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Tiger’s Augusta stance solid

Editorial won’t sway golfer’s view of club’s all-male policy

November 20, 2002

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— Tiger Woods hasn't changed his mind about playing at the all-male Augusta National Golf Club despite a New York Times editorial calling on him to skip the Masters.

"I think there should be women members," Woods said. "But it's not up to me. I don't have voting rights, I'm just an honorary member."

The editorial, published Monday, suggested that Woods not play at the Masters next year because of Augusta's all-male membership. Augusta National declined comment.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who says his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition will organize protests at the Masters if a woman is not a member by April, called the Times editorial "unfair and inconsistent" for singling out Woods.

"I don't remember them saying to Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus to boycott the Masters because blacks are not playing," Jackson said Tuesday.

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