Could the famous leaderboard at Augusta National one day feature the names of the top women golfers?
It's certainly not imminent, but LPGA Tour Commissioner Michael Whan still has hope that one day Augusta National Golf Club will open its doors to an LPGA event.
In a report written by Erik Matuszewski on Bloomberg.com, Whan explains that each year since becoming commissioner in 2010, he's reached out to Augusta National about potentially hosting a women's event in addition to the Masters.
“I don’t know anybody who loves the game who wouldn’t view Augusta National as maybe the best golf platform in the world,” Whan told Bloomberg.com. “Would I like to see the best female golfers in the world on that stage? Of course.”
From the Bloomberg.com report:
LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan has hope that Augusta National Golf Club may one day open its gates to an event for the sport’s top women’s tour after the Masters Tournament host added female members last year.
Whan, who took over as LPGA commissioner in 2010, said he contacts the club in Augusta, Georgia, every year about hosting a women’s tournament in addition to the Masters, the first of golf’s four annual major championships for men. This year’s Masters is scheduled for April 11-14.
Whan, 48, said he’s not discouraged about being rebuffed by Augusta National officials and said he understands why “it’s not the right time and may never be the right time.” Augusta National spokesman Steve Ethun didn’t return an e-mail message seeking comment.