Augusta National didn’t create firm and fast conditions for this week’s Masters because top-ranked Dustin Johnson went 20-under par to shatter the course record last year on a rain-softened layout.
But club chairman Fred Ridley isn’t complaining about the difficult conditions set to greet golfers when the year’s first major championship tees off Thursday morning.
“We have the golf course where we want it. It’s playing firm and fast,” Ridley said. “Our goal is to maintain it for the week.

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