Masters golf: 12 women candidates for Augusta National membership

The Augusta National Golf Club has steadfastly refused to alter its all-male membership. But circumstances may soon cause the gender barrier to break, and if it does there are several women who might be good fits for the club.

Annika Sorenstam

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In this 2008 file photo, former LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam, of Sweden, looks on before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals in New York.

The native of Sweden has gone from being the top golfer on the LPGA tour to one of the most entrepreneurial individuals in the golf business. She and Jack Nicklaus teamed up in trying to land the job of designing the golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. They didn’t win the assignment, but her credentials as a serious course developer are well established. Her ANNIKA brand unifies her foundation, golf academy, financial services company, and website. Sorenstam is this year’s recipient of the Bob Jones Award for exemplary sportsmanship.

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