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Hootie defends changes made to Augusta National

Updated: April 5, 2006, 3:40 PM ET
Reuters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Club chairman Hootie Johnson was again left to defend Augusta National on Wednesday, as he came under intense questioning over controversial changes to the course for this week's U.S. Masters.

While the interrogation was not as charged as the one Johnson faced three years ago when he was publicly challenged by activist Martha Burk to open the the all-male bastion's doors to women, he was equally unflinching in the face of criticism from the world's best golfers and media.

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