What Day 1 of a golf ball rollback could look like
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What Day 1 of a golf ball rollback could look like [GNN+]

It's Tuesday of the 2018 Masters. Augusta National's new chairman, former Masters contestant and ex-USGA president Fred Ridley is set to deliver his first news conference at the helm of golf's most important private club.

For chairmen past, this time has been their stage to opine on topical golf conversations, perform a little salesmanship magic around things important to the Masters and, most importantly, take some time to promote the Masters Tournament.

This Tuesday, however, is different.

The media hive congregates in the interview room at the vaunted Augusta National press building, and there's Ridley in the middle of the desk. One of the club's members is to his right, chatting up Ridley before he referees the expected flood of raised hands. And to Ridley's right are two unexpected guests: USGA CEO Mike Davis, who became the organization's Director of Rules and Competitions under Ridley's USGA presidency, and R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.

This isn't their show. What are they doing here?

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

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