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Women's Masters 'would be great someday,' LPGA commissioner says

DALY CITY, Calif. -- LPGA Tour commissioner Michael Whan responded to renewed calls for a women's tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, saying he's tried to make it happen.

"I've said many times, I'm impressed with what Augusta National not only has done but is doing to grow the game," Whan said Wednesday. "You know, at the end of the day my father used to say, 'Don't say no to yourself in the parking lot. Go inside and let somebody say no to you face to face.' So, I go inside once a year and I ask and I hear no and that's OK."

Whan was adamant that the Masters has helped grow women's golf.

"They write a significant six-figure check every year to our LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program. The Drive, Chip, and Putt has been a home run since it started," he said.

He believes that while it would be great for the tour to stop at Augusta National, it likely would not become an annual event.

"I don't think they would probably call us and talk about an annual event," Whan said. "They'd tell us if it ever happened, it'd be a one-time event. That's why logistically it wouldn't be challenging for us."

Earlier in the week, Paula Creamer was asked about a tweet she sent days after the Masters, asking for a women's Masters:

Creamer has not only played Augusta National but has stayed in Butler Cabin.

Whan will not give up on the idea.

"Would it be great? It'd be great. I don't know how you become a member at Augusta National but it's probably not by saying you wanna be! And I don't know how you have a tournament at Augusta National but it's probably not by saying that you want one! So, we've said our piece and it would be great someday, so why not dream?"

Whan became the eighth commissioner of the LPGA Tour in January 2010 and last month agreed to a six-year contract extension through 2020.

Creamer has been a member of the LPGA Tour since 2005. She's won 10 LPGA Tour events and has career on-course earnings totaling more than $11 million dollars.

"It's 2015. I think Augusta and the Masters and everybody with that event, they want to grow the game so badly," Creamer said earlier this week. "That's what it is, about growing the game and giving people opportunities. The Chip and Putt, all of that for the kids to be able to come out there. There's no reason why we can't do that in women's golf. We're just as much a part of growing the game."

Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne has said he doesn't envision a women's Masters, citing scheduling issues.

"We have a very short member season at Augusta National. It's seven months only," he said. "The time that we dedicate to the preparation and conduct of the tournament is already extensive. I don't think that we would ever host another tournament."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.