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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Masters 2012: Should IBM CEO Virginia Rometty get Augusta membership?


Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club Billy Payne responds to a question during a news conference before the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Augusta, Ga. (Matt Slocum - AP)

Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters, has never had a female member. Women can play as guests, but it remains an all-boys club.

But The Masters 2012 presents a unique problem for the club, which has managed to continue hosting golf’s first major despite this questionable practice. This year, tournament sponsor IBM has a new CEO, Virginia Rometty — a woman.

[Related: Thomas Boswell’s Masters Q&A tackles the issue]

Will Rometty get the club’s signature jacket? Club chairman Billy Payne declined to address the issue before the tournament.

So we ask: Should we stop supporting The Masters and its advertisers until the club admits a female member? Weigh in below and please expand your thoughts in the comments.

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By Michael Katz  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/05/2012

 
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