Johnson dies at 86
whose tenure at Augusta National Golf Club was defined by pressure to invite female members, died Friday. Johnson was 86.
Augusta National made the announcement that its former chairman from 1998 to 2006 passed away while citing his numerous changes to one of the PGA’s four major tournaments.
Halfway into his tenure in 2002, Johnson clashed with who led the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Johnson stated at the time that women might “one day be invited but it would be on the club’s timetable” and “not at the point of a bayonet.”
Augusta National opened in 1931 and did not admit its first black member until 1990. It invited two women to join in 2012 – former Secretary of State and South Carolina businesswoman
nominated by Johnson. Johnson also changed the size of the course, pushing the yardage to 7,445.