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Augusta National Adds First 2 Female Members

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Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen walk with their caddies on the seventh hole during the final round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for Golfweek)

Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen walk with their caddies on the seventh hole during the final round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for Golfweek)

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NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

The home of the Masters has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.

Both women have accepted. The invitations end a 10-year controversy that began when former club chairman Hootie Johnson said the club would not be pressured “at the point of a bayonet” to change its all-male membership.

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne described Monday’s announcement as a “joyous occasion” as he took the rare step of confirming its latest two members. He says it is a “significant and positive time” at the club. Augusta typically does not discuss membership.

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