The Masters Tournament is apologizing today for what they call a "misunderstanding" that kept a female reporter out of the locker room on the final day of the tournament. Bergen Record reporter Tara Sullivan was barred by security guards from pursuing locker room interviews of Rory McIlroy and others, allegedly because she is a woman. Not a pretty sight for a club raked over the coals for preventing women from playing.
The golf featured one of the most exciting Sundays at the Masters in memory, a virtual no-name from South Africa, Charl Schwartzel, took home the green jacket by two strokes over Adam Scott, posting a strong -14 score for the four rounds. Schwartzel just joined the PGA in January, and this was his first win on the Tour.
The storylines were quite intriguing heading into the back 9. Tiger Woods again played the role of "making it interesting" on Sunday, but he missed two puts within 5 feet and he was doomed. Rory McIlroy, who led from the first tee on Friday, collapsed in extraordinary fashion. Leading by one shot heading to the 10th hole, he hit a terrible drive and triple-bogeyed that hole, bogeyed the 11th, double-bogeyed the 12th, and when it was done he was done. Plus, at least a half-dozen golfers had the lead at one point on Sunday from all around the world (as the announcers reminded us over and over and over...).
Seven of the last nine Major Championships have been won by a man who'd never won a Major before, Schwartzel being the latest. It's telling the power of popular champions like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson: When they're in the hunt, people tune in (the last two years have seen the highest-rated Masters of the last decade).