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HBO'S REAL SPORTS TAKES A LOOK BEHIND AUGUSTA'S GATES
Published April 3, 1995
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)