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Masters voted to play golf despite Georgia political battle

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The Masters has returned to its traditional spot on the calendar, with the azaleas in bloom and a reduced number of spectators — here they’re called patrons — taking in the sights and sounds of Augusta National.

But outside the gates of the world’s most exclusive golf club, and with the first round of the Masters on Thursday, controversy continues to swirl.

Fred Ridley, chairman of both the club and the tournament, said Wednesday the right to vote is “fundamental in our democratic society” but stopped short of condemning the Georgia voting law that prompted Major League Baseball to pull the All-Star game from Atlanta.

The measure, signed into law March 25, among other provisions, has new voter ID requirements and changes to…



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