Bubba Watson won his first green jacket in a thrilling playoff finish at the Masters on Sunday, but the question over whether the all-male Augusta National Golf Club would invite IBM's new CEO Virginia M. Rometty to become its first female member remained unsettled.
IBM is one of three corporate sponsors of the Masters. And Augusta National, which hosts the event in Augusta, Ga., has offered membership to the past four IBM CEOs. But because of the club's all-male policy, it is unclear whether an invitation has been extended to Rometty. IBM and the club would not say whether she had been invited to join.
That conflict set the stage for a drama over the past week in which an historic golf tournament and iconic corporation became entangled in one of the most heated social debates in recent memory regarding the status of women.
The issue has dogged Augusta National for a decade, but it erupted again this year because of Rometty's prominence. On Sunday, Rometty walked the course and d...