment Group, which manages the Honda Classic. Tournament director Ken Kennerly will join IMG’s golf division and be in charge of the agency’s North American golf events. IMG also runs the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Father-Son Challenge. … Thorbjorn Olesen tied for sixth at the Masters and earned $278,000, pushing over the amount to make him eligible to be a special temporary member on the PGA Tour. He will have 60 days to take membership, making him eligible for unlimited exemptions the rest of the year. … Vijay Singh now has gone 27 rounds without breaking 70 at the Masters, dating to 67 in the first round of 2006. … A 54-hole lead in the Masters is no longer as safe as it once was. Adam Scott became the fourth consecutive winner who trailed going into the final round, the longest streak for the Masters since 1984-1987.