Condi Rice Blazes Trail at Augusta National

Loose Ball: The former secretary of state breaks new ground at golf's all-male bastion in Georgia.

Stan Badz/U.S. PGA Tour
Stan Badz/U.S. PGA Tour

Now, as a golf fan who is about to gain entrance to Augusta National, Rice seems more focused on the game than on her gender or historical significance. “I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf,” she said. “I also have an immense respect for the Masters tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world.”

It took the club a long time, but it couldn’t have made a better choice. Not only does Rice meet all of the criteria for membership, but she’s also a veteran trailblazer.

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