No change at The Masters

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 4, 2012 1:35:41 PM PDT
Women not allowed.

It's weird to even write those three words.

So what a strange world we get to glimpse down in Georgia, where the folks who run the Masters golf tournament are still taking the title literally when it comes to men controlling women.

Women are still not allowed as member's of the not-so-august club in Augusta (blacks were allowed to join in 1990).

And here's the wrinkle this year: The CEO's of the sponsoring corporations of the Masters are given memberships which includes the CEO of IBM. Except that now there's a female CEO, Virginia Rometty.

So it's a logical question from reporters today as the Masters tournament gets underway, will the club open its membership to women?

It's a private membership issue, said the national director of the club.

And that was that.

No further comment.

Would Ms. Rometty want membership just because she's the CEO of IBM? Could they allow her a corporate membership and still not open up the club to women?

It gets tricky, trying to keep up with an antiquated set of exclusionary rules.

If there's any big change we'll have it, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest on that deadly crane accident in Midtown Manhattan. It happened on 34th St. and 11th Ave. the scene of the Number 7 subway line extension. So how did the crane topple? Investigators trying to figure that out tonight.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, and our Jamie Roth looks into a 3-D imaging machine that lets people see what they'd look like after certain cosmetic procedures invasive. Plus Amy Freeze (in for Lee Goldberg) with her AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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