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Tour Report: Masters champs applaud move

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Bubba Watson said his wife Angie was hoping to get the call.

The reigning Masters champ had just gotten a text from his manager, Jens Beck, on Monday telling him that Augusta National was going to announce the addition of its first two female members.

"So I told my wife … and my wife said, ‘Do you think it’ll be me?  Do you think they’ll announce me as a member?’" Watson recalled. "So it was funny. … But obviously, she didn’t make the cut. Maybe she’s the third lady."

All joking aside, though, Watson said the addition of Condoleezza Rice, who was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, and South Carolina financier Darla Moore as the first two female members was "good to see. 

"It’s always in their time," Watson said. "They want to do it the right way, they want to get the right membership in there what they’re looking for, and obviously it’s great. It’s great for golf, it’s great for the game."

Zach Johnson, who won the 2007 Masters, said he thought the move was "fantastic." He also knew that the Augusta National membership would make the decision in its own time.

"In my opinion, or based on what I’ve read and what I’ve seen, the timing is right to have a couple women members so far and hats off to them,” Johnson said. “If that’s their prerogative and that’s the direction they want to go, that’s fantastic. I don’t know the specifics. I know this time of year is when they start inviting new members, so I know there’s a longer list than just two women.
   
"Knowing some of the members there, they’re always very gracious to have new members come in, and I don’t foresee that being any different. It seems like Chairman Payne …  well, I think he’s great. I think he certainly has always had a pretty open mind about things, and that’s why you’ve seen some tweaks and changes at Augusta and the Masters."


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