John­son dies at 86

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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.

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