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Martha Burk: Tiger at the Masters is 'part of a fundamental misogyny'

Mar 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

In his piece on March 17 about how Tiger Woods’ return to the Masters is a cheap shot at women, New York Daily News sports columnist Filip Bondy was missing an important ingredient: Martha Burk. She’s the one, of course, who spearheaded the big protest at Augusta National in 2003, decrying the club’s policy of excluding women as members. Woods was caught up in the controversy then — refusing to honor Burk’s request to skip the event — and it seems that he is caught up this time as well. Bondy finally tracked down Burk, and today writes about her feelings on Woods’ return to the Masters. Excerpt:

“I think this is a safe haven for (Woods),” Burk says. “They’re all chauvinists themselves. It’s a perfect fit. He’ll be welcomed. These people have a fundamental disregard for women. What produced Tiger Woods as we now know him goes back a long way. He played a lot of golf at a Houston club, Lochinvar, that didn’t let women in.”

Ha. This is getting good.

In his earlier column, Bondy wrote of Woods’ decision to make his comeback at the Masters:

It’s a decision that suggests a continued lack of moral compass, but makes considerable logistical sense. Augusta members, about 300 of them, will surely embrace their wayward superstar and hold at bay all reminders of a real world. This is headquarters for the good old boys of golf and, after all, good old boys have been known to stray.

Burk would seem to agree.

“The timetable raises questions about how repentant (Woods) is,” Burk says. “He’s got many hard-core fans who never believe he can do much of anything wrong, who blame the victim. But guys like him who are so ego-driven, they are completely capable of a public apology that is completely empty.

“When I looked at him on TV, he looked pretty sick to his stomach,” Burk says. “Is it false redemption. I hope (Elin, his wife) doesn’t validate him by coming. It’s still pretty early in the process. If his handlers have any sense, they’ll just position him with golf, they won’t do that. But I’ve not found his P.R. people to be the sharpest.”

Burk is now director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women’s Organizations, which pursues sex discrimination lawsuits. Ironically, she has more impact now than she ever did carrying a protest sign; the NCWO has won multi-million-dollar settlements from Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley, stopping their executives from claiming membership fees from all-men’s clubs as corporate expenses.
Augusta is still a “no girls allowed” tree fort, however. And by playing there, says Burk, Tiger supports that discrimination. Is that, she wonders, one of the 12 steps in his sexual addiction rehabilitation program?

“He always seemed to be super disciplined, an automaton,” she said. “But once it came out, it wasn’t so shocking. This kind of behavior is part of a fundamental misogyny that is displayed by many people in power. We see this a lot with politicians, your Eliot Spitzer … They get to thinking they are above it all. Tiger Woods just outdid everybody.”

Seven years after taking on Augusta, Martha Burk finds it no surprise Tiger Woods returns there [New York Daily News]

  1. Sjkids - Mar 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Go away, Martha. You are as inconsequential as you were way back then.

  2. Threat Level: Midnight - Mar 29, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Tiger’s response?
    im going to tell you to shut the F*** up while i slap your face and pull your hair for making noise – sent 04:10 PM 08/29/2009

  3. Dazed and Confused - Mar 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    My question is: Since Tiger didn’t have any power over the women he cheated with, and they all knew he was married, what is their responsibility in this whole episode? None of them were innocent victims of a powerful man, they were all willing participants who were drawn to his power (read: MONEY) like moths to a flame!

  4. C U nxt Tues - Mar 29, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    MB is as irrelevant as any p*ssy who spells his beeyatch name filip. Transgender is in so why not just tell us U r really fillis who likes the silky panties rubbin her backside. this isn’t about women’s rights, they own all the p*ssy and give it to whom they choose. I don’t recall any of this being bout a golfer forcing any of them to be with him. Willingness is just that, WILLINGNESS. No go somewhere else with your dried up old prune p*ssy MB!

  5. DMV - Mar 29, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    Well said and absolutely correct!!

  6. Jack Meoffer - Mar 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Of course Burk is going to have something to say. And you know what ? No one cares. She’s a frustrated old lesbian who needs to be in front of a camera. She’s old news and the fact the she is getting mentioned here is more news than she deserves. I even hate myself for wearing down my keyboard by .000000001% writing a reply to this.

  7. nofanoftigers - Mar 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Really? It’s clear that Obama spent way too much time on the Health care issue and not nearly enough time on Education so vulgar morons like you could at least have learned to write English when (if) you were in school.

  8. perry - Mar 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Hey Martha,
    Glad to see you’re sticking up for all the xxx sluts. How noble. Tiger may have to shoulder a big piece of the Roman behavior fall out, but spare us all your indigant and ridiculous rantings. Go away and continue drying up.. you bore us all to tears. As for the female Roman sluts in the storyline here. Rev those vagina’s up lady sluts – more work is needed to get to your retirement $$ mecca. Better hurry up – cause your all starting to look like Martha Burke.. oh nooooooooo……

  9. Ringo - Mar 29, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Martha – go love yourself a woman.

  10. Mike Claborn - Mar 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    You are just mad because Tiger didn’t bang you inside and out! But I would love a taste of that…come give me some!!

  11. Derek O'Steen - Mar 29, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    Do you think Tiger has ever seen Keanu Reeves naked?

  12. Derek O'Steen - Mar 29, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Scratch that…do you think Tiget would want to see ME naked? I’ve been jazz-ercising a lot so I’m hoping my newly toned body will distract from the fact I’ve got clusters of hairy moles on my elbows and the back of my knees.

  13. Mike Claborn - Mar 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    You know what…I have seen Keanu naked and it’s a beautiful site!! Don’t worry about the moles Derek, I have had a kicking case of goneria for years now and the dripping doesn’t even bother me anymore.. Be proud of who you are…like Tiger!

  14. Josh Dreyer - Mar 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Did you hear that Ricky Martin is a homersexual?
    It’s not his time, it’s OUR time. I will have that man if it’s the last thing I do. I’ve wanted him ever since seeing melting wax on his stomach in the music video livin’ la vida loca.

  15. Bill Rich - Mar 29, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    I don’t know that anyone else quite enjoys more the sight of a butterfly softly landing on the nose of a welcoming kitten lying in a recently cut patch of st. augustine on a cool summer’s day…
    -Billy Rich

  16. Mike Claborn - Mar 29, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Is the butterfly having sex with the kitten? If so, I AM IN!!!

  17. C U Nxt Tues - Mar 30, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    hey you clown nofanoftigers, these comments are tongue in cheek, not literary works. you are a frickin idiot to comment on someone’s english here or on any blog/comment section. Trying staying on point, either you are with MB or TW? Obviously by your name you are a man-hater, so what, no one cares if you like the taco better than the wiener, but to comment on urban english, totally lost the bubble there didn’t you? Probably don’t even know what my title name means either do you? What a clown!

  18. Burt Reynolds - Mar 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    Has anyone seen my movie, Shary’s Machine?

  19. Syedna - Mar 30, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    This **** is doing a GREAT job of making people like Tiger again.
    Thanls Ellen (oops) I mean Martha

  20. nofanoftigers - Mar 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    What?? I’m thinking the only “tongue in cheek” you know anything about involves (** comment could not be completed due to author’s lack of brain cells **)

  21. JoseOle - Mar 31, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Par for the course on attacking the people that have nothing to do with the problem boys. Martha is just commenting, and her comments are right. Anyone who attacks Burke is probably jealous that she is successful, and still has a national podium to express her opinion. The people that hate Burke for speaking her mind are probably the same ones that say Obama should still be picking cotton when they are on Fox News website. There is one person to blame for this mess and any comments that come after, Tiger. He did it, He’s the douche, and he’s the one hiding at the Masters. I can’t wait for the US Open when real fans will be there and hopefully heckle the
    s h i t out of him. Douches defending Douches that’s what makes America great.