Albane Valenzuela: the amateur golfer who turned down Augusta | Ewan Murray

The 21-year-old will compete at the ANA Inspiration, the first women’s major of the season, despite the temptation of Augusta

The green marketing machine has whirred into action early this year. The Masters can wait; Saturday will see the closing round of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur take to the hallowed turf in Georgia. This is, according to those who will preside over it, “a historic event that promises to shine a spotlight on women’s golf and help inspire a new generation of players”.

Depending on your outlook there is a case of unfortunate timing or Augusta National demonstrating – not for the first time – that the greater good is not really its concern.

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