AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Golf cant help itself.
The guys in charge make sure that you, Mr. Common Man, understand that anything outside the rigid parameters they set will not be tolerated.
Fun be damned, golf is about stoic decorum and a rule book that reads like something only Congress could produce.
If you had any doubt that competitive golf has all the charm of oral surgery, that was removed at Augusta National on Friday when the Masters Committeemen , a group clad in green jackets and perfect ties decided to remind everyone how pathetic the game is by bullying a 14 year old.
In case you hadnt heard, the Masters had its youngest participant this year when Tianlang Guan of Guangzhou, China qualified for an invitation by winning the Asian Amateur Championship. For days, Guan was the darling of the Masters, a public relations dream come true for a club that could always use some additional goodwill.
This year, they seemed to have everything working their favor.
Condoleezza Rice and...