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Tiger praises Augusta female members
A man who knows Augusta National inside out, four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, has praised the club's move to admit women members.

Augusta ended its 80 year policy of rebuffing female candidates by inviting both former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Financial bigwig Darla Moore to join and wear the famous green jacket.

Woods knows Rice from their shared connection with Stanford University, and the 14-time major winner applauded the club's move.

"I think the decision by the Augusta National membership is important to golf," Woods said. "The Club continues to demonstrate its commitment to impacting the game in positive ways. I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice."

US PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem was also among the first to praise the ending of the club's ban, despite originally supporting the policy.

"The PGA TOUR commends Augusta National Golf Club on the news that it has invited Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore to become its first women members," Finchem said in a statement.

"At a time when women represent one of the fastest growing segments in both playing and following the game of golf, this sends a positive and inclusive message for our sport."

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