It feels almost primitive now, but this time last year, the world was abuzz with questions over whether or not the elite golf club would finally admit its first woman as a member. After Virginia Rometty became CEO of IBM (a sponsor of the Masters), questions circled about whether she would be Augusta’s first female inductee given that IBM’s CEOs have traditionally been invited to be members. She wasn’t: The all-men’s club waited until August, months after the April tournament, and then named former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Rice to have the honor instead.
Now as the annual azalea-laden tournament begins, we’re getting our first images of Condoleezza Rice in a green jacket. We’re hearing about her golf game — she’s apparently a 17 handicap who hit a 40-foot put to shoot par on 18. We’re getting commentary from the pros as she participates in a practice round (“She’s a phenomenal putter,” said Phil Mickelson, who called Rice “one of my favorite people.”)