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Fred Ridley begins reign as Augusta National chairman

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Oct 16 2017 9:28 PM

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley recalls soaking up the ambience of Augusta National a week before his debut in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion. He was alone under the massive oak tree next to the clubhouse when he turned around and realized he had company. Clifford Roberts, co-founder of the club and the first chairman of the Masters, was standing behind him. "I kind of jumped and thought, 'Oh God, what have I done?'" Ridley said. "We had a nice conversation. The interesting thing was, we were leaving and he says, 'Now young man, you're going to be playing in the Par 3 next Wednesday. You make sure you get some practice over there.' He loved the Par 3. That was my recollection of the only conversation I had with him." Forty-one years later, Ridley is the seventh chairman in the 85-year history of Augusta National. He took over Monday when the club re-opened for a new season. Ridley, a 65-year-old business lawyer from Tampa, Florida, succeeds Billy Payne, who is retiring...



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