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The Masters Ends, But Augusta National’s Discriminatory Membership Policy Remains Intact

By Travis Waldron  

"The Masters Ends, But Augusta National’s Discriminatory Membership Policy Remains Intact"


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Bubba Watson won The Masters, one of professional golf’s most prestigious events, after two sudden death playoff holes Sunday evening, donning the traditional green jacket that goes to club members and tournament winners. One person who did not wear the jacket, however, was Virginia Rometty, the first female CEO of IBM, one of The Masters’ three chief sponsors. Rometty wore pink, not green, a sign that Augusta National Golf Club did not offer her the membership it customarily gives to the chief executives of Masters’ sponsors. Even as her situation brought widespread attention to the fact that Augusta has never had a female member, Rometty chose to remain mum on the topic. Augusta chairman Billy Payne also ignored the scrutiny, hiding behind an explanation that the club doesn’t discuss its membership policies, and no players chose to speak out against the policy either.

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