Golf: Living History

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NEW DAWN: Woods' length off the tee forced changes at Augusta National

Golf, being a Scottish game, is steeped in Calvinist notions of sin and salvation. At most championship courses, a graceful swing from the tee will find the fairway, but when golfers err from the straight and narrow, they find themselves in the wilderness of the rough. The Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia is different: being in Southern Baptist country, it gives golfers the benefit of the doubt. Its wide, generous fairways mean the outcome is rarely predestined from the tee. What matters is the endgame — the approach shot and, most crucially, the chips and putts on its devilishly slick...

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