Originally created 04/09/03

Full statement by Hootie Johnson

"Over the last 10 months everything that could possibly be said on the subject of Augusta National and its membership, everything that could be said, has been said. We are a ... the fact is, we are a private club. A group getting together periodically for camaraderie, just as thousands of clubs and organizations do all over America.

"Just because we host a golf tournament, because some of our members are well known, should not cause us to be viewed differently. I have also stated that there may well come a time when we include women as members of our club, and that remains true.

"However, I want to emphasize that we have no timetable and our membership is very comfortable with our present status.

"Now, going forward, our club will continue to make its own decisions. And we will continue to make what hopefully is a major contribution to the game of golf and to charity.

"Now I look forward to your questions about the Masters Tournament, and golf in general. However, as I said earlier, I will have nothing further to add about our membership or related issues."

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