Aside from the Tiger aspect of this, I found the statement (in bold) by Master's Chairman Billy Payne to be very "interesting".
Masters welcome isn't warm for Tiger Woods
Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne makes it clear his tournament doesn't need Tiger Woods
AUGUSTA, Ga. â€” Finally, stunningly, the Masters bit back.
After three weeks of being tossed about in the relentless grip of Tiger Woods' sex scandal comeback, the staid golf tournament has found its legs and bared its teeth.
In a monologue at the beginning of his annual news conference Wednesday, Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne basically ripped the stripes off Tiger.
There's no green jacket you can drape on it. There's no azalea you can plant over it. It was, as they say here, a torching unlike any other.
Just when it appeared Woods was bigger than the Masters, the Masters told him to stuff a red polo shirt in it. In the middle of what appeared to be a fawning welcome back from his five-week exile, the Masters dragged him into a corner and pounded him with a full amen.
"We are not unaware of the significance of this week to a very special player, Tiger Woods,'' Payne said, setting the stage. â€˜'As he ascended in our rankings of the world's great golfers, he became an example to our kids that success is directly attributable to hard work and effort.''
Then, with the same southern voice and syrup expression, the boss leveled him.
â€˜'But, as he now says himself, he forgot in the process to remember that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility,'' Payne said. â€˜'It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here; it is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids.
â€˜'Is there a way forward? I hope, yes. I think, yes. But certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par but â€¦ by the sincerity of his efforts to change. I hope he now realizes that every kid he passes on the course wants his swing but would settle for his smile.''
You wondered whether Augusta National was pleased that Woods chose its protective environment for his escape from the allegations of nearly two dozen alleged mistresses and the suspicions surrounding an HGH doctor? This is your answer.
Payne not only implied that the Masters didn't want Woods' comeback to occur here, but also essentially reminded everyone that, unlike other tournaments, its revenue is not dependent on Woods playing here.
"We have no economic connection whatsoever to how many people watch TV, don't watch TV, how many people come, don't come â€¦ there's no financial connection whatsoever,'' Payne said.
This is why, what the other players couldn't say on Tuesday, Payne could deliver with authority on Wednesday. The other players need Woods. The Masters doesn't.