Augusta National Golf Club, which has kept its men-only policy long after giving up its black-caddies-only rule, should stop emulating the Saudis and award a green jacket and club membership to Virginia Rometty, the new chief of I.B.M., a Masters sponsor. You know youâ€™re in trouble when Rick Santorum is urging you to be more progressive on women.
â€œThe thing about Augusta is, itâ€™s not just another golf club,â€ said David Israel, who was a sports columnist with me at The Washington Star. â€œIt is the most famous private golf club in the world. It should be leading and opening doors and minds. Instead, it chooses to venerate a venal and exclusionary past, an idyll of segregation. Revering its lost traditions is like wistfully remembering Lester Maddoxâ€™s ax handle.â€
Rometty and other female executives should persuade their companies to cut connections with Augusta until equality blossoms like the courseâ€™s azaleas.