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Augusta National Officials Concerned Extra-Distance Golf Balls Challenge Classic Courses

Golf officials at Augusta National in Georgia, home of the annual Masters tournament, are concerned that the extra distance of modern golf balls could diminish the challenge of classic courses.

Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson says he hopes manufacturers, rules-makers and groups such as the PGA Tour will be able to find a way to solve the problem.

The extra-distance balls help long hitters avoid many of the potential hazards on the shorter, older courses. Many golf observers say that greatly reduces the strategy and skill once needed to play classic courses well.

Johnson says Augusta National may consider in the future having all players use a special limited distance ball during the first major tournament of the year.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.