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     In the debut airing of HBO's "Real Sports," Frank Deford
took a critical look at The Masters tournament and the Augusta
National Golf Club.  Deford:  "The Masters is the last
dictatorship in sport.  It is the American Singapore -- small and
rich, efficient and successful, spotless and humorless, and
totally unforgiving."  After noting CBS golf analyst Gary
McCord's dismissal from the Masters broadcast for saying the
Masters greenskeepers use "bikini wax" to keep the greens fast,
Deford quoted CBS golf producer Frank Chirkinian, who "dares to
speak against" the customary green-jqacket ceremony.  Chirkinian:
"The worst thing in the world to do is go into that cabin.  We
just finished at a high, and all of a sudden there is this
deathly silence because you are down in the catacombs ... This
presentation has always been so sanitized that you could just
hear all the sets clicking off" (HBO, 4/2).
     MORE AUGUSTA INTRIGUE:  As Deford's piece noted, Stanford
star Tiger Woods, last year's U.S. Amateur winner, will play The
Masters this year.  John Feinstein:  "Augusta is a long way from
utopia.  The day that a black golfer dons a green jacket will be
a historic one, for golf, the Masters, and all of us" ("Sports
Reporters," ESPN, 4/2).  Woods is also profiled in NEWSWEEK.
Curry Kirkpatrick writes, "Already he is blessed with first-name
recognition, the signature of legends Pele, Magic, Elvis because,
in his own sphere, at least, he is one" (NEWSWEEK, 4/2 issue)
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