Augusta National will provide deserving champion

Updated: June 27, 2007, 5:01 PM ET
By Ron Sirak | GolfDigest.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- One of the story lines coming into this Masters was that Billy Payne, the brains behind the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, had replaced Hootie Johnson as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, representing a generational change of some significance. But it could be that another personnel maneuver is having a greater impact on this year's tournament.

Soon after Payne took over for Johnson, Fred Ridley replaced Will Nicholson, the longtime chairman of the Competition Committee. ...

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