(CNN) – After weighing in this week on a controversy surrounding the Masters golf tournament, President Obama himself hit the links on Saturday.
Obama left the White House for the green at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland, shortly after 1 p.m. as the pros played round three in the prestigious tournament held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
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The all-male club has come under scrutiny this week because the tournament’s sponsor, IBM, has a woman as its top executive. IBM's sponsorship of the Masters tournament guarantees club membership for its officers, but the club does not allow women to join. IBM chief executive Virginia Rometty has not publicly weighed in on the issue.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that the president favors opening the club up to female members.
"His personal opinion is women should be admitted," Carney said. "Obviously it is up to the club to decide, but his personal opinion is women should be admitted to the club."
Several GOP candidates for the White House have said they support the club accepting women as members.