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Augusta National to host women's tournament ahead of U.S. Masters

Augusta National Golf Club opened its competitive doors to women on Wednesday, announcing it would host a women's amateur championship the week before next year's U.S. Masters.

Making his first State of the Masters address, club president Fred Ridley said the world's most exclusive golf club, that had barred women from membership until six years ago, would welcome the world's top amateurs to compete for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.

The 54-hole, stroke play tournament will feature an international field of 72 players. Invitees will be determined by awarding spots to winners of other recognised championships and using the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

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