For the first time in the history of the Masters tournament, there are women donning green jackets. Last August, Augusta National chairman Billy Payne announced that the prestigious club had invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and business executive Darla Moore as its first female members, breaking the
dated tradition of the longtime all men’s club.
This week Rice and Moore will sport their spiffy green coats at the Masters. Rice was on the grounds on Sunday (as seen above) and she even got in a round with Phil Mickelson, who couldn’t stop raving about her putting skills, according to The Augusta Chronicle.
With Phil Mickelson watching, Condoleezza Rice settled herself and putted.
The ball traveled about 40 feet and found the cup at Augusta National Golf Club’s 18th hole for par. Cue the celebratory fist pump and a memorable post-round picture.
Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state and one of Augusta National’s first two female members, completed a round Sunday with three-time Masters Tournament champion Mickelson.
“I’m telling you, on the greens, she’s a phenomenal putter,” Mickelson said after the round.
The two teed off Sunday morning and, after Rice’s first shot, Mickelson put his arm around her as they walked off the first tee. They completed their rounds a little after 2 p.m.
Mickelson continued to gush about Rice’s putting and he hopes they can play again:
“She’s one of my favorite people to be around,” Mickelson said. “She’s so knowledgeable and interesting to talk to and I always learn so much. When I saw she became a member, one of the first things I did was try to schedule a game close to Masters time. The fact that she’s here, we were able to work it out. It was really cool.”
Though the two were at a place much more familiar to Mickelson, the questions weren’t flying from just one direction.
“She kept asking about the course and I kept asking about countries,” Mickelson said jokingly. “But it was really fun – she really can putt.”
You go, girl!
Must-watch interview: Moore sat down with MSNBC to talk about making history – impressive lady.
(AP Photo/Ron Williams)