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Yes, Augusta is Heaven – but it’s still the White Man’s Heaven

Declan Lynch


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Hideki Matsuyama and caddie Shota Hayafuji on No.12 tee during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club last year. Picture: Augusta National via Getty

Hideki Matsuyama and caddie Shota Hayafuji on No.12 tee during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club last year. Picture: Augusta National via Getty

Former US president Donald Trump, second left, celebrates after claiming to have shot a hole-in-one

Former US president Donald Trump, second left, celebrates after claiming to have shot a hole-in-one

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Hideki Matsuyama and caddie Shota Hayafuji on No.12 tee during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club last year. Picture: Augusta National via Getty

“All I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football,” Albert Camus said. But I wonder how the great man might have adapted that famous line for the Masters. As a lover of the sporting life, no doubt Camus would have ring-fenced the four days this week at Augusta National, as an important ritual — yes, even an obligation. Yet I suspect that he would reach the same verdict about the golf as he did about football, except to add the words… “but not in a good way.”

The golf and the track are beautiful, all that fine stuff about morality and obligations are honoured in the actual playing of the game — something that was demonstrated in a sublime gesture last year when Shota Hayafuji, the caddie of the winner Hideki Matsuyama, replaced the flag on the 18th green and bowed as a mark of respect in the general direction of the course they had just negotiated.


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