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Judge: Augusta National gets to keep contested green jackets during lawsuit

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Is there an entity in the world of sports more single-mindedly committed to the protection of its brand than Augusta National Golf Club?

ANGC, if you’ll recall, filed a federal lawsuit in August to halt Green Jacket Auctions (you know that name rankles the club to no end) from auctioning a trio of green jackets. One of the famed garments purportedly belonged to Byron Nelson, one to a current member, and one to a former member of the iconic club.

Now, per a report from The Augusta Chronicle, the jackets are back in the club’s possession until the case is resolved

U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall signed an order Friday saying in part

“…The parties shall not construe the release and transfer of these items as anything other than an alteration of its previous preservation order. The court has not yet made any determinations regarding the disputed issues in this case.”

In August, Augusta maintained the items were either stolen or fakes. The club says it has never sold green jackets at any point in its history, and members are likewise prohibited from doing so.

Not surprisingly, Green Jacket Auctions doesn’t see things the same way, indicating it obtained the jackets legally through third parties who themselves rightfully owned the garments.

Ryan Carey, co-founder of Green Jacket Auctions, told Golf Digest.

“Augusta National likes to claim things are ‘stolen’ when what they really mean is they believe Augusta National owns every green jacket ever produced regardless of who currently owns or possesses the jackets.”

The famed green garments are only worn by members during the Masters, and only the reigning Masters champion is permitted to take his jacket from the premises.

Judge Hall granted a temporary injunction in August, which stopped the auction pending the determination of ownership.

Should members own their jackets? Or should ANGC effectively rent them out to the membership but retain ownership?

It’s difficult to make the case that the most famous garments in sports appearing on the auction block builds the Masters brand in a positive way. Indeed, for the club, and for many Masters fans, the green jackets are akin to holy relics housed in the sanctuary of the club. For many, this may seem extreme, but it’s all part of the dense web of Masters mythology.

From an ownership standpoint, based on this latest development, it’s also difficult to think the court ANGC won’t determine to be the rightful owner of genuine green jackets.

In other words, the days of green jacket auctions at Green Jacket Auctions may be over.

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  1. Fitz

    Jan 13, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Augusta…. where the balls are white and the caddies aren’t …. 😮

  2. St. Donald

    Jan 12, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    …. but it’s TRUE!!

  3. x-out

    Jan 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    The ultimate golf nerd delusional fantasy….. owning and wearing a Green Jacket…. better than any WITB toy collection.

  4. Riley

    Jan 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    If you visit Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY you may notice Claude Harmon’s jacket is hung on the wall in the clubhouse. It’s more that they don’t want it sold on the open market than anything else.

    • St. Donald

      Jan 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Augusta is a sh••hole golf course compared to any of mine!

  5. Andrew West

    Jan 11, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Do the Members pay for the jackets ? If yes, then they can do whatever they want with them !

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SPOTTED: Anthony Kim “recent” swing sighting?

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Anthony Kim, once one of the best golfers in the world, hasn’t played in a PGA Tour event since 2012. Today, he’s only 33 years old, but he’s stuck between a rock and a hard place with an apparent insurance situation. Essentially, if he plays, he allegedly loses a bunch of money. Here’s more on those details.

On the Tuesday of 2018 Ryder Cup week, Instagram user and golf teacher @jamesridyard posted a video of Anthony Kim. The original video description said it was a recent video, but the description has since been updated saying “not my video.” Geez, even the Instagram descriptions about Anthony Kim are mysterious.

When is this video from exactly? We’re working on figuring that out right now. We’ve even tried identifying the model of his shoes to see when they released, but no luck yet. They look like Nike Roshe’s but with Air Force soles? Either way, the video is certainly from post-2012, that we know for sure.

Update: @jamesridyard says the video is “at least two years old” in a recent update of his video description.

Check out the post below for yourself…

 

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#AK ???? (pt 2) #soundup . . . Not my ????

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In case that video doesn’t work, here’s another…

What do you think of Anthony Kim’s “recent” move?

Note: We will update this story when we confirm exactly when this video is from.

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What’s changed? Brandel Chamblee explains why he now thinks Tiger Woods can win another major

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Often regarded as a “Tiger hater,” Brandel Chamblee told our Johnny Wunder on the Gear Dive podcast that his is, in fact, a huge Tiger Woods fan and always has been.

If you caught any of Chamblee’s remarks on the Golf Channel after Woods’ win at the Tour Championship, you know the analyst was plenty eloquent and complementary of the 80-time PGA Tour winner and what he achieved.

“Dan [Hicks, on NBC] was just alluding to this was the most improbable comeback in the history of sports, for a lot of different reasons. We know his injuries. He came back from emotional and psychological toil the likes of which nobody has ever been hit with in the game of golf.

“He gives the impression of somebody who’s purified by golf, that he’s gone through these sad realities of life. He’s gone through the surgeries and the scrutiny. And he’s come out the other end and he just wants to play the game right.”

Chamblee spoke further about Woods and the 14-time major champion’s latest victory on the Gear Dive. The full 50-minute interview is well worth a listen, as Chamblee discusses modern instruction, the most important recent invention in golf teaching technology, what’s in his bag, and much more–but here are a few of his best Tiger Woods takes.

Commenting on the magnitude of Woods win for the golfer’s career, Chamblee said, “It sort of got this historical freight train back on the tracks. Everything is on the table. It’s possible he could win more majors. It’s possible he could get to 90 wins…he looks healthy. He’s pain free.”

“I’m far more convinced with what he did this week than what he did at the PGA Championship. At the PGA, the golf course was really soft and that allowed him to miss fairways…but ever since the PGA…he’s been a much, much better driver of the golf ball. All of a sudden, that makes major championships a possibility for him.”

“In my opinion, he’s the greatest player who’s ever played. Nobody has ever played golf like him. But he didn’t just beat his competitors…he defeated his demons. That’s what made it so compelling. We’re all familiar with his issues. Most of relate to most of them…we’re all fixated on them..We know it slowed his career down…he was knocked off the highest pedestal. To re-establish his reputation as a leader in the game…as a an intimidating player…it went a long way toward becoming the alpha male again in the game of golf.”

Chamblee had this to say about his reputation as a critic of Tiger Woods.

“I’m a huge Tiger fan. Always have been. I love watching the game played at the level he’s played it. He’s the best who’s ever played it.”

And he said this about Woods process of tearing down and rebuilding his golf swing multiple times.

“To me, that’s the craziest thing in the history of sports. No athlete gets to a position where they dominate, they absolutely emasculate their competition, and they’re consistent as well…nobody gets there and then abandons the technique that they used to get there. Nobody.”

“I started working at the Golf Channel in 2004. He was in the middle of a swing change. He was changing the golf swing that he used to win four majors in a row…Imagine you’re me. You’re sitting in that chair. He’s in a down year in 2004. He’s changing his golf swing. What are you going to say? This is a good idea? I like the changes he’s working on? He’s trying to get better? It makes sense to me? Hell no, you’re not going to say any of that! That’s ridiculous…the craziest thing in the history of sports.”

Great stuff. Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes!

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Tiger Woods says he would put himself on the all-time Mount Rushmore of Golf

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Who’s on your “Mount Rushmore” of golf?

For Tiger, apparently, it’s Snead (Sam), Jones (Bobby), Nicklaus (Jack), and “me” (Tiger Woods). He put himself on the Mount Rushmore of golf! Watch the video below…

It’s basically impossible to argue with him here; 14 majors and now 80 wins. Who could you even replace Woods with… Arnie? Ben Hogan? Both possibilities. But certainly Tiger has the better resume when it comes to victories.

What makes this video so great though is that there are so few athletes in all of sports who have the confidence (arrogance?) to put themselves on a list like this. Michael Jordan would definitely put himself on the Mount Rushmore of basketball, and surely Joe Namath would put himself on the Mount Rushmore of football. But in golf where respecting tradition is so important, it’s shocking to hear a statement like this… in the absolute best way possible for Team USA ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Never have the words “me” been so intimidating. Good luck, Europe, you’re gonna need it.

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