Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley announced some major news on the eve of the Masters Wednesday.
In his first turn to field questions from the media, Ridley revealed that beginning in 2018, a new, 54-hole tournament -- the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship -- will be played, with the final round being contested at Augusta National the Saturday before the Masters.
The first two rounds will be played in nearby Evans, Ga., at Champions Retreat.
The 72-player field will be based largely on the Women's Amateur Golf Ranking.
The tournament should provide a tremendous boost to the women's game and the decision has been applauded universally.
LPGA players and commentators took to Twitter to express their excitement in the news:
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