"We were trying to balance providing the women competitors with the opportunity to be at Augusta National, to have a championship decided at Augusta National, but yet be cognizant of the fact that we were just a few days away from the Masters Tournament", he said.
It's a demographic that ensures you'll see a leaderboard packed with stars on Sunday, and considerable attention has been placed upon the career grand slam chasing Rory McIlroy, the prodigious Dustin Johnson, the world number one Justin Rose, and the great Tiger Woods, who heads down Magnolia Lane this week with a genuine chance of securing a fifth triumph.
Predicting how the world No 39 will fare this week is no easy task, but after last year's encouraging Masters debut, he's primed for his return to Augusta. Plus, in the 10 Masters he has played since that last win, he has finished out of the top six only three times.
"I feel like I can win", said Woods, who won four times here.
"It proved to me that I could win again", Woods said. "And I would never rule him out".
"But what I think is most productive is to look at where we are today, realize that throughout the history of this club, we have promoted the game, and we have now identified a really important segment, the fastest growing segment of the game, that we can help make a difference".
Nowhere does the Tiger mystique hang over an event more than at the Masters.
However, McIlroy has been in sublime form this season, culminating in victory in the Players Championship at Sawgrass, and many suspect this is the week he will add to his tally of four majors for the first time since 2014.
"I would say that I wouldn't have foreseen that, for sure", said Woods. "I'm definitely going to fatten everyone up", he said.
Everything from revenue at the club's massive merchandise store, where a seemingly never-ending line snakes through the doors all week, to the attendance figures at the year's first major are considered classified information at Augusta National.
But a victory in the Tour Championship last year not only showed he can still compete and win at the highest level but gave Woods some sorely needed confidence heading into the first major of the year.
Woods and McIlroy enter the 83rd Masters, which starts on Thursday, among the favourites to win from 87 players in the field.
A final-round 64 to finish third behind Reed previous year showed Spieth can plot his way around even when he isn't at his best.
Li's second start at Augusta National will be his ninth major since his debut at the 2017 US Open, and hopes are rising he is maturing into a future champion.
"Hopefully this year, I put myself there again and, hopefully, I'll get it done". But I mean, it's golf.