Virginia Rometty, who was named IBM’s first female CEO in 2012, has become the third female member at Augusta National, according to a report Thursday by GolfDigest.com.
A club spokesman declined comment when contacted by GolfChannel.com.
Citing two anonymous sources, Digest reported that Rometty was seen hitting balls last Friday and being congratulated by other members. She is reportedly an “occasional” golfer who carries a 35.4 handicap index.
Rometty had long been considered a candidate to break Augusta’s gender barrier. IBM is one of the top corporate sponsors of the Masters, and it has been reported that the previous four CEOs have all been club members.
Augusta National has a longstanding tradition of not commenting on its membership, though the club announced in 2012 that it had invited Rice, the former Secretary of State, and Moore, a South Carolina financier, to become the first female members. Chairman Billy Payne trumpeted the move as a “joyous occasion.”
Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo!, is also among the new members, according to the report.