Condoleezza Rice is used to blazing trails -- the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state, the first female national security adviser and now one of the first two female members of the Augusta National Golf Club.
The offices of SPARK, a nationwide coalition of girls-only programs, were abuzz Monday as news spread about Augusta National's decision to allow female members for the first time in its 80-year history.
The news that Augusta National has admitted two female members surprised me, and of course, that was the point. This had to happen on Augusta's terms, the Augusta way.
Augusta National Golf Club opened its exclusive membership to women Monday for the first time in its 80-year history.
Nick Faldo believes it will be awhile before Tiger Woods contends in another championship.
When Tiger Woods won the Players Championship for the first and only time, he was at the peak of his powers.
Masters champion Bubba Watson speaks with CNN about what life has been like since his dramatic win in Augusta.
First-time Masters champion Bubba Watson admits he's still learning to control his emotions after a miraculous win left him bawling on the green.
Former Masters champion Fred Couples fired a five-under par round of 67 to claim a share of the lead with fellow American Jason Dufner at the Masters on Friday.
I'm a Masters rookie. My assignment here this week as part of CNN's coverage team marks the first time I've been to the tournament or Augusta National Golf Club.
Tiger Woods trailed first-round leader Lee Westwood by five shots after battling to a level-par 72 in the opening round of the Masters at Augusta National Thursday.
President Obama on Thursday made clear his view on the membership of women at the Augusta National Golf Club: They should be admitted.
Divisions between sexes start with pink and blue clothes for babies, move into dance classes and football practice and later into single-sex book clubs and bowling leagues.
Augusta National won't comment on the issue of allowing female members. Patrick Snell reports.
The chairman of the club that hosts America's most prestigious golf tournament skirted the prickly issue of women's membership Wednesday, saying it is a private matter.
Will the famed Augusta National Golf Club invite IBM CEO Virginia Rometty to be its first female member?
From grandma to grandson, from fan to foe, the throngs at Augusta are happy Tiger Woods is back in form and ready to contend for a fifth Masters title.
In the golf world, springtime means only one thing: the Masters.
It all looked so simple for Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the 2011 Masters.
In her essay on OutFront, CNN's Erin Burnett's talks about Ginnie Rometty, the Masters and women closing the pay gap.
Well, well. The boys at Augusta National Golf Club -- members and sponsors alike -- are in a big bind. Nine years after I led an unsuccessful effort by the National Council of Women's Organizations to open membership in the club to women, the "woman problem" is back.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will predictably be among the favorites for this week's Masters Tournament, but another name slipped into title contention on Sunday.
After a gut-wrenching collapse on the final day of the 2011 Masters, questions were asked about Rory McIlroy's mental fortitude and his ability to compete for golf's major honors.
Tiger Woods showed no ill effects from his recent ankle injury, carding an impressive opening round three-under-par 69 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational tournament at Bay Hill, Florida.
The road back to the top of world golf is proving to be a long and arduous one for former world No. 1 Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods returned to competitive golf Monday dispelling fears he might miss the first major of the year at the Masters next month.
Faldo describes what it's like to play in the Masters for the first time, as he believes first-timers should arrive early.
Matteo Manassero boosted his hopes of a second appearance at the Masters on Saturday, as the Italian teenager returned to title contention at the Andalucian Open in Spain with a four-under-par 68.
Fresh from becoming world no.1 for the first time, Rory McIlroy is predicting "exciting times" for golf as the world's top players hit peak form ahead of the Masters at Augusta.
American golfer Johnson Wagner celebrated a new year with a new look and new-found confidence as he booked his spot at the Masters in Augusta with victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 5. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.
(This story first appeared in SI in 1996.)
Rory McIlroy once again gave notice of his designs on a major championship after a stunning round of 65 saw him surge to the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard.
Rory McIlroy is preparing for a long, hot final day at the weather-affected Malaysian Open as he seeks to bounce back from his Masters disappointment.
Alexander Noren of Sweden carded an eight-under-par 64 to lead after the first round of the Malaysian Open, as Rory McIlory bounced back to form following his final round Masters collapse.
South African golf was handed another boost on Tuesday when the country was awarded the right to host one of the lucrative World Golf Championships events for the next five years.
Rory McIlroy has been reflecting on his meltdown at the Masters, after the 21-year-old squandered a four-stroke lead going into the final round at Augusta, eventually carding an eight-over-par 80 to finish 10 strokes behind winner Charl Schwartzel.
A female sports reporter blasted the all-male Augusta National Golf Club on Monday, a day after a security guard wouldn't let her in to interview one of the stars of the recent Masters tournament.
Reporter Tara Sullivan says a misunderstanding by a security guard kept her from doing her job at the Masters.
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South African Charl Schwartzel carded a six-under 66 final round to win the Masters in thrilling fashion at Augusta Sunday and claim his first major title.
Rory McIlroy will take a four-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Masters at Augusta National after posting a two-under par round of 70 on Saturday.
He was born into poverty, became wealthy via the stock exchange, suffered the suicides of both his parents, and would ultimately end his own life on the golf course that bears his legacy.
Rory McIlroy leads the Masters by two shots at halfway from Australian Jason Day but a late Tiger Woods charge stole the limelight at Augusta Friday.
On a misty dawn 41 years ago this week, a boy walked out of his family's cabin and onto the back porch of Augusta National Golf Club.
Rory McIlroy has told CNN his 2010 British Open disappointment -- where he led for much of the event but failed to win -- is on his mind after his first round at the Augusta National left him joint top of the leaderboard
CNN's Shane O'Donoghue interviews Rory McIlroy, who leads the Masters Tournament after the first round of play.
Northern's Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros of Spain shot seven-under-par 65s to share the lead after the opening round of the Masters at Augusta National Thursday.
To most golf fans, the annual arrival of yet another Tiger Woods-branded computer game was met with an indifferent shrug of the shoulders. But in the cloistered world of the Augusta National Golf Club, this year's arrival -- ahead of this week's 75th Masters -- was nothing short of a revolution.
Is Dustin Johnson ready to win The Masters? CNN's Patrick Snell reports.
For the first time since his sensational winning debut in 1997, Tiger Woods is not the favorite to win the Masters this week.
World number two Lee Westwood has survived a dramatic emergency plane landing en route to the Masters on Sunday.
Phil Mickelson was back to his sparkling best ahead of his Masters title defense as he surged to a three-shot victory in the Houston Open Sunday.
Tiger Woods has told CNN he still has a burning desire to add to his haul of major titles as he aims to banish a disappointing year with victory in the Masters at Augusta.
Tiger Woods tells CNN's Shane O'Donoghue he is looking forward to playing in the Masters tournament this year.
For an organization that describes itself on its website as being "truly a melting pot," with membership that comes "from all walks of life," the Boy Scouts of America sure is picky.
South African star Erne Els is in no mood to rest on his laurels after his "big surprise" at being inducted into World Golf's Hall of Fame.
Tiger Woods has denied speculation that his neck injury is in any way related to the car crash last November that sparked the scandal over his marital infidelities.
From the day he challenged the great Seve Ballesteros to a chipping contest at the age of four, Matteo Manassero has been a precocious golf talent.
CNN's Justin Armsden asks recently turned pro golfer Matteo Manassero about what it is like playing golf at the highest level.
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Korean Kim Do-hoon both carded eight-under-par rounds of 64 to lead the way after the opening 18 holes of the China Open at Jinji Lakes.
World number one Tiger Woods has submitted an entry to take part in this June's U.S. Open, the second major tournament of the year.
Tiger Woods needs to buckle down to regular tournament play if he is to achieve his goal of breaking the all-time majors record of 18 set by the legendary Jack Nicklaus.
They're always there. The spouses. The family. The children. The support system around the athlete. The private part that makes their public selves human.
English pair Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood shared the halfway lead at the U.S. Masters with Tiger Woods in a five-strong chasing group just two shots behind.
England's Lee Westwood stayed calm in the face of a burst of sustained brilliance from Phil Mickelson to lead the American by a shot going into the final round of the U.S. Masters with Tiger Woods four adrift.
Winning the Masters for the third time meant the world for Phil Mickelson, but nothing could beat seeing his wife Amy and three kids waiting by the 18th green after he completed an emotional victory on Sunday.
If you're curious how Tiger Woods morphed into the sports world's version of the E! True Hollywood Story, the Los Angeles office of Harvey Levin is a good place to start. Levin is the managing editor of TMZ.com, a celebrity website that has proved more difficult for the golfer than any bunker blast from a downhill lie. Staffers of the TMZ newsroom mockingly call themselves members of TNN -- as in the Tiger News Network. The site has published nine Woods stories since April 1 alone, and it's sure to have at least one more after Woods holds a news conference Monday afternoon, his first meeting with a room of reporters in months.
The nostalgia is so thick in the air at the Masters golf tournament that it sometimes seems a wonder you can see anything at all.
Golf's original bad boy John Daly has welcomed Tiger Woods back to the fray for this week's Masters tournament, insisting that the troubled world No. 1 "didn't kill anybody."
As Tiger Woods hit drives and putts during pre-Masters preparations this week, he was trailed by gigantic, cheering galleries -- and a handful of security men.
Panelists weigh in on how well Tiger Woods did during his Masters press conference.
CNN's Justin Armsden reports on who has a chance at winning the Masters golf tournament.
Former Masters winner Raymond Floyd has decided not to compete in this year's event, the first time the 67-year-old will not be playing at Augusta National since he made his debut in 1965.
American Kevin Stadler and Australia's Cameron Percy share the lead after the opening round of the Houston Open in Texas on Thursday.
A humbled Tiger Woods returned Monday to Augusta National Golf Club and told reporters that he has emerged from rehab a better man, if not a better golfer.
Golf.com's Connell Barrett talks to CNN about Tiger Woods' press conference at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
The golf champ says he didn't just fool the public, "I fooled myself as well"
Seve Ballesteros has told CNN he thinks Tiger Woods can win on his return to golf at the Masters.
Tiger Woods tells the Golf Channel he lost sight of his core values ahead of their live coverage of The Masters in Augusta.
Golfers share their thoughts on Tiger Woods making his return at the Masters. Video from WTSP.
Golf's prodigal son is about to return. The question, as it has been since the beginning of time, is whether the parable is more about repentance or forgiveness.
All-time major record holder Jack Nicklaus believes that Tiger Woods will return to the golf course in time to appear in next month's Masters.
There is one man who will be pacing around the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota this week hoping to make it three majors in a row -- but you won't find his name when you trail your finger down the list of starters at the 91st PGA Championship.
1. Boston Marathon I was once a good runner. Not Olympic/NCAA good, but better-than-most-road racers good. I ran 32:50 for 10K and 50:59 for 15K and several times tried training for a marathon, but on each occasion got injured. This was 25 years ago. Now I have arthritis in one knee and can't run much, so I ride a bike. I have covered many Boston Marathons, but never ran it. I wish I had. I wish I had just sucked it up, qualified, and run it once relatively slowly, even in the years long after my prime.
The world's most famous golf tournament, the Masters, takes place at Augusta National Golf Club every year. And so while relatively few golfers ever play the highly exclusive course, any fan is familiar with its signature features, from "Amen Corner" to the "Big Oak."
Colorful Japanese star Shingo Katayama, who is known on the golfing circuit for his outrageous line in clothes and headwear, leads the Masters field by one stroke after carding an opening five-under-par 67 at Augusta National.
Children will be admitted to the Masters for free starting in 2008 and the Par-3 contest will be televised, said Augusta National Golf Club chairman Billy Payne.
They came by the thousands to Augusta National Golf Club to watch the Masters this week, and a U.S. Open broke out.
American golfer Brett Quigley joined his wife for the birth of their first child in Florida on Wednesday and will return here in time to tee off on Thursday afternoon in his first Masters.
To introduce you to the 2007 Masters rookies, Sports Illustrated photographed them with a flower that is a namesake for one of holes at Augusta National Golf Club.
Thursday's first round tee times for the 69th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club (all times GMT): a-amateur
The format for a U.S. Masters playoff has been changed for this week's event for the first time since 1976, organisers have announced.
When the Augusta National Golf Club (whose august roster includes such CEOs as AT&T's Robert Allen and GE's Jack Welch) hosts its 59th Masters Tournament this April, members' blue blood will boil: ...
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