The Masters Golf Controversy

Masters Golf Controversy

International Business Machines Corp. has long been a sponsor of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, which has traditionally invited IBM's chief executive officer to become a member. Bloomberg News first reported the conflict between Augusta's men-only membership policy and IBM's new CEO, GinniRometty, on March 28, setting off a nationwide debate on whether she should be admitted.

Special Report Features

  • CEOs Praising Diversity Stay Silent on No-Women Augusta

    Corporate executives connected with Augusta National Golf Club ducked the issue of its all-male membership throughout the four-day Masters Tournament that concluded today.

  • Masters Prestige Seen as Reason IBM Stays While CEO Excluded

    Those watching the Masters Tournament are the reason why International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) isn’t speaking out about its new chief executive officer possibly breaking the gender barrier at the Augusta National Golf Club.

  • Augusta National Chairman Payne Won’t Address Female Membership

    Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne said he wouldn’t discuss the organization’s lack of female members amid questions about a possible invitation to Virginia “Ginni” Rometty of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)

  • IBM Facing Golf Gender Bias After Fighting Racial Barriers

    Twenty-two years ago, International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) used its clout to protest racial discrimination. The company joined other corporate sponsors in pulling television advertising from the PGA Championship which was being played at a whites-only Alabama golf club.

  • Obama Backs Admission of Women to Augusta Golf Club

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have come out against the all-male membership rule at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Tournament.

  • Blog: A Green-Jacket Ceiling?

    The White House today injected itself into the fight over membership at a golf club in Georgia, saying wildly successful and affluent women should be allowed to join — the same as any wildly successful and affluent man who might be invited.

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