Bergen Record Columnist Tara Sullivan Barred From Augusta National Locker Room Following Masters


Augusta National Golf Club has its share of problems when it comes to dealing with gender equality. They're likely about to have another one.

Tara Sullivan, a columnist for The Bergen Record, tweeted on Sunday night that the course would not allow her into the locker room following the completion of the Masters to interview Rory McIlroy.

"Bad enough no women members at Augusta. But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong," the initial tweet read.

A couple of hours later, in the midst of trying to make her deadline, Sullivan tweeted again, this time disclosing the contents of her conversation with Masters media committee member Steve Ethun.

"It was a complete misunderstanding by the tournament week security and you [Sullivan] should have rightfully been given access per the standard practices of major sporting events," Ethun reportedly told Sullivan.

Her tweet, of course, refers to the Augusta National rule that forbids women from joining the exclusive golf club in Georgia. That rule has led to multiple protests outside of the gates of the club, protests that will likely pick up as news of the story spreads.

Sullivan also tweeted shortly thereafter to thank her male colleagues who shared their transcripts of the McIlroy interview with her.

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